Data protection and disaster recovery are now more important than ever before. Enterprise data is growing at a faster rate than ever before, to the point that many traditional backup solutions cannot keep up. That is where the cloud comes in.
With its immense flexibility, near-infinite capacity, and ease of connectivity, cloud storage makes for an attractive option when it comes to backing up your files and infrastructure. If you are not careful, however, it can be a double-edged sword. Make any of these five mistakes with your backup, and you may wish you had stayed out of the cloud completely.
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Everyone knows that backups are important. Systems can be destroyed by malware, locked off by ransomware, or damaged by inclement weather. And they can fail, as well – no hardware lasts forever.
So you are probably backing up your data. You have an automated system in place to do so, and a disaster recovery plan. And that is all excellent. These are all measures you need to be taking. If your hardware fails or ends up compromised, you need to make sure you are still able to access your data. Here is the question, though – are you doing enough? Continue reading “Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go”
Ensuring that a web service is always available is the key to making your business accessible to the right audience. When service is interrupted, it can harm business profits, functions, and public reputation. Research has found that for larger enterprises, 90% lose an average of over $100,000 USD for each hour of downtime. If you monitor web service availability as a standard practice, your business can address problems as they arise or to deploy preventative action before trouble even strikes. Companies who wish to be taken seriously online need to have something in place which prevents service downtime. A study found that poor web service is one of the top three negative influencers on potential consumers. Continue reading “Why Serious Businesses Monitor Web Service Availability”
As an owner of a web agency, there is little to your craft you can’t handle. You’ve proven your domain knowledge, marketing prowess, client management, and leadership skills. You wear many hats and they all look exceptionally good on you. But, even if you can do it all – should you? Running a digital agency, you may feel that managing websites and applications is entirely your domain and should remain in your scope of work. However, the latest and greatest managed hosting benefits can provide services to your business that will strengthen your competitive advantage.
More likely than not, you contribute the most value to your business when you are building and improving your client’s online strategy and designing sites that wow them – not in the office overseeing maintenance to your server and juggling hosting issues. So why not empty your plate? You are going to run yourself thin if you continue to try to manage the many moving and tedious parts that keep your clients’ sites performing smoothly. Instead you may want to take advantage of these three managed hosting benefits. Continue reading “These 3 Managed Hosting Benefits Add Huge Value to Your Website”
Security exploits and threats to your website are everywhere – and while you might think your business isn’t big enough or important enough to be a target, you’re undoubtedly wrong. The nature of modern day attacks are such that hackers comb the Internet using automated scripts or bots looking for vulnerable websites. According to the 2016 Internet Security Threat Report by Symantec, over 430 million unique pieces of malware were discovered in 2015 – up by 36% from the year prior. In addition, a new vulnerability was discovered each week on average and 75% of legitimate websites have unpatched vulnerabilities!
The only protection against the wide variety of cyber attacks and regularly-discovered vulnerabilities is with vigorous anti-spam and anti-virus software, server hardening, secure access, and constant vigilance. One customer of ours, Scott Neader of QTH.com, realized the benefit of Liquid Web’s tough security provisions when a dangerous Joomla exploit was discovered in December 2015. As a hosting provider with thousands of customers, he was especially grateful for the protection from Liquid Web’s ServerSecure product. Continue reading “Hosting Provider & Customer Saved from Dangerous Security Exploit”
The importance of data backup is one of those things that we all agree with, but don’t always act on. After all, backups are one of the best ways to protect your business from expensive data loss and unplanned downtime – a phenomenon that costs businesses over $1.7 trillion dollars annually. However, not every business has a complete backup and recovery plan in place – either due to time or cost required to set one up. At Liquid Web, we firmly believe in the importance of data backup, but we are constantly encountering customers with little to no backups for their business.
With that in mind, I have for you today a story of how backups saved one of our customers (we’ll call them Hardware-R-US) from losing everything. They counted themselves lucky that they had backups ready to go after finding themselves the victims of an attack. Hopefully by the end of this cautionary tale, you feel inspired to create a solid backup and recovery plan for your business. Continue reading “Expensive Data Loss Be Damned – Backups Saved the Day”
Price isn’t everything. Or is it? As a business owner or manager, the decision between cost and quality often comes down to you, and it’s not an easy one. Especially if you’re a smaller agency working with limited resources, the temptation to trim expenses is strong, and in some cases, not out of place. Shopping with price in mind is important for a small business looking to endure and grow in a competitive landscape.
But when you’re shopping for hosting for your clients, in many cases, the best value hosting is managed hosting, even though it’s more expensive than the alternative. If you are currently or have recently been shopping for a hosting provider for your digital marketing or web design agency, you’re likely familiar with the price tag that comes with managed hosting services. How can you possibly argue that managed hosting is a better value when it costs so much more? you ask. Simple: price does not equal value.
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In speaking to a group of our clients recently, we noticed a trend: nine times out of ten, businesses that chose to look for dedicated server hosting did so because of a failing on the part of their previous host. What sort of failing? What drives web developers and design agencies to abandon their hosting providers in search of something more? We asked, you answered: reliability.
Reliability, really? It’s not the sexiest answer. There’s no flash or sparkle in that word, just a staid, ever-present…sameness. Reliability is not a buzzword that many providers are using in their sales pitches – but it should be.
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Written by: AJ Morris, Product Manager
Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress Hosting is a highly optimized, extremely reliable managed WordPress service that comes preconfigured with the latest technologies to stand up to high traffic loads and serve your favorite e-commerce plugin out of the box. … And today, it’s about to get better!
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If you’re planning on attending WordCamp US this weekend, you’ll be witness to the exciting launch of our Managed WordPress Hosting product! Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Pennsylvania to celebrate with us – we’ll be happy to celebrate with you virtually! However, if you do see us there, give us a shout!
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