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4 Ways to Make Your Website Faster   no comments

Posted at Nov 10, 2016 @ 10:51am Web hosting

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Many online business owners make the mistake of overlooking the importance of having a fast website. When you want to get the most from your online presence, the loading speed of your content is one of the most important factors to your success. Your prospects have a lot of distractions fighting for their attention, and you must compete with their friends, family and other advertisers if you want to make any progress.

Web users don’t have much tolerance for slow websites, and most will navigate away if your content takes longer than a few seconds to appear on the screen. So every step that you take to increase your website’s performance will help you attract and retain customers, and you are about to learn how to get moving down the right path.

 

Content Delivery Network

One of the benefits of working online is that you can reach a worldwide audience, and doing so is one of the best ways to enhance your profitability. But when someone downloads your content or accesses your website, the speed at which the content loads will depend on that person’s location. For example, if your hosting server is located in New York, someone who lives in China will encounter delays when trying to access your website.

If your prospects are forced to wait too long, they will often opt to find a local business that can offer them efficient download speeds. You can overcome that problem by using a content delivery network, or CDN. When you have a CDN, your content is stored on several servers around the world. When someone accesses your website or tries to download a file, the CDN will send the files to them from the server that is closest to that person’s location.

 

Reduce Image Size

When crafting great content, including valuable and engaging information is not always enough when you need to attract readers and to keep their attention. When you want to keep your audience’s focus, including images is a great way to reach your desired outcome.

But having too many images on your website can impact the loading speed in a negative way, causing you to lose prospects. Although many people try to remove most of the images from their website, doing so is not your only option. You can try converting your images to a web format to reduce their size without harming their quality.

 

Check Your Scripts

You can find many scripts that will help you captivate and engage your audience, but using too many of them can decrease the loading speed of your website. If you want to speed it up, take a look at each plug-in to determine if you need it and how much it is impacting your site. Disable one script at a time to determine if the changes make a difference in the amount of time that it takes for your content to load. If one of your scripts is causing a lot of harm, consider removing it, but you can also check to see if the developer has released any updates.

 

Upgrade Your Hosting

If you have tried everything of which you can think to improve your loading speed, then you might want to take a look at your hosting provider. If you have a basic plan, then you might not have access to the amount of bandwidth and resources that you need to improve the speed with which your audience can access your content.

If your hosting plan is the source of the problem, then you might want to upgrade to a better provider. Although you likely wish to avoid spending more money than needed, the enhanced speed of an effective hosting plan is an investment that will pay for itself over time.

 

Those who don’t take steps to optimize their website’s loading speed are likely losing more customers than they realize, and you don’t want to repeat the same mistake. Putting in a little effort can go a long way when it comes to keeping your prospects engaged and focused on what you have to say. Optimizing your website is a good place to start when you want to make your content load with enhanced efficiency. But if that step does not help, then upgrading your hosting plan is sure to get the job done.

When your website loads quickly, your customers’ experience will not be interrupted, and they will be that much more likely to make a purchase as a result. The speed with which your content loads is also a reflection of you and your products. When you prevent delays, you are also showing your customers that you care about your reputation, and you will start to earn their respect.

 

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Written by David Maurer on November 10th, 2016

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The Adventures of The TurnKing – The Shield of Norton   no comments

Posted at Oct 21, 2013 @ 10:25am TurnKey Kronicles

The Adventures of The TurnKing!

TurnKing_Vol4-01After being abducted by the deadly Ban-dits, Vint and Leif safely continue their journey. This time around they need to get a special shield in order to kill off the DDoS Dragon!

Past Volumes

TurnKing_Vol3-01

Volume 3

In honor of Leif Erikson Day yesterday, we would like to introduce Volume 3 of our TurnKey Kronicles! In this volume, Vint and his sidekick Lief are off on their journey to stop the DDoS Dragon from destroying their city, Cloudtopia. They run into a minor technical difficulty, where they are greeted by some unfriendly travelers.

TurnKing_Vol2-01 (1)

Volume 2

Young Vint and his friend Leif go to the city’s merchant to see if they can get some weapons to fight off the evil DDoS Dragon and it’s bots. The merchant gives them a magical firewall and explains to them that this is not all they need! Check back next week for chapter 3 of this epic tale!

TurnKing_Vol1-01

Volume 1

Young Vint dreams of saving his town from a DDoS attack by the DDoS Dragon and his bots! Check back next week for chapter 2 of this epic tale!

 

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The Adventures of TurnKing – The Information Superhighway   no comments

Posted at Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:33am TurnKey Kronicles

The Adventures of TurnKing!

TurnKing_Vol3-01

Volume 3

In honor of Leif Erikson Day yesterday, we would like to introduce Volume 3 of our TurnKey Kronicles! In this volume, Vint and his sidekick Lief are off on their journey to stop the DDoS Dragon from destroying their city, Cloudtopia. They run into a minor technical difficulty, where they are greeted by some unfriendly travelers.

