Technical matters

Cross browser testing

Optimising your website on all devices and browsers serves is an important badge of quality for both users as well as search engines. Due to the sheer amount of different web browsers, this aspect of optimisation is often overlooked. Cross browser testing tools analyse how your website is displayed in different browsers, identify problematic codes, and support you with optimisation. [...]  

Cloud Hosting – flexible and cost effective

For many, the cloud is a place where private documents, music, pictures, or videos can be stored and exchanged online. But understanding the different technological aspects of these services proves to be a cloudy venture for many. For example did you know that in addition to many other things, online stores and websites can also be hosted in the cloud? [...]  

HTTP/2 – how the new version optimises data transfer online

HTTP/2 has been released and is the official successor of the internet protocol HTTP/1.1. It is already compatible with most of the current web browsers and servers. Up to this point, many of the bigger website operators have switched to using the new transfer protocol. But what lies behind the Hyper Transfer Protocol and what are the advantages of the new version? [...]  

What is a rewrite engine?

A rewrite engine is a component of the web server software that allows website operators to internally rewrite URLs or to redirect them to external URLs. The most popular rewrite engine is mod_rewrite for the Apache HTTP server, but other web servers also offer similar functions. We show you how URL rewriting works in different web servers. [...]  

The search for the best browser

Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, or good old Internet Explorer? The debate about which web browser is number one has been going on for years among the internet community. But what is a browser exactly? And is there one in particular that can trump the competition and truly be the best browser? [...]  

Host: how to find out which provider is most suitable for your project

If you want to release a new web project today, you need to find the right host. Hosts have become a popular alternative for large companies, since they enable convenient outsourcing of certain work areas or data, saving company resources. But how do you know which host and which hosting package best meets your needs? And why is the provider’s security concept such a crucial criterion nowadays? [...]  

Quotas – storage for web space and e-mail

Did you encounter the word 'quota' from your web space provider or as part of mail hosting and wonder what is it? When does this storage limit come into play? We show you when and why quotas are used and how to differentiate between the different types. [...]  

The ‘noisy neighbor’ effect: disruptions in shared and cloud hosting

Shared hosting offers are very popular with many users because of their affordability. But the benefit of loaning resources and sharing hardware with other users can also cause problems, particularly if one of more of the hosted applications puts too much of a strain on performance. What exactly is the ‘noisy neighbor’ effect and how can providers and private hosts avoid this issue in cloud computing? [...]  

Index management with robots.txt files

With the file, robots.txt, website operators are able to greatly influence which portions of their web projects are able to be read by search bots. In addition to HTML meta tags, redirects, and canonical tags, this seemingly insignificant text file located in the domain’s root directory is an important tool for index management. We’ve laid out how robot.txt files are built and what website operators should look out for when entering data. [...]  

Varnish Cache: a performance boost for dynamic websites

When a web project is growing and the user rates are beginning to skyrocket, some web servers may quickly become overworked when it comes to dispatching requested content. A hardware upgrade may seem like the only option, but this can be an expensive undertaking. Varnish hosting offers an affordable alternative. But despite the excellent performance it delivers, the software still has its drawbacks. [...]