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There are alot of companies out there offering various types of webmaster services. Domain names, hosting plans, SSL certificates – the service list is quiet extensive, and new companies are popping up every single day; and existing providers are constantly revamping their list of services and offerings to stay ahead of the competition. This is where we gather all that news. The latest updates to 1&1’s line of dedicated servers; GoDaddy launching a managed Wordpress hosting service; and what our own past experiences were like with various hosting providers.

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UK Businesses Can Get A Free VMware vSphere Health Check

VMhosts has launched a free VMware health check service open to all UK businesses. The free health check is offered via a remote installation of Veeam ONE, a free tool intended to identify performance issues with your VMware setup. Furthermore VMhosts will look over your storage and your network configurations. All tests are done by VCP & MCSE certified consultants. ...

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InMotion Hosting Updates Dedicated Server Specs

InMotion Hosting has announced a refresh of their dedicated servers aimed at bringing things up to speed a bit. This refresh had a huge focus on integrating solid-state drives (SSDs) into InMotion’s dedicated servers – and as such all Advanced, Elite and Commercial class servers now have the option of going SSD. Our top of the line Linux Dedicated Servers ...

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Rackspace Launches VMware Powered Private Cloud Services

VMware fans will love the new private cloud offering from Rackspace built entirely with VMware’s virtualization software vCloud. Called Rackspace Private Cloud – the new service is aimed at offering greater control and security as opposed to multi-tenant clouds, while retaining much of the scalability and flexibility of shared cloud services. Rackspace CTO John Engates said Rackspace is aiming to provide ...

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YellowPages Launches ypPresence Starter To Help Small Businesses Manage Their Online Presence

An online presence is one of the most important things for small businesses these days – unfortunately not everyone is comfortable dealing with creating dozens of profiles for their business and then consistently monitoring them all and updating their listings. YellowPages took note of this, and today unveiled ypPresence Starter – a $69/mo solution which allows you to create, manage, ...

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Warning: NFOServers.com Password Database Compromised

Just a quick warning to any customers of NFOServers.com – it seems that yesterday they had experienced a breach in one of their internal databases which stored passwords for VPS’s, dedicated servers, hosting accounts, FTP accounts for gaming servers, and hashed and salted control panel logins. Those of you who have an account with NFOServers.com would be wise to change ...

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Google, Is This Restaurant Busy Now?

Google is constantly trying to make life easier for business owners & consumers alike – and their latest venture has been to offer you a way to see your wait time at a specific business so you can avoid long lines by being aware in advance. Google has introduced this new functionality via a “Popular times” display which has been ...

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Google Is Shutting Down Unauthorized Access to the Autocomplete API

Google Search has had autocomplete functionality for a while now; and as with most things someone has reverse-engineered it and an unpublished API has been in use for quiet a while now – allowing webmasters to incorporate Google’s autocomplete functionality into their own websites. However Google never intended for this to happen – so as of August 10th, 2015 Google ...

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Microsoft Releases PhotoDNA To All Website Owners

Child pornography and sexual abuse images have always plagued the Internet and Microsoft has been working hard to help fix that. 6 years ago Microsoft started working on PhotoDNA – a cloud-based tool that utilizes a hash reference system to compare attributes of any given image with those of illegal ones. Law enforcement agencies have been using PhotoDNA for quiet ...

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HostGator Launches Managed WordPress Hosting

It seems that almost all the major brands these days offer dedicated, managed WordPress hosting these days, and HostGator wasn’t about to be left out so today they have announced the launch of their own managed WordPress hosting called Optimized WP. Much like all other managed WordPress hosting services Optimized WP is intended to simplify the installation, configuration, and ongoing ...

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Media Temple Launches Managed Amazon Cloud Hosting

Media Temple’s suite of services are all focused on a similar task – managing your hosting platform and services so you can focus on your online business and online presence. As such it comes of little surprise to me that Media Temple has extended their management services to cater to Amazon Web Services customers – unveiling a new managed cloud ...

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Hivelocity Launches Brand New Server Line Codenamed Broadwell

Hivelocity, has launched a brand new server line this week that includes Intel’s brand new processor family, codenamed Broadwell. This newest generation of processors is Intel’s first Xeon based system-on-chip (SoC) and should quickly become a staple in the dedicated server market. The Intel Broadwell Xeon D-1540 includes 8 physical cores, 16 threads and the ability to take 128GB of ...

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UK2 Group Announces CloudFlare Partnership

Anyone that has worked with me on a consulting basis is probably well aware of my love for CloudFlare. It’s probably my immediate go-to tool to boost a websites performance and security. That said, we’ve also been long-time supporters of UK2 Group here on the Rapid Purple blog – so it’s with great excitement that I announce that UK2 has ...

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Hivelocity Integrates Corero’s Threat Defense System for Enterprise Level DDoS Protection

Hivelocity, a dedicated server, private cloud and infrastructure services provider, has announced this week the launch of an improved suite of DDoS protection services with the addition of Corero’s Threat Defense System. The Corero Smartwall has been incorporated to the existing network defense infrastructure that Hivelocity has had in place for years. Protection plans are being offered on a per ...

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SSDs Now Available on DreamHost Dedicated Servers

DreamHost first started upgrading to SSD drives back in March of 2015 when they introduced SSDs to their line of shared hosting solutions.  Now DreamHost has announced that they have successfully expanded their line of managed dedicated servers to all include Solid State Drives. Our dedicated servers have been popular for years with users who have wanted more power than shared ...

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PayPal Telemarketing Calls Are Coming

People have always had a love/hate relationship with PayPal – and this latest set of news is sure to stir things up again. PayPal has updated their website to let users know of a new agreement which opens up the door for users to receive “autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages” – which essentially means telemarketing calls are coming. ...

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Skype for Web Now Available for All US & UK Skype Addicts

Skype has over 300 million users worldwide right now – and with such a large user-base there are alot of devices, connection speeds, needs, and uses to allot for – especially with the launch of Skype for Business which is bringing in enterprise level needs. As such not everyone has the Skype app installed on their phone; and subsequently not everyone ...

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Yahoo Shutting Down Maps & Other Services This Month!

Yahoo made some big announcements during their Q2 2015 progress report – and some of this news is sure to leave a few people I know pretty disappointed. A slew of services that have a hardcore following are being phased out by the end of June 2015 – so if you’re an avid user of Yahoo’s services you’ll want to ...

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HostGator Integrates MOJO Marketplace into Shared Hosting

HostGator has announced a partnership with MOJO Marketplace today in an effort to provide customers access to premium graphics, themes, templates, plugins and extensions for most major scripts, quickly and easily. To be honest – the partnership isn’t much of a surprise. Both brands are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG), and templates and web hosting have long been a popular ...

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