What is DDoS and why should I care


41% of companies suffered a DDoS attack in 2014, their websites or systems either disrupted or taken offline completely. One in five were offline for a whole day. Reaction time is a factor in DDoS, so business owners, webmasters and IT managers should understand the risk that DDoS poses to their own business, and have a contingency plan in place.


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A denial-of-service (DoS) is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its users. For many businesses, that translates as an attempt to overload your website with spam traffic, with the aim of sending it offline. DDoS simply means distributed denial-of-service, or, in other words, many different computers bombarding your site at once in order to be more effective in their goal, and harder to identify and stop.

DDoS on the increase

DDoS attacks are on the increase. In 2012, a survey by analytics company Neustar showed that 22% of UK companies had experienced a disruptive DDoS attack during the year, 37% of which had lasted more than 24 hours. By 2014, Neustar’s survey showed that the proportion of UK companies suffering


R1Soft backup how to exclude files efficiently


Excluding files from regular R1Soft backups can save bandwidth and storage space. But it also costs time. In fact, excluding very large numbers of files can add days to the time it takes to back up your server – unless you follow this guide to excluding files efficiently in R1Soft.

Why does file exclusion take time?

R1Soft server backup manager is block-based backup. And while block-based storage is very flexible and convenient for storing and accessing data, it is at odds with excluding certain files and including others.

In order to exclude files, the R1Soft system reads all the blocks of data on your server in order to find the files to be excluded, then excludes them as blocks. Even excluding whole folders requires this process to be run in order to exclude all the correct files.

This means that file exclusion is a very useful feature if you wish to exclude one or two files. But when you wish to exclude whole folders and large numbers of files, the process becomes very inefficient and the time it takes to run a


Hosting for web agencies growing pains

Startup Stock Photos
Startup Stock Photos

The aim of any web agency or hosting reseller is to develop their portfolio of client websites and applications. Planning for growth with a scalable hosting solution, and finding a long-term hosting partner, is what makes that development as economical and painless as possible. We know, because at Mandoline, we learned the hard way. Here are the challenges, setbacks and successes we encountered on our journey.

Step 1: Initial Setup

As a small startup looking to provide a wide variety of digital services ranging from website design and development to application development and web optimization, we initially just needed to find an easy and affordable hosting solution to get us started.

The challenge

If you are not really tech savvy, or if you don’t know a whole lot about servers and hosting, it can get scary to make a choice of server architecture. As small business owners it’s easy to be drawn to the more affordable “entry-level” solutions. Being on a tight budget doesn’t help to make a clear decision.

Hosting solution #1: 1x “unlimited” Shared Hosting plan
(available from


Sports Betting Common Myths

Sports betting is not something new, in fact, as this kind of betting is already there for years ago. The only different, this time you do it online. Speak of sports betting, though many people consider this game as their favorite, but you also find some people that hate it to the core. They can’t be blamed for the false knowledge about sports betting. Many people believe that, if you have no luck, then you can’t win.

Look further, for any casino games that you play, you rely on luck, but depending on the game that you choose, luck is not the only thing. It takes also the combination of skill, knowledge, and good site to play that sports betting game. Just like when you consider to play sports betting at netbet, it is not merely luck that makes you can win, but the way you place your odds and so on.

There are many people win and keep good fortune from sports betting, but there are also some people that lost huge amount of money, and you better know that, it is not because sports betting, but simply they are to reckless when

Free Web Hosting Getting Started

Domain name. Hosting. Content. These are the three essentials to putting your website on the Internet. With all the different domain name extensions, registration terms, hosting packages and technical jargons (ie. FTP, SMTP, PHP, etc.) – the simple vision of your own website online has now turned into something mind boggling, confusing and intimidating.

Let’s help you break the entire process down into simple, easy-to-follow (and understandable) steps.

1. The purpose of your website

The first thing you need to do is make a list of why you want a website. Do you want a website because you want to share your writings or photos with friends or family? Or do you want to sell your products online?

2. Decide on a domain name

When you’ve determined the purpose of your website then it’ll be easy to come up with a suitable domain name (ie. name for the website). Don’t fall into the “free” trap – many free web hosting service providers gives you a free website name. But what you don’t realize is, your website name will be a derivative of “http://www.serviceprovider.com/subfolder/…/yourMemberID”. Not exactly the most user-friendly nor professional name now.

A common misunderstanding is that you can get a domain name for free.


Changing Web Hosting Service Providers

There are many reasons why individuals or companies want to change to a new web hosting company. It could be as simple as not enough storage space or bandwidth, or it could be due to its customer service, or lack thereof.

