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Your business may be under attack from a silent enemy that is hard to detect. It works stealthily in the shadows to access and exploit your critical business information, sensitive confidential data and intellectual property, for commercial gain. The term ‘spyware,’ covers a wide variety of such sinister software programs that installs on a computer without the user’s knowledge to essentially hijack web browsers, monitor all user activity on a machine, open backdoors for remote attackers, steal personal information, display unsolicited advertising, and slow PC performance.


The threats and risks posed by spyware for businesses include loss of productivity, profitability and credibility, liability from privacy violations, increased helpdesk cost, and damage to brand reputation. Spyware remediation and countermeasures to keep your company computer systems as safe as possible are in fact as critical as antivirus and antispam measures.


How Does Spyware Work?


Spyware generally falls into two broad categories.


  1. Surveillance software that includes applications such as key loggers, screen capture devices and trojans used to collect sensitive information about the user for monetary exploitation

 

  1. Advertising spyware that can be used by legitimate companies to log information about the user’s browsing history, personal details and online shopping habits to download and display advertisements on your computer utilizing your system resources, such as RAM and CPU.


Once installed on a computer, the program begins logging keystrokes, monitors online purchasing, websites visited, personal data or scans your hard drive to gather valuable information, all of which is then silently transmitted to a third party via file transfers to be aggregated and used for either legal or illegal purposes.


How Does Spyware Infect A Computer?


Spywares are designed to do its work without attracting suspicion and uses a number of convincing disguises to get installed on a user’s computer.


Spyware can be downloaded from web sites, direct file sharing programs, free downloadable software, or even be hidden in email attachments and instant messaging applications. Users can unknowingly install the spyware by clicking on the attachment or weblink, or by downloading the software.


Spyware often relies on “Drive-by installs,” wherein innocuous-looking pop-up windows with “OK” or “Click Here To Read” buttons which, when clicked, leads to the spyware being downloaded. This method of infection is usually accompanied by some form of adware, unwanted toolbars, links, new bookmarks in web browsers, or users get a host of pop-up ads.


Spyware also uses flaws and security holes in certain web browsers.


Often users receive spyware by unwitting accepting an End User License Agreement from a software program.

The new breed of spyware is both clever and tenacious enough to remain undetected for long periods of time. This is when spyware detectors come in handy.


What Are Spyware Detectors?


Spyware detectors are antispyware programs that perform routine checks on the computer to block and prevent spyware infections so that your system is clear of any unwanted and threatening software. Antispyware applications protect organizations from spyware intrusions by automatically scanning and sending potential spyware to quarantine potential malware so that you can delete threats before they can do any damage to your computer software.


They also monitor incoming data from email, websites, and downloads of files to stop spyware programs from being installed. You won’t have to worry about which email attachments are safe to open or whether certain software is suitable for download.


Spyware detectors also send out alerts when a spyware tries to install itself on your computer and warns users against suspicious links within emails, websites and live chats.


Antispyware programs can speed up the computer and browsing performances by removing spyware, adware.


Install Antispyware To Protect Your Business Computers

 

Today, spyware detectors play a critical a role in securing an organization’s system, just like the antivirus and personal firewall software. Always purchase your antispyware program from a retail store or reputable online retailer so that you get a legitimate program. There are many free antispyware programs available on the net but some of these are really spyware programs in disguise and can end up infecting your computer.

Choose the best spyware detector for your business. One that can help scan, detect, remove and block spyware using a friendly and intuitive interface. There are some antispyware programs such as Malwarebytes, SuperAntispyware and Spybot – Search & Destroy  that have been designed specifically to protect your machine from spyware, while others block both viruses and spyware serving as a great endpoint security system, such as Avast Endpoint Protection,  Sophos Endpoint Protection or McAfee. Bitdefender’s GravityZone Business Security package is a more comprehensive security system that can easily detect and fight a variety of malware, ransomware and zero-day threats that may go undetected by traditional security products. For organizations that use a range of different devices and platforms, it may be good to give Trend Micro Worry-Free Business Security a try, as it provides protection for Windows, Mac, mobile devices and servers. Moreover it also stops emails carrying sensitive information from being sent out accidentally or even deliberately.

In today’s world of data threats, your business just cannot do without antivirus and antispyware software. Also implement proactive measures, such as being selective about what you download, reading licensing agreements, being aware of clickable ads and antispyware scams, to deal effectively with both known and unknown threats.

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The Internet has made sending and receiving information online a breeze. But there is also the threat of unauthorized viewing, data tampering, and phoney messages. Surprisingly, a lot of business owners do not fully understand how to use security tools at their disposal to keep cybercriminals and hackers at bay. It can be a real challenge to know where to start, when you are defending against malicious code that can damage your system and against cyberthieves on the lookout for sensitive data to sell on the black market. One thing every business can do to protect their website and customers is to use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, particularly if they run an e-commerce site or collect personal customer information through their site.


What Is SSL?


The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the most widely used Internet security protocol used today. This encryption technology protects your sensitive information as it travels between the visitors’ web browser and the web server of the website they are interacting with. This secure link ensures that all data is transmitted without being intercepted by prying hackers.


