DNS tidy up! What DNS records should you have in place? And which ones don’t you really need?

Jun, 13, 2019 | Email, Programming, Webmaster | 0 Comments

Disclaimer: Any products/services mentioned or recommended below are suggestions based on our own experiences. We have no affiliation with any of the products or services mentioned and you should always thoroughly and independently research your options to decide what is best for you. If you’ve ever looked at your website’s DNS records, there’s a decent chance your eyes may have instantly glazed over. We get it – it’s not the most exciting subject out there! However, having clean and tidy DNS records is a worthwhile task to undertake, to not only keep your website, email and various other services working…

In 2 Months Time, Your Website Could Be In Grave Danger

Nov, 04, 2018 | Online Security, Programming, Support | 0 Comments

We should have posted this article back on Halloween to get maximum bang for our buck on the Grave Danger thing. But we digress! Jokes aside, the danger is very real, and it’s coming at your website in 2 months. That is, only if you haven’t yet updated to PHP v7 or above. Many, many website owners are still running their websites on antiquated versions of PHP. They may have gotten away with ignoring the problem up until now, but the risk gets exponentially larger from 1 January 2019 onwards. What is PHP? PHP is a programming language. Most CMS-based…

What Is A Bounce Rate

Whether you’re running a small business, writing a blog or using a promotional website, one essential metric you need to monitor in order to measure your website’s success is its bounce rate. Unlike other web analysis tools that may or may not be very useful for different types of websites, the bounce rate can be useful for everyone. It gives you a snapshot of how “sticky” your website is – how much you are engaging your visitors. In other words, it tells you whether your content is relevant or whether it stinks. What is Bounce Rate? Web analytic services like…

Ten Things Every Joomla User Should Know

Jul, 07, 2011 | Programming | 0 Comments

Joomla is a fantastic content management system, one of the best on the internet. All you need to do is add Joomla to a domain name and you are ready to go. But even the most experienced Joomla users have room for improvement. So here are ten things that every Joomla user should know about: Joomla Template Overrides Joomla may be a fantastic content management system, but there are times when you need to alter the main files for some specific purpose. Maybe you want to change the layout of the menu, or display the date in a different location….

Discovering Geolocation

Feb, 15, 2011 | Programming, Web Design, Webmaster | 0 Comments

Geolocation is the ability to determine a physical location for a person or object. This is achieved through translating sets of information such as a computer’s IP address or GPS coordinates broadcast by a mobile phone. Geolocation either broadcasts an individual’s geographic location, or assigns a particular location to a fixed object such as a restaurant or library. Geolocation might sound exotic (or extremely nerdy), but it is widely used. Google uses a version of IP-based geolocation to guess where you are in order to provide localised search results. Online advertisers have long used a similar approach to serve local…

Virtual machines: the essential tool for all web developers

Dec, 09, 2010 | Programming, Web Design, Webmaster | 0 Comments

Creating web products that look the same for everyone on the internet is not easy. With different browser vendors, operating systems and even different versions of browsers competing for market share, designers and developers need to take account of many things when creating new products. An effective way to address the problem is through “virtualisation”. What is virtualisation? Virtualisation involves running a special program that simulates a real computer in software, called a virtual machine . The virtual machine acts like a container inside the operating system, isolating the program from the main, or host, operating system. For example, a…

The Most Popular Free and Open Source Shopping Carts

Mar, 08, 2010 | Programming, Support, Web Hosting, Webmaster | 5 Comments

A shopping cart is a system that is set up on a website with the sole focus of listing and selling products via the Internet. These systems will integrate into the main website and generally provide a back-end or dashboard area that lets the owner do all of the administrative work involved. This work includes: updating and modifying content; listing, organising and pricing products; printing invoices; and tracking inventory. A shopping cart gives you the ability to run an e-commerce business. Most of the popular shopping carts today are actually Open Source. What this means is that the source code…

Five Fantastic Add-ons for Firefox

Jan, 20, 2010 | Programming, Webmaster | 2 Comments

Firefox is definitely Digital Pacific’s web browser of choice, and we gladly recommend it to any of our customers. Like Internet Explorer, Firefox retrieves website files and then renders them together to present the website that you view on the screen before you. Mozilla Firefox works in true open source fashion by allowing users to customise its look, feel and functionality with the addition of numerous add-ons. These add-ons give the web browser the ability to do everything from social bookmarking your favourite blog posts to helping you edit a website’s code. Here are five of our favourite Firfox Add-ons…

Every bug in the world can be solved with just 15 new lines!

May, 26, 2009 | Programming | 4 Comments

Customers of Digital Pacific will be happy to know that in a few months time, we will be moving to a new; more feature complete billing system that will provide many benefits to users. With our new billing system, Parallels Business Automation, users will be able to see all their invoices (past, present and future) and will be able to literally click one button and switch between all of their hosting control panels. This move, however, has not been without quite a number of funny mishaps while moving from our current billing system (ModernBill) to Parallels Business Automation (“PBA”). The…

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