Archive for November, 2012

Do I need a vulnerability assessment?

Published on November 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

The CVE (Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures) database includes over 59,000 known information security threats. While the techniques used to access your data or alter website code vary greatly, a security breach usually has one of these aims:

  • Database access and the theft or corruption of personal or sensitive data
  • Altering website code in order to change what users see
  • Intercepting personal and sensitive data
  • Denial of Service (DoS) attacks that render services unavailable

If you’re thinking about having a security expert or your hosting provider evaluate your website or server vulnerability, here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to help you decide.

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Unmetered hosting, traffic & bandwidth guide

Published on November 16, 2012 at 11:17 am by iWeb Technologies in: Hosting Essentials

Unmetered hosting means a hosting plan with unmetered traffic. The price you pay each month does not depend on the amount of traffic (data) sent to and from your server during the month. But unmetered does not mean unlimited.

In fact unmetered hosting plans are often very limited in the amount of data you can send and receive, because data is often transferred between your servers and the public web at a lower speed.

This blog post will look at the terminology of server traffic and bandwidth. We’ll also explain how to get a clear picture of exactly what you are buying.

Unmetered Hosting & Bandwidth Guide

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ADVA FSP 3000 deployed

Published on November 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

We’re pleased to announce the deployment of the high-capacity, energy-efficient ADVA FSP 3000 optical transport solution throughout our high-speed Montréal network.

The ADVA FSP 3000 is the most efficient, reliable and scalable solution available and will help us scale our network while maintaining our promise of 100% uptime.

ADVA & iWeb for a better network

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Website design brief – 8 things to consider

Published on November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am by iWeb Technologies in: Web Marketing Articles

Every website development project is unique, and therefore so is every brief. But there are some common elements to consider that will help you cover all the right bases.

Your website will be tailored to the needs of your audience and your organization’s goals – hopefully these are already pretty closely aligned. And like any project, your website project will require some trade off between cost, timescales and quality. So we can’t give you all the answers, but we can give you some inspiration and reassurance.

1 Goals

Start with the goals and objectives of your website – why are you are building this site? Think about goals from both your organisation and your users point of view. If you have specific, quantified objectives, you can include these.

Your organisation’s goals might include:

  • Business goals (selling dog baskets in North & South America)
  • Marketing goals (positioning your brand as leaders in easy-clean dog basket materials)
  • Communications goals (providing details of upcoming dog basket expos)

An overview of the hierarchy of goals, with any supporting information, gives a designer the context and direction that allows them put their creativity to good use in terms of content and design.

Understanding what you want users to do or find on your website also helps you to plan the optimum, typical or desired journey through the site.

2 Brand

Make it easy for the designer to reflect your brand profile and personality. If you have a corporate style guide, complete with palette, 100+ logo use scenarios and punctuation rules to read as gospel, attach them to your brief.

If you just have an idea in your mind of how you want users to perceive you, try and articulate this. Perhaps provide examples of brands who occupy a similar or relative space in your market, or another market entirely.

If you have a defined value proposition, strapline or current brand advertising that can be adapted to your website, share it. The more creative direction you provide now, the fewer revisions you will need later. (more…)

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When the cloud weathered the storm

Published on November 6, 2012 at 11:28 am by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

The internet is about people and hardware as well as the information sharing they facilitate. Among the infrastructure impacted by hurricane Sandy last week, the web felt the disruptive force of nature. It also helped people to tell the unusual story of what happens when a hurricane strays north.

Its easy to forget about the work that goes on behind the scenes of the internet. The people and the hardware that host, power and facilitate the medium. We tend to think about the words, images, videos and data, and even the people who create them, and less about the infrastructure they rely on.

This is more true than ever in the age of the cloud. To the end user, cloud hosting is not about paravirtualized drivers and hypervisors but data accessibility and simple interfaces. For cloud-based services, the model is an opportunity for brands and services that make access to data and media simple, reliable and a little bit fluffy.

Clouds collide

The clouds making the headlines last week were more tangible. Indeed, they could be seen from space in satellite images published on weather and news websites charting the course of hurricane Sandy across the ocean to New York and New Jersey.

Sandy was bigger global news than many other hurricanes because it reached the north east of the United States. And the unprecedented demand for information this produced was met head-on, even fuelled by, an enormous variety of web reporting and footage. (more…)

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