SSL encrypts all data before it is sent so that no one besides you and the website you’re submitting the information to, can see and access what you type into your browser. Random characters are inserted into the original information to make it incomprehensible for anyone without the proper encryption key. Therefore, if it does fall into the wrong hands there is nothing to worry about since the information is unreadable.


SSL Certificate Basics


When you visit a website that has an SSL certificate issued by a trustworthy authority, your browser (i.e. Internet Explorer®, Firefox® and Chrome™) will form a connection with the webserver, recognize the SSL certificate, and then connect your browser and the server so that confidential information can be exchanged.


To enable SSL on your site, you need to get an SSL Certificate that identifies you and install it on your web server. The SSL certificate must also be digitally signed by another trusted root certificate to prove that the SSL certificate provider can be trusted. Business owners can get standard and extended certificates along with tools to manage multiple certificates or security challenges.


Steps For Getting A SSL Certificate


Once you have selected Certification Authority vendor, send a request for certification and pay for the certificate.

Every CA will provide a Certification Practice Statement (CPS) with more specific information about their verification process and how long it will take to receive approval, depending on the complexity of your organization and the type of certification applied for. Business owners then have to go through various stages of vetting before they can install the certificate on their site and connect to a secure server on the web.


When the SSL Certificate is installed properly, you can access a site instantly by changing the URL from http:// to https://. The secure connection happens instantly and technically.


How Can Consumers Tell if a Website is Certified?

SSL is a transparent protocol which requires no interaction from the end user. Users can verify whether the web address in their browser displays a padlock, or, in the case of Extended Validation SSL, if there is both a padlock and a green bar. This assures visitors that the site is SSL certified and that your connection is automatically secured.


How Can SSL Be Used For Business?  

 

The most common applications of SSL are to secure payment transactions, system logins, email, data transfer, and any other sensitive data exchanged online.


If your organization has to comply with regional, national or international regulations, such as Payment Card Industry compliance, on data privacy and security then you will need an SSL certificate with the proper encryption. EV SSL provides advanced security measures to deal with the bigger risks that come with e-commerce today.

SSL is critical for protecting sensitive information such as customer names, phone numbers, addresses and credit card numbers. It also defends your site from malware and prevents malvertising from eating into your resources.

SSL secures webmail and helps establish secure connection between an email client such as Microsoft Outlook and an email server such as Microsoft Exchange.


SSL can also be used to secure intranet based traffic such as internal networks, extranets, and database connections. It also helps transfer of files over https and FTP(s) services safely.


Future-Proof Your Site With SSL Certificate


Online businesses can gain and retain their customer’s trust by getting SSL certification.  Lunarpages offers free dedicated  SSL certificate  and dedicated IP’s with all of our business plans or you can get a Dedicated SSL certificate on your account. Shared SSL certificate will function only with HTML, and cgi/perl based documents/scripts/carts but it will not work with ASP, JSP or PHP pages because of security restrictions on the servers. For that you will need to purchase a Dedicated SSL Certificate and Dedicated IP. If you’re still unsure about how SSL will affect your website, contact Lunarpages at 1-877-586-7207 (US/Canada) to know more.

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When you put your credit card number into a website for an online transaction, surely you know to look for signs of a secure website such as the padlock icon in the web browser or the green address bar.  This is one way to protect yourself from others breaking into your data. Google, Mozilla, and other major browsers are on a mission to make insecure HTTP a thing of the past. Google has made HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) and website loading speeds major ranking factors.  HTTPS uses a connection encrypted by transport-layer security to protect transmitted data from eavesdropping. Most browsers like Firefox and Chrome now prominently show ‘Not Secure’ warnings in the address bar and warnings also appear directly below form fields on pages using HTTP. These changes show that HTTPS is now a necessity for all sites, because of its privacy and security benefits.


Businesses depend upon SSL certificates to encrypt data and authenticate both internal and external systems and applications to ensure appropriate access. By having websites and endpoints on the Web configured with a SSL certificate, users are assured that the endpoint has been authenticated and any communication with these sites over the HTTPS protocol is encrypted. Complete encryption of data transfer with Secure Socket Layer certificates (SSL certificates) is quickly becoming the norm throughout the Internet.


The Need For Automated SSL Encryption


SSL certificates are used not just for browser-based security but also for secure server-to-server communication for applications and data exchange. The implementation of SSL certificates is rarely automated which means trying to recall special commands, going over steps to renew and deploy a certificate and then tackling complicated installation processes, which can be tricky even for experienced website administrators. The consequences of improperly configured or expired certificate can be disastrous for an organization amounting to financial losses, fines for non-compliance, and lower productivity.


All SSL digital certificates have a lifecycle anywhere between one and three years and upon expiration are not considered valid. SSL certificates need to be renewed at the end of their life to avoid outages, service disruption, and security concerns. Sometimes certificates may also need to be replaced earlier (e.g., bugs, end-of-life of SHA-1 hashing, change in company policy). Keeping certificates up to date, especially when maintaining a multitude of servers can be really annoying. Moving to an automated SSL certificate lifecycle processes takes out the need to rely on manual processes; it takes the guesswork out to improve efficiency and reduce security risks for your business. cPanel addresses the pain point of SSL installation and renewal through the AutoSSL feature.


