January 24th, 2011
We all know that location matters. Flight paths, sewage outlets, main roads… but what about your server? Well now, that’s an interesting question…
It can be the difference between fast page load speed and slow ones. Everytime you visit a site, little packets of data travel huge distances to and from your server to the computer vieweing your website, but that distance needn’t be out of the country.
It can even effect the speed in which your site works best. We run backups overnight for instance at the times with the lightest traffic. But the time of a backup in America or India will not suit you as well. Our server’s are located in the country, just a car ride away and we maintain a close relationship with technicians who work diligently, maintaining our clients security and high quality level of performance.
January 20th, 2011
The written word has always been a thing of value, but this value is sky rocketing. Web content is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity from articles to teaching materials.
Good writers are now sought after by companies all over the world and its not just good grammar there looking for in a writer but in some cases SEO work to increase the ranking on search engines or expanding the content allow it it to come up in other wise unrelated searches.
All this may mean a new form of journalism, one not concerned as to the ground breaking topics of the article but instead the technological and marketable aspects of the article.
January 16th, 2011
Though instant search has been in use for a long time, it’s now being used by the search engine giant Google with new “google instant” and as such is now in the public eye. Soon the idea of typing in a box and clicking on a button will be a thing of past entirely and good riddance.
Instant searches allow you to see and alter a search there and then, refining as you go. This reduces the time taken to get to where you want to be. Other than the technical improvements it also changes the look of a search bar removing an extra button and giving the design interaction instead of that static feel.
Having already used this feature for some time, Adire is happy to announce that it is something that can be implemented in our customers websites. Just a small change can be refreshing, bringing a dated site into the present.
January 12th, 2011
Well for the fist time ever the games industry is giving something back. Well not exactly but normally whatever the game industry does is taken from other industries first. Kinect however, is something new altogether, a direct interface with the console and its creators have announced a pc version of the technology for home cinemas and computers. It looks like it won’t be long until the web cam in your laptop is a kinect style motion sensor and the touch pad a thing of the past.
You know what? I wont miss the touch pad. Not even a little bit. I hate them so much I take a mouse everywhere and use that instead.
Well, I best go use the kinect cam for my X Box so I can practice for work in the future.
January 4th, 2011
We at Adire would like to apologise to our loyal customers about the VAT.
Though the saving made from the drop in VAT from 17.5% to 15% back in December 2008 was passed on to our customers unfortunately we cannot absorb the latest rise in VAT to 20% at this point in time.
We hope that you will understand our position and trust we will go that extra mile for you to make sure you feel the money well spent.
December 23rd, 2010
The world is abuzz with the new IPv6 coming to replace the old IPv4.
OK maybe not abuzz but we all know its coming and has been for years but is this going to be a problem?
Well though there obviously has to come a time when a change over is required to carry on moving forward and keep up with the ever increasing demands on technology. Once this change over occurs, there will be enough ip addresses to have millions of addresses for every person on the planet.
Estimations of the time I.P.v4 will be exhausted vary from around 2011 to 2012. At the time of writing we are expecting the switch to start occuring in mid 2011.
With the new features of v6 we can see a much faster and more flexible net for the future, of course only time will tell.
December 20th, 2010
Website success story:
Take-a-way.co.uk has hit 20 thousand vistors per month for the first time through natural Google positions. The idea was born in 2008 and as a startup they looked to Adire for guidance on how to make their business a success. This success is in part due to it’s graphics design coupled with it’s ease of use and general simplicity which we feel has helped it to gain recognition and familiarity amongst it’s many returning users. Of course without the many many hours of hard work put into the project by the take-a-way team themselves, the site would have had no content and no users.
We wish the take-a-way.co.uk team every success in the coming year.
December 18th, 2010
Do you ever feel like you’re waiting in line? Like you’re crowded in and are just another number? Or perhaps you’re not quite getting the attention you deserve from your hosting providers? Well maybe it’s time you moved.
We have a lot of reports from people who come over to us for hosting that the servers they were on were slow and they didn’t get the kind of speed they were hoping for. This is because some providers put you on a server with as many as 1000 other websites! That means if each sites has just 200 visitors a month (and we both know some will have tens of thousands) then you’re looking at more than two hundred thousand page loads. Lets face it, the other people on the server might not be that savvy with making their website efficient…
We are shocked that this still happens now and so we have introduced our free range web hosting. This means we strive to keep an average of 50 sites per server and never more than 100.
Every business should have room to grow.
December 14th, 2010
After last weeks blog post we received questions about what exactly it is our SCS (static content server) is and does. This is a great thing, our staff here love nothing more than when people show an interest, after all its easier to nod and pretend to know than actually ask and learn.
Well our SCS is known by a few different names. Let me tell you some of the names as well as what they stand for:
SCS (static content server)
Hope this clears things up!
December 11th, 2010
So what is cloud computing and what does it mean to you?
Cloud computing or “the cloud” is a system in which a system is spread across a number of different servers, ideally across the globe, but behaves like it’s a single resource. This of course leads to certain risks as well as benefits that may be outweighed one way or the other depending on the size of the business and its IT needs.
Some of the advantages are the…
Resilience to natural disaster or heavy traffic.
The “cost according to use” element prevents unnecessary spending.
The round the clock availability of data as well as the ability to change the scale of the operation at any time.
On the other hand…
In the event of theft of a part of “the cloud” you cannot guarantee that none of your data was taken with it. This however, is something that can be a risk of any off site data storage.
Security may also be risky due to the sheer number of servers and users. This issue is being addressed with the use of passworded accounts but still poses risks.
The cost can be higher if usage is not monitored.
Whether or not the cloud is for you, it is a futuristic development in technology that only promises to improve.