Join the Facebook discussion and come meet us at Macworld. We’ll be in the Appalooza section. Today we’re asking what are the most important features that you need to build a great website.
We have a limited number of free Macworld passes to give away, so comment below if you need and we will get in touch.
*Update: It is looking like Version 1 of EasyWeb will require using Rages web hosting
Apple’s abandonment of iWeb has left a lot of would-be web admins unhappy. If you had a pre-Mac App Store copy of the app on DVD, you can still install it and even design sites, but some of the previous functionality and MobileMe iWeb publishing is gone. Rage Software is demoing EasyWeb at Macworld/iWorld 2013, an easy website design and publishing app that may be a worthy successor to iWeb.
Megan Lavey-Heaton and I took a look at a pre-release version of the app, which provides design flexibility that wasn’t available iniWeb. Users can start with predesigned themes (a number of designers are working on themes for EasyWeb) or a blank slate.
While iWeb was stuck with one-level horizontal menus, EasyWeb users can choose from vertical or horizontal menus complete with drop-downs. There are a number of widgets built into the app for functionality like adding Google AdSense ads, Vimeo or YouTube movies, PayPal payments or social media (Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Pinterest, etc…) links.
At this time, there’s no word on the cost of the app or when it will be available. The company will be offering a MobileMe-like hosting service at US$99 per year to enable one-click publishing of sites, but alternative/BYO hosting isn’t going to be in version 1 of the product.
Is having to switch to Rage’s web hosting a deal killer or are you willing to make the switch? *Update 04/04/2013: EasyWeb will be allowing 3rd party hosting
Discover new joys, embark on new journeys and give more meaning to your life in 2013.
When The Clock Strikes Twelve On This December 31st,
People All Over The World Cheer And Wish Each Other A Very Happy New Year.
For Some, This Event Is No More Than A Change Of A Calendar.
For Others, The New Year Symbolizes The Beginning Of A Better Tomorrow.
So, If You Look Forward To A Good Year Ahead,
Spread Happiness With These Wonderful New Year Wishes.
“IX Web Hosting’s 2012 holiday promotion is huge. We’re taking 55% percent off our most popular web hosting plan, the Expert plan.” The Expert plan, normally $6.95 per month, is now $2.96. This is over 55% off the original price.
IX Web Hosting’s already affordable and popular hosting plan is now a smarter buy for small businesses and people looking for reliable, reasonably priced hosting. Unlike other holiday hosting promotions, the Expert plan hasn’t been modified beyond the 55% price cut. The plan still boasts its usual free domain registration, free dedicated IP address, the free site builder and 24/7 customer service that have made this plan so popular for over a decade.
In addition to the Expert Plan discount, IX is also offering a 50% discount off the first month of their VPS and Cloud hosting plans. These plans are popular with customers looking for something with more customizable options and resources than traditional shared hosting plans. IX hasn’t forgotten about their existing customer base either. With this promotion, IX customers can get SSL Certificates for $4.95 and Domain Names for $1.99. Their 99.9% uptime guarantee, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage space, as well as their 30 day money back guarantee still stand. The sale runs from December 17th to December 25th.
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We love giving back to our customers for the holidays, but we also remember that there are less fortunate people people in the world. There are families out there struggling to make ends meet. That’s why, for the third year in a row, IX Web Hosting joined the Franklin County Children Service’s Holiday Wish event! This year, we all came together and raised enough money to give toys to 85 children. Check out the full story!
So, I am going to break down my Mid 2011 Mac Mini Server, I will be removing both of the internal hard drives and will only install the SSD for now. I am planning on getting a 1TB hard drive later ( I filled the open bay with a 1.5TB HGST Travelstar 5K1500 but, there is now a 2TB option with the Seagate Momentus SpinPoint ST2000LM003 for about the same price right around $120). So, I will be putting the 2 500GB drives in my Sabiofirewire 800 external case.
But, I have successfully installed the SSD in my mini.
First step, I cloned my boot drive over onto the SSD with Carbon Copy Cloner
Second, I took apart the mini (literally pretty much to the shell)
Here it were the swearing came in. I missed a piece of tape that holds the SATA cable to the hard drive & ruined my bottom SATA cable ( it is replaceable for $28 ) but removed both hard drive ( I am putting them in an external Sabio case)
(Make sure & cut or remove the black tape)
I managed to install the SSD in the top drive bay. And then put my mini back together.
In 1999 we began supporting our first hosting customers on a server in someone’s living room, and since then we have grown into a company with over 110,000 clients hosting over 470,000 sites with us. What does this mean for you? Not only do we know what we’re doing, but you’re not going to have to worry about changing hosting companies because we’re not going anywhere.
