Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ever had to upload a large number of files to your web server?  CPanel has a nice easy interface to do this but when you have more than a few it becomes quite tedious loading each one individually.  FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is designed specifically to allow files to be sent over the internet.  One of the most popular programs to make this easy is FileZilla.  It’s free and easily downloaded and installed.

Uploading files using FTP with FileZilla


1. Download FileZilla

filezilla-project.org/ is the place to go.  Right on the front page is a big button that says, Download FileZilla Client – click this and select the right download for your operating system.   Then run the installer program once it’s downloaded.  Simply follow the instructions and the installer will put FileZilla in the right place.

2. Enter your host, username and password

Your web host will have sent you a list of all the right terms to use for different protocols.  It’s likely to look something like this:

Web: http://www.rackservers.com/
FTP: ftp.rackservers.com
POP3: mail.rackservers.com
Site Admin: http://www.rackservers.com/cpanel/
Login User Name: rackoo00
Login Password: xxxxxxxxx

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And then you get this:

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The left pane shows you your computer directory – the right pane shows you the directory of your web server.  To transfer files, you simply drag and drop files from the left pane into the right pane.   Let’s say you want to transfer some images for your web gallery.  Just find the images in the left pane, then find the folder in the web server that stores your web gallery images.  You can even make new folders or move folders around, just like in your own computer.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

CPanel or Plesk


When it comes to control panels, the two biggest names are CPanel and Plesk. They have both been around for long enough to become used widely – but what’s the difference between the two?

CPanel



One of the oldest control panel systems around, CPanel had traditionally been the favourite amongst hosts and clients. Though only available for Linux-based operating systems, its user-friendly interface has been especially popular with beginners to manage their hosting accounts. It’s longevity has resulted in applications being developed to install software directly from the control panel, making it easy to use CPanel in conjunction with other content management systems, shopping carts, blogs and wikis.

Plesk



Available for Windows and Linux-based operating systems, Plesk is flexible in terms of DNS features and scripting and is the most popular control panel choice for Windows servers. Also Plesk allows servers to run in a cluster environment, becoming ever-more important with the advent of cloud computing. The user interface for Plesk is considered complicated by many and more suitable for advanced users.

Conclusion


It’s really interesting to see two systems which have been developed to perform largely the same task – that is, web hosting account management – and yet operate in such different ways. Conversations comparing the two generally result in the conclusion that CPanel is best for beginners and users of simple websites, and Plesk is best for advanced users looking for more specific control – plus the difficulty in moving from one system to the other in terms of finding functions in the actual interface. The latest conversations about cluster environments and cloud computing though suggest that CPanel needs to address this issue soon for fear of losing its market share in the control panel industry.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Domain Names and their Extensions


Setting up a domain name is much like setting up a business name. You need to ensure that the name encapsulates what your business is about, is memorable and that no one else has bought the name. In every state in Australia there is a government body that oversees new business name registrations and renewals.

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Once you register a new domain name you will immediately be told whether or not the name is taken and what extension is available (if any). As there are simply so many domain names registered these days it will take some time to find the domain name of your choice.

Once you register your domain name you will be sent an automated email with a success / failure notice. Just as there are rules for registering a business name there are rules for registering various domain names.

In order to register a .com.au domain extension you will need an Australian Business Name & number that is either an exact match or very similar to your domain name. Whilst this seems a little over the top it actually protects Australian Businesses from someone registering a domain name for the sole reason of domain squatting and stealing other companies intellectual property & name.

The most common domain is .com – This Top Level Domain was the original domain extension and is not as strictly policed as a .com.au. Basically anyone can register a .com domain without an associated business. This has led to the issue of domain squatting. Domain squatting is when someone registers a domain name of another companies solely for financial gain. As an example the well known bank Westpac has an domain name of www.westpac.com.au but some cheeky person has registered the domain www.westpac.com. This is reputedly a spam site that is trying to a get a % of Westpac banks traffic.

And if someone can do it to Westpac, they could do it to you.