Fully Automated SSL Encryption With AutoSSL


cPanel, Inc., has recently added a feature called AutoSSL (automated SSL) to automatically provision, issue, configure and install validated SSL certificates to its web hosting partners’ websites. Automated SSL also enables SSL on admin-based logins, email and internally running services in cPanel. AutoSSL is now available to all cPanel web hosting accounts and those running WHM version 60 or later. It is possible to view the logs for AutoSSL right from the WHM interface. AutoSSL automatically includes corresponding www. domains for each domain and subdomain in the certificate. But AutoSSL only includes domains and subdomains that pass a Domain Control Validation (DCV) test as proof of ownership of the domain.


Take The Hard Work Out With Automated SSL Encryption


With AutoSSL enabled, there is no need to fill out lengthy forms and no more having to manually copy certificates into place.  Your websites are automatically secured and encrypted with free Domain Validated SSL certificate and your coverage never lapses. A cronjob handles the request, download, and installation of new SSL certificates around expiration time for all of your hosted domains.


Secure Your Website With Automated SSL Encryption


Users will enjoy a more streamlined experience, with fully automatic issuance, renewal, validation, and setup of SSL certificates for all websites, logins, and endpoints on the server. An automated SSL encryption system eliminates common human errors in the process, which may be caused by the system admin or anyone installing the certificate. Automated SSL encryption improves the privacy, security, and trust of websites for the end users because there will be no lapse in a valid certificate.

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content-marketing.jpg2 Brands That Rock Content Marketing

Modern web users are always searching for new content to consume. From hot new startups to big businesses, everyone has to provide valuable content to engage their customers and keep them hooked in order to get visibility for their brand and also to stay relevant. Brands that are fully invested in content marketing are the ones driving conversions with informative and interactive content hubs, winning social media presences and use of innovative new technologies. They are the brands pushing the boundaries with their content marketing campaigns, always creating something fresh and inventive to capture audience attention and boost awareness.

Most SMBs look at the powerful content marketing efforts of large enterprises and mistakenly think they don’t have the digital resources to succeed with content themselves. When the reality is that it is possible for any business to succeed with content marketing, provided it has the right strategy in place. We can all learn from the best, so let’s take a look at two examples of top brands with killer content marketing sites.

Starbucks

With widely adopted mobile apps, and massive social audiences, Starbucks concentrates on social media branding that expertly expresses what the brand is all about. Starbucks does use posts to advertise products but it is done rather subtly and always with a lot of personality and originality. But the brand’s social channels are more …
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While Plesk offers many potential benefits to website administrators, including compatibility with Windows Server and other leading technologies, the company has also been working to differentiate it from other control panels for content management system (CMS) users. The headline product of those efforts is the Plesk WordPress Toolkit, a comprehensive integration which organizes and simplifies many processes for setting up and maintaining WordPress websites. The toolkit is widely used, and is installed on almost two-thirds of Plesk servers, according to a ZNetLive blog post.


WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS, and powers a staggering 28.5 percent of all sites on the internet, for a market share of nearly 60 percent according to w3techs. It is used by bloggers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, media companies, and enterprises to grow their audiences and engage with customers.


There are two versions of the Plesk WordPress Toolkit available. The SE (Special Edition) version is included with Plesk Web Admin Edition, and meant for use by site and server administrators. The full version is included with Plesk Web Pro Edition and Plesk Web Host Edition. The difference is that some of the advanced features in the full edition, such as cloning and syncing instances and staging environments are not included in WordPress Toolkit SE. With the special edition, updates are manual rather than automatic, and while the Toolkit does include 1-click hardening (more on that below), it only does so for instances which it has been used to install.


The Plesk WordPress Toolkit is designed for easy installation and use. It takes two clicks to install WordPress; one to choose the “Domains” menu under “Hosting Services,” and one on “Install WordPress,” toward the left side of the Domains options. The Toolkit is found on the “Extensions” page, which is seen under “Server Management” on the menu.  There it is the first option among the “Featured” extensions on the right side of the window.


Security


There are several key security features of the toolkit, including 1-click hardening through the security check feature. Hardening is defined by the University of Colorado’s Office of Information Technology as a process which “works to eliminate means of attack by patching vulnerabilities and turning off inessential services. Hardening a computer involves several steps to form layers of protection.”


In the Plesk WordPress Toolkit, hardening improves security by applying concepts like the “least privilege principle” and “defense in depth,” testing a number of known and potential attack vectors, reducing risks and attack surface, and layering controls.



To check WordPress security in Plesk Onyx Web Pro Edition, click “WordPress” under “Server Management” in the menu on the left side of the screen, and then from the “Installations” tab selecting those instances that should be checked, or all. When the user clicks “Check Security,” Plesk scans for the WordPress characteristics that hackers most often use in attacks on websites, such as a label indicating which release of WordPress the website uses, the default “wp_” prefix for database tables, and the privileged default “admin” username.


In addition to assessing each element as secure or in need of attention, the tool also identifies those changes that can be rolled back, and those that may affect plugin performance.


