If you’re looking for a reliable new website hosting provider, few are better known and respected than Goggle. However, ease of management and expense can be a problem for novice web site owners. Enter: SiteGround Hosting. Good value, easy to use, and built on the rock-solid and capable Google Hosting infrastructure. Check them out!
Easier website = more success
If you manage your own website or sites for others — you know all too well how many moving parts keep them working and the endless pressure for new content. Automation and toolsets that work in the background are critical to making web site management easier. These allow you to focus on your business, your clients, and meaningful content… these make you while tedium sinks you.
Jetpack for WordPress rolls together impressive templates, form creation and spam reduction, social network syndication, analytics, and more. With free plans for small sites scaling to full-featured plans with unlimited image hosting and video streaming — all these Jetpack tools work simply, reliably, always…
Until the end of May — take an additional 20% off any new Jetpack plan. Use code DISCOUNT20 at check out to save money, time and frustration. Easy!
Here’s the Jetpack link and remember the code above.
Focus on Content for Your WordPress site
If keeping your WordPress site operating is taking more time than creating compelling content and growing your audience — we have a solution.
JetPack (from the friendly people at WordPress.com) is the Swiss-Army-Knife of website tool kits. It makes your site safer (with auto security scans), writing easier (with creation and proofing tools like blog spam filtering), and generally all-round easier (with countless design & social tools, automatic backups, image and video optimisation, etc).
With a range of packages from FREE services for your personal site and several options for businesses — we’re sure there is a package that will suit YOU! (We use JetPack and find it invaluable to focus on what matters most).
New year — new server(ices)
After many years and near faultless services from MOSSO (which was bought by Rackspace and then passed along to LiquidWeb)… we have continuously been supportive. Having helped build their secure services (over a dozen years ago) — we were charged a premium to use them by the latest owner. As a grand-fathered account, we’ve now been pummelled with outrageous charges for email (which had always been “part of the offering” and provided to our customers free of charge — sadly, no more…).
All said, we’re moving on up… IMAGEOZ has provisioned several new servers in the US, Singapore and here in Australia. These will all offer CPanel for a good user experience and feature-rich capability. All of these are managed by our new WHMCS hosting management layer which (we hope) gives all our customers more granular control, management, and the ability to instantly contact us for accounts, support or sales queries.
We’re excited and eager to take our offering to a new level of localised, friendly, yet responsive customer service and support.
You may access our new “front end” at: imageoz.net
As always, we are grateful to our many loyal customers (partners) — you empower and inspire us to do great things!
Backblaze – affordable, simple and effective automatic backups
While we love Dropbox for its ease of sharing, storing, and having access to files across nearly any device – its more a temporary file system than permanent off-site archive suitable for recovering important files, restoring your computer if it dies or goes missing. For true peace of mind for your precious photos and critical files – you need a backup tool that simply works…
Start protecting all your photos, music, movies and documents today!
We’ve tried a great number of backup solutions over the years and luckily have seldom had to use them for recovery. However, the high on-going cost always made us think twice before renewing. Several would only protect internal hard drives of the subscribed computer and not the external drives attached. Backblaze makes it simple and affordable to protect your whole system – and at only $5/month!
Secure. Offsite. And the only online backup service that doesn’t need you to pick folders and filetypes.
- Unlimited Data
- External Drive Support
- Military-Grade Encryption
- Continuous Backup
- Automatically Finds Files
- Automatic Throttle
- Locate Computer
- iPhone Mobile App
- Free Web Restore
- Restore to USB Hard Drive
- Restore to Flash Drive
- File versioning
- 11 Languages
- Just $5/month
How safe is wi-fi?
Wi-fi can be a powerful tool and invaluable resource (especially while on the road). While many are familiar with email threats and scams – just how aware of threats and methods to reduce risk while still taking advantage of wireless internet access while roaming are YOU?
Here is a great comprehensive infographic from Secure Data Recovery Services:
How Safe is that Wifi? An infographic by the team at Secure Data Recovery Services
Digital Rights Management – Keeping it Under Control
Artistic rights or copyrights have always been a concern and with everything going digital – its easier than ever to run aground =or= to comply with this important issue. Don’t put yourself or your business at risk by “borrowing” imagery or creative content from other sites or vendors without proper licensing and/or permissions.
Marketing Profs has always been a great source of insight, content and community for marketing and web creatives. Their latest article explains Digital Rights Management – what it is, why it matters, and how to safely use and leverage content. Check it out here.
Got Dropbox? These hacks make it even more useful and cool!
Dropbox is phenomenal productivity tool allowing simple, reliable and FREE file sync, sharing and access across phones, tablets, desktops of nearly any OS. With the regular addition of extension apps its becoming even more powerful. Tools include: auto photo upload, Carousel photo gallery sharing, their Sparrow email client, website publishing and many other capabilities are on the way. Sign up and use Dropbox for free
However, a number of seldom used capabilities may make Dropbox even more indispensable for you…
Photo back up
Check out how to implement each of these tools here
Showrooming now Webrooming… what’s a merchant to do?
You’ve probably heard the term Showrooming – that’s when prospective buyers visit “bricks and mortar” stores to touch and feel products then often leave empty handed to later buy the same product online at the cheapest possible price and have it delievered. For may retailers – that has become a troublesome issue that they seem powerless to overcome.
Oh how the tables have started to turn… Webrooming is growing wildly. What, do you ask, is Webrooming? Well, many of us (myself certainly included) prefer the human touch and really appreciate the comfort in shopping, buying and taking home the product we’re after. Yes, sometimes traffic, schedules, and even higher prices may be a disincentive – yet for many, its a premium worth paying.
The knack of ingenious merchants who are able to offer a valued shopping experience and overcome price pressures, the exceptional experience of an online merchant who can allay the concerns and appease those preferring traditional purchasing… these are the merchants with the greatest potential.
Check out the greatly presented infographic from MerchantWarehouse covering this chasm of shopping preferences:
UPDATE: MerchantWarehouse was sold and their infographic has been removed. Here is another relevant article from Shopify.
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