We always suggest that if you are starting your own business, ensure you purchase the domain extensions www.yourcompany.com.au & www.yourcompany.com at the very least.

This will ensure a competitor doesn’t take the same domain name with a similar extension solely to undermine you and your business.

Did you know there are over 75 different domain name extensions?

Here’s some of the most important Top Level Domains:


.mobi – denotes that the website is for mobile phones.
.biz – denotes a business address.
.org – suggested for Not For Profit Organisations.
.info – a general information website (not necessarily a company).
.net – a general domain, often used when .com is taken.
.tv – a domain extension for the TV and film industry.
.xxx – for adult sites or you can register to protect your IP.

Most second tier domain names are country specific:


.com.au – Australian.
.co.nz – New Zealand.
.com.fr – France.
.co.uk – United Kingdom.

Purchasing a domain name is one of the most important jobs you need to do when setting up a business. And with domain names starting from $12.50 p/ year it’s probably the cheapest way to protect your companies name and Intellectual property.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

There are a number of advantages of using file transfer protocol. Find out why using a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is the best way for you to transfer large files among many users on a network.

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Benefits of FTP


There are many advantages of file transfer protocol (FTP) when it comes to transmitting files over the Internet. Depending on your needs, FTP may be the perfect medium for the types of large files you need transferred across networks locally or nationally. This article will help you decide if FTP will benefit you or if another metric of file transfer such as HTTP or P2P would be more efficient for you.

Understanding File Transfer Protocol


File transfer protocol is a file server that holds large files for downloading by other computers. You upload your file to the file server and then it is available to others on the same network. The file transfer or download happens all at once, which means you don't have to download each individual file if you have a folder of files.

*Important Tip

When using a FTP file server make sure that it supports TCP/IP protocol.

Benefits of FTP


◉ One of the biggest advantages of file transfer protocol is that it is one of the fastest ways to get large files from one computer to another.
◉ It's also efficient because you don't need to complete many operations to get the entire file or files transferred.
◉ Most FTP servers require you to log in with a username and password.
◉ FTP allows you to transfer files back and forth. This means that if you are an owner of a company, you can send information to your employees and they can send information back all on the same server.

Other File Protocols


The other two common forms of file transfer are HTTP and peer-to-peer (P2P). HTTP is a website that users can use to either download files or save entire pages of information. HTTP is the information you see in your web browser anytime you use HTTP at the beginning of your web address bar. Unlike FTP, users cannot upload information to the HTTP web server. This makes HTTP much more secure because it helps cut down on spam and other irrelevant file uploads. The downside of using HTTP is that it's not the best way to transfer large files since the user will have to download each file separately, making it much slower than FTP.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

File sharing refers to the practice of transmitting data and files such as texts, graphics, music, video, and images from one computer to another computer via a network or over the Internet. This can be done in two main ways namely: the peer-to-peer method which entails the transmission of data from one computer to another via a network and the file sync and file sharing devices which entail the transmission of data through websites, applications, Bluetooth connectivity and indeed so much more.

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Part 1: The Benefits of File Sharing for Enterprises


● Convenience

File sharing makes the task of accessing the desired piece of information easy, convenient, and instantaneous. This reduces the amount of effort, time, and energy which is in turn deployed to the performance of other organizational tasks.

● Reduced Costs

Since the organizations are not required to own the infrastructure that store, share and maintain the files, the amounts of money that would have otherwise been used to put up and maintain this infrastructure rendered null and void. The organization's operational expenses are therefore reduced.

● Saves on Time

File sharing reduces the amount of time that would have otherwise been used to search and retrieve the required information manually. This time can be further used to undertake other tasks that equally matter insofar as the fulfillment of the corporate objectives are concerned.

● Reduced Storage Space

The adoption of this technique reduces the amount of storage space that an organization is required to put in place in order to accommodate the number of files it requires. This comes along with various benefits among them being the need for less office space, reduced costs of doing business, and the reduction of other overhead expenses.