The security check can also be activated from the “Domains” page under “Hosting Services” in the side menu. Clicking on a domain name brings up the option in the “My CMS” section of the window.


Auto-Updates


Updating WordPress versions and plug-ins is critical to maintaining website performance and security, but can be time consuming and sometimes difficult to keep up with for administrators.



Like “Check Security,” “Auto-Update” is found toward the top of the “Installations” tab on the WordPress toolkit page. This brings up a page with options for setting up automated major and minor updates, only minor updates, or turning off auto-update for each or every WordPress instance.


Management Features


The Plesk WordPress Toolkit also integrates most common management functions.

Just like “Installations,” the Toolkit simplifies management of plugins and themes by giving them their own tab, with each allowing administrators to install and uninstall, activate, deactivate, and update them.



The full version also includes several advanced management functions. Websites can be switched to maintenance mode to make changes, debugging tools are available for testing and development, and search engine indexing can be turned off or limited.


Many Other Features


There are numerous other tools and integrations in the Plesk WordPress Toolkit. Along with the quick and easy installation of WordPress instances described above, migrating and cloning instances is simplified, with buttons found by scrolling to the far right of each installation. Administrators can choose to synch files, databases, or both.

Other advanced functions in the full version of the toolkit include a staging environment for testing and development in an exact copy of your production environment.


Reducing Problems, Saving Time


The same motivations that lead website owners and administrators to choose WordPress are reasons to use the Plesk WordPress Toolkit. WordPress allows its users to present their content in an attractive, effective, secure and customized way without developing it from scratch, providing a high level of functionality. Site changes are made according to business needs, rather than according to IT production cycles and capability.


Administrators, resellers and customers love the wide range of sites they can create, and plugins they can customize them with. Making changes that are simple for a single site may be time consuming and complex for those running multiple sites, however. Managing WordPress functions from within the control panel with the Plesk WordPress Toolkit extends the ease of use it is famous for, and provides Plesk hosting customers with the tools to make the most of the leading content management system.


Lunarpages provides plesk licensing for Windows shared, VPS Cloud, and Dedicated servers.

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Web hosting control panels were first developed to make it faster and easier for most users to set up and operate websites. The graphical user interface (GUI) allows users to perform tasks by pointing and clicking rather than typing highly specific instructions into the command line. Control panels are therefore generally easy to use, by their nature and by design.


Ease of use is a principle reason Plesk is one of the world’s leading control panels. Its interface is clean and intuitive, particularly for users with WordPress experience, to whom the left-side main menu and function windows look immediately familiar. Plesk divides functions into category pages, accessed by clicking on items in the main menu.


Customizable


Part of what makes Plesk so clean and simple is its approach, providing those tools which are necessary to get started, and those which all administrators need during the lifecycle of a website. In the latest release of Plesk, Onyx, the category pages make it easy to find the action you are looking for. Features that previously required the use of the command line, like system and panel updates, are applied from within Onyx.


Beyond those essential basics found in all Onyx installations, users customize Plesk with extensions which have their own category in the main menu. Once the user has clicked on “Extensions,” the most popular extensions are available on the main page, and others are found by selecting a specific category from the drop-down menu or the scroll-down list.


Popular extensions like Symantec SSL, Plesk Premium Email, powered by Koalab, and Plesk Multi Server can be added to your Plesk Onyx account with three clicks. Users not needing them do not have to pay for them, or navigate around them, keeping the interface clean and the category pages limited to functions that are useful to the administrator using it.



Recent Plesk releases, and particularly Onyx, have also increased its support for developers, with extensions including Git, Docker, Ruby, and Node.js.


The specific number of extensions available to the user depends on different factors, but there are over a dozen categories of extensions, in addition to “Feature Packs” which each include several extensions.


Compatible


Support for a wide range of operating systems, tools and platforms is one of the strengths of Plesk. This is the main reason Plesk is the control panel used with the vast majority of Windows Server installations – because cPanel, the other leading control panel, does not support Windows. Plesk is not restricted to Windows Server, however, but is practically OS-agnostic, supporting all of the leading Linux distributions.


Another strength of Plesk is the ability to work with other platforms and tools, either with out-of-the-box integrations, as with the WordPress extension, which is included with each edition of Onyx, or through extensions.

The developer extensions mentioned above make it easy to build web apps, deploy containers, and publish content using these tools, rather than compromise or devise complex work-arounds.



Other popular administrator tools with Plesk extensions available include ecommerce platform Magento, free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, CloudFlare CDN, and CMS patch manager Patchman.


Plesk’s compatibility with all leading operating systems, web apps, platforms and tools enables websites to be built and run the way the administrator thinks is best, rather than forcing them to choose between limited options. Allowing users to build capabilities they need into their control panel also keeps Plesk uncluttered, so it continues to be clean and easy to use even when all necessary extensions are added, because they are not competing for space with numerous unused features.


1-Click and Automated Management Tasks


Easy installation and automation are another major strength of Plesk Onyx, significantly reducing the amount of time and effort necessary for website administrators to perform upgrades and common day-to-day tasks.

