Help us help Amanda – GreenGeeks Superfan!

If you’re a GreenGeeks customer or a regular reader of our blog, you know how passionate we are about environmentally conscious web hosting. But what you may not have known is that our affiliates tend to be just as passionate about it – and today’s post is about one of those folks and her mission to get all of her customers to switch away from polluting web hosts and make their dreams a reality online!

Meet Amanda Aitken (that’s her in the orange tank top). She’s the Founder and CEO of The Girl’s Guide to Web Design, the online course that teaches creative women to design and code their own totally unique, stunning WordPress-based blogs and sites, and she’s been a recommending WordPress Hosting as a GreenGeeks affiliate for a few years now. She lives in beautiful, European-inspired Montreal, Canada (but she hopes to make it down to visit us in California soon).

Today, Amanda needs your help – because she’s in the running to win something that could change EVERYTHING for her and her business: the title of “Thriving Female Entrepreneur of 2012”. The contest is being run by entrepreneurial guru Ali Brown, one of the biggest role models out there for women who are doing business on the web.

If she wins, Amanda will have the chance to show many, many more people that when it comes to web hosting, there ARE environmentally friendly options – and she’ll be mentoring thousands of people as they unleash their creativity through the blogs and sites they’ve always wanted to start, all based on a solid, green foundation.

To help her with her mission, all it takes is a couple of clicks and a Facebook account! Just click here and follow the instructions to vote for Amanda Aitken and girlsguidetowebdesign.com. Today is the LAST DAY to vote in the contest, and Amanda needs more votes to move up from third place to first!

Good luck, Amanda! We’re rooting for you! Go here to vote for Amanda now!

Let us Build a Website for you.

We’re always looking for ways to make our customers lives easier. We were one of the first hosting companies to offer free site migration for customers who transferred to us from other providers and it was received with much appreciation from our customers. It’s a no hands approach to getting set up with us. For our new customers, we’ve always offered easy to use free website builders to build great websites but is a more hands on approach. So we got to thinking how we could make it easy for our new customers to sign up and get something valuable up and running so they can go back to doing business… Continue reading “Let us Build a Website for you.”

Washington Redskins “Solar Bowl”. Cool!

A couple of us were watching the Colts vs Redskins NFL pre-season game and they made mention of FedExField having added a solar panels to power its stadium. Thought it was worth mentioning. They claim it can provide 20% of the power needed during game day and provide 100% of the power the stadium needs on non-game days.

The use of the solar power system the stadium keeps 1,780 metric tons of carbon out of the atmosphere which is equivalent of replacing 349 gas powered vehichles with zero emission electric vehicles.

Here’s a time lapse of the solar power system being installed by NRG Energy.

 

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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Cool Green Gadget: USBCell AA Battery

So while thinking of new ideas to bring to our blog, we thought we would find cool green gadgets that are available and share them with you. We’ll post these cool gadgets from time to time. This time, we came across USBCELL, which is a USB re-chargeable AA battery. Disposing of batteries is as we know wasteful and can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. This is why this gadget is so cool. You can recharge the batteries simply by plugging them into your computer’s USB port.

Produced by Moixa Energy, USBCELL batteries are simply batteries that recharge from any USB port. They require no separate recharging devices, cradles or cables and can be used exactly like a normal battery. The design itself is rather like a typical memory stick with its flip top lid and honestly speaking they might do to regular batteries what memory sticks did to floppy discs.

The batteries have a capacity of 1300mAH which is similar to most NiCD and NiMH batteries. It usually takes 5 hours to charge a totally flat battery. It includes an LED on the side that will light up to indicate charging, flash for 10 minutes after charging is complete and then switch off after that.

A 2-pack of AA batteries are available for $10 to $20 on Amazon.

Drupal Association helping Drupal flourish

We at GreenGeeks are big supporters of the Drupal project. We show our love of the Drupal community by not only making it easy to start hosting a Drupal site, but also through giving at many levels of support to the Drupal Association: we are a Supporting Partner, have been an Organization Member, and we’ve sponsored a number of DrupalCons. As a member of the Drupal community yourself, we want you to know about the good work of the Drupal Association.

The Drupal Association (DA) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to help Drupal flourish. While the Drupal community decides the course of planning and development of Drupal software, the DA does not. Instead, they work on community projects such as:hrough giving at many levels of support to the Drupal Association: we are a Supporting Partner, have been an Organization Member, and we’ve sponsored a number of DrupalCons. As a member of the Drupal community ourselves, we want you to know about the good work of the Drupal Association.

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CIRA warns .CA registrants of online scam

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has received reports of an online scam, wherein “renewdomain.ca” is sending out fake email renewal notices to .CA Registrants. “Renewdomain.ca” is not a CIRA Certified Registrar and is fraudulently posing as the Registrant’s Registrar in an attempt to obtain payment from the Registrant. The email identifies the recipient’s domain name and that it is about to expire. The recipient is then directed to renew the domain by clicking on a link that leads to a “renewdomain.ca” PayPal payment page.
CIRA has worked with the offending website’s Registrar and the site is now shut down. CIRA is continuing to work with PayPal in an effort to shut down the fraudulent payment page.

All .CA Registrants should ignore these emails and not provide payment.

GreenGeeks awarded Best Value for WordPress by WPHub

Last Friday the popular WordPress blog and resource center WPHub.com awarded us their Best Value for WordPress Hosting Award.

We’re extremely excited about and thankful for this nod of appreciation from one of the rising stars in the WordPress ecosphere.  We are however aware that you may not be familiar with WPHub as they are the result of a recent merger of several different WordPress blogs/resources.  Since they have been kind enough to highlight what makes GreenGeeks such a great service to their community and the WordPress community at large, we’d like to introduce you to WPHub and what they’re all about too.

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WordPress Hosting with GreenGeeks

WordPress is by far the most popular content management system we host here at GreenGeeks. I had the pleasure of sitting down with our System Adminstrator Karl Davids today to go over what makes GreenGeeks the perfect WordPress hosting provider.

Q:  So Karl, What do you do here at GreenGeeks?

A: I am one of the senior systems administrator’s and work to ensure that our entire server fleet are online 24×7 and performing their best. One of my jobs is to ensure our servers work flawlessly with WordPress. Customers will see me around the support desk on occasion as I do quality assurance checks to ensure customers have the best technical experience.

Q: Why is WordPress so important to the hosting industry?

A: WordPress is important to the industry and GreenGeeks for many reasons. It has completely revolutionized the website building process in allowing everyday computer users to create beautiful and useful sites in just a few clicks. WordPress is great because if you want it to be simple, it can make you a great site very fast. But if you want to make something more complex, or create an e-commerce site with a plugin like Cashie Commerce, it can do that for you really well. Continue reading “WordPress Hosting with GreenGeeks”

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!