Easier said than done? Changing to a new web hosting company may sound like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be that complex – there are just a few things to keep in mind.

    1. Keep your web hosting account with your existing host open

It is recommend that you keep your existing web hosting account active until you have completed the transition steps (ie. new account setup, file transfer, email creation and setup, DNS modification and propagation).This will ensure that your website and domain email accounts will be running during the transition.

    1. Choose a suitable new web hosting provider

Considerations include:

a) Type of OS (Windows vs. Linux) – it depends on the technologies your website requires. For example, if your website requires ASP, MSSQL, MSACCESS or other Microsoft-specific technologies, then you will need to find a Windows-platform web hosting plan.

b) Bandwidth and disk space requirements

    1. Make a backup copy of your existing website: download old account files

Ideally, files should be downloaded in

Basic Features of Free Web Hosting

Looking for a free web hosting solution is an imperative decision. Try to identify a reliable web host can be a daunting task especially with so many service providers and options available nowadays. Throw in the feature sheets and promises, the task can be that much more intimidating.

But it doesn’t have to be. Let’s take a look at some of the most common features a good free web hosting provider should offer:

Disk Space and Bandwidth

Disk space refers to the amount of storage space assigned to you by the free web hosting provider. This space will be used to store your web site files, including text, images, audio, etc. files you use for your website.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of traffic that is allowed to access and leave your website. Access means every time a visitor types in your website name in their browser. Leave means every time a visitor receives something from your website, whether it be viewing a photo, listening to an audio clip or downloading a file.

For example, if your website has a lot of graphics (ie. photographs) then you will require higher storage and greater bandwidth.

Website Creator and FTP

If this is your first website and you

Free Website vs Facebook which first

Free Website vs. Facebook – which first?

So you’ve decided it is time to establish an online presence for your business. Your buddy suggests getting your own website; your teenage nephew says, Facebook Page is free and not to mention the millions of users you can reach!

Now which one do you choose, your own website or a Facebook Page?

Creating a Facebook Page is easy. Signup. Write. Post. Tada! Your page is now accessible to millions of potential customers.

Facebook Pages, or any social networking sites give you an extra reach you don’t get with your website. It can help you promote your business to a massive audience without costing you a dime. It allows you to develop your company image and get creative with your audiences and customers.

However, to develop a long term business strategy and loyal customers, you need your own website, and here’s why:

Problems with social networking sites:

  1. No ownership, no control. Social networking sites can change its policies, lose data, or one day goes out of business, all at their own discretion.
  2. Not everyone is on social media networking sites. For example, the majority of Facebook users in the United States are female between the ages of 18-25.
  3. A social media

Getting the Word Out as Cheaply as Possible in 2016

A new year is upon us – a time that energizes us and strengthens our resolve to do something more with this coming year than we did with the last.

For web hosts and other small businesses it’s a time for renewed commitment to advertise products and services, get new customers, and maximize revenues.

But like all New Year resolutions, sometimes the truth of the situation doesn’t meet your ambition – how are you going to get more customers with hardly any money in the advertising/marketing budget?

This is the ultimate problem solving exercise – how do you get more bang for the buck when there’s barely a buck to be spent?

When the going gets tough, it’s time to get creative.

Here are some possible ideas that will help you spread the word about your business in 2016 that cost very little, or nothing at all.

1. Press the flesh – get REALLY social

In a world of social media and online marketing there is an assumption that being social means getting on the computer and posting on Facebook. There are a considerable number of opportunities in every community that will allow you to get out there and meet real people who might

Overcoming Procrastination

Of course, we are all guilty of procrastination, but for some it appears they are crippled by putting things off until they never happen. If you are in business, procrastination can be deadly.

Imagine – you didn’t get round to sending that cancellation form for your gym membership, and your credit card was charged $2000. Because you didn’t pay your bills this month this maxed out your credit card. And because your credit card was maxed out your domain name wasn’t renewed. Because you don’t check your email so often – even though you said you would – you never received the notification from the domain provider. The next time you log into your site, there’s an advert were your website used to be. All your customers leave you…

This is the power of procrastination.

What are the causes of procrastination?

Procrastination is definitely a different process to laziness – some of the most active people still procrastinate.

Imagine a task where you had to peel 200 pounds of potatoes, free of charge. Obviously, this would be a laborious, tedious task and at the end there would be no benefit for completing the task. Who wouldn’t want to put off doing something

New Year Resolutions for People with Startups

It’s the same every year… Millions and millions of people worldwide set out their New Year resolutions at the end of December.

