Feb 5, 2013 by Author
This has to be the most asked question by anyone who is thinking of either getting a dedicated server, or colocating their own box. Even though I can't give you an exact answer. I can shed some light on the variables that will affect what kind of load a single server can handle.
Feb 1, 2013 by Author
When you start sending HTML emails, or Newsletters for your website to your subscribers, you are bound to find that many clients do not read your emails the same. What looks great in your email client, looks like crap in other email clients. Its bad enough developers had had to use hacks and tweaks to make their websites look the same across all browsers. Formatting emails to look the same is even harder. However using a few guides and analyzing the source from a few emails, I was able to determine how to code an HTML email that will make 99% of your subscribers happy.
May 16, 2012 by Author
As we get closer to the lauch of Facebook's IPO. I have come to the conclusion that no matter what the banks tell you, this stock is going to crash. Here is my reasoning
Feb 17, 2012 by Author
When I started this blog back in 2006, my main goal was to make money using the google adsense program. However when you start with a new website or blog, you are not going to start making money right away. Many people are deterred by this lack of instant gratification and give up. After all when you see that your daily earnings are only 12 cents, there is not a lot of reason to keep going. What you have to understand is how a blog works, and how to get your earnings up. There is no get rich quick scheme with blogging. But for those who are committed to spend a few hours a week to update their blog, the long term results are worth it. I have written this guide to help people understand how to blog
Dec 14, 2011 by Author
Recently one of my clients alerted me that the HTML newsletter I built for them is not displaying correctly on outlook 2010. So with a little research I had to figure out the best way to rebuild the newsletter to ensure it displays consistently with all email clients. If you are a developer that is used to using box model designs ( div tags ), then you might want to rethink that approach. Here are my findings.
Nov 14, 2011 by Author
Everybody knows that in order to properly preserve Google Page Rank when you are moving a page on a site, you need to perform a 301 Redirect to the new page, as this tells search engines this is a permanent move, and to record it into their index. However few people realize the additional problem of duplicate content across multiple domains. So if you have both your domain and your www subdomain pointing at the same site, its likely that google is penalizing you for this. So in this article I show you how to properly setup a website with multiple domains using IIS 7.5 and 301 redirects for good SEO.
Nov 7, 2011 by Author
Recently I had to migrate one of my clients from their VPS to my colocated box. The Old box was windows Server 2003, and my server was Windows Server 2008 R2. However after migrating the first of several sites, I noticed the ABCPDF component was not working properly. Any request to generate a PDF would error with "HTML render is blank". If you are in the same situation, then I have a fix.
Nov 6, 2011 by Author
Recently I was working on a new website for a client. When I got close to completion I checked to see how it looked across various browsers ( Firefox, IE, Chrome, Opera ). All looked great, then I tried to view it on my HTC Sensation ( Android 2.3.7 ). Normally when pulling up a website on my cell phone the browser will zoom out to fit the entire website into the width of the screen. Then you can drag the view around and use pinch to zoom to zoom into places you want to actually read. However on this new site I couldn't get it working. The solution was very easy. Click for details.
Oct 13, 2011 by Author
The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts emailed me yesterday with a update of changes to the Texas State Tax Codes. As I glanced down this 16 page PDF, I noticed House Bill 1841 ( Effective Immediately ) Use of Internet Hosting Does Not Create Nexus.
"This bill provides that a person whose only activity in this state is as a user of Internet hosting is not engaged in business in Texas."
This tells me that I no longer have to charge sales tax to my out of state clients who host their websites with me. Awesome! However don't take my word for it. Texas Tax code is rather complex, and I plan to call tomorrow and ask the Texas Comptroller myself.
Oct 4, 2011 by Author
If you need a datacenter to colocate your hardware, or if you need a really fast cloud, then I can't say enough good things about FastPCNetworks. I have colocated my server with them for about 1 1/2 years. The truth is you don't really know who you are hosting with until something goes wrong. Its not how they treat you when everything is up and running. Its about how they treat you when things go down. I have been with plenty of hosting companies. Before I brought my server to FastPCNetworks, I had been on Shared Hosting, VPS, dedicated, and cloud with some of the largest hosting companies in the world. Eventually after dealing with terrible technical support, and some of the cheapest hardware, I decided that it was about time I build and colocate my own server. At least that way when it goes down, I can fix it myself, instead of waiting for a ticket to make it to tech support days later.