Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017

Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017
The New Year is now in full swing, and it seems the perfect time to think about how things might soon change in the web space. 2016 was, after all, a momentous year for the web, both on the development side and the marketing side. Mobile optimization and graphic media rose to the fore of everyone’s mind, social content ousted traditional journalism as a vital news source, mobile apps began to overtake websites in popularity, and voice-controlled assistants thoroughly disrupted search.

Many of these web trends will continue into 2017. However, there are a number of new changes that you should also make yourself aware of. By understanding these developments, you will ensure that you are well-equipped for the year ahead. Continue reading “Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017”

Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners
Ask three professionals which content management system on the web is the best option, and you are likely to get three different answers. Which CMS works for your organization is largely a matter of preference. For some, WordPress or Magento are the superior option, while others prefer Joomla or Drupal.

Today, we are discussing Drupal. drupal-icon

A powerful open source content management platform, Drupal is built with modularity in mind. With easy content authoring, great performance, and excellent security, it is also one of the most flexible on the market, rivalling even some of the market leaders in that regard. This means that when you are considering what you want to do with it, the sky is the limit. Continue reading “Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners”

The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage

The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage
Netflix. Amazon. Twitter. What do these three major corporations all have in common? At one point or another, all three have suffered a cloud outage – one that not even their extensive cloud networks could prevent. As a matter of fact, in most cases, it was a cloud failure that caused the outage in the first place. Although the cloud is an incredibly powerful tool, it is not an infallible one. Continue reading “The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage”

The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?

The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?
The Internet of Things is an inevitability. Already, we are connecting countless devices to the web, from televisions to kitchen appliances to motor vehicles. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be at least 6.4 billion ‘smart’ devices on the market worldwide.

To give that number more context, by 2020 there will be only 2.87 billion smartphone users.

Okay, those are some large numbers. But what does any of this have to do with web design? Sure, IoT could represent a huge security threat due to massive DDOS attacks. But that’s a hosting issue – and not something you need to think about. For all intents and purposes, as a designer, the Internet of Things means very little to you, right? Continue reading “The Internet of Things Has Nothing To Do With Your Website…Right?”

Protect Your Customers with this Data Privacy Checklist

Protect Your Customers with the Data Privacy Checklist
In today’s climate, it is essential that your organization understand how to manage private data. Ignorance is no excuse, and even a single misstep could land you in hot water with regulatory agencies, media organizations, and your own clients.

Use the following checklist to ensure that the protections you have in place are sufficient – and in the event that they are not, make you aware of what needs to change. Continue reading “Protect Your Customers with this Data Privacy Checklist”

How to Improve Data Privacy Know-How & Secure Your Business

How to Improve Data Privacy Know-How & Secure Your Business
Employers are, in many situations, required to teach their employees about good data security and data privacy practices – especially in regulated industries. This does not, however, mean that they do so effectively. But they should.

A large percentage of corporate data breaches are caused by non-malicious employee errors. They are caused by mistakes which, were employees better-educated on data privacy, could have been easily avoided. And it is not just data breaches you should seek to prevent, either. Continue reading “How to Improve Data Privacy Know-How & Secure Your Business”

Which Content Management Solution is Best for Your Business?

Which Content Management Solution is Best for Your Business?
Content Management Systems are all the rage in modern web design. To date, more than 50% of sites are built on one. It is easy to see why – most are simple enough to be picked up even by people who are not development experts, and the vast plugin and theme libraries of the market leaders saves an incredible amount of design and development time.

While there are still a few holdouts who rage against the very idea of using a CMS, I like to think most people accept the fact that they are extremely valuable tools. The content management industry is aware of that too, of course – that is why there are so many different platforms currently on the market. Assuming you don’t want to go with WordPress by default, how do you choose between such a vast selection? Continue reading “Which Content Management Solution is Best for Your Business?”

Preparing Your Website for Traffic Surges: The Do’s and Don’ts

Preparing Your Website for Traffic Surges: The Do’s and Don’ts
It’s every webmaster’s worst nightmare: a surge in popularity causes traffic that brings your site down. How do you prevent this from happening?

An influx of new visitors to your site is excellent. Every visitor is a potential new customer, a prospective lead who might become a client in the long run. There is just one problem – what if your site cannot handle the new traffic? Continue reading “Preparing Your Website for Traffic Surges: The Do’s and Don’ts”

Welcome WiredTree Customers to Liquid Web

By: Carrie Wheeler, Chief Operations Officer, Liquid Web

Over the past year, Liquid Web has been hard at work laying the foundation for our strategy of being the leader in Managed Hosting for the mission-critical websites and applications of Small and Midsize businesses.

This morning, we reached another key milestone as we announced the acquisition of WiredTree, a Chicago-based web hosting company. Liquid Web is welcoming these new customers who will gain an even stronger web hosting offering, including upgraded services and a team of dedicated migration specialists to assist each user with a seamless and hassle-free transition. Continue reading “Welcome WiredTree Customers to Liquid Web”