● Improved Data Integrity

The access of files via a file sharing infrastructure, and especially when all the necessary security precautions are taken, improves the integrity of the data so obtained due to the fact that such data is less prone to loss, manipulations, and other forms of interferences that may hamper its accuracy and reliability. Therefore, any subsequent decisions, interpretations, and conclusions derived from them are more dependable.

Part 2: The Risks of File Sharing for Enterprises


● Increased Insecurity

File sharing predisposes the company documents and data to security breaches. This could be in the forms of unauthorized access (hacking), worms, viruses, and phishing e.t.c. In the unfortunate event of this situation, the confidence that the clients of the organization had on the data are dealt a severe blow, which in turn also affects the integrity of the organization as a whole.

● Plagiarism/ Violation of Copyright Laws

It is the practice of taking up other people's unique ideas and making them one's own. This brings about lots of problems which include but not limited to revenue loss accruing from the sales of the materials that have been plagiarized, penalties from relevant statutory authorities to those apprehended, and diminished confidence in the organization as a whole by its clientele.

● Loss of Privacy

Sharing of files leads to the increase loss of the privacy of individuals or companies because it makes it possible for sensitive information regarding the company to be easily accessible by third parties. These pieces of information may later be used against the organization.

● Call for Action

It is important to note that the benefits and risks of file sharing as outlined above are by no means exhaustive since quite a number could not be discussed due to space constraints. In order to leverage on these benefits and to effectively guard against the potential risks, it is necessary to outsource the services of a competent, professional and experienced online video conferencing provider.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

File Sharing is not itself illegal, especially if used to share files that you actually created and own or collaborated on. Like any medicine, if you abuse the usage, it becomes illegal. Read this article to know the pros and cons of file sharing.

The Pros and Cons of File Sharing

When is file sharing not illegal?


The ability to download files through the Internet has become quite a phenomenon. The tools used in downloading and sharing are no longer removable media and e-mail attachments, but are more likely to be advanced and comprehensive applications such as download managers, P2P clients, and of course, by hosting the file and sharing the link for others to download.

When it is illegal to share a file? It is always illegal to share a file if the object you are sharing includes an instruction that you cannot share or distribute it. Copyrighted files or materials can be shared as long as the license says you can share them or distribute them. An example is music files you have purchased online. Most recording company have agreements with distributors of songs and videos which allows you to transfer and play the music in your computer and in another player e.g.MP3 player, iPod, or Zune. You have the option in sharing or synchronizing your media files from another device to media player software for devices you already own and for non-commercial use in most cases. Copyrighted software with GPL, L-GPL, etc. common in open source software can be shared with others subject to some restrictions such as including the complete source code for the project or program when you distribute it or share it.

What are the pros and cons of file sharing?


Again, file sharing is not itself illegal, as long as you share what is yours and what is not copyrighted by other people or by a company. Part of the answer that It depends on what you share. If, for an example, you like to share your photo album to your friends, it is legal. If you have a project to share that will allow your classmates, colleagues, or people with the same interest in working on your project, it is not illegal to share your work or source code. Most files that can be legally shared have licenses that detail what can be done and cannot be done.

The pros of file sharing is the ability to collaborate using collaboration tools such as e-mail, blogs, or any applications which allow a direct download from the person or computers hosting the files.

There are companies who benefit greatly for having the ability to share their files:

➥ Software developers who want to share their files to testers- it allows them to get free feedback and receive bug or error reports.

➥ Recording company and its registered distributors who allow the use of file sharing are giving their customers a preview of the songs they want to hear before buying. It benefits also the buyers of music because they don't have to purchase the whole CD or album. There is now an option to choose only the songs that you like to purchase.

➥ People at work and school also benefits in sharing files. It allows their colleagues and classmates to work on their project at work or at school. An example is the people who are involved in Open Source projects.

➥ Individuals also benefits in sharing their files via home networks or by sharing their personal files to their family or friends.

What about the cons of file sharing?


