December
09
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Live Chat with Businesses in Bing Search Resuls

Too busy focusing on Google and ignoring Bing? Not bothered with offering live chat on your website yet? Potential customers searching for your type of business can now chat with you live and directly from the search results, if you’ve signed up to the program… and assuming your business shows up at the top of Bing search results. Bing Live Chat Program …And Google seems hot on their heels to do the same! Google Live Chat Test Program This begs the questions; Do you offer live chat? Do you appreciate live chat as a visitor? Would you use search result live chat? If so, then Bing’s live direct chat may be the answer for you.

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December
03
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Why is my WordPress Website so Slow?

Welcome to Hostwind’s first Straight Up Saturday! Each Saturday we want to take a look at a concern or question from customers or potential customers. If you have anything you’d like us to cover, please leave it in the comments for consideration. Today’s question revolves on a concern most of us have; “Why is my site so slow?!!!” One of the most common complaints or concerns customers contact us about is their site running slow. There could be a wide variety of reasons. But our very first question is… “Are you using WordPress?” Now don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing with WordPress. The problems start creeping in when the plugins and themes start piling up. Then it gets worse when…

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December
02
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Publish to WordPress on the Go with these Mobile Apps

Do you run your site on WordPress? Did you know that you can create posts, moderate comments and upload photos to your site no matter where you are? Yep, it’s easy to work on your WP powered site on the go with the use of an app. Sure, you can easily schedule posts to go live on any date and time. But it can still be handy to have the ability to work on your site on the go. Ideas can strike at anytime. On the bus, at the park. Why not at least get a draft input while it’s fresh? Or maybe circumstances that surround a scheduled post change. It’d be nice to reschedule it on the fly by…

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December
01
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Online Fraud Jumps 137% Over Holiday Season

  The adoption of EMV technology (Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa) spelled good news for businesses that sell through a physical storefront, but not so much so for online retailers. The EMV chip cards do a pretty good job at protecting sensitive data through encryption, but that protection doesn’t extend to online purchases. And fraudsters know that… and now they’ve had a year to plan and perfect their schemes. During the first quarter of this year alone, online retailers suffered a drastic increase in fraud attacks, up over 125% from the second quarter of 2015. The number of attacks on those who operate in the luxury goods space were up twice as high. And those who offer digital goods and services?…

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November
29
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ON THE 5th DAY OF BLACK FRIDAY

 HOSTWINDS GAVE TO ME… A DEDICATED SERVER WITH NO ROOMIES! Dedicated Servers A dedicated server gives you the security and stability of having a server all to yourself without the need for an in-house IT team to setup and manage the server. You basically outsource that headache to expert technicians from the hosting company you choose. At Hostwinds, all of our dedicated servers are custom-tailored to fit your needs. HOSTWINDS BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW Take 75% off EVERYTHING at Hostwinds until Nov. 29 at 11:59:59pm PST* HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOSTWINDS DEDICATED SERVERS What Exactly is a Dedicated Server? A dedicated server is just that. It’s a physical server located in a data center somewhere that…

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November
28
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ON THE 4th DAY OF BLACK FRIDAY

HOSTWINDS GAVE TO ME… A VIRTUAL PRIVATE SERVER WITH INSTANT SCALABILITY Virtual Private Server A VPS (Virtual Private Server) is the perfect bridge for those who need more than what shared hosting can provide, but are hesitant to jump straight to a dedicated server. It may be the price that scares you away from a dedicated server or even the technical know-how needed to run it properly. Either way, a VPS might be just what you’re looking for. HOSTWINDS BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW Take 75% off EVERYTHING at Hostwinds until Nov. 29 at 11:59:59pm PST* HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOSTWINDS VPS…   What Exactly is a Virtual Private Server? A dedicated server is a server located…

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November
27
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ON THE 3rd DAY OF BLACK FRIDAY

HOSTWINDS GAVE TO ME… RESELLER HOSTING WITHOUT WAITING Reseller Hosting Reseller hosting gives you the option to sell our hosting plans as your own. Have clients who need hosting? Easily setup hosting accounts from your control panel, give them their very own hosting (with cPanel included), charge what you want and pocket the difference for the service you’re providing them. HOSTWINDS BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW Take 75% off EVERYTHING at Hostwinds until Nov. 29 at 11:59:59pm PST* Or maybe you just need separate cPanel accounts for multiple sites you own. That’s perfectly fine, too! We offer three different tiers, so you can choose what suits your needs best: Basic: Up to 10 cPanel accounts Advanced: Up to 25 cPanel…

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November
26
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ON THE 2ND DAY OF BLACK FRIDAY

HOSTWINDS GAVE TO ME… SHARED BUSINESS HOSTING THAT WILL GROW WITH ME Shared Business Hosting Shared hosting is probably the most popular of type of hosting for many good reasons. But is it suitable for a business site? The answer to that depends on what your site needs to do, how busy it is and what your budget is. HOSTWINDS BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW Take 75% off EVERYTHING at Hostwinds until Nov. 29 at 11:59:59pm PST Shared Hosting in a Nutshell Sites that run on shared hosting, explained more in depth here, are sharing a server and all of the resources with other sites that are also on the same server. Most of the time, if your site isn’t…

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November
25
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ON THE FIRST DAY OF BLACK FRIDAY

 HOSTWINDS GAVE TO ME… A SHARED HOSTING PLAN WITH DEDICATED IP’S Shared Hosting Shared hosting is a popular choice for hosting, especially to those seeking hosting for the first time. While there are definitely advantages to choosing shared hosting, you should understand just what you’re getting with this type of hosting. It may or may not be ideal for your site, depending on a number of factors and whether your site is personal or business related. HOSTWINDS BLACK FRIDAY SALE ON NOW Take 75% off EVERYTHING at Hostwinds until Nov. 29 at 11:59:59pm PST CHECKOUT THESE NEED TO KNOW ITEMS BEFORE PURCHASING SHARED HOSTING What Exactly is Shared Hosting? If your site is on shared hosting, that means your site…

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November
22
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How Smart Devices Could Derail Your Business this Holiday Season

Large corporations and well-known brands get a lot of media attention when there’s a security breach. But today, even the smallest business is potentially a target for cyber crime. Cyber criminals have an ever-growing pool of technology that gives them the ability to target hundreds, if not thousands of unsuspecting victims simultaneously. The amount of data breached can be just as big as though they targeted a huge corporation like Apple, IBM or even the U.S. Government. This is especially true with the growing number of devices connected to the internet: The Internet of Things (IoT). In fact, the National Cyber Security Institute lists The IoT as the 2nd largest cyber threat for small businesses. Millions of IoT devices provided…

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