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Adnan Raja July 15, 2013 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Placing promotions in the sweet spot is different for every web page but, on the home page, then it’s usually the corner that all of the eyes will be moving towards. Normally, and this is the case for western culture, Americans are used to going to start in the top left corner when they start reading something.   Atlantic.Net shares top advice business advice to our Community as well as offering award-winning Cloud hosting solutions.

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10 eCommerce Security Best Practices & Adding Ease-of-Use

Joel July 15, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

English: First 4 digits of a credit card

As we all know, making it in this day and age with a cash-only and/or bartering website is difficult. That’s why many online businesses are starting to accept credit cards (these hard plastic things with a bunch of numbers on them). Credit card payments, though, involve security concerns. This piece will explore some of the best practices to ensure your site keeps online payments secure for every possible transaction (including IOUs).

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10 Things Your Hosting Company May Not Tell You

Adnan Raja July 15, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

When you’re searching the market for a cloud solution, make sure you ask vendors for the whole story. As we all probably already know, not all cloud servers are created equal. It is highly recommended that you look beyond marketing claims and search the fine print and ask the right questions. Here are ten critical points you should bring up when talking to potential providers, especially because they probably won’t bring it up first.

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Common Mistakes Made During Cloud hosting Migration

Adnan Raja July 1, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

  • Cheaper Rather than Better
  • Throwing Out Traditional Equipment
  • Failing to Make Applications Cloud-Ready
  • Not Taking Big Data Into Account
  • Assuming All Clouds Are the Same

Cheaper Rather than Better

In the above video, Atlantic.Net CEO Marty Puranik notes that companies have been more focused on cheaper solutions in recent years, especially given the impact of the Great Recession; but excessive focus on price is a mistake. All of the great advancement that humanity has achieved arose from a focus on better rather than cheaper, he stresses.

Having tunnel vision for anything but the price is just one of the mistakes made by organizations when they migrate to the cloud. Tech reporter Jeff Bertolucci talked about typical problems that arise in his InformationWeek article “10 Cloud Migration Mistakes to Avoid.”

Four of the errors that he highlights are throwing out traditional equipment, failing to make applications cloud-ready, not taking big data into account, and assuming all clouds are the same.

Throwing Out Traditional Equipment

Many organizations don’t know exactly what to do with their hardware once they switch systems over to the cloud.

“A common mistake that enterprises make is either to throw out their old hardware or pay someone to remove it,” said Bertolucci. “[Since] the market for used IT computers and gear is north of $300 billion, … enterprises should try a hardware exchange to recoup some IT budget cash.”

Failing to Make Applications Cloud-Ready

Often companies don’t perform the testing to see how they might need to adjust applications for optimal cloud hosting performance. Recognize that you may need to make some tweaks in order to get the most out of your new environment.

Not Taking Big Data into Account

We are constantly reminded in the technology press that big data is extraordinarily valuable. However, transferring cumbersome apps and huge amounts of data can be tricky. Some firms even mail their disks to the hosting provider, says Bertolucci.

“Another thorny issue is finding the most affordable way to sync on-premises and cloud environments,” he adds. “The bottom line: Pre-move preparation is the best way to achieve smooth cloud migration.”

Assuming All Clouds Are the Same

Finally, you want to be aware that there really is no “the cloud.” Cloud computing is an infrastructural approach that is implemented in different ways by different providers.

For example, Puranik explains how Mellanox technology helps us keep prices 30-40% lower than the competition while delivering about twice the performance.

Atlantic.net offers managed, dedicated and HIPAA compliant hosting solutions – contact us today for a consultation.


Customer Surveys in the Cloud

Adnan Raja June 26, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Once you’ve got your website up and running, don’t neglect the user perspective of what they really think of your website. If you are barely comfortable with your own website development and the idea of creating forms, branched surveys, and check box fields are daunting for you, then I’ve found a few solutions here that may ease your pain.

