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We break down the jargon and go back to basics to help you understand your hosting solution – from web speed affecting Google ranking and cloud vs dedicated, to more technical topics like cPanel vs Plesk or clustering and mirroring.

#BacktoBasics: What is Service Monitoring?

29.10.2013 by Emma Blunt

In the world of IT, service monitoring refers to a system used by hosting providers to check on servers within a network. The system's purpose is to ascertain whether each server is online and working as it should be. It's…

#BacktoBasics: What is an Operating System?

17.10.2013 by Emma Blunt

An operating system (OS) is the software that runs on computer systems and basically tells them what to do. Without it, they would be fairly useless! When you think about it, most of the time there are lots of programmes…

#BacktoBasics: What is a Cache?

6.9.2013 by Emma Blunt

Caches are all about accelerating computer speed and efficiency, which is all very useful in our fast-paced digital world. The dictionary describes a cache (pronounced like the word 'cash') as "an auxiliary memory from which high-speed retrieval is possible" and,…

#BacktoBasics: What is DNS?

4.9.2013 by Emma Blunt

As internet users, we frequently use the Domain Name System (DNS) but not all of us will be able to explain what it is and what it actually does. Not to worry; it's all explained in this post. The DNS…

#BacktoBasics: What is SaaS?

22.8.2013 by Emma Blunt

Everyone loves an acronym but when technology is involved, they can be difficult to decipher. So, what is SaaS and what is it used for? SaaS stands for Software as a Service. In essence, it is a way for companies…

#BacktoBasics – What is PCI Compliance?

7.8.2013 by Emma Blunt

PCI Compliance is all about ensuring a high standard of payment card data protection. But what standards do companies need to meet in order to achieve compliance and what does it mean for their customers? For companies dealing with customer…

#BacktoBasics – What is Load Balancing?

5.8.2013 by Emma Blunt

In this face-paced world of ours, slow page-load speeds can be very irritating. For a business, they can also deplete a customer base and damage reputation. So, what is load balancing and how can it help? Websites are hosted on…

#BacktoBasics – Exchange Servers

30.7.2013 by Emma Blunt

Correspondence is an integral part of our daily lives, and the quicker messages are sent and delivered, the better; which is why so many organisations implement an exchange server. From Google Mail to Hotmail, there are plenty of email options…

#BacktoBasics – Dedicated Hosting for Beginners

26.7.2013 by Emma Blunt

It sounds promising but what exactly is dedicated hosting and how do you know if it’s the right solution for your business? Dedicated hosting, as you might logically assume from its name, means that the server used to host your…

#BacktoBasics: What is Hybrid Cloud?

25.7.2013 by Alice Cullen

It might sound like a scientific experiment gone wrong but the hybrid cloud is actually a sophisticated and cost-efficient hosting solution bringing the best of cloud together into one. With so much buzz around cloud, it is hard to know…