Bloggade 2013: the nuts and bolts of blogging and WordPress

Have you ever wondered what goes on at a data centre, perhaps one that hosts your website or blog? If that’s a question you’ve asked before, then here’s your chance to get the answer. A tour of a state-of-the-art UK data centre in Newark is a central part of an event taking place on August 21 that will focus on the underlying technology that powers many WordPress blogs. I’ve joined Matt Russell, CEO of WebHostingBuzz (the hosting service that sponsors and hosts my blogs) and Trefor Davies, co-founder and CTO of Timico (the owner of the data centre) to put together Bloggade 2013: The focus of this first Bloggade is on the underlying technology that powers many WordPress blogs. You’ll […]

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WebHostingBuzz: A hosting partner worth getting to know

For the past 18 months, WebHostingBuzz has hosted this blog and my other websites on a dedicated server physically located in one of its US datacentres. A dedicated server is a server that is exclusive to one user: it’s not shared with anyone else. So I enjoy the benefits of high performance, security, stability and control from a server that has only my content on it, and no one else uses it. It’s like having my own high-end desktop computer but in the cloud. Compared to shared hosting – many users on the same server, each with its own partitioned space and its own set of issues to deal with – I find this an ideal solution. If you read […]

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How to secure your WordPress site against hacker attacks

One of the easiest content management systems to set up and use is WordPress, the largest self-hosted blogging platform in the world, powering more than 60 million websites worldwide. That fact may be a key reason why WordPress is in the news right now as the subject of a large-scale attack from a huge number of computers from across the internet  – known as an automated botnet attack – attempting to take over servers that run WordPress. Some are saying that this current attack is the precursor of a botnet of infected computers vastly stronger and more destructive than those of today. That’s because the servers have bandwidth connections that are typically tens, hundreds, or even thousands of times faster […]

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Make your website actually work

When was the last time you checked your website to ensure that it’s effectively supporting your business goals? In this age of social communication that’s rapidly evolving as tools and channels like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Vine become part of the mainstream experience for millions of consumers, is your digital presence up to scratch? The focus of these questions is largely to do with mobile – although not exclusively – that reflects the trend away from desktop and laptop computers to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. We’re now in the post-PC era, according to some, where access to and interaction with content of every type is on demand, anywhere, any time via the device you have to hand, so […]

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Creating a Solid Foundation for Online Customer Engagement

I often get asked how to get started with social media. What is the best way, the best place, to talk to customers? How do you do that? Just start tweeting or posting to Facebook or LinkedIn? These are natural questions, yet they shouldn’t be the first ones to come to mind, even if they seem the obvious ones. There’s a far more important step to take before you start talking. If you want to understand how your customers perceive you, your company or your brand, you have to do that on their terms, not yours. You need to be where they are, not trying to get them to come to a place that you prefer, eg, your business website. […]

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