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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!

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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).

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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 … 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.

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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