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The Internet is Changing Big in 2014 [Infographic]

Have you ever come up with the perfect URL only to find that .COM is taken?

2014 is bringing the release of over 700 new domain extensions. With these new domains, anyone can find the right URL for their online brand.

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New Domains Added Every Week at WestHost

By now you are familiar with .com, .org, and .net. You may even have heard of .info or .mobi. But how about .guru, .photographer, .sexy, and .lol?

This year marks a dramatic increase in the number of domains available. With over 700 new additions, you have more options than ever for branding your site. New domains are launching nearly every week and you can find them all at WestHost!

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Who’s Using Joomla?

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Jason Stevens has a nosy-in on who’s using Joomla and discovers it doesn’t take much snooping to get results. 

Joomla doesn’t keep secrets when it comes to its users. The content management system declares on its website that it’s used by giants like ebay and Ikea.

But now they’ve gone one step further.

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What’s Klout All About?

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Barak Obama’s is 99 and Justin Bieber’s is 92. Pretty much anyone who’s active online can have a Klout score. But why would you want one?

According to the online marketing agency Maccabee, as many as 40 million photos are shared on Instagram every day, and Twitter clocks up an average of 500 million tweets every 24 hours. Pinterest, meanwhile, gets 1,090 visits a minute.

There’s no denying social media sites have our attention.

But harnessing the power of this attention for your business is easier said than done. That’s where Klout comes in. Launched in 2009, Klout was developed to rank social influence online. A Klout score is a number between 1 and 100, which is based on the activity of a person’s or business’ social networks. The more influence a person or business has, the higher their Klout score is.

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Power Trip – The Challenge of Supercomputing

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When the word ‘supercomputer’ is uttered, it’s easy to envision a gigantic, alien device, composed of back to the future-style technology. After all, these devices are used in the fields of quantum mechanics, climate research, and oil exploration. But there are a few things you might not know about these specialized appliances.

While modern supercomputers are generally gargantuan and sophisticated, the technologies they use are far from exotic. In fact, they typically employ high-end versions of familiar architectures such as AMD Opteron, Intel Ivy Bridge, Nvidia Tesla, and even Sony’s Cell.

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How To Use a htaccess File To Improve Security

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Hypertext Access, commonly known as htaccess, is a configuration file that controls the directory it is placed in, and all the subdirectories underneath it. It is a powerful tool for
manipulating and configuring sites. A webmaster can use it to redirect pages and password protect directories.

Here are some of the techniques to protect your website with .htaccess.

1. Hotlinking protection. Hotlinking (also known as leeching, inline linking, bandwidth theft) is the use of an image from one site by a web page belonging to a second site. [2] Websites that steal images without reuploading it to their servers is a bad practice because they not only steal your images, they steal your bandwidth as well. To prevent other sites from using and displaying your images, you can use a hotlink protection. Include these lines in your htaccess file:

  • RewriteBase /
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
  • RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www.)?yoursite.com/.*$ [NC]
  • RewriteRule .(gif|jpg|swf|flv|png)$ /feed/ [R=302,L]

2. Block unwanted IPs. You can block certain IPs from accessing your site completely. Don’t
wait for some sites to send spams or attack your site (this usually happens in Internet forums
and blog authors) before banning them. Add the following code to your htaccess file to block
unwanted visitors:

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Take Your Business Further

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It’s time to take your business further! Now through the end of November, any web hosting plan you buy will get 50% more time added to your term for free. Available on any new annual hosting package using the coupon code 50FURTHER, this deal can get you up to 18 free months of free web hosting. Each plan comes with the resources to get your business online.

Here is the price breakdown for the different discounts you’ll get when you purchase:

  • Buy 3 years, get 18 months free
  • Buy 2 years, get 12 months free
  • Buy 1 year, get 6 months free
  • Buy 3 months, get 1 month free

If you haven’t honed in on your online success yet, then now is the time! Or maybe you have a friend that could benefit from having a website? You know what to do. Don’t forget the Preferred and Business plans come with a free domain for the life of the account.
We know resources are thin, so we want to give you every opportunity possible to flourish on the World Wide Web. In addition to giving you all the tools you need to succeed online, WestHost technical support is available 24/7 to help assist you.

The coupon code is good up until November 30, 2013 so get started before it’s too late.

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The Do’s and Do Not’s of WordPress SEO

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Too many website owners are trying to beat Google at its own game when it comes to WordPress SEO. The problem with that approach is that Google is constantly tweaking, updating and testing its ranking algorithms.

The truth is, trying to trick Google is rarely going to be successful. Instead, follow a few simple guidelines, create great content, and there will be no need to try to outsmart Google.

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Challenges Facing the World’s “Highest” Supercomputer

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array or ALMA Correlator is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world. It is built atop the Chajnantor Plateau in the Chilean Andes, more than 16,500 feet above sea level. This high-altitude data center is a powerful system consisting of 66 radio antenna dishes, 50 of them measuring 12 meters in diameter. Astronomers use the ALMA Correlator to study the universe and discover how planets, stars, and galaxies form.

Why build the ALMA Correlator at high altitude? The ALMA supercomputer serves as the brain behind the ALMA astronomical telescope and is a partnership between agencies from Europe, North America, and South America. According to Space Daily, “The special-purpose ALMA Correlator has over 134 million processors and performs up to 17 quadrillion operations per second, a speed comparable to the fastest general-purpose supercomputer in operation today.”

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Showdown: WordPress vs. Joomla!

WordPress VS Joomla

When it comes to Content Management Systems, Joomla and WordPress are two of the best. For the business that wants to manage their own website, either choice will deliver easy maintenance and an intuitive interface.

Even the user that has only a little experience with technology can find their way around and have a functional and attractive website up and running in no time.

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