What’s your favorite Easter tradition?
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.
For the chef…
These edible eyes can be attached to everything from burgers to fruit. Beats another tea towel, are we right?
For the shopper…
Until now, the carrier bag has been the only part of a shopaholic’s attire that couldn’t be customized. Until now. At Notonthehighstreet.com, you can get a completely personalized tote bag made and delivered.
For the traveler…
Travel-junkies can chart their conquest of the globe by scratching off the countries they have visited on this map. When the country is scratched, it turns from gold to full color.
For the sports fan…
Make sure the sports nut you love never misses a touchdown or home run again by having to dash to the kitchen to retrieve the forgotten bottle opener. This remote control has a bottle opener built in.
For the chocoholic…
For chocolate on demand, pre-order this 3D chocolate printer. That’s right! It prints the chocolates you’ve designed on screen. We think a Homer-esque drool is called for.
For the movie buff…
Let the movie fan in your life recreate a scene from the iconic Godfather movie every night, with this horse head pillow.
For the person who loves surprises
The web address ending .gift can be a gift in itself. Build yourself a website where each page gives away a clue and let your loved one hunt for their present. Alternatively, set up a single-page website that tells that special someone to meet you at a certain place, at a certain time, and to do something like bring their passport and a change of clothes. You can snap up your own .gift website at the Midphase website from 4pm today.]]>
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:
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:
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.
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.]]>
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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.
Of course, there’s always things you can do to be extra-safe. If you’re using our web hosting or website builder service, you can sleep easy because we’ve patched your products. However, we advise you to up your security anyway by refreshing all the passwords you use with Midphase.
If you run your own server or virtual machine with Midphase, and you have installed OpenSSL yourself, for use with a self-generated or purchased key, then we suggest you update to the latest version of OpenSSL for real peace of mind.
Take a look to see if your server is running an unpatched version of OpenSSL. To do this, just log-in to your server and use the following command to see which version you are using.
openssl version -a
The following version is vulnerable…
OpenSSL 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f (inclusive)
While these versions are not…
OpenSSL 1.0.0 branch
OpenSSL 0.9.8 branch
CloudLinux OpenSSL 1.0.1e-16el6_5.7
If you discover you are using a vulnerable version, you can update using the following commands.
yum –y update openssl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openssl
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install openssl
sudo yum –y install openssl
Now you need to re-check the build date of the OpenSSL, to make sure the update has worked. It should say a date that’s April 7 2014 or later.
Once you’re sure the update has gone through, you’ll need to regenerate your secure keys and invalidate the ones you were using before. Once you’ve done this, you can restart your services and carry on as normal.]]>
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.
Your philosophy in life is ‘If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ For you, perfection is more important than deadlines. You’ve got an eye for detail and see patience as a virtue. Official psychological studies, however, suggest you can be a bit controlling.
You subscribe to the idea that ‘you lose if you snooze.’ You like to stay ahead of the game in all aspects of life. You’re ambitious. If you have one fault, though, it’s the fact that you find it hard to relax.
You’re a dependable and reliable person who stands by their word and is easy to trust. Critics would call you predictable. Sometimes you try too hard to please.
You’re a passionate person. You gesticulate more than most. You have a fiery temper when crossed.
You’re intelligent and well-travelled. You have strong opinions on the topics you know about, but you’re not afraid to admit when you have got an idea wrong.
You’re super organised and you like to be in control. You like to be active and on-the-go, but you also like having time to yourself on a regular basis.
To get your own web address that ends in .coffee visit the Midphase website from 4pm today.]]>
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…
1. Use the Highest Quality Camera you Can
There are some pretty expensive cameras out there, and though you shouldn’t have to feel like you have to spend a couple grand on a camera for a blog you’re just beginning, you may want to consider a decent digital camera as an investment in your blog and your business. A really nice camera can help in creating images that are top-notch, even if you aren’t exactly a professional photographer yourself.
2. Make the Most of Natural Light
Nearly all images tend to look best when shot with natural light as your aid instead of relying on your camera’s flash to illuminate the shot. Shots taken with natural light that isn’t too harsh (think morning or evening lighting) usually look more professional than blinding shots or photos that are too dark and hard to make out.
3. Be Wary of Your Backdrop
Before you even start taking pictures, set up a backdrop that is free from distraction and clutter, especially unrelated items or people in the background. Make sure your viewers can’t catch a glimpse of a sink full of dirty dishes in the background or an unintentional photo bombing of your shirtless grandpa lurking in the hallway.
4. Experiment With Angles
Unless you’re an absolute pro behind the lens, it will likely take lots of shots to get the perfect photo for your post, so take several from varying angles and points of view. If the purpose of your blog is to push products, you’ll really want to get every side of each item so that customers can appreciate the details.
5. Have Fun with Context
Though you want to keep your photos free from clutter, that doesn’t mean the photos have to be boring! For example, say you’re taking a picture of a hand-crafted leather briefcase that you’ve made and are showcasing on your blog. Instead of taking a picture of just the briefcase sitting straight up on a table, consider showcasing the briefcase with a cell phone in the side pocket, a pen holder full of colorful pens to the side, an array of tidy folders in the main compartment, or show the briefcase being worn by a smartly dressed professional. This is your chance to be creative and show the uses and intentions of your products, designs and concepts, so have fun with it!]]>
Have you ever stopped to think of how words affect our lives? Some are short, some are long, some are strange, and some are familiar. But we all know one thing—they can pack a punch. The beauty of words is they trigger our minds to think or feel a certain way. Have a look at our list of the most powerful words in the English language!
Freelance blog writer Emilie DeCoursey reveals the secrets of blog success…
To run a successful new blog you’re going to need to be well equipped with the right tools including a reliable laptop or desktop computer, a decent camera for taking your own pictures and video, a good sense of your platform of choice and how to edit, add media, alter the font and so forth. But aside from the obvious physical tools required to get started, there are some key blogging habits you’ll want to pick up to create a successful, enduring blog…
Not only will you need a passion for blogging and doing so consistently, but you’ll need to be passionate about your material! Some might decide to start a fashion blog because they’ve seen others have a lot of success posting outfits and shoes and handbags and think, “I can do that, too.” But if you don’t have a passion for fashion, it’s going to be hard to compete, and your readers will sense that you aren’t driven to produce regular posts that showcase the thrill you feel when you find that perfect pair of red pumps.
Building a following, gathering images, establishing a reputation and writing plenty of popular posts takes with time and consistent effort. Don’t throw-in the towel simply because you don’t have thousands of followers in a matter of a month. Re-evaluate your writing style, your subject matter and your design as you go along, but give yourself a chance to build your brand.
Along with patience comes persistence. If you fail at gaining a following don’t give up. Be persistent in your posts and don’t get lazy. Post regularly and make sure you put proper time into each post.
A nice looking blog that looks professional shows that you take your blogging efforts seriously. Be aware of grammar and punctuation, add relevant images and video, and consider branding your blog with a personalized color scheme, header and tabs to take it to the next level.
Your blog shouldn’t just be about you if you want it to be a real success. It’s about the people who read it. What do they want to read and see? Value their comments and ask for suggestions. Consider your audience every step of the way.
Create a presence for yourself on the social media channels that suit your niche. Set up a Facebook page to show off your new creations, a Twitter account to share your political views or an Etsy shop for selling your goods. The point of a strong social media presence is to have various places where you can be found and followed.
To get yourself set up with your own blog, visit the Midphase homepage where you can get a blog web name and a website.]]>