For sale: .codes and .farm

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Two new web address endings hit the virtual shelves today, taking the total of newly-released alternatives to .com and .us up to more than 60.

The new .codes web address provides everyone from computer programmers to the technorati with a way of marking their online territory.

As we move closer to the twenty-twenties, it’s going to become more and more important to align yourself with what you do online, especially as coding looks set to be added to the British national curriculum by the end of this year. 2014 is also the Year of Code in the UK, which aims to get the entire country up-to-speed on computer science.

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8 Books To Read Before You Die – And They’re Not What You Might Expect

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In lieu of UNESCO’s World Book Day tomorrow, newly published author and Midphase writer, Sarah Holt, reveals the books that have a permanent place on her bookshelf.

Once, when I was 6, I decided to run away. I packed a bag and headed off to a neighbour’s house to hideout. You know what was in that bag? You know what I packed in order to start a new life on my own? Books.

I’m now 30, and things haven’t changed a lot. Even now I’m writing for a web hosting company, the thing I’m most looking forward to at work is the release of the new web address ending .books. My prized possession in my home is my bookshelf. Until my own novel Love and Eskimo Snow gets printed on Friday, these are the books I prize most on it…

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History of Easter

Easter is upon! It’s that warm, happy time of year.  But where did Easter and all of its festivities come from? Ask no more!
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What’s your favorite Easter tradition?

Totally Awesome, Non-Boring Gift Ideas

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As the new web address ending .gift is launched onto the Internet, Midphase launches its war on boring forgettable gifts. No more socks. No more socks!

When it comes to present-buying, it’s not just the gifts that get tied up in knots. With so many occasions to buy for – from birthdays to parent days – it can be hard to make your presents memorable.

That’s where Midphase comes in. As a company on the cutting-edge of web hosting and technology, we don’t do humdrum. So our un-boring present guide is our .gift to you.

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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Protect Your Site From Potential Threats!

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It’s time to shake off the off the winter blues, roll up your sleeves, and clear out the cobwebs in preparation for your spring cleaning. While you are at it, now is also a great time to make sure your website is safe and secure from potential threats.

We’ve put together a list of items to get you started. While we have several measures in place to thwart off attackers and minimize potential threats, here are some things you can do to safeguard your website:

Password Security
We simply can’t emphasize enough how important it is to maintain a secure password for your website. When resetting your password please use the following guidelines:

  • At least 8 characters in length
  • Alphanumeric character combination
  • Uppercase & Lowercase combination
  • At least one special character (#, %, $, etc…)

Never use common words found in the dictionary, personal information, keyboard patterns, or often used acronyms. Remember to keep your account passwords up to date and never use the same password for multiple applications.

Update Software and Scripts
In addition to having a secure account password you should regularly look for updates to any software applications or scripts you may be using. Many software providers release security patches that will safeguard your application against any known vulnerabilities that may arise. If you haven’t checked recently for an update we recommend that you take a few minutes to do this, as it could save you some big headaches down the road. If you are unsure or need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact our support team and we can guide you through the process.

Commonly used applications such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, or other content management systems regularly have software updates that will help protect your site. Many of these software providers offer automatic updates allowing you to upgrade to the newest version without any technical knowledge.

Website Backups
It is important you keep regular backups of your website & databases to avoid any potential loss in data. Creating frequent backups should be a regular part of your routine especially if you rely on your website for business purposes. If you need assistance on how to create backups or would like to learn more about backup services we offer please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.

Phishing Emails and Spam
Hackers will try to obtain sensitive data from you in very clever ways. Never provide any personal details or account specific data to an untrusted or unknown source. We recommend you do not open any mail if you are unsure of the sender. Also beware of suspicious links which are far too often malicious in nature in order to gain access to your account.

It’s never too late to take the security of your website seriously. While we make every effort to protect you from potential threats there are many things you can do to safeguard your site from attacks. Please take a few moments to do a little bit of spring cleaning on the security of your site. Together we can thwart off attackers and give you a happy hosting experience for many years to come.

Twitter 101—A Guide to your Weekly #Hashtags

You may see hashtags like #TBT or #WW, but what do they even mean? Here’s a little guide to the hashtags buzzing around Twitter these days.

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Any other faddish hashtags you’d like to add to the list?

What To Do About Heartbleed

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The word Heartbleed has been all over the headlines recently. Despite its grim name, though, Heartbleed needn’t give you a heart attack.

Basically, HeartBleed is a bug that’s been developed to take advantage of vulnerabilities in certain versions of OpenSSL software. OpenSSL is used by servers, websites and apps to encrypt the sensitive data that they receive and give out. The Heartbleed bug has found a way of accessing some of this encrypted data.

But there’s no need to stress about it. Firstly, not every server or site has been infected by Heartbleed. We’ve checked our Midphase servers and they have been patched, which means they don’t have a vulnerable version of OpenSSL on them.

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What Does Your Coffee Say About You?

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Forget reading tea leaves, the way you take your coffee can be just as revealing…

As the new web address ending .coffee goes on sale, Midphase examines what your regular coffee order says about you.

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5 Tips for Knock-Out Blog Photography

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by Emilie DeCoursey       

In the digital age, a picture doesn’t just paint a thousand words. On the right blog post, it can hook a thousand fans, too.

You can spend hours writing the perfect blog post and days researching a topic. But add a subpar picture and your content is likely to not be taken as seriously. People are so superficial huh? The good news is, you don’t have to pay someone else to take all your blog photos for you or shell out money for stock photos. You can take a lot of the pictures yourself if you follow the following tips…

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Bored of Counting Sheep?

Counting sheep#teamnosleep is trending on twitter all over America right now, so Midphase thought we’d give nationwide insomniacs something to read while they’re wide awake…

  • The longest anyone has ever gone without sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes.
  • The average new parent loses around 500 hours of sleep because of their newborn baby.

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