Archive for the “Industry Trends” Category

Vimeo quietly shakes up world of video players for small business websites

Posted on June 29th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

Vimeo is increasingly being used by small businesses to showcase website video on shared hosting packages, dedicated servers and reseller hosting platforms. While it still lags far behind YouTube in terms of user penetration, it is often the first choice for website owners who wish to elegantly display business video to a qualified audience. The…

FourSquare tear up and rebuild their mobile app to keep up with competitors

Posted on June 28th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

“Companies capture the public imagination. They become the center of attention. But it is very difficult to continue to offer an intriguing and valuable enough service for people.” ~  Susan Etlinger, Altimeter Group. The statement above comes in the wake of new tremors at FourSquare, which suggest the pioneers of location-based check-ins on mobile devices,…

Firefox 14 Beta promises to jack up web browser security

Posted on June 26th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

With recent news that Linkedin suffered a security breach that compromised over 6 million passwords, the new robust version of Firefox browser 14 Beta is a welcome development. Often the browser of choice for web developers and designers around the world, Firefox has a great reputation for locking down security for web-hungry users who consume…

Apache and Nginx: The secret weapons of open-source web hosting providers

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

It’s official! Pingdom Blog reports that 75% of the top 10,000 websites on the planet Earth are powered by Open Source software, with Apache web server the clear leader followed by Nginx. Together these two web server titans account for 61% of the top 10,000 websites on hosting platforms in the UK.  Proprietary web server,…

Homeland Security warns of increasing DDoS attacks on web

Posted on June 25th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

“When an attacker attempts to prevent legitimate users from accessing a computer resource, normally by overwhelming it with malicious traffic. By targeting a company’s Internet-connected infrastructure—its websites, portals, email, databases and more— an attack can block end users from doing business as usual” – Definition of an DDoS attack, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Computer…

Watch out developers! User screen resolutions just got bigger!

Posted on May 25th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

Attention all web developers! There appears to be enough recent data collected by analytics firms to suggest that for the first time1366 x 768 has become the most popular screen resolution worldwide, having overtaken 1024 x 768. StatCounter, a leading web analytics company, reports that since 2009, 1024×768 has been the dominant screen size globally…

Google unzips HTML 5 in a wonderful display of imagination

Posted on May 24th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

So we guess many of you saw Google’s ultra-cool doodle last month that focused on using an HTML5 zipper effect to highlight the 132nd birthday of Gideon Sundbuck who invented the modern-day zipper. A zipper appeared vertically over the search bar, allowing the user to pull the zipper down using the mouse.  At this point…

Build a virtual “Short Code” Fence around your business

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 by Clint Reeves

Location, location, location. Yup, from real estate to mobile phones the customers’ location seems to be one of the prized assets for online retailers’ onboard affordable hosting platforms offered by Midphase. But, if you thought the names Foursquare or Google Places were going to be mentioned next you’re wrong. One of the hot new technologies…

Should I go back to MySpace or consider using Google +?

Posted on April 25th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

The reason this provocative question comes up is because a lot of small businesses are becoming overwhelmed by new social media avenues that are seeking to siphon off your energy from networks you have just gotten familiar with, including Facebook. Most small businesses are now using Facebook to manage their social updates. That’s there first…

The Cost and Benefits of Using Shared Web Hosting

Posted on April 24th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

A major stumbling block deterring small businesses from coming online with new websites relates to cost and complexity — either perceived or actual. Traditionally, SMBs were understandably reluctant to spend their limited budgets on expensive website designers and hidden fees related to hosting, new domains or website applications which supposedly helped them convert visitors into…

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