4 Reasons why you should be using CloudFlare

CloudFlare on GreenGeeks

 

Late last year we announced a partnership with CloudFlare, where we make it easy for you to enable CloudFlare on your account to take advantage of the benefits that CloudFlare offers. If you aren’t using CloudFlare on your hosting account, here’s 4 reasons why you should:

1. Increase in Site Performance

We use the best quality hardware and network available, so naturally our web hosting is already fast… but CloudFlare provides an increase in website performance through their global CDN (Content Delivery Network). When enabled, the CDN will automatically cache your static files (JavaScript, CSS, Images, etc.) on their servers located across strategic data centers around the world. When a visitor visits your website hosted with GreenGeeks, CloudFlare’s Anycast technology will load those static files from a server located nearest to the visitor and your dynamic content will load from our servers. This results in faster load times due to decreased latency between server and visitor. Through feedback from customers, we’ve seen increases of 50% or more on site performance when CloudFlare is enabled.

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Top 5 SEO Tips to Help You Rank Higher

google-bing-yahoo-08-24-101Customers ask us all the time about how to get their site at a higher ranking in Google. These days, most people discover new sites by finding them in search engines like Google or Yahoo. The process of improving your ranking in these search engines is called Search Engine Optimization, or SEO. Here are a few ways to improve your search engine ranking:

1. Use the GreenGeeks Search Engine Optimization Tools

Included in the GreenGeeks control panel is a set of tools for search engine submission and optimization  Simply log in to cPanel and click the “SEO tools” icon. This set of tools submits your site to search engines, can help you with link building, check your site against blacklists, and much more!

2. Make sure all of your pages are named

Use the <title> tag to ensure all of your pages have a descriptive title. This will help search engines determine all of the content your site has to offer. For example, if your page is about the dog grooming service that you offer in the Los Angeles, you may put a title such as: Professional Dog Grooming in Los Angeles.

3. Use descriptive links on your page

Instead of linking to informational pages by saying click here, link to informational pages by making it more fluent. For example, GreenGeeks offers exceptional Green Energy Web Hosting. Search engines use links to help determine what content your site has, so using descriptive links will help improve your SEO. Remember, it needs to read natural otherwise Google may take it as being spam, which will hurt your SEO.

4. Add alternate text for images

Make sure that your images utilize the ALT tag or if you’re using a content management system like WordPress, add a description. Search engines cannot see images, so describing the images will enable them to be picked up.

5. Design your site in an organized way

In the end, a well designed and organized website tends to rank higher in search engines. Using a content management system like WordPress or Drupal will help you achieve a clean and easily optimized site. These tools also have many SEO plugins to help you get the most out of search engine optimization.

These are just a few basic tools for getting started with SEO. How do you achieve a high ranking in search engines? Let us know in the comment section bellow.

5 Easy Ways to Get the Best Rate on Credit Card Processing

Online Merchant AccountChances are you are paying too much to process credit cards online.  If you feel you may be paying more than you bargained for, it’s time to take a closer look at your rates.  It’s likely that the rate you think your cards are processing at— the rate your merchant provider advertised— was the qualified rate.  You may not always be getting that qualified rate though, especially if you are continuously processing certain card types or you forget to settle your batches within 24 hours.

To make sure you are getting the lowest rate possible when accepting online payments, be sure to do the following:

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Get $75 free AdLeads Credits!

Hey everyone, how about $75 in free AdLeads credits? Exclusively for GreenGeeks customers!

As the newest GreenGeeks partner, we’re excited to take a moment here to introduce AdLeads by Pontiflex.  Since their launch in 2008, Pontiflex has been pioneering the art of performance-based advertising on both web and mobile. Rather than sell accidental clicks or meaningless impressions, they believe in something far more valuable called sign-up ads.

Hmmm…What ‘s a sign-up ad?

A sign-up ad allows a customer to sign-up, or opt-in, to hear more from an interesting business. We’ve arranged a special deal currently offering GreenGeeks customers $75 in free ad credits. Within minutes, AdLeads help you create a campaign that’ll run across top Android and iPhone apps. When users are interested in your offer, be it a coupon or a newsletter, they sign-up… allowing you to follow-up via email, whenever it’s convenient.

Email is an essential element in all marketing mixes, and AdLeads provides the most affordable and efficient way to grow your lists; companies ranging from Southwest Airlines and Ikea  to cafes and online clothing shops rely on them to generate more than 150,000 sign-ups every day, due to one big reason: emails drive sales.

Great! So how do I get my AdLeads $75 FREE ad credits?

  1. Signup for a web hosting account if you haven’t already done so 🙂
  2. Log into the account manager.
  3. Click on the promotional offers link on the navigation bar.
  4. Under Marketing and Promotions, click on AdLeads and follow on-screen instructions.

Just another perk that comes with hosting at GreenGeeks. Enjoy the credits and happy marketing!