Of course, on a personal front it’s always something like “lose weight” or “make more money”. But for budding entrepreneurs resolutions usually sound something like “start that business I have been talking about” or, if the business is already off the ground, “get that startup of mine really moving”.

The only problem is that regardless of whether they are personal or business resolutions, they are usually a distant memory come the second week of January.

Why do so many people fail to stick to New Year’s resolutions?

Usually it’s a cross between being overambitious and not planning carefully enough. Putting some thought into what you want to achieve on the business front will definitely pay off as far as ticking off your resolutions are concerned. But how you feel about what you are doing is obviously very important, too.

So, how do you do it? How do you make sure that the promises you make to yourself turn into actions that help you fulfill your business goals?

Remember the 7 Ps

If it’s good enough for the

Improving Customer Loyalty in Web Hosting

Let’s face it – a lot of companies are offering very similar products and services, and that’s especially true in the web hosting industry. Simply do a search for ‘shared web hosting’ and up comes a seemingly endless list of companies whose offerings could meet your needs. There really is nothing in it – many companies offer an unlimited number of websites, unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth and 24/7 support, thinking that somehow this differentiates them from the next “unlimited” company in the list.

As someone who has been in the Internet field for over 2 decades, I have met a lot of people using web hosting companies. While often people seem to be happy to have an opportunity to bitch about their web hosts, others are fascinatingly loyal to their providers. It is almost as if there is a sense of pride in the fact they have they found a web host that provides the type of service people want.

Whether that’s an indictment of the web hosting industry in general, I don’t know, but I can tell you what people who are happy with their hosts have said to me. Here then is a list of the comments they have

Right Infrastructure for your Reseller Business

Choosing the right hosting provider for your business can be a harrowing experience for anyone who is not well versed with server infrastructure and its subtleties. Here are guidelines that will assist you in choosing the right infrastructure for your reseller business.

Server Capabilities

Servers are of primary concern to an online business. Make sure your hosting provider offers the following services:

● Uninterrupted power and backup
● Efficient cooling
● Requirement specific hardware brands
● Technical support

Language / Platform Support

The two most common web hosting packages offered by companies are Windows Hosting and Linux Hosting.

Linux is known for it being open source. It is also relatively less expensive. In addition, it is easier to create websites in Linux, because of which it is one of the most popular operating systems for web developers.

Business Agility

With technological innovations rapidly changing the market place, business agility should be an important focus of an organization. Streamlining infrastructure creates an efficient workflow. With constant dynamic changes in the business, it is important to be able to adapt, with respect to the web hosting infrastructure.

For example, change in design or concept of a website, such as addition of an ecommerce module,

The Internet of Things

One of the key buzzwords at the moment is the curiously entitled ‘Internet of Things’ – usually abbreviated to ‘IoT’. The term was introduced in the 1990s by a founder of MITs’ Auto-ID Center, Kevin Ashton, who was part of a research team looking at how everyday things could link to the Internet.

Despite the prevalence of the term across the Internet, what IoT actually is eludes many people. What follows is a rough cut analysis of what IoT is, what it does, and what we can expect from it in the future.

What is ‘IoT’?

The Internet is no more than a network of computers. Some of these computers belong to web hosts who own servers that provide the hosting infrastructure that houses websites. Some of these computers sit in the homes of billions of Internet users who use their PCs to visit their favourite websites, enjoy the occasional video, and chat with friends on Facebook.

Imagine now that as well as computers, everyday items were also able to connect to the Internet.

Let’s take your fridge for example. You are at work but the kids are at home. They drink your last can of Coca Cola before you

Why your company needs a blog

As a web host, you might have set up thousands of blogs for your customers but never once considered needing one yourself. Why, you might ask yourself, do you need a blog? Well, the immediate answer is fairly simple: check these out:

The Official Microsoft Blog
Official Google Blog
AWS Official Blog

If companies like Microsoft, Google, AWS and Rackspace need a blog, YOU need a blog!

We are only a small company – what do we need a blog for?

A good blog is an ideal tool for promoting a web hosting business, or any other business of any size. Yes, of course you have a website. But chances are that your website is big and polished, and perhaps a bit rigid.

Having a blog associated with your website gives you the potential to quickly and easily add news and new content to your site without bringing in a designer and a coder. A blog is quick, easy and cost-efficient.

But really – why?


