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Website Performance Tuning: Making Your Site Faster

Website speed is a metric that every website owner should be concerned about. Way back in 2010, Google even began using site speed as a metric for its search ranking algorithm. Huge businesses exist solely to speed up customer websites in the form of a CDN (Content...

Dealing with Website Spam

You just launched your new website, and love the way it looks. You know that you can attract more visitors and that your spiffy website will convert more visitors into customers. Suddenly, your email inbox is inundated with dozens, then hundreds, of spam submissions...

Why You Should Backup Your Website

One of the services we provide is web hosting, and often times, we work with clients whose websites are hosted elsewhere that want to move their website to Barred Owl Web infrastructure. Most of the time, moving a website off of one hosting platform onto Barred Owl...

Internet Scams – Technical Support & Domain Names

Since the internet was first conceived in the 1960s, it has served as a powerful tool for communications, networking and logistics. Unfortunately, it has also provided criminals and other crooks more ways (and easier ways) to commit their evil deeds. There are many...

Introduction to SSH and SSH Keys

SSH (Secure Shell) is "a protocol for secure remote login and other secure network services over an insecure network." (See RFC 4253). Webmasters are familiar with FTP, or "File Transfer Protocol", which lets them connect to a remote server in order to upload and...

High Availability Web Hosting

Have you ever wondered why it seems Google, Facebook, Netflix, Amazon, or another large website almost never seems to go down? As cloud services become more pervasive, "downtime" is becoming a thing of the past. Downtime, as the word implies, is an indication that a...

Web Hosting and Website Maintenance

One of the concepts several of our clients and people I talk to on "the street" routinely misunderstand is the difference between website maintenance and website hosting. In one of the first blog posts I wrote, I explained that there are 3 different costs to building...

Securing your CRM Donor & Client Data

In a blog post I wrote last year about Constituent Relationship Management systems, I listed several common CRMs that are available for nonprofit organizations. As I wrote, your needs as an organization - and how you need to manage your data - should come first. The...

Your Computer Equipment & Surge Protection

Let's face it. Computer equipment, servers, and network appliances including routers, switches & firewalls are expensive. Replacing them would cost money, not to mention valuable time & energy of your staff or outside contractors that could be used elsewhere....

Data Redundancy vs Backups

A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on Technology Infrastructure and Inclement Weather. In this blog post, I'm writing about a similar topic included in the last blog post, the difference between data redundancy and data backups (and why you should have both)....

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