Backup your data before it’s too late!

Security and backup for your website has always been a big deal for us here at GreenGeeks and we put a great amount of energy to ensure your website data is secure and backed up… we run on the principle of being safe than sorry — so as far as your website is concerned, you’re covered.

But what about the files on your PC? With technology being a big part of our lives, you run the risk of losing everything just by clicking the wrong link in your e-mail! Regular PC backups are important and you shouldn’t neglect it.

We’re proud to announce that we’ve partnered with ZipCloud to offer GreenGeeks customers a FREE automated backup trial and unlimited storage space for your personal files from ZipCloud.

What are the risks of not regularly backing up your PC?

Without backing up your data regularly, you run the risk of losing valuable documents, music, videos, pictures, years of memories due to corruption by viruses, malware, hard drive failure or human error. Here are some quick facts to prove it:

  • Hard Drives fail 15 times more than manufacturers estimates.
  • 46% of users lose their data due to drive failure every year.
  • 50% of all hard drives fail within 5 years from purchase.
  • 1/3 of IT pro’s believe that data loss may lead to bankruptcy.
  • 70% of small businesses consider just 1 data loss event risky.
  • 50% of them have already experienced data loss to some degree.

Get Free Automated PC Backup in the Cloud Now!

The best way to prevent a disaster is to be pro-active, not re-active. Don’t wait until all your data is gone before you start thinking about backing up your precious data. ZipCloud is the easiest way to keep your files safe and secure. It will automatically backup all of your computer files to the cloud, your data will be safely stored and you can access it anytime from any device in the world simply by logging into the ZipCloud control panel. Sign up now and protect your data!

  • 100% Automated Backup of your files
  • Unlimited Storage
  • Encrypted & Secure Backup
  • Access Files from Anywhere in the World
  • FREE Trial for GreenGeeks customers.

Accept Credit Cards Online with an Merchant Account!

If you want to accept credit cards online, you will need to set up a credit card merchant account with a reputable firm. There are a lot of merchant account providers out there, however, GreenGeeks has teamed up with e-onlinedata to make it easy for our customers to obtain merchant accounts and use the Authorize.net gateway. Authorize.net will integrate into the shopping carts that we provide, such as OSCommerce, CubeCart, WHMCS, etc.

The offer we’ve got for our customers is something that can’t be beat!

  • NO Annual Fees
  • NO Application Fees
  • NO Address Verification (AVS) Fees
  • NO Leasing
  • NO Termination Penalties
  • 2.19% VISA/MasterCard Qualified Discount Rate
  • $0.25 per Transaction
  • $10.00 Monthly Service Fee (includes Monthly Statement)
  • $25.00 Monthly Processing Minimum
  • Toll Free 24/7 Tech Support and daily Customer Service Support

Get started and start accepting credit cards with your own merchant account today!

Fight Blog Spam with Akismet!

We use WordPress to run our blog and we’ve only recently launched it (maybe 1.5 months ago). I logged into the administration section of WordPress and found 500+ comments and thought to myself WOW.

I did end up saying “WOW”, except it was for the sheer number of spam comments instead of legitimate comments.

Knowing that WordPress is a very popular blogging script, I set out to search a solution to this problem on Google. Here’s what I searched for: wordpress comment spam plugin, and I found: http://codex.wordpress.org/Plugins/Akismet.  I love Google!

I followed the instructions, and installed Akismet. Clicked on the Filter Spam and BAM! All the spam was gone. I haven’t seen any spam since. So, if you’re running a WordPress blog and have comment spam, I suggest installing Akismet!

Karl D.
GreenGeeks / System Administrator

See (stage) your website before switching your DNS

When customers are looking to switch hosting providers, they usually stage the setup of their web site before completely switching the DNS (domain name servers). We provide you with a temporary URL so that you can see how your site will look before you switch your domain’s DNS. The problem comes when some scripts require you to access the script through a valid domain name. This poses an issue because you haven’t switched the domain’s DNS and don’t want to until you know the script works 100%.

Here is an easy work around:

1) Upload your site / databases, etc to your new web hosting account with GreenGeeks

2) Locate your hosts file on your computer (On Windows XP, it’s located at C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\etc\HOSTS) and add the following line at the end of the file:

IP_ADDRESS    www.yourdomain.com yourdomain.com

Obviously change the IP_ADDRESS and yourdomain.com to the appropriate values. The IP_ADDRESS can be found in your welcome e-mail and also inside of your cPanel account.

3) Hit save, close all your browsers. That’s it.

Now when you load your web site from your computer, you will be able to see your site as if the DNS was pointed to our servers. You can fully stage the setup and ensure all components of your site are in working order. The rest of the world will still be loading from your actual server (since you did not change the domain’s DNS).  You can remove the line in the hosts file whenever you’re done staging and your computer will reference your ISP DNS servers as usual.