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At IX we decided that we wanted to provide the best and most exceptional customer support in the industry. That is why we developed a company wide philosophy to provide a unique and personalized customer support experience. This is how our Personal Support Rep program was born.
Every webhost offers a 30-day money back guarantee and many also offer an anytime money back guarantee, but who offers completely free hosting? We do. For a full week, you can kick the tires, take her out for a spin, and see how she handles in the straights – for no charge. Seriously. We won’t charge your card until after the 7 day trial period, and if you cancel before it’s up – you will never be billed. No fighting for refunds, no fine print.
The success of a hosting company largely depends on whether they are able to keep their customers’ websites online and accessible to the web. But 99.9% website uptime is really just one one of those phrases you hear hosting companies throw around, but not define in real terms. We have a Tier 3 n +1 redundant data center that keeps your site up the maximum amount of time.
With our database of over 110,000 customers, joining IX Web Hosting means that you become the newest member of an experienced and interactive community. With the help of social media such as twitter, blogs, facebook, a technical status blog and online Success Tools that include step by step video tutorials.
If you run a WordPress blog—as millions of people do—the platform’s Web-based management is thorough and easy to use. However, if you want to post to your blog from an iPad or iPhone, using a browser to do so can be a bit cramped. Instead, turn to the WordPress app from Automattic. A recent update has given this free app a clean and functional interface for accessing your blog.
WordPress for iOS works with both all sizes of iOS device—the iPhone, the iPad, and even (with version 3.1.4) the iPhone 5. While the app doesn’t provide optimized access to all of WordPress’s features, it’s sufficient for most uses, whether for managing blogs and comments, or writing and updating posts. It works with blogs hosted on WordPress.com as well as self-hosted WordPress blogs, as long as you have turned on XML-RPC services (from Settings -> Writing on your WordPress dashboard). You can even create a WordPress.com blog from the app, and follow any WordPress.com blogs from it as well.
The WordPress app features a sidebar with links to posts, pages, comments, stats, and the WordPress dashboard; it also lets you view the site as it appears in a browser. Tap on Posts, for example, to see a list of posts on your blog, then tap on a post to edit it, or on the plus button (+) to create a new post. If you’re familiar with the WordPress dashboard, you’ll find this mobile interface similar.
You type your post in a text field, you can choose tags and categories from fields that—when tapped—display all those you have defined on the blog, and you can upload pictures or videos. (You can even take pictures on the spot and add them to posts.) Some of the options are more limited than with the Web-based version of WordPress, and if you use any plug-ins to help you create or edit posts, you won’t have access to them here. For the majority of blogs, though this app will be sufficient.
One notable lacuna: the WordPress app does not support custom fields, and if you have a blog that requires these, you’ll only be able to access the body field. You also can’t set custom excerpts, or set featured images.
When typing, the WordPress app adds a bar above the keyboard with some of the buttons you use to add styles: This lets you apply bold or italic, add links, set block quotes, create lists, and add a <!—more—> tag, which splits a post so only the text above the tag appears on your blog’s main page. When you’re finished creating or editing your post, you can preview it by tapping the eye button; this shows exactly how it looks in a browser.
On the iPad, as expected, there’s plenty of room to do all of this, but the iPhone is more cramped, in part because of the extra bar above the keyboard. (The iPhone 5 adds a bit of vertical space to make this easier to use.)
In addition to these posting and editing features, you can manage comments, approving, deleting, editing, and replying to them. You can view your blog’s stats, if you use the Jetpack plug-in, and you can access your blog’s dashboard. This latter feature is simply a browser page, rather than an optimized interface in the WordPress app; as such, it can be difficult to navigate on a small screen.
While you probably wouldn’t want to do all of your blogging and blog management from an iOS device, the WordPress app lets you do these tasks fairly easily. Naturally, this is much more efficient on an iPad than on an iPhone, but it’s possible with the latter. While there are some things you can’t do with this app—custom fields, custom excerpts, and featured images aren’t supported—you can still access these from the browser-based dashboard view. The WordPress app is a worthy—and free—tool for those who run blogs with this platform.
IX Web Hosting’s very own Chris Testerman. Chris will help you with the “how” do I start. Chris created this really awesome video that will show you how to set up a WordPress Blog in your IX Web Hosting account in under 2 minutes!
Now that you’re ready to start creating your content, you are going to have to start sharing it with someone, right? So please, feel free to comment to this video with links to the blogs you’ve created. We’d love to take a look at them!