Past Volumes:

TurnKing_Vol2-01 (1)

Volume 2

Young Vint and his friend Leif go to the city’s merchant to see if they can get some weapons to fight off the evil DDoS Dragon and it’s bots. The merchant gives them a magical firewall and explains to them that this is not all they need! Check back next week for chapter 3 of this epic tale!

TurnKing_Vol1-01

Volume 1

Young Vint dreams of saving his town from a DDoS attack by the DDoS Dragon and his bots! Check back next week for chapter 2 of this epic tale!

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The Adventures of TurnKing -The Merchant’s Firewall   no comments

Posted at Oct 1, 2013 @ 2:11pm TurnKey Kronicles,Web hosting

The Adventures of TurnKing!

TurnKing_Vol2-01 (1)

Chapter 2

Young Vint and his friend Leif go to the city’s merchant to see if they can get some weapons to fight off the evil DDoS Dragon and it’s bots. The merchant gives them a magical firewall and explains to them that this is not all they need! Check back next week for chapter 3 of this epic tale!

Past Volume:

TurnKing_Vol1-01

Volume 1

Young Vint dreams of saving his town from a DDoS attack by the DDoS Dragon and his bots! Check back next week for chapter 2 of this epic tale!

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Written by Dylan on October 1st, 2013

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Leaves Falling, Prices Falling – Get 50% Off a TON of our Products   no comments

Posted at Sep 24, 2013 @ 11:02am Deals and Promotions,green,Web hosting

bigstock-Pumpkins-38018842Summer flew by us here at our Upstate New York data center! And before we know it, the leaves will be turning colors and falling to the ground. But there is one thing that’s sure to stay green. You got it! Our state-of-the-art sustainable data center! With the expansion of a brand new cold containment pod, an Energy Star certification, and improving our data center to run off 100%  renewable energy, 2013 has been a pretty productive year for us.

Along with these awesome achievements, we have released updated versions of our web-conferencing platform, Voxwire, and our virtual hosted desktop, the TurnKey Desk 2.0, and have released our brand new High-Speed Stock Trader. Never a dull moment here at TurnKey!

But that’s not it! While the Summer is over and Fall is here, we wanted to give you guys  brand-spankin’-new offers! And why not do it the cheesiest way possible? So ladies and gentlemen, here you go:

As the leaves are falling, so are our prices! That’s right. The leaves are even turning TurnKey Orange! Okay, that’s enough… The point is, we want to give you all 50% off of a TON of our products and services. For a limited time, use the promo code FALL50 and get 50% of all our following items, PLUS MORE:

RESELLER HOSTING:

TurnKey Ultimate Professional I Reseller
Space: 50 GB RAID-10 ultra-fast disk systems (SSD, SATA 6GBPS, & SAS 15K RPM technology)
Bandwidth: WAS 250, now 500 GB Tier 1 Premium Bandwidth
CPU: Shared 1 – 24 Cores (CloudLinux enforced)
MEMORY: Shared up to 16 GB+ (CloudLinux enforced)
Dedicated IP addresses: 2
Free Billing System: WHMCS

Now $15/month (was $29.99!) | ORDER NOW

TurnKey Ultimate Professional II Reseller

Space: 100 GB RAID-10 ultra-fast disk systems (SSD, SATA 6GBPS, & SAS 15K RPM technology)

Bandwidth: WAS 500, now 1,000 GB Tier 1 Premium Bandwidth
CPU: Shared 1 – 24 Cores (CloudLinux enforced)
MEMORY: Shared up to 16 GB+ (CloudLinux enforced)
Dedicated IP Addresses: 3
Free Billing System: WHMCS

Now $25/month (was $49.99!) | ORDER NOW

TurnKey Ultimate ROOT I Reseller

Space: 50 GB RAID-10 ultra-fast disk systems (SSD, SATA 6GBPS, & SAS 15K RPM technology)
Bandwidth: WAS 2500, now 5,000 GB Tier 1 Premium Bandwidth
CPU: Dedicated 4 Cores
MEMORY: Dedicated 4 GB (upgrade up to 128 GB)
Dedicated IP Addresses: 4
VPS and Cloud Reseller Discount: 30%
Free Billing System: WHMCS

Now $65/month (was $129.99!) | ORDER NOW

SHARED HOSTING:

TurnKey Ultimate Personal
Space: 20 GB RAID 10 protected space (was 10 GB!)
Bandwidth: 200 GB Tier 1 premium bandwidth (was 100!)
Dedicated IP Addresses: Available
FREE SiteBuilder and TurnKey website building tools

