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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Page Speed & Caching

Page load times can be significantly improved by asking visitors to save and reuse the files included in your website.

  • Reduces page load times for repeat visitors
  • Particularly effective on websites where users regularly re-visit the same areas of the website
  • Benefit-cost ratio: high

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Everything you need to know about HTML5

As the standard markup language used to create web pages and applications, HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is a fundamental building block of the World Wide Web. Together with CSS and JavaScript, HTML code is interpreted by web browsers to render pages. Individual HTML elements are defined by tags within angle brackets (< and >) to determine the content and layout.

The latest iteration of HTML is HTML5, which introduced a new generation of features and standards for web creators. But HTML5 has been running wild for a good few years now, so how exactly has it shaken things up? Continue reading

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Ways to protect your WordPress site

As WordPress grows in popularity, it becomes more and more important to protect your WordPress installation. With more and more people using it to run their websites, hackers view WordPress as a quick and easy way to control servers. Continue reading

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Why Software Updates Matter

Popular software is usually popular for a reason: it does its job well. It also helps when software is relatively easy to use. People flock to solutions like WordPress because they offer the functionality they need alongside an interface that’s simple to get on with. Once users get familiar with the ways to achieve the desired results on their chosen platform, they’re often sold on it for life. But can you get too comfortable using a particular piece of software? Or more specifically, a particular version of that software?

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