Stack Hosting – Part Two

We’ve already covered a large part of our new hosting platform in the previous articles, however there are still a large amount of extra features we’ll mention in this final blog article about our new platform. Continue reading

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Stack Hosting – The Techy Bit Part One

In last week’s blog article we provided some details on the new Stack Hosting Platform, we’ve also compiled some more technical details on how it works and the new features available. This is part one of that information.

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New Stack Hosting Platform

As most customers are now aware and will have been migrated to, we have launched our new Stack Hosting Platform! Continue reading

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REST vs SOAP

We recently wrote about the benefits of APIs and web services when building online applications. When it comes to building APIs and web services there are two main contenders: REST (Representational State Transfer), and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol). Continue reading

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Understanding password strength and security

It’s becoming more and more common that when you sign up for any account online you see a password strength meter. They come in various shapes and sizes and are coded with varying restrictions that measure how easy your password would be to crack. Continue reading

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New! Cloudflare Integration


Cloud Next is excited to announce our partnership with CloudFlare. If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, their value proposition is simple: they’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats. Continue reading

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SQL Tuning for a Faster Database

If you’re running MySQL or MS SQL databases, you’re probably familiar with the basics of the SQL language. While SQL is relatively easy to pick up, there are always opportunities when it comes to optimising your database to run as quickly and efficiently as possible. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Reduce Spam

Everyone hates spam, it’s annoying and potentially dangerous. Your phone vibrates and you wonder who the message is from. You check it and it’s from Richard at FatZapperInc trying to flog you weight loss pills. Sophie from YouHaveBeenMissoldPPI.com emails you five minutes later to let you know that you have been mis-sold PPI. You delete the emails and forget about Richard and Sophie until a week later when they’re back in your inbox, and you start to wonder: how did they get your contact information? And how can you protect yourself from spam? Continue reading

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Important Windows Server Security Update

On Friday, 14 April, the Shadow Brokers, a known hacker group, released hacking tools stolen from the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA).

These tools were designed by the NSA for their Equation Group, and are highly classified software built to be used on the systems of a wide range of major organisations, businesses, and governments. Continue reading

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Windows vs Linux

It’s hardly a new debate, but the arguments in favour of either a Linux or Windows operating system are as relevant as ever. While Windows dominates the desktop, Linux is generally preferred in the data centre, though Windows has a strong presence there too. We already looked at the choice of the latest Linux and Windows operating systems available on our VPS platform, but the process of actually selecting one deserves a special focus. Continue reading

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