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Joomla v3 iSQL Security Alert: Update to Joomla v3.2.3 Today

Published on March 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm by Sam Turner in: Web Hosting Articles

If you or any of your shared hosting customers use Joomla v3, please update to the latest version today in order to secure your database from a known security vulnerability present in versions 3.1.0 to 3.2.2.

Even if your website uses Joomla 3.2.2, you are strongly advised to update to the new version Joomla 3.2.3, released today, 13 March 2014.

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Website security: issues, risks and threats

Published on February 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm by Sam Turner in: Web Hosting Articles


What are the different types of website security issues, risks and threats, and what can make your business and website an attractive or susceptible target? Many small businesses feel they do not represent a worthwhile target to attackers, but as you will read, this assumption is plain wrong. All online entities face a variety of security risks and threats that should be understood and assessed.

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iWeb customers can now improve their website security using our new range of website services, including Firewalls, DDoS protection, content delivery optimization (CDN) and security monitoring.

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Understanding, Analyzing & Reducing Latency

Published on February 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm by Sam Turner in: Web Hosting Articles

In a previous post that explored where to locate your servers, one of the most important considerations was the latency (delay) between your servers and your principal markets. For a given website or application, this is most greatly influenced by the geographic distance and the quality of networking between your servers and your users.

It’s important to note that optimizing your websites and applications themselves has an enormous effect on the latency experienced by the user. However hosting infrastructure decisions and server configuration can also dramatically reduce latency without the need to compromise website design or application features.

Following the launch of our new data center locations, and with CDN on the way, this blog post looks at what causes latency, whether you should invest in reducing it, and what you can do today to reduce server latency and speed up content delivery.

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Small Business Server Backup Strategy Framework

Published on January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm by Sam Turner in: Web Hosting Articles


Use this framework when starting your backup strategy, or for help when setting up a cost-effective strategy with a iWeb hosting expert.

The framework consists of four main elements, to approach separately, plus approaches to restoring your entire server. Good server backup services offer the flexibility to address each of these framework elements separately, using file exclusion to pick only the folders and files you want to back up. That means a good backup strategy can not only save your data from being lost, it can save you money every day.

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How I reduced data center costs by 60%, increasing capacity by 100%

Published on January 6, 2014 at 12:14 pm by Gustavo Franklin Nóbrega in: Web Hosting Articles


The quick answer:  I moved my website from a big data center in the USA to iWeb, and virtualized every server with XenServer. Here’s how my team and the iWeb sysadmins did it.

I work at eSapiens Internet, a small IT company that runs a social network in Brazil. Today we have around 500,000 unique visitors per day, and 250,000,000 page views per month. Keeping all our web servers and databases servers running well together is not an easy task.

Before October 2013, we had more than 30 dedicated servers connected by a 1Gbps network and a few shared iSCSI storage volumes. All these servers ran CentOS with nGinx above it. Backend web servers ran php-fpm and backend database servers PostgreSQL.

All services were very well configured and we were getting the optimal performance that a dedicated server could provide. But we still thought this might not be the best solution we could get, so we looked to a new solution, which I’ll describe now.esapiens
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