The ‘noisy neighbour’ 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 neighbour’ effect and how can providers and private hosts avoid this issue in cloud computing? [...]  

WordPress themes: elements and structure

The blog software, WordPress, has many strengths, one of them being that design and layout can be separated from the program core. This allows users to customise the appearance of website content using themes without having to interfere with the actual software. Here, we explain the function of WordPress themes, their components, and their structure. [...]  

PrestaShop: the shop platform with HQ in Europe and Miami

The search for the perfect software to meet your requirements of design and functionality for e-commerce can be a long and tedious affair. Some platforms just don’t quite give you the design you’re after, while others might look great but lack important shop functions like flexible payment methods, legal certainty, or optimisation for mobile devices. PrestaShop was developed especially for e-commerce and combines all necessary elements to make the perfect online shop. [...]  

Web design basics: creating a photo gallery for your website

Multimedia content is an integral part of the internet. From images to GIFs to videos – without engaging visual elements, websites become dull, grey blocks of text, and web stores would be nothing but an endless list of product descriptions. Image galleries are a popular way of presenting graphics and images clearly on to a web project. With some simple HTML, it’s easy to create a basic Lightbox gallery for any web project. Alternatively, there are a number of popular and attractive plugins and extensions available for CMS users. [...]  

How to make your online store legally watertight

In recent years, many online shops received warnings due to not properly adhering to website legalities. Given the growing number of online businesses, it’s not surprising that companies are now springing up specialising in identifying legal violations who then fine the operator. If you want to start up your own online store, you need to make it and the products on offer legally watertight. If you don’t make the common mistakes, you can avoid legal pitfalls. [...]  

The right legal status for your online store

Your online shop starts with an idea, but you need more than that to get your business off the ground. No matter which products you want to offer online, you still need to put in the same amount of effort to get your business going. Many decisions need to be made between your initial idea and your first customer’s purchase. One of the first hurdles is choosing the correct legal structure. [...]  

Screenshots for Mac – here’s how it’s done

Screenshots can be extremely helpful and beneficial. Regardless of whether you are sending them to friends or using them professionally, it is always going to be easier to demonstrate it this way than having to describe it. Making iMac or MacBook screenshots is very easy – as long as you know how it all works. Here we show you all the keyboard shortcuts for making screenshots on a Mac, as well as describing other ways to go about generating screengrabs using your Apple computer. [...]  

Lead management: Lead generation with social media – part six

Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are becoming increasingly important in everyday life. These social networks aren’t solely being used for sharing personal content, opinions, images, and messages with friends and relatives, but are increasingly being used as an important source of information and news. Social media platforms are an integral part of personal communication and are now crucial to the marketing mix and therefore an option for lead generation, which is often underestimated. [...]  

How to set up a proxy server with Windows

Proxy settings can be established quickly and easily via the operating system’s control panel or browser menu. Discover exactly how to do this with our comprehensive step-by-step introductions for Windows 7, 8, and 10. A faulty proxy configuration can cause connection failures, but there are simple ways to detect the causes and rectify these errors. [...]  

Squid - the cross-platform open source proxy

If you’re optimising your website, then you shouldn’t just turn to content and design; it’s important to also make sure that you invest ample time into the functionality of your website. Usability and loading time are just as important for a website’s success as high-quality and regularly offered content. A long loading time is one of the main causes of high bounce rates. The simple solution: a cache proxy like Squid that is able to cache static content as well as content that only rarely changes. [...]