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Fruition, a Digital Services Provider, Recently Purchased a Web Hosting Company

Fruition announced they have bought the hosting company DS2 Hosting. This purchase was made to enhance the website development of the company, along with the business hosting. Fruition is an award winning digital services provider specialization in SEM, SEO and social media services. They also develop websites and mobile apps for customers and focus mainly on Magento websites. With the purchase, Dan Seibert will become the Director of Development and Hosting Infrastructure. Seibert founded DS2 Hosting in 2014. The company was headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah and specializes in providing Magento website hosting. Read the full story here.

Liquid Web Announced New Channel Partner Program

Liquid Web, a web hosting and managed service provider, recently announced a new channel partner program, which will enable companies to offer Liquid Web services and products to their customers. Liquid Web is headquartered in Lansing, Michigan and provides a range of high-performance hosting services. They are experts in Open Source solutions with about 30,000 global customers. The new Channel Partner Program will include a range of managed hosting products, along with other applications and services. Each of the product and services will also come with Liquid Web support. Read the full story here.

Small and Frequent DDoS Attacks a Problem for IT Security Professionals

Corero did a survey recently and many IT security professionals stated that the loss of customer trust may be the most damaging part of a DDoS attack. While these attacks can be very costly for site restoration, lost revenues and mitigation, losing customer trust can take down the entire business. Those responding to the Corero survey also stated the small-scale DDoS attacks as a huge risk. These attacks have become easier and cheaper for hackers to deploy making them more common. Read the full story here.

Top Tools for Creating Your Own Infographics

Infographics are great for bloggers, websites and sharing all over social media. They deliver a clean mixture of written content with images to explain the content very well. With the right infographics, you can take your website or blog to the next level. Creating infographics from scratch is certainly not easy. However, if you want to show off the statistics from a research report, break down some key points or use an infographic to supplement a written blog post, you need to know how to create them. Instead of paying a designer to create an infographic for you, you can do it yourself. There are several great tools to make the process much easier. Here are just a few of the top tools for creating your own infographics. Easel.ly Easel.ly may not provide a ton of free templates to use, but they do provide an easy-to-use dashboard, along with all kinds of design options. The beginner will find this tool to be a great choice compared to some of the others on the list. Not all the templates are free, but they do provide a few good choices. If you’re willing to buy templates, you can easily design custom infographics with your own look, too. When you decide to use Easel.ly, you will gain access to a very intuitive interface. It’s easy for beginners to learn in just a few minutes and the advanced user will find plenty of features to play around with. This infographic tool provides plenty of value for users. Canva Canva is one of the top choices for editing and creating images. Not only can you create infographics, but you can also create other images for social media and your website. It takes about five minutes to create a good image, once you know how things work. Each design comes from a popular format found on social media, blogs or other presentations. You can choose the layout fitting your needs best and add a little flair. While you can use Canva free of charge, upgrading to the $9.95 per month premium option will provide more features. You will easily be able to create all the infographics you need and more with Canva. Venngage Another infographic tool very similar to Canva is Venngage. This tool allows you to create an infographic in three easy steps. Just choose your template, add visuals, charts and graphics, and then customize your infographic with text and layout. You can add all kinds of information to your infographic through Venngage making it very easy for creating a number of different types of infographics. The flexible design makes it easy to create your infographics with a great layout for all types of use. Piktochart With the Piktochart tool, you gain the ability to create all types of infographics. They start you with the infographic design or you can choose from a poster, report or slide deck design. This allows you to create your graphics from scratch from one of the many templates. This tool is also similar to Canva after you choose the template you prefer. All you have to do is drag and drop the elements you want on your infographic and you’re all set. You can choose the free option or you can upgrade for as little as $15 per month. There are several great ways to design infographics. You don’t need a professional designer to do it for you. Instead, choose one of these tools and start designing your own infographics from scratch.