Plesk itself is easily installed to Windows with an installer GUI, or to Linux with default configuration by running a single command, although for most Lunarpages customers this step is already done. Setting up a website with Onyx is performed from the “Domains” page by clicking on your domain and then choosing from the “Install WordPress,” “Install Apps,” or selecting “Files” or “Databases” to create a custom website. When using a CMS like WordPress, Joomla, or Drupal, it is possible to have a website built, secured, and launched just minutes later, by pointing and clicking to add features and content, without any coding. Many extensions, including Let’s Encrypt, can be added with one-click installation.


Server tasks can be automated by selecting “Scheduled Tasks” under “Tools & Resources” on the “Tools & Settings” page. From there, users can schedule a command or PHP script to run, or a URL to fetch. Tasks can also be scheduled for each domain from that domain’s main page.



Beyond the automations available with Onyx out-of-the-box, extensions like “Perfect Dashboard” enable even more. Perfect Dashboard includes 1-click CMS updating for all websites on the account, automated backup integrity verification, and a “Genuine Test Engine” which checks whether layout changes cause display errors or break social and SEO tags.


Plesk is designed for ease of use by administrators of all experience levels, with its clean graphical interface, basics-plus-extensions structure, and wide compatibility. The Onyx release applies this approach to cover even more capabilities, like multiserver, and tools, like Docker. While some administrators prefer to use the command line, and some grow attached to control panels they have always used, those looking for a full-feature control panel that makes their job easy should consider Plesk Onyx.

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Without even knowing it, most of us are using web applications on a daily basis.  In fact, Gmail and Yahoo email, Twitter, Facebook, and eBay are used by most of us daily—and they are web applications. We generally confuse these web applications tools for websites.  So, what is a web application and how is it different from a website? What are some different types of web applications?  We will help you decipher which is best for the business functions you want to achieve- a website or a web application.


Website vs. Web Application

The best way to elucidate the difference between websites and web applications is to think in terms of purpose.  Do you want to provide information or do you want to get it?

Websites are simple, static, single page sites or marketing websites for distributing information. Websites generally feature and promote products, services, and organizations through articles, images, video, and files. A site informs the world about who you are and what you offer. For instance, you can check your local Italian restaurant website as a customer to check out the ‘Day’s Special,’ or hours of operation without giving away any information about yourself.

Web applications on the other hand are less focused on marketing and more on functionality to fulfill specific business purpose (submitting, storing, searching, and retrieving data). Web applications are software that runs on the web to provide some kind of service or to improve efficiency. Web applications generally always use databases, and are therefore called dynamic. It requires user interaction, as in the user has to provide information in order for the application to work. The big advantage of a web application is that it does not need the developer to build a client for a specific type of computer or a specific operating system because it runs in a web browser. Users can even be using Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox, though some web applications may require a specific Web browser.


An Example:

Think of the website of your bank, which promotes the brand and provides customers vital information about their services, and security features. Any member of the public can view the bank’s website but for account holders, the bank also offers web application tools focused on providing specific functionalities. For instance, to help check the balance on their account, submit an online loan application form, or pay bills online.


Technical Foundation

Websites and web applications both are collections of programming code for delivery of content and functionality on the web. The software run on web servers and is accessed through web browsers on a variety of devices.  Both use the same coding languages and tools (HTML, JavaScript, CSS and others) to develop the software. Web applications commonly use a combination of server-side script (ASP, PHP, or Python etc) to deal with databases, storing and retrieving information and client-side script (HTML, Javascript, CSS and others etc.) to present that information, along with frameworks like Rails, Django, etc. to develop and maintain the application.


Types Of Web Applications

There are three different types of web-based applications depending on the roles performed and logic placed and distributed by the server and the client browser.

Server-side HTML Web Application- In this type of web development architecture, the server generates HTML content and sends it to the client as a full-fledged HTML-page.

JS Generation Widgets (AJAX)- The page displayed in the browser shows widgets, where data is uploaded through AJAX query from the server into the content of the page. Any updates from the server show up only for the part of the page requested by the client.


Service-oriented Single-page Web Apps– An HTML-page is downloaded from the server, which acts as a container for JavaScript code to address a particular web service and retrieve business data only. The data is used by the self-sufficient JavaScript application, which generates the HTML content of the page.

It’s also possible to implement hybrid architecture to meet specific business requirements. The architecture of this collection of logically related interactive functions can consist of a number of components, including-

  • Business application functionality
  • Security
  • Browsers such as Internet Explorer
  • E-Mail functionality
  • Forums or bulletin boards
  • Custom-built Advertising


Web Applications Are The Future

Web apps can be customized and tailored for business purposes, like accounting software, reminder systems, order forms, and sales tracking for time saving efficiencies. Web applications can also be designed to strengthen both internal and external communication and improve data delivery and distribution. Advanced web applications are now available as online portals and eCommerce, which delivers content and the functionality of searching, adding to cart, and online financial transaction.

Most business owners understand the value of websites in their marketing plan but not many know the benefits of web applications and how they can offer stronger products and services, improve SEO, reduce cost significantly and help expand their business. Ultimately, whether you choose a website or a web application depends on your assessment of what you want to achieve.

