Domain allocation: how are Neustar and ICANN involved?

It’s now easier than ever to register your own web address. Customers just need to apply to a web-hosting provider with their desired domain, and the rights to the address could be theirs in next to no time. But what processes are going on in the background? The application goes from pillar to post, beginning with the registrar, then sent on to a central registry for the chosen top-level domain, such as Neustar, which is responsible for a variety of popular TLDs including .co, .us, and .biz. The domain application finally ends up at ICANN – an entity which is often considered a ‘global governor of the internet’. In this helpful guide, we explain in detail how this process works. [...]  

Ruby on rails: the MVC framework for complex web applications

Frameworks tremendously simplify web application development. Fundamental architectures, predefined paradigms, and integrated libraries create the perfect platform on which your planned app can be built. One name that’s often mentioned hand-in-hand with web applications frameworks is Ruby on Rails. Based on the script language Ruby, this web framework has attracted many fans through its clean, and elegant code and database-friendly structure. [...]  

The best alternatives to PayPal a glance

The conveniences of online retail have helped the sector gradually chip off traditional retailer’s market share over the past decade. Fast, easy, and secure payment methods have contributed to the rise of this sector. Until recently, online payment systems have been heavily dominated by one industry heavyweight: PayPal. But not everyone’s enthused by this payment method, having been criticised for both security as well as data protection issues. Fortunately, there are plenty of PayPal alternatives out there. We’ll introduce a few here. [...]  

Server failure: risks, consequences, countermeasures

Server failures can be devastating for businesses, especially if central business areas are controlled by IT systems since the longer the server is down, the costlier is it for the company. This can result in loss of sales and in the worst case, the loss of business or customer data. Here we demonstrate the internal and external sources of danger that can lead to server failure, explain the consequences for the business, and provide you with some possible countermeasures. [...]  

CRUD: the basis for data management

It won’t take long for those looking to get into to software development to encounter the term CRUD. The acronym stands for the typical operations used for communicating with database systems; these normally form the basis of database management. But just how are these access functions for data management actually set up? And how much of role does CRUD play when it comes to the databases’ programming language and language environment? [...]  

Mock-ups and wireframes: visualising your web concept

There is a lot of work between the original idea and the finished result when you’re developing a new website or app. One of the most crucial and demanding stages of realising a concept is the visualisation of your ideas for the layout, design, and functionality. This is when mock-ups and wireframes are the most useful. [...]  

Multivariate testing: the complex process for optimising the conversion rate

Conversions are highly contested, whether it’s regarding newsletter registrations, transactions, or how many clicks an advertisement receives. It is therefore important to critique your project daily and search for alternative ways to get visitors to carry out the desired action. Multivariate testing is one of the most complex ways to determine user behavior and it promises success when it comes to conversion rate optimisation. [...]  

Protecting your email address: how to prevent spam

Spam robots, so-called harvesters, consistently search the internet for e-mail addresses that can be used for unlawful advertising, phishing e-mails, and spreading viruses, worms, and Trojans. You’re recommended to have your contact details on your website, but how do you stop them from being misused? This article gives you advice on how to protect your e-mail address. [...]  

Bookkeeping software: how does an online accountancy programme work?

An accounting program helps you to organize and analyze your invoices and cost centers, VAT, and other areas of accounting. Cloud-based accounting software is particularly popular for small business owners, since it can offer more, due to the internet connection. Many entrepreneurs and self-employed people have time restraints, so that working with the support of an accountancy program can be an enormous relief. [...]  

Writing a quote: what you should consider when creating a quote

The profitability of many companies and freelancers depends primarily on the order situation. If you attract a customer’s attention with your products or services, and they send you a request, you should try to create a quote as quickly as possible and send it back to them. We explain what you need to include when writing a quote and the correct way to structure it. [...]