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Cloud Servers vs Shared Hosting vs VPS vs Dedicated Server

I’ve been working in the web hosting field for over a decade now and I’ve seen almost all the changes that have shaped this industry into what it has become today. There have been some small and some major innovations but with cloud hosting, I felt that we finally had a product which offered the best of all that came before it. However, for anyone new to the world of web hosting it adds another piece in a complicated puzzle. To make it easy for those wondering about the right option for them, we bring this concise guide


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Install these WordPress Plugins – Backend Management Edition

WordPress is the most popular CMS in use. We did the research for you and presented plugins that help enhance security and user experience in the past few weeks. Today, we take a look at WordPress plugins which will help you manage your WordPress back end with one click. Install these WordPress plugins for one click backend management. They not only make your life easy but ensure continuity.

Improve search engine rankings with Yoast: Once in a while we see a product that transcends the boundaries between beginners and experts, software like WordPress. Yoast fits that description perfectly in making it easy for anyone to optimize their blog for search engines. It is great at


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Install these WordPress Plugins – User Experience Edition

I rate WordPress as the best of all the CMS I’ve worked with. And I’ve worked with most of them! I use many plugins to enhance the productivity and user experience of my visitors. In the last few posts we discussed security plugins, today we take a look at plugins that help improve your visitor’s experience.

Fight spam with Akismet: Comments are just as important as spam is annoying. As your blog grows, you’ll notice spam comments go up from a few dozen a day to thousands every day over time. It is not easy to manually filter spam from actual comments. Allowing them to be visible on your blog is suicidal! The best free way to fight WordPress comment spam is


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Top 10 WordPress Security Plugins

WordPress offers a lot of great features including security measures to make your life easy for managing a website, but you have to also make some extra efforts to ensure your data remains protected. However, you must still backup the WordPress security plugins you use and follow all the WordPress security tips that can’t be automated by these WordPress security plugins.

Following up on our previous post on WordPress security tips, we dug deeper and found certain WordPress security plugins that can automate most security fixes for you. Here we go:


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Top 7 Security Tips and Tweaks for WordPress

WordPress is a great CMS, we use it for this blog! It is the most popular CMS platform in use on the Internet today. People use it for blogs, websites and eCommerce as well as other purposes. When a software is this popular, it attracts positive and negative attention. A website that uses WordPress as its CMS has to make sure it takes measures to implement basic security. Relying completely on WordPress to provide security can be dangerous and lead to a hacked website. While managed WordPress hosting is a great idea to let the service provider handle the updates and basic security, there are a few things you can do to protect your website. Today, we’ve put together the top 7 security tips and tweaks for WordPress based blogs, websites and eCommerce sites.


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Here Are The Basics Of Protecting Your Dedicated Server From DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks are capable of taking a website down in minutes. They can also considerably reduce the capacity of a network or a datacenter. DDoS protection scripts, firewall software and other traditional prevention systems are not likely to be able to hold for long. DDoS protection exists but it can be expensive as it’s an additional cost which is more or less similar to insurance. DDoS scripts can scan the web for servers with known vulnerabilities and exploit them. Even though most servers can’t be completely prepared to prevent DDoS attacks, you can take some measures to minimize the risks. We have put together some tips to help you get the basics out of the way.

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The Pirate Bay is Down

World’s most resilient piracy website was taken down on Tuesday. The Pirate Bay is still down. Users have been waiting for a couple of days now to see if the site will come back online again. Alternative torrent websites that are still online are reporting 5-10% spike in traffic.


According to sources, Swedish police took it up on themselves in Stockholm to raid and seize servers, computers and other equipment that powered website. The police has also arrested a crew and the chances of the site’s comeback may also depend on the information this unidentified crew member gives up. Since it was taken down, many mirrors have popped up with old, inaccurate content but none are fully operational at the moment. Some are probably honeypot for malware and should be avoided. While some reports suggest that seems to be the site’s new home.


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Types Of Security To Protect A Dedicated Server From DDoS Attack

A dedicated server exists to serve a company’s employees, clients or visitors and its worst nightmare is a DDoS attack. A DDoS attack doesn’t paralyze the server, it stops everyone else from accessing it. Hypothetically, if a dedicated server can handle 100 visitors in a minute, an attacker has to send only 100 requests per minute to deny legitimate users access to the server. The perpetrator of a DDoS attack may target a web server to damage the brand it is serving, for activism, etc. or simply because they didn’t have anything else to do! Unfortunately, targeting a server for DDoS attack is quite easy.


These days DDoS attacks vary in size, technique and sophistication. However, since they serve the same purpose, you can secure your server by taking defensive measures to prepare it for an attack. Given that any server without adequate security measures is vulnerable to an attack, below we have listed the


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Sony Pictures Hacked: Massive Attack Paralysed The Company For At Least Two Days

Sony Pictures Hacked

Sony Picture Entertainment’s internal network was paralysed in a massive hack. The breach triggered in a complete shut down of all the systems. While employees resorted to using pen and paper, IT was unable to resolve the issue for two days.


According to Variety, after Sony Pictures Hacked, internal IT had to advised all its employees not to connect to corporate network or emails and to shut down their computers and to disconnect Wi-Fi on mobile devices. The hack did not impact Sony’s other divisions.
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Host Surf UK is Offering a FREE XBOX ONE + FIFA 15 BUNDLE with its Dedicated Server Packages


The Holiday season has started early at Host Surf UK. The dedicated hosting provider is offering a Free XBOX One and the FIFA 15 Bundle with its Windows dedicated server packages.


UK based dedicated server specialist, Host Surf UK, has launched the Christmas sales promotion you’ve been waiting for. Buy that Windows Dedicated Server you’ve always wanted from Host Surf UK and get a XBOX One with FIFA 15 for Christmas present. The offer is open for existing and new customers who order a new Windows dedicated server before 31st December, 2014.


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