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by:Shreedhar Bhumralkar
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A very good article
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by:Nicholas
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In my day we called them dynamic websites that reacted to you what you wanted
A shopping site is hardly an application - it doesn't change according to my interaction, yeah it may offer products based on my history but its the same site for everyone
MS Excel online is an application, one change is seen by everyone
At what point does a shopping site that basically shows the same information to everyone become an application?

Is a mobile app an application because it's called an app even tho its still showing a website?
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Hi all.
We are running Exchange 2007 with a Barracuda Spam filter.
Optimum is our ISP.
We are unable to send email to a specific domain.
We get an NDR (eventually) stating:
"#< #4.0.0 X-Spam-&-Virus-Firewall; connect to mx00.1and1.com[74.208.5.3]: server refused mail service> #SMTP#"

When I run an SMTP test on our domain name in MXToolbox.com we get the following warnings:
MXToolbox Results
Is there anyone here that can help me try and resolve these issues?  I'm guessing if we clear all 3 we will be able to send email to that domain.
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Is there a way to confirm that an IP or a particular name server might be getting involved in a DOS attack?
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Hi all.
A user here created a pretty complicated macro-enabled spreadsheet and was wondering how it could be made into a webpage that users can fill out, etc.
Is something like this even possible?
I realize there is probably a lot to it but I'm just looking to see if it's possible.
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To responders, please only recommend web hosts you've personally experienced. The features I'm looking for, and all of them are MUSTS:
- Has to have SSH access
- Has to allow MySQL Workbench (hate PHPMyAdmin) access to MySQL database
- Has to have phone technical support that does not entail up to 30 minute or more wait times. NO LIVE-CHAT-support-only please.
- Does not force you to use aliases for your database names. In other words, if I want to create a database named People, I should be able to name it that way, not prefix or suffixed by something, or worse, they give you an alias like D01357235239 (like what 1and1.com does)

So you see, I'm not that demanding :)

Please do not recommend the following as I've already tried them:

NameCheap.com (it was good at first, but support is live chat only and got old real quick, and I just cancelled my account today. Took them 20 minutes to give me a link where I could request for the cancellation myself; that was frustrating)
1and1.com (phone support entails a ridiculous long wait during peak hours, and can't access my database with MySQL Workbench. Twice I was on hold for 30 minutes and gave up)
GoDaddy.com (their setup is so weird and restrictive, it was a joke)
InMotionHosting.com (can't remember the reason, except they didn't have all the features I listed above)
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Hello,

My company recently (last week) moved to a new dedicated server for website and email hosting. It is a fairly run-of-the-mill Linux machine running cPanel and Dovecot as a mail server.

When we first set up the server, I was able to create a mailbox, access it via any desktop mail client, webmail, AND by setting it up as a basic POP3 account on my BlackBerry. Mail was running fine to and from the BlackBerry, no problems.

I deleted that account from my BlackBerry as it was a test account, and went to add my actual account but was unable to do so. Received the "Cannot log in. Verify your email address, user name and password. If the error persists, contact (my domain name)" message. I tried the test account that had been running successfully and sending/receiving emails not minutes earlier, and it would not set up either.

I have since tried multiple accounts on multiple BlackBerry devices (different models) on multiple carriers on several of my different domains (all of which point to the same server, of course), to no avail.

Yet, any of these accounts still work flawlessly in any desktop mail client (Outlook, OE, Thunderbird, iPad, iPhone, etc). Also, any of these BlackBerrys work flawlessly with any other mail server.

The username to log in to these mailboxes is not standard, it's mailboxname+example.com if the email address is mailboxname@example.com and the mail server is mail.example.com. So, I know I have to access the "Advanced Settings" in …
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I have an Email address @MyDomain.com (not Yahoo, Gmail, etc) from a domain name we registered and hosting space that we pay for.
I am having trouble sending any outgoing Email, even To/From myself.
The error I get is "The Server rejected the Email" "The Server does not allow relaying".
I CAN send from the Office ... but CANNOT send from any mobile device, nor from my computer when I travel with it & use it wirelessly.
My Hosting company says it's ISP's problem (like when I connect wirelessly when traveling) AND of course, the Wireless provider all say it's my Hosting Company's problem.
SO Who's right?
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Hi,
We need some guidance on a solution to backup the users laptop’s.  They save a lot of info to their hard drive on their laptop. All laptops connect wirelessly.  they have data for Work and personal, iTunes, junk, etc…
If all 20-25 people fire off backups I would think this would jam up our network over a T1 line, wouldn’t it?
 What do you suggest?
Someone told me about a wireless storage device that we could connect to just like a wireless printer, so would that go out over our t1 if it's local in our office?
any suggestions are appreciated.

