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WordPress 3.6.1 Maintenance and Security Release

Published on September 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm by iWeb Technologies in: Web Hosting Articles

WordPress have released a new version of their PHP blogging framework, September 11, 2013, which contains important maintenance and security updates. iWeb recommends that whether you’re hosting with us or not, take the time to update your version of WordPress and avoid the dangers of hacking. Read on for more information about the release!wordpress-3-6-1 Continue reading »

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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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.

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The iWeb blog is now available in Spanish

Published on September 1, 2009 at 7:00 am by iWeb Technologies in: iWeb Articles

The iWeb blog is now available to the Hispanic web community, who can join the English and French readership which relies on the blog to keep abreast of the trends and issues concerning Internet hosting. The blog is available here.

With posts dating back to 2001, the iWeb blog is one of the first blogs dedicated to web hosting to be published on the internet.

“The iWeb blog has been our preferred communication tool for many years now,” confirmed Martin Leclair, who co-founded iWeb in 1996. “With the blog, we can share everything; especially news and trends. The blog is our main communication tool in case of emergency. ” says Martin, who learned Spanish while spending several months in Latin America.

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