As we said, your website is very probably shinny and has all the bells and whistles, but none of that really counts with Google. Google likes content. Google Search now offers

Azure Private Cloud Ship it

Azure Private Cloud: Ship it

October 1, 2014 by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

Imagine the interface, features and benefits of Microsoft Azure, hosted on private servers, within a firewall, in the jurisdiction of your choice, available to your applications, employees or hosting customers, according to your own pricing and access decisions. Now stop imagining and ship it, by following these three steps.


Step 1: Get your head around private cloud

Private Cloud gives you all the benefits of cloud computing and storage, on your own private servers. It differs from Public Cloud in so far as the users of Public Cloud all share the same servers, and are subject to the pricing and terms of use of the Public Cloud provider (e.g. iWeb Cloud, Rackspace Cloud, Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure). With Private Cloud you have the exclusive use of your hardware and pay a fixed rate for software licenses and hardware/data center costs.

Cloud computing itself uses virtualization to pool the resources of several physical computers and allow you to create as many virtual computers (virtual machines, or VMs) as you need. That makes managing your data center easier. You can deploy a server in seconds,

What Type of Hosting Do You Need

There are many web hosting options available nowadays: free web hosting, shared hosting, dedicated server, and the list goes on. All these options serve the same purpose, which is hosting your content so that it can be accessed and viewed by people on the Internet. The major difference is how each is structured as well as the benefits they offer.

Let’s have a closer look at each of them.

Free Web Hosting

What can be better than a free web hosting plan? This is a great option for someone who wants to create a homepage or small website to share with friends and family. While free web hosting has received criticism for its lack of features, security and customer support, there are a few reliable free web hosting providers that you can trust. However, keep in mind that free web hosting is more geared for giving you a taste of having and maintaining a small, personal website. If you want to establish a powerful web presence with an online business, you will need to consider a paid hosting service that offers more control, security and reliability.

Shared Hosting

As the name implies, shared hosting is an environment where you are sharing space on a

Is your free web hosting provider promising you things it can’t deliver

Even the most respected free web hosting provider can make promises it can’t keep. While some of these promises seem harmless or insignificant, some people might argue that it is never right to mislead your customers.

Here are some of the common “misleading” promises broken.

Promise to provide Unlimited Disk Storage.

No web hosting company can provide an unlimited amount of disk storage. It is not possible. Many web hosting companies are relying on the fact that no customer actually need a huge amount of disk space. If you do, they’d advice that you’ve outgrown the free web hosting services and need a more expensive dedicated hosting plan.

Promise of Free Domain Names.

Domain names are not free. When you register for a domain name, a registration fee is required by the domain registry. This fee is to ensure that you have rights to use the domain name for the duration of the registration term.

If a web hosting company is giving out free domain names, it’s usually under one of the following conditions:

  1. You are beholden to the web hosting company if you want to continue to use your domain name, or
  2. Instead of having your own domain name (ie. yourdomain.com), you’re given a subdomain or

Questions about Free Web Hosting

All websites need a web host. A web hosting plan gives you access to a web server, which you can store your web files and share all data with the world.

There are many different web hosting plans on the market and one of them is the free web hosting option. Here are some common questions about free web hosting.

Free Web Hosting – is it really free?

Yes, many different companies offer free web hosting services at no cost. However, a common set back is most of these free web hosting plans do not offer sufficient features you need for your website and/or most of them force you to place advertisements on your website.

What can I do with free web hosting?

You can do pretty much anything you would do with a regular web hosting plan, except you are limited by the amount of server resources. You have to keep in mind that common features such as PHP programming, MySQL databases, CGI scripts and FTP may not be available.

Your monthly bandwidth allotment might be limited as well – if you web has a large number of visitors, it will require more bandwidth. The challenging part of this is that you may experience

The Boundaries of Web Hosting Support

Website creation, web design, scripting, database, eCommerce, search engine optimization, keywords, control panels, FTP, email clients, bandwidth, disk spce, IP addresses, DNS, domain names, etc. These terms and phrases are related to the web hosting industry and can easily be found in many web hosting providers’ glossary and knowledgebase. All of this can be very overwhelming to a new website owner or something new to web hosting. There seems to be a web hosting solution for almost every problem related to the Internet, but not all of the problems are within the boundaries of web hosting support.

Support Tickets

Many people become confused with what their web hosting provider should be able to help. When you visit the support section of most web hosting sites, you will see a menu that lists a variety of categories in which you can file your complaint or inquiry. Many of these categories appear to represent your problem, but that is not always the case.

For example, if you are having a problem editing your website’s template or installing a third party plug-in onto your website. You may assume that it is a scripting issue. However, in all actuality, it is not a scripting issue that