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this is driving me crazy i added these 3 lines and they should work but i am having issues connecting to port 25 from outside. any ideas?
##############################################
object network obj-172.31.12.220-01
 host 172.31.12.220

access-list OUT_IN extended permit tcp any any eq 25


object network obj-172.31.12.220-01
 nat (inside,outside) static interface service tcp 25 25
##################################################


ciscoasa(config)# sho run
: Saved
:
ASA Version 8.3(2)
!
hostname ASA
domain-name DOMAIN.com

names
!
interface Vlan1
 nameif inside
 security-level 100
 ip address 172.31.12.1 255.255.255.0
!
interface Vlan2
 nameif outside
 security-level 0
 pppoe client vpdn group bellsouth
 ip address pppoe setroute
!
interface Vlan3
 no nameif
 no security-level
 ip address dhcp
!            
interface Ethernet0/0
 switchport access vlan 2
!
interface Ethernet0/1
!
interface Ethernet0/2
!
interface Ethernet0/3
!
interface Ethernet0/4
!
interface Ethernet0/5
!
interface Ethernet0/6
!
interface Ethernet0/7
!
boot system disk0:/asa832-k8.bin
ftp mode passive
clock timezone EST -5
clock summer-time EDT recurring
dns server-group DefaultDNS
 domain-name ajshields.com
object network obj_any
 subnet 0.0.0.0 0.0.0.0
object network obj-172.31.12.8-01
 host 172.31.12.8
object network obj-172.31.12.8-02
 host 172.31.12.8
object network obj-172.31.12.220-01
 host 172.31.12.220
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I've browsed through the answers and haven't found exactly what I'm looking for, so I'll just go ahead and ask:

I have a number of websites that I manage (and that I inherited).  For cost reasons, primarily, they were set up as follows:

mymainsite
mymainsite/client1
mymainsite/client2

Essentially, we pay one hosting fee (for mymainsite), but have multiple small, client websites.

I manage the websites and I also manage the domain names.  

The problems come with SEO.  In the search engine rankings for client1 (for example), the listing will show up as:

http://www.mymainsite.com/client1/index.html

Of course my client would prefer that the listing show up as:

http://www.client1.com

I've tried redirecting the domain with masking where:
http://www.client1.com  points to http://www.mymainsite.com/client1

Clients are ok with this as every page as you navigate through client site shows www.client1.com as the url.  However, I don't think this is works for SEO purposes.  For instance, if you try to do a sitemap for client one, which has multiple pages:

client1/index.html
client1/page1.html
...
client1/pagex.html

With the redirect, it only looks like a single page and that can't be good for SEO.

If at all possible, I'd like to keep the structure of a single host account (so I don't have to pay monthly fees for all the clients), but I'd like to figure out how to do a better job of SEO for the clients (and allow their domain names to be the …
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Okay,
I've used this form several times and it's working. But I just can't seem to get it to work on this site. I want to find out if it's an error on my side before I contact the hosting company.

http://publishingbytheseas.com/contact

Thanks!
HTML:




 

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" dir="ltr" lang="en-US">
	<head profile="http://gmpg.org/xfn/11">
		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
		<title>Contact &laquo;  Publishing by the Seas</title>
		<meta name="description" content=""/>
		<meta name="keywords" content=""/>

		<meta name="generator" content="WordPress 3.0.1" />
		<link rel="Shortcut Icon" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/wp-content/themes/pbs/images/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
		<link rel="stylesheet" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/wp-content/themes/pbs/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
		<link rel="pingback" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/xmlrpc.php" />
		<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="RSS 2.0" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/feed/" />
		<link rel="alternate" type="text/xml" title="RSS .92" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/feed/rss/" />
		<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="Atom 0.3" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/feed/atom/" />
		<link rel="pingback" href="http://publishingbytheseas.com/xmlrpc.php" />

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Hi,
I want to redirect any user that dose not type the correct externsion. For example the correct extension is index.php if they type index.htm or index.htm or index.shtml or default.asp etc they will be redirected to the home page.

Thanks

Rafael
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Exchange 2003 server appears to be working properly (receiving email & such).
Not able to send.
Open CMD and do "telnet mail.server.com 25" and get timeouts.
From another working site, do the same thing and "mail.server.com 25" connects fine, so I know the test server is okay.
Not to mention I get this timeout error on *all* mail servers I SMTP test.

VerizonISP --> DSL Modem --> PIX --> dumb switch --> Exchange2003/Hosts
All other traffic seems to be working fine (http, etc)

Here is what I have for the ACL, (inbound only.  no ACL for outbound):

no fixup protocol smtp 25
access-list inbound permit tcp any interface outside eq smtp
access-list inbound permit tcp any interface outside eq 3389
access-list inbound permit tcp any interface outside eq https
access-list inbound permit tcp any interface outside eq pop3
access-list inbound permit icmp any interface outside echo-reply
access-list inbound permit icmp any interface outside source-quench
access-list inbound permit icmp any interface outside unreachable
access-list inbound permit icmp any interface outside time-exceeded
access-list inbound permit tcp any any eq smtp
static (inside,outside) tcp interface smtp exchange smtp netmask 255.255.255.255 0 0
static (inside,outside) tcp interface 3389 exchange 3389 netmask 255.255.255.255 0 0
static (inside,outside) tcp interface https exchange https netmask 255.255.255.255 0 0
access-group inbound in interface outside



And below is some …
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Hi all,

So far I have had a handmade website for almost 2 years: http://www.stunnazine.com
I am now trying to convert it to Wordpress after learning I can make my own wordpress theme, and after being so envious of all successful wordpress blogs and sites out there who have such an easy time uploading new posts, using plugins, etc.

