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Archive for March, 2011

Servage moves stronger into Asian markets

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by Servage
Servage is a international hosting provider serving customers in 180 countries worldwide. The company is proud to serve so many customers with such different cultures and interests, united in a web hosting product like One Solution. Currently Servage is actively looking for local partners in Asia to strengthen customer relationships, grow sales and expand further. Servage will be represented at the Internet Show Asia, April 13-15 2011 in Singapore. Servage CEO Ari Liukko will be speaking about "Transforming into a digital organization with cloud solutions" on April 13th at 3.00 pm, and attend the panel discussion "Cloud computing changing the game ...

The world went dark for a brighter future

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 by Servage
Earth Hour 2011 seems to have been a great success. We introduced you to the event in this post. On March 27th 2011 at 20:30 local time many places went dark. Around the globe even entire cities participated, shutting down large amounts of energy consuming lights in streets and buildings. While possible negative effects on power grids, and the question of an overall positive effect on energy concumption from this event can be argued, the fact remains, that many people in a record 134 participating countries made a statement. We are aware of the problem. You can read how the Earth Hour progressed in an official press release, among ...

Earth Hour 2011

Thursday, March 24th, 2011 by Servage
The World Wildlife Foundation is trying to get the world to shut of it's lights for the Earth Hour again this year. On their website they have released the following information about the event, which I find is a nice statement from the people, showing the will, not only to think, but also to act, greener. Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. ...

Promote your offers regularly

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 by Servage
Every business-owner knows how hard it is to get customers to buy something. It counts for retailers as well as online stores. Offline as well as online service providers. No matter the product, you are likely to find yourself in a highly competitive market, where other businesses are looming around like sharks, trying to get their share of the customers. Plenty of marketing methods evolve around spam, where businesses somehow send out information in bulk, to any recipient they believe could somehow remotely be interested. This is valid for email, flyer, posters, magazine or newspaper advertisement. Smart people have learned to optimize this process, using demographics and other user-derived information, so ...

PHP encryption/decryption without 3rd party software

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Servage
It's possible to encrypt and decrypt data with PHP using third party software, such as MCrypt. There are also some interesting PEAR packages for encryption. However, for many cases there's an even easier solution, which encrypts your data reasonably well and relies only on PHP: "A reversible password encryption routine for PHP" by Tony Marston. It's a simple PHP class that utilizes native PHP functions to achieve a fairly high level of encryption, which is secure enough for most PHP based applications. Despite the name, the class can be used for any kind of data, not only passwords. Recommended practice is to store all ...

Passing 2,000 fans on Facebook – Thank you!

Monday, March 14th, 2011 by Servage
Let me start by thanking you for following the request in this previous post to become Servage Fans on Facebook. The amount of likes moved past 2,000 quickly, and has now been stable above 2,000 for about a week. Thanks for your effort! Servage appreciates your loyalty, and is always happy to reward your mouth-to-mouth referrals with free hosting and additional resources! If you're unfamiliar with the Servage Hosting Referral Program, please have a closer look at the following pages in the control panel, where you find out what you need to do, to get free hosting (requires login).

Speed up your website – Part 5: Images

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 by Servage
This is the fifth part of a simplified explanation of the "Yahoo best practices for speeding up your web site". Read the fourth part here. The fourth part is about image related optimization. Minimize image file size Avoid using GIF files. If you have GIFs, try to convert them to PNG, in order to evaluate if you might save some size. PNG files are more efficient in terms of quality and size. Most browser-issues with PNG are resolved, so there are not many things in favor of the GIF anymore. If you must use it, make sure to include the amount of colors in the color palette, which are necessary. ...

Copy-to-clipboard with Javascript

Monday, March 7th, 2011 by Servage
It's amazing what you can accomplish with Javascript. Frameworks like jQuery make it quite easy to get going with your own functionality. We have some articles about it here on the Magazine: Create a jQuery plugin and Element-specific data handling for jQuery plugins, and a presentation of Starter. You can pretty much do whatever you like, and quite fast as well, using jQuery, or similar Javascript technologies. The web also provides you with a whole lot of free/open-source scripts you can use, to add rich functionality to your web apps. Today I am going to show you how easy you can add a copy-to-clipboard function. "The Zero Clipboard library provides an easy way ...

Shift scheduling made easy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 by Servage
Are you ever working according to a schedule? Or maybe in charge of creating such schedules? Then you know about all the problems arising from shift planning. Getting the schedule done in the first place can be very tiresome. But afterwards, challenges arise as well. Very commonly is the management of people staying home sick, shift swaps between employees, holiday planning etc. Scheduling quickly becomes a very complex task, and simply managing it with an Excel sheet can be very inefficient. Thankfully there are many tools available out there, to make the task easier. What you really want is help creating the schedule based on predetermined parameters, like employee availability, holidays ...