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…



5 Reasons to Choose Australian Web Hosting

Mar, 04, 2010 | Web Hosting, Webmaster, Website Marketing | 1 Comment

If you are a business based in Australia, then the best hosting option for you is with an Australian company. Here is a list of 5 reasons why you should choose an Australian web host as opposed to hosting overseas. Support – There could possibly be a huge time difference when dealing with an overseas company, which makes you wonder what you will do when/if problems arise. When your company in Australia is awake and processing during business hours, the web hosting company could potentially be off-shift, meaning very limited support. Who wants to be caught at a very important…



Clearing Your Browser’s Cache

Feb, 23, 2010 | Support | 0 Comments

In order to speed up web surfing, web browsers will store pertinent website files, such as images and pages. This storage is known as the browser’s cache or temporary internet files, and allows for websites to load up quickly as these files can be pulled without the need of re-downloading. In this way, cache is a beneficial feature of web browsers. On the other hand, the browser’s cache is like a paper trail of the websites someone has visited. Because of this, a web user’s privacy is at risk when the cache is left to build up. It also takes…



Will changing web hosts cause any SEO concerns?

Feb, 18, 2010 | Support, Web Hosting, Webmaster, Website Marketing | 0 Comments

Many people often feel trapped with their web hosting company once they have established a website and built up a presence with it on the Internet. Basically their concerns lie in the question of whether a change of web hosts will affect their SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), and it is a phone call our sales department receives daily. To assist with this issue, we are going directly to the source and pulling information from Matt Cutts. Matt Cutts is a very important man over at Google, first making himself known by signing on as a software engineer with the company…



Gravatars – Globally Recognised Avatars

Feb, 15, 2010 | Webmaster | 3 Comments

Anyone that has left a comment on a blog or participated in an online forum has probably come across the word “Gravatar” before. If that word seems unfamiliar, then you actually might be more familiar with this little gray image of a mystery man that is so commonly displayed when no Gravatar is available. Either way you know it, there is no doubt about it that a personalised image in that location most always looks better. So, what’s a Gravatar? A Gravatar is simply a Globally Recognised Avatar. This avatar is an image that you upload to the Gravatar.com website,…



How to Integrate Twitter With Your Website or Blog

Feb, 10, 2010 | Twitter, Webmaster | 0 Comments

In order to get the most out of Twitter, it is a good idea to integrate it with your current website or blog. While using Twitter on it’s own is a method for building up your online brand and making business contacts, integration helps to increase awareness of this other forum for web visitor and website owner interaction. There are a few great ways to make this Twitter integration happen, but using them will depend on the type of website or blog you have. Twitter Widgets If you log in to the Twitter website and click on the link in…



Content Management Systems – The 12 Most Popular Requested by Our Customers

Feb, 05, 2010 | Support, Webmaster | 6 Comments

Many people phone Digital Pacific to ask if we can run a particular type of Content Management System (CMS). Generally speaking, if the CMS runs using PHP and MySQL it can be hosted by Digital Pacific. To technical, PHP is a scripting language used to create dynamic websites. It works with the MySQL database to present a website’s content that has been stored on the server in its tables and cells. To break it down, you could imagine a MySQL database as being like an Excel spreadsheet. The PHP code calls specific tables and cells of information and then presents…



SSL Certificates Explained

Jan, 29, 2010 | Support, Webmaster | 0 Comments

For the normal person looking to get online, searching through a web host’s website can simply be a confusing list of technological terms and abbreviations. Just one quick look at the Digital Pacific site and you will probably encounter a number of them, such as Gb, VPS and MySQL, right off the bat. Do you happen to know what all of these terms refer to? If not, (it’s OK!) then there’s a good chance that SSL also makes that list of confusing terms, but it definitely doesn’t have to. That’s why we’re going to break it down and explain why…



Creative Ways to Choose a Domain Name

Jan, 25, 2010 | Domain Names | 0 Comments

1.Use Keywords When a good domain name is taken, such as one matching your business name, then using a combination of keywords is a good alternate route. Make a list of words and phrases that web users might be entering into search engines to find a site like yours, and then come up with a catchy combination that you can still register. 2.Use Hyphens Break up words in your desired domain name with hyphens if the name is already taken. 3.Different Extension The .com and .com.au extensions are going to naturally be the most popular and well-known extensions to Australians,…



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…



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