When you download files from people that you don't know or from the untrusted source, there is a risk of downloading viruses, Trojans and other types of malware. Some end-users are confident in illegally downloading files if an antivirus program has support to scan the connections and the files, using a P2P application. They don’t realize that their private information is at risk, in addition to facing the law if their ISP has determined that their customer is using the internet connection illegally.

If you will share your files by allowing the P2P applications to open your computer or a folder to other users in the P2P network, you are at risk to sharing your personal and sensitive information.

If you are using a computer at work to share or download files to untrusted source or people, you are putting the whole computers at work at risk. You might be leaking sensitive and private information that your boss will never share with his permission.

Final Words

File Sharing is a great method to collaborate. P2P applications is a great resource to download files but it is important to be aware of the risks, proper usage of any file sharing tools and of course, be aware of the pros and cons of file sharing, before participating.

Monday, 17 July 2017

The market for e-retailers is certainly very promising today, thanks to the internet boom. Through a simple website, they can reach out to an infinite range of customers, beyond physical boundaries.

The power of technology is something that has made all this possible!

A number of entrepreneurs and SMBs are finding glowing opportunities in the e-stores. But, for all those who are in or are willing to be in the online market sphere, there’s more to understand!

What makes an e-store a hit, is a chain of multiple factors. Good website speed with ability to scale according to increasing traffic, a trustworthy payment gateway, a shopping cart, security of customer data and backup are some of those factors that account for a good e-store. All these factors are by and large affected by the quality of the hosting service you choose and thus call for a good ecommerce hosting service.

e-Commerce Web Hosting

An e-commerce web hosting can be understood as a system wherein the host company provides an organization the required online space and tools, so that it can run its retail store online. It differs from a simple web hosting as it fulfills some additional requirements of a shopping website like SSL certificate, shopping cart, database support, payment gateways and other ecommerce security requisites.
Now what should make you go specifically for an ecommerce web hosting is a difficult thing to know. So let’s put 5 top benefits of an ecommerce hosting solution that will make you go for one.

Top 5 benefits of ecommerce web hosting


An ecommerce hosting solution can be really advantageous for anyone who is looking to start an online business. The benefits can be summed up in below mentioned points:

1. High availability and scalability

When you are running an e-store, you should ensure your website’s all time availability. Because no or less-availability would mean lost sales. Unlike a physical store, you can’t see your customers online and a slow loading webpage can irate a visitor so much that he might lose his interest and go away without making a purchase.

An efficient e-commerce hosting service provider will ensure high availability of your website, with no or less downtime.

2. Secure your customers’ transactions

Online business would mean online transactions. When a customer buys a product from your website, he makes online transactions.

Ecommerce hosting providers equip your website with authentic SSL certificates to safeguard your crucial customer data during transit. Also, they secure your website from viruses and hackers through different security applications.

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A website with HTTPS gives customers a feeling of trust and thus, a peaceful state of mind while making purchase. An SSL certificate also affects your website search ranking: Google drops the search ranking of websites without a SSL certificate.

3. Ease of shopping with cart

What makes shopping a better and suave experience is a shopping cart. It is beneficial in multiple ways. First, it allows customer to add products which they like and then review all of them and order desired ones from a single place. Second, it provides hassle free shopping with secure checkout process. Easy integrations with payment gateways help customers to place the orders straightaway. Hence, e-commerce hosting services with shopping cart integration should be your preference.

4. Hosting experience with less technical know-how

In ecommerce hosting, the hosting company provides the web server, website design tool, and install special capabilities on your website related to order processing and payment. Thus, what they basically do is provide you with a ready to use framework in form of some virtual templates, which can be used by you to further customize and enhance your website. Thus, even with less technical know-how, you can get started with your ecommerce website.

5. Multiple website management with single admin panel

Every online hosting retailer starts with the aim of expansion; hence you need a hosting provider who will let you manage multiple websites through a single admin panel. This will help you in expanding your business base and earning more customers.

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