Archive for the “Tips and Tutorials” Category

Two Open-Source Photo Editors for Startups

Posted on January 17th, 2013 by Jake Neeley

Should users consider an open-source platform as an alternative to commercial software? With the commercial software, a single company develops the product, and sales fund its testing and development. Unlike open-source software, it’s developed collaboratively, supported by a team of volunteers, and allows anyone to distribute freely or improve the features. Plus, it’s totally free….

Five Ways to Speed-up Your Website

Posted on December 24th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

“47% of consumers expect a web page to load in 2 seconds or less,” said Sean Work, Minister of Propaganda, KISSmetrics. Thus, no matter how great your web design, impatient visitors will not wait around for slow-loading pages.   Yahoo Developer Network reports that 80% of users’ time is spent on the front-end, further amplifying the…

Online Storage Face-off: Google Drive vs. Dropbox – Which is Better?

Posted on December 18th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

Online file storage systems simplify file sharing, storage, access and protection across multiple platforms. Decades ago, compact discs and floppy disks were essential; nevertheless, remote backup service changed the way professionals handle these files, forever! Two services stand out when it comes to online storage – Dropbox and Google Drive. Both offer cutting-edge services, benefiting…

Top Five FTP Clients for Web Designers

Posted on December 17th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is one of the most efficient network protocols for transferring files between two computers or hosting servers. Just about anyone involved in maintaining a website or a blog is probably familiar with this technology. Web designers and developers use FTP for a number of reasons. Primarily, it is convenient to use…

How Does an SSL Protect My Website?

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

One of the most economical and secure ways to protect your website on affordable hosting platforms is to deploy a private Secure Socket Layer (SSL) on you’re your website giving the instant ability to roll out protected URLs like https://www.mysite.com. If you are still in doubt as to what an SSL actually does consider this…

Top 5 Security Concerns For a WordPress Blog

Posted on November 15th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

Over the last several years, blogging has become a popular trend among online users. WordPress is the most commonly used publishing platforms by bloggers which can be attributed its relatively simple, user-friendly and intuitive interface and has unlimited customization features. Most of the WordPress sites found in the blogosphere are self-hosted, meaning that the administrator…

6 Reasons Webmasters Love WordPress

Posted on November 12th, 2012 by Jake Neeley

One of the easiest-to-use and most powerful blogging platforms on the market is WordPress; the self hosted version, a favorite tool used by small businesses on our Linux server platforms. “At 49%, WordPress is clearly the dominating blogging platform as well as of growing importance as a more generic CMS,” said Josh Jackson of IDC…

Server uptime tops list of Midphase customer requirements

Posted on July 28th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

A recent survey by the Midphase engineering team confirms that Server Uptime is the number 1 consideration when considering a dedicated server from an affordable hosting company. Generally, this requirement also goes hand-in-hand with a dedicated Service Level Agreement (SLA) which spells out specifically what website customers can expect if they sign up for a…

New VPN service stops hackers from snooping your Wi-Fi connection

Posted on July 27th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

According to VPNHQ, a sister company of Midphase and part of the UK2 parent group, 56% of public Wi-Fi users do not check if Wi-Fi is encrypted before joining.  This exposes a large amount of Internet users to phishing and other malware concerns that are set to escalate in 2012. Unsecured networks allow hackers to…

The value of online system status reports from leading web hosting providers

Posted on July 26th, 2012 by Clint Reeves

Have you ever wondered to yourself if there is a way to test the marketing promises of web hosting companies which guarantee a 99.9% uptime as part of their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for both dedicated servers and shared hosting packages? Well, there is and it’s known as a system status report that regularly updates…

Stop blending in with the rest of the crowd and start leaving your mark on the web