10 Little Changes That Make Home Based Businesses Succeed

You can improve your home based business today, right now, with these 10 tips from Conversational! We’ve just summarized these actionable tips. There’s a lot more information in the original article! Read the full post here: 10 Tips to Make Your Home Based Business Succeed 1. Stay on task. It’s important to make yourself stay on track while you’re working. Close those extra tabs and focus on the task at hand. The kitties will be there when you finish. 2. Get connected. If you’re working with a remote team, it’s really important that you stay connected to your team members. No one should feel like an island on a remote team.. 3. Switch things up. Feel like you just can’t take another day of working from your couch? Don’t! Simply sitting in the sunlight and breathing fresh air can boost your mood and make you more productive. 4. Try coworking. If you find yourself going to coffee shops a lot just to be around others, coworking might be the ticket for you. You’ll be able to surround yourself with other remote workersand that can get the creativity and productivity flowing. 5. Get a business phone number. Services like Conversational and Grasshopper provide professional, toll free phone numbers for your small business. 6. Create boundaries. Designate some concrete boundaries for yourself so you can concentrate on being productive. For example, you might say that from 8am-12pm, you’ll work, 12pm-1pm is lunch, and 1pm-4pm is your second chunk of productivity. 7. Schedule family time. Even though you’re home most of the time, owning a home-based business can seriously impede on your family time. Why? Because it’s hard to set boundaries on work when you’re in the same place where work is done. 8. Set goals and track your progress. It can feel like you’re disconnected, or doing it all alone, when you’re running a business from home. That makes it especially important to set goals and track your progress along the way. 9. Hire extra help. If you’ve been going at it alone, or if you’ve been working with a limited team, it might be time to consider hiring some extra help. That might be for your business (a virtual receptionist, marketing assistant, web designer, etc.) or it might be for you or your home (a maid, organization specialist, chef a few nights per week, etc.). 10. Get some exercise. You may not think exercise has anything to do with your success as an entrepreneur, but it can. Research has shown that sedentary lifestyles do affect our brains and the way we learn, react to, and retain information. Read the full post here: 10 Tips to Make Your Home Based Business Succeed 10 Tips to Make Your Home-Based Business Succeed  

The 5 Most Dangerous IT Security Mistakes Businesses Make

Small and medium businesses are at more risk for security breaches because they are more likely to not have any type of security policy in place. There’s absolutely nothing worse you could do! ITX Design revealed the 5 most common IT security mistakes businesses make and provided ways to avoid those mistakes. Below, we’ll briefly summarize each. You can read the full post here: Avoiding the 5 Common IT Security Mistakes Businesses Make. 1. Leaving staff out of the loop Your employees should be made aware of the security threats you’re protecting against and how they can help minimize those risks. 2. Not using login best practices It’s important to restrict the number of people who can access your networks to begin with. 3. Using consumer security products Don’t make the mistake of using the same security products you use at home to manage security at the office. 4. Ignoring important updates This is an easy mistake to make, but it can have serious consequences. 5. Disposing of data incorrectly If you’ve ever wondered why people set hard drives on fire in films, there’s a very good reason for that: Digital information is never truly deleted unless it’s written over in binary or physically destroyed. Read the full post here: Avoiding the 5 Common IT Security Mistakes Businesses Make Avoiding the 5 Common IT Security Mistakes Businesses Make

Fuel Cell-Powered Data Center Issues Are Being Looked at by Microsoft

Fuel cells are a potential alternative energy source and data centers find them very attractive if they have a fast growing energy consumption. eBay and Apple have both deployed centralized fuel cell plants to help power their data centers, so far. Microsoft, however, has decided to experiment with smaller fuel cells on IT racks. The hope is to get rid of the power distribution infrastructure, which has to be converted for each server. The current structure and process results in a large amount of energy being lost. Microsoft is testing two in-rack fuel cells with one using methane and one using natural gas. They started with a $5 million grant from the government in 2014 to test out this project. The University of Maryland, Redox Power Systems and Trans-Tech are all on the project, as well. Read the full story here.

ISP Responsibilities Outlined by New FCC Privacy Rules for Customer Data

ProPublica recently outlined the new FCC privacy rules, which have been proposed for ISPs. These new rules are aimed at updating consumer privacy protection, but could cost the user a premium. The five main rules include: Must have permission to share customer data with third parties Name, ID number or phone number can’t be linked to network activities Unencrypted data is still fair game since the proposal doesn’t cover content Users will be required to opt-in for cookies A more private version of the high-speed plan from AT&T an still be sold at a higher price The new proposal has made some consumers rights groups happy, but hasn’t made any ISPs very happy. Read the full story here.

GoDaddy Gains Customers from Virgin Media After Shutdown

Virgin Media recently announced they will be closing down their hosting, cloud storage and mobile roaming-charge saving apps. The closing will happen on April 28th and they have made a deal with GoDaddy to move customers over to their hosting service. The deal will offer customers moving a free year of hosting. Users received a letter in the mail informing them of the close. Those using the storage app from Virgin Media have been referred to Dropbox. They are not the only ones that have closed. In the past few years, AVG, Canonical, Nirvanix, Wuala, Barracuda Networks and a few other have closed. Read the full story here.

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