So far, I installed wordpress on a subdomain just to test my theme. I got everything designed and set up the way I'd like it to be: http://thegirlscene.stunnazine.com 

Now I know I can't just install wordpress and this theme on my main root folder or else all my content will be lost - at least this is what I think.

Am I wrong to think the easiest way to convert my site is to fisrt copy and paste each of my 400 pages of content onto my subdomain and then somehow finding a way to convert my subdomain into the main root, deleting the index.php file?

I've done mostly everything on my site the hard way up until now so I was thinking there's gotta be an easier way to convert a site to worpress....

I asked my host (Lunarpages) because I thought they'd have some knowledge about CPanel but the support desk didn't know.

Thanks in advance for any help...
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Hi,

I'm currently leasing a server from a California based company.  Its costing me $500.00+ a month.  I am not thrilled with their service and am trying to explore some options.

I work in email marketing, sending out newsletters and mailing lists.  The server place I have also provides IP addresses when necessary.  

If I were to purchase a server, I'm not sure what to do with it then.  A couple of issues are floating around.  Where can I purchase a full Class C of IP's and how would they be set up on the server?

Can anyone recommend a good Server host for a reasonable fee, possibly a data center with a UPS and general maintenance in the event of crashes?

Thanks,
Kelvin
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Hello Experts,

We need to host 3 web applications where in we are expecting

First Site[PHP Application]: 300 visitors per day, decent upload/download traffic
Second Site[eCommerce Application]: 800-1000 visitors per day, high download/upload traffic
3rd Site[static site with blog]: 300 visitors per day,decent upload / download traffic.

Now we have to decide from
Dedicated hosting  200 USD per month [https://www.fastservers.net/configure/index.php]
Cloud Hosting  100 USD per month  [http://www.rackspacecloud.com/cloud_hosting_products/sites]
Semi-Dedicated hosting 65 USD per month [http://www.cirtexhosting.com/semidedicated.shtml]

Kindly help me decide from the above 3 based on my actual hosting requirements.

Cloud hosting are equivalent of dedciated hosting ?

Kindly help me out, thanks in advance!

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Hello!
Recently I figured out how to embed a Flash .swf files into Joomla's articles.But when I wanted to back up this .swf files...there was an error indicated that some NTFS data streams could get lost...I googled it and I found out that when one saves .swf file on NTFS HDD and then wants to copy the file to DVD or USB Flash Drive or e-mail it, then some metadata will be lost and a file may become corrupted.I kinda solved this issue (possibly) but saving the file directly onto USB Flash Drive (FAT32), so I can later transfer it from there onto a NTFS HDD...I actually did it and it seemed to work out OK...So I could call it a minor annoyance...Every time saving the files on FAT32 Flash Drive and then copying them into Joomla's HDD folder...But what I want to ask is this...Right now I host my web site on my local PC.But lets say in the future I would like to transfer my web site to a remote server...(web hosting solution)...Its probably gonna be a Linux hosting.I understand that sending files from Joomla (NTFS folder) is not acceptable due to that stream problem.So would I have to send files (.swf) from USB Flash Drive to remote host or from,say, MS's Hotmail SkyDrive storage or something...? Is it possible-AN EXISTING web site to tranfer to a hosting while changing some files inside of Joomla folder on different files (basically same files) ?
Because of Joomla...
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Hello - thanks for taking a look at my ASP.NET question.

I need a crash course/tutorial on how to send an email using ASP.NET System.Net.Mail.

Here's the scenario:

I have a website hosted with Lunarpages. I need to be able to send this e-mail to a company's email address that does NOT share the same domain as the website.

The form is pretty standard - First Name, Last Name, Address 1, Address 2, City, State, Zip, and so on.

From what I've researched, I need to add the following to the web.config file:

  <system.net>
    <mailSettings>
      <smtp from="me@domainname.com">
        <network host=""something" password="mypassword" userName="myusername"/>
      </smtp>
    </mailSettings>
  </system.net>

I've included what's in my code-behind in the code window below. I receive a "SMTP host was not specified" error.
[code]Protected Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click 
        If (Page.IsValid) Then
            Dim ToAddress As String = "me@myemailaddress.com"
            Const FromAddress As String = "from@fromemailaddress.com"
            Dim sMsg As String
            sMsg += "CONTACT FROM CUSTOMERt" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf
            sMsg += "- - - - - - - - - - - - - -" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf
            sMsg += "First Name: " & txtFirstName.Text & vbCrLf
            sMsg += "Last Name: " & txtLastName.Text & vbCrLf & vbCrLf 
            Dim objEmail As New MailMessage(FromAddress, [/code]…
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I am not able to execute this line of code on my web host....
 Roles.AddUserToRole(username, "User");

The reason is the "User" role has to be added in the Asp.Net configuration tool. How can I access the asp.net configuration tool on a proiduction server. I dont have physical access to the server I am using lunarpages as a webhost. Or is there a way to manually add a role(whatever the asp configuration tool is doing when you add roles). I have tried to simply add data to the aspnet_Roles table but it doesnt  work because I think someowhere the configuration tool is generating its own "roleid" or I need to do something else the aspnet configuration tool is doing behind the scenes. Thanks in advance
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