Beating Website Spam Using CAPTCHA

Aug, 27, 2009 | Support, Webmaster | 0 Comments

Have you ever been to a website, filled out a form and wondered why you were forced to type in a series of squiggly letters or do simple maths equations in order to submit? Well, simply put, this is due to these businesses and individuals fighting their own wars on spam, and if you constantly receive email and database spam from your own website, then you might be in need of fighting one of your own. Lucky for you, this post details how you can eliminate most, if not all, spam coming to your inbox from your website contact, data…



Flash Websites: A guide to avoiding disaster.

Aug, 07, 2009 | Webmaster | 3 Comments

Flash, with all of its fancy animation and eye-catching features, is a popular method to build a website these days. Because of this flexibility and aesthetic flair, many web users are tempted to put together a fully Flash based website in order to make their mark, but really, who can blame them? Having the best looking and most interesting website possible should be key aspirations for anyone building a web presence. Before doing so, however, we recommend you fully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of this option so you can avoid a possible website DISASTER in the future. Advantages Flash…


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Digital Pacific makes it into top 100,000 visited sites in the world

Jul, 31, 2009 | Company News | 1 Comment

Recently we learned that Digital Pacific made it in to the top 100,000 most visited sites in the world, with our exact ranking being 95,620. Whilst this may number may seem high, it’s actually a quite considerable acviement considering there are 238,027,855 websites online worldwide as of June 2009. Our ranking in Australia is currently 1,148. This ranking was measured via a service called ALEXA which was originally an abbreviation for Address Lookup EXperts Authority, a service which ranks sites based on tracking information provided via search engines and other proprietary tracking methods. The ALEXA rank is a measure of…



How do I transfer my domain?

Jul, 25, 2009 | Domain Names, Support, Web Hosting | 0 Comments

Sometimes a domain name provider may charge a lot more than another for domain names. Because of this, a very popular support call to Digital Pacific involves the question, as seen in the title, “How do I transfer my domain name?” Normally, this question is asked in the sense that a customer has already purchased a domain name from another provider and would like to transfer it to Digital Pacific, perhaps to take advantage of a decreased registration fee. Since this is such a popular topic, we have decided to focus on the process in this article. Why would I…



Choosing the Right Domain Name

Jul, 16, 2009 | Domain Names | 0 Comments

Andrew Koloadin. Most people starting business online are so concerned with the products or services they want to promote that they neglect the importance of choosing the right domain name for their web site. Choosing the right domain name should be your first priority in the quest for online success. Many entrepreneurs are oblivious of the role a domain name plays in their online businesses and register domains which have little or no relevance to their business. The following tips will help you proceed along the right track. Keep it Short Although you can register a name with up to…



Why can’t I send email?

Jul, 02, 2009 | Support | 4 Comments

A very common support question for our team here at Digital Pacific involves the issue of a new customer not having the ability to send outgoing emails. Often times, they are puzzled because the emails keep coming in, but none are going out. The most common reason for this issue is that some Internet service providers actually block the mail (partially in hopes of stopping the prevalence of spam mail) if the SMTP server for outgoing mail is not set as theirs. Just to clarify, SMTP stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and is the standard method of transferring mail…



Website Maintenance Tip: W3C Link Checker

Jun, 25, 2009 | Webmaster | 0 Comments

Broken links can be classified as any link that tries to connect with websites and pages no longer available, or with an incorrect path or page that never existed before. Broken links in a website can give a poor impression to a web visitor, and if you are a business, this can be especially bad. Since a large part of the business world these days revolves around online marketing and advertising, customers will second guess a company that cannot properly maintain a website. Besides this point, broken links are also said to hurt your search engine optimisation (SEO) results because…



How To Create a Robots.txt File

Jun, 22, 2009 | Webmaster | 0 Comments

In Digital Pacific’s most recent survey, there was a suggestion that we provide every customer with a robots.txt file in their root directory. We understand this would be a plus for all of our customers, but it would be a very large feat for us to undertake. However, it will please most of you to know that creating a robots.txt file of your own is a fairly simple task that can be completed with the following guide. In case you are not sure why you might need a robots.txt file, it is actually there to tell search engine robots which…



Digital Pacific Survey Results

Jun, 19, 2009 | Company News | 3 Comments

Recently we ran a survey to better understand our customers and to find out exactly what our customers know about Digital Pacific. The results were amazing, and we would like to thank everyone for taking the time to give us some much appreciated feedback. We would like to think of Digital Pacific as a transparent company and we believe it’s important for us to perform these surveys a few times a year, it helps us continuosly improve our quality of service to you, the customer. Whilst we analyse these results we thought we would share some feedback with everyone, obviously…



Importance of Updating CMS Software

Jun, 16, 2009 | Webmaster | 2 Comments

In a previous blog post, we discussed and compared the Content Management Systems of Drupal, Joomla!, and WordPress. This blog post will now take a look at the importance of keeping that software, and any software for that matter, at an updated level. Security Website security is probably the most important reason to update your Drupal, Joomla!, and WordPress systems. When the administrators of these systems send out a new update, it most likely has made changes to protect the structure and keep hackers from taking over your site. Are you using this CMS to build a business presence on…



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