Avoiding those hosting nightmares

Yes, hosting has become a LOT more complex over the years and the above video from a US colleague sums it up well. A few years back it was quite an easy game for entrepreneurs to get into and make good money. In 2014 it has become a lot harder. The fact is that the online world has become more hostile and competitive. There's more traffic online and more nasty individuals or bots trying to hack … [Read more...]

What’s Going Horribly Wrong with Online Design

The problem with so many online websites today is that there's too little design input. Yes, content is king, especially if you run a blog, school or community site. But for business websites, design is important too. Business are often happy to let amateurs do it all, often using templates to save time and costs. The growing use of Facebook as a business presence doesn't help. The branding is … [Read more...]

Amazon EC2 Cloud vs Dedicated Server Hosting

Our previous post wasn't that kind towards amazon's EC2 web hosting offering. To prove we're not anti-amazon or just massaging results here, I've found a 10min extract of a conference presentation from another developer out of Canada that has utilised both the Amazon cloud and more traditional dedicated hosting options. The stats make for interesting reading and it's information seldom talked … [Read more...]

Amazon EC2 Cloud Hosting Review

We've recently been caught up with a new client that insists upon moving their hosting from a local VPS host provider to the Amazon EC2 cloud solution in Sydney.  We did need an upgrade, since the $100/mth VPS host I initially set them up with (for around 20 websites) was now under-performing, running out of RAM and CPU resource on occasion, especially when under bot attack. My own … [Read more...]

6 Ways Websites Can Win Over Clients

When it comes to website design, we're all in a rut. Disconnected from what customers are looking for. Examine the typical website. There's an about page, list of services or products, contact details, FAQ area, news page and often something more on the company history or the owners. Five, maybe ten pages at most. These sites are just plain boring - Have nothing that stands out to engage the … [Read more...]