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Welcome to the Rapid Purple Blog, featuring the latest webmaster related news from around the internet – such as updates from various hosting providers regarding their infrastructure and/or new offerings and services. To go along with this you can also find the latest coupons and discounts from popular hosting providers and domain name registrars such as GoDaddy, 1&1, HostGator, UK2 Group, Namecheap, SingleHop, and many more.

Once you have your hosting and domain name established you will also find a large variety of tutorials aimed at helping you get a better grasp on different languages and tasks associated with being a webmaster and running your own website. For starters, many of you who are taking college courses will most likely encounter programming in C within on of your entry level classes. I have a great tutorial series aimed specifically for those classes covering many of the Basics in C Programming. You will also find many other interesting tutorials in HTML/CSS, PHP, HTACCESS, Adobe Photoshop, and various other miscellaneous ones – such as turning a webpage into a PDF through the use of Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Including Another File Within Your Script


This is post #8 of 15 in the series “PHP Tutorials: The Basics” The Basics PHP Tutorial series is aimed at giving an overview of some of the more commonly used functions within PHP. Almost all online scripts and applications will feature a core library of variables and functions that get utilized throughout the script. …

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An Update On The Spiral Hosting Acquisition of SpeedySparrow


It’s always great to hear from Sean over at SpeedySparrow and just yesterday I had a chance to sit down and briefly chat with him about what’s been going on with SpeedySparrow recently – especially following the acquisition by Spiral Hosting. Originally the acquisition was intended to lead towards a merger of the two companies …

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Bluehost Hops On The WordPress Hosting Bandwagon


Bluehost has made the jump onto the WordPress Hosting bandwagon and created their own managed WordPress hosting solution build around their proprietary VPS technology. So what does this mean? You get VPS power, NGINX architecture, custom PHP-FPM configuration and integrated caching by W3. Furthermore all plans come with SiteLock website scanning and the SiteLock CDN. …

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Flash Hosting Sale at iPage


iPage has kick-started a flash sale on hosting packages starting today and lasting through till Friday this week. This new sale brings down the iPage $1.99 plan to just $1.68/month – which for unlimited space & bandwidth, plus over $175 in free advertising credit – is a steal. Take note that iPage only supports yearly payment …

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Eleven2 Summer 2014 VPS Sale


Eleven2 has launched their Double Double VPS Sale which doubles the RAM and Storage Space on all Eleven2 VPS packages! This means that the starter VS-100 package will now include 2 GB RAM and 240 GB Storage for only $49/m. That is $40 in free upgrades! Take note that all Eleven2 Virtual Premium Servers come with: Free cPanel and …

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Free Counters Hosting Relaunched


The Rapid Purple free counter hosting service originally came around due to the popularity it held back during the times of Next Designs. It requires, literally, about 30 seconds to sign up for a counter – and the best part is that we offer a hidden counter option – so you can keep track of your hits …

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Google Adds Sitelinks to Adwords


Google announced over the weekend the introduction of dynamic sitelinks that appear below a Google Adwords advertisement. These dynamic sitelinks are automatically generated and can send customers to a page on your website that’s highly relevant based on recent search activities. They look like this on desktop and mobile: Often times when people are searching on …

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Google Updates Local Search Algorithm


Google has released yet another new algorithm, this one attempts to provide more useful, relevant, and accurate local search results. The new algorithm changes will be visible within the Google Maps search results and Google Web search results. The main set of changes are primarily behind the scenes, but it does impact local search results rankings and …

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YucatecHost Disappears Without Warning


Part of my job in looking for the latest and best new hosting and domain name deals for everyone is to also keep a look out for failing hosting companies and as such avoid advertising or recommending their services. YucatecHost seems to have only been around since 2013, with the original domain name registration date …

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Happy Sysadmin Day 2014


Alas sometimes the life of a sysadmin runs significantly later than the usual 9-5 of some people – and as such I almost missed this post myself. So, without further ado, Happy Sysadmin Day to all the IT guys and system administrators out there. Enjoy what is left of the one day a year when you …

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Forums & Google Search Results


A forum administrator, Basak Kayik, posted a few questions in the Google Webmaster Help forum wondering how to improve his forum in the eyes of Google. Luckily the topic was picked up by Google’s John Mueller who responded to it in great detail. Now I have touched upon managing forums before in a slew of articles such …

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Media Temple Adds Parallels Plesk 12


Media Temple announced on Monday this week that it has added Parallels Plesk 12 to its VPS control panel offering. As such all VPS customers currently on Plesk 10 and Plesk 11.5 are encouraged to upgrade for free to Plesk 12 by the end of the year. As part of the new features of Plesk …

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3 New Bing Ads Geotargeting Features Now Available


Bing has announced some great new targeting features which have been implemented into Bing Ads. These new features allow you much more control over your visibility and target radius for your Bing Ads. First, new map features give advertisers a way to visualize where they are targeting on the map. “You can also add/remove targets …

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ModSecurity Enabled On All VPS Accounts


Back in December of 2013 I had finally gotten ModSecurity perfected and launched it as a public feature across all Rapid Purple shared hosting accounts. After some more months of work I am excited to announce that now the highly effective anti-hack firewall is enabled with all Rapid Purple VPSs as well. As with shared hosting accounts, …

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