Google Consumer Surveys


Google Consumer Surveys - Google+ - Website satisfaction by Google Consumer Surveys -- for free… | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From plus.google.com

Website satisfaction by Google Consumer Surveys — for free

If you are like most business owners, you know how important a healthy online community is …

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Users will be asked to complete a four-question satisfaction survey. Surveys will run until they have received 500 responses and will start again after 30 days so you can track responses over time. This is currently limited to US English visitors on non-mobile devices.

You are initially provided with a standard set of survey questions and you can customize them depending for an extra cent per question. For those of you in the UK who don’t have access to the survey tools, you can customize your own through Google Forms. Google Forms is a drive app feature that you can embed into your website and I found the perfect article to explain this feature and a few new bonus applications by Med Karbach.

10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google Docs


10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From www.educatorstechnology.com

One very recent update is an increase of cloud storage capacity to 15GB usable across Gmail, Drive, and Google Plus. It is quite obvious that Google is trying to outsmart its immediate competitor Dropbox and I think Google is successful in its strategy so far.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Med Karbach has curated for some interesting apps that are integrated into Google Drive and which you can install right from your Google Drive interface.

I personally make use of Poll Daddy for some of my WordPress cloud hosted website installs. The added bonus of this type of plugin on your website, is that you create community interaction on your website.

4 Ideas for Crowd-sourcing Content Creation and Promotion – Business 2 Community


4 Ideas for Crowdsourcing Content Creation and Promotion - Business 2 Community | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it
From www.business2community.com

You hear a lot of this talk these days about crowd-sourcing — the idea of using a large online community to complete tasks as diverse as compiling an online encyclopedia (thank you Wikipedia!)

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

These days, myriad survey tools are available to help you reach out to your audience and get feedback. One of my favorites is PollDaddy, which is easy to use and can be directly integrated into WordPress.

 

For other one-click applications like WordPress and other great services, like our affordable cloud hosting and HIPAA compliant hosting, please visit aAtlantic.Net.

 

By Juliana


Virtual Private Servers vs. the Cloud

Joel June 26, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Choosing any type of hosting solution for your website and applications will undoubtedly get you started, but in order to maximize your budget and achieve your business goals, it is critical to choose the correct solution for your individual demands. In this blog post, we will analyze the differences between VPS and differences between VPS and cloud hosting to see which option is best for you.

A virtual private server (VPS) configuration provides a web-based machine that emulates a private, dedicated server. This option allows for complete configuration, customization and administration of the software and hardware.

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How Can Cloud Hosting Help SEO?

Eddie June 24, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

If you are at all familiar with the foundations of search engine optimization (SEO), you may be aware that hosting a website in the cloud provides benefits in the form of search engine rankings and online reputation. However, it is also important to understand exactly why this occurs and what other benefits hosting your website on a reliable and affordable cloud server provides for you and your business.

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How the Cloud Makes Analyzing Big Data More Efficient

Joel June 21, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Have you ever waited until the last minute to complete a critical project, only to find out that you have to process significantly more information than you can actually handle? You watch the clock count the hours and then minutes down to your deadline, but there is still so much material in front of you that you still have left to analyze that you want to just pull out your hair. If you answered yes, you have experienced the concept of big data first hand.

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1TB Transfer Speed – How Much Is 1TB of Bandwidth?

Joel June 17, 2013 by under Cloud Hosting 0 Comments

Early last month, Atlantic.Net officially announced that all virtual private servers (VPS) and cloud servers received an upgrade that provides an increased outbound data transfer capacity of 1 terabyte (TB), absolutely free. This gives our customers the ability to send 1,000 times more outbound data from their VPS and cloud servers than previously available. This essentially eliminates bandwidth costs, ultimately saving you more money. But, what does the phrase “1TB of outbound data transfer” actually mean?

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How to make a VPN

Adnan Raja June 11, 2013 by under Dedicated Hosting 0 Comments

Many companies use VPN’s or Virtual Private Networks that use gateways and secure servers in order to provide a more secure and private connection to the internet. If you want to be able to surf the internet without the prying eyes of your IP provider then check out the following websites.

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