Just $1.48/month (Originally $2.95/month) | ORDER NOW

TurnKey Ultimate Business
Space: 200 GB RAID 10 protected space (was 100 GB!)
Bandwidth: 2000 GB Tier 1 premium bandwidth (was 1000!)
Dedicated IP Addresses: Available
FREE SiteBuilder and TurnKey website building tools

Just $2.48/month (Originally $4.95/month) | ORDER NOW

TurnKey Ultimate eCommerce
Space: 400 GB RAID 10 protected space (was 200 GB!)
Bandwidth: 4000 GB Tier 1 premium bandwidth (was 2000!)
Dedicated IP Addresses: Yes
Free SSL Certificate ($69 Value): Yes
FREE SiteBuilder and TurnKey website building tools

Just $4.98/month (Originally $9.95/month) | ORDER NOW

SEO HOSTING:

SEO Bronze

  • was 5 now 10 Class C IPs
  • was 5 now 10 GB RAID-10 protected disk
  • was 50 now 100 GB Tier 1 bandwidth

Now $12.50 /month  (was $24.95!) | ORDER NOW

SEO Silver

  • was 10 now 20 Class C IPs
  • was 10 now 20 GB RAID-10 protected disk
  • was 100 now 200 GB Tier 1 bandwidth

Now $25.00/month (was $49.95!) | ORDER NOW

SEO Gold

  • was 20 now 40 Class C IPs
  • was 20 now 40 GB RAID-10 protected disk
  • was 200 now 400 GB Tier 1 bandwidth

Now $40.00/month (was $79.95!) | ORDER NOW

SEO Semi-Dedicated Server (VPS)

  • was 32 now 64 Class C IPs (you can upgrade up to 512 IPs!)
  • was 50 now 100 GB RAID-10 protected disk
  • was 1000 now 2000 GB Tier 1 bandwidth

Now $150.00/month (was $299!) | ORDER NOW

And while you’re at it check out our deals for VPS Hosting and for some Dedicated Servers!

 

VPS Hosting:

TURBO VPS 1

  • Linux or Windows
  • 3 GB RAM guaranteed
  • 30 GB RAID-10 SSD turbo disk space
  • Gigabit port included
  • 1 TB bandwidth
  • 2x 2.0 GHz CPU

Now $59.95/month! | ORDER NOW

TURBO VPS 2

  • Linux or Windows
  • 4 GB RAM guaranteed
  • 40 GB RAID-10 SSD turbo disk space
  • Gigabit port included
  • 1TB bandwidth
  • 4x 2.0 GHz CPU

Now $79.95/month! | ORDER NOW

TURBO VPS 3

  • Linux or Windows
  • 6 GB RAM guaranteed
  • 60 GB RAID-10 SSD turbo disk space
  • Gigabit port included
  • 2TB bandwidth
  • 6x 2.0 GHz CPU

Now $119.95/month! | ORDER NOW

TURBO VPS 4

  • Linux or Windows
  • 8 GB RAM guaranteed
  • 80 GB RAID-10 SSD turbo disk space
  • Gigabit port included
  • 2.5TB bandwidth
  • 8x 2.0 GHz CPU

Now $149/month! | ORDER NOW

Dedicated Servers:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550

  • Virtualization technology (VT) enabled
  • Visible CPU cores (4 physical CPU cores)
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 4 IP addresses
  • Choice of Linux or Windows operating systems
  • 250 GB SATA disk drive
  • 5,000 GB monthly bandwidth (2,500 in + 2,500 out)
  • Web reboot port

$29/month (Annual plan) – Must use coupon code “overstock”
ORDER NOW

Dell R200

  • Virtualization technology (VT) enabled
  • Visible CPU cores (4 physical CPU cores)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 IP addresses
  • Choice of Linux or Windows operating systems
  • 500 TB SATA disk drive
  • RAID: hardware RAID 0/1 optional
  • 10,000 GB monthly bandwidth (5,000 in + 5,000 out)
  • Web reboot port

$39/month (Annual plan) – Must use coupon code “overstock”
ORDER NOW

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Written by Dylan on September 24th, 2013

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Alan’s Cloud Tip of the Month — May 2013   no comments

Posted at May 20, 2013 @ 10:20am Ask the Expert,Small Business,turnkey cloud

cloud and exclamation sign illustrationWhy move to the cloud? Here is May’s cloud tip.

Businesses are more agile in the cloud…

Agility in business operations is made possible through the use of effective and efficient tools. These tools ultimately help make a business or work environment strong. Cloud technology is built on certain business strategies. For example, understanding service-level agreements (SLA’s) and developing various strategies to better understand the business as a whole. The steps of these strategies can then be analyzed—as well as improvised—in order to keep the business running smoothly, and this is all made easier with cloud technology.

 

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Swing by our social sites, play a game, get a t-shirt… win $100…   16 comments

True or false?Big news, everyone! Starting Monday, February 25th, 2013–also known as next Monday–we will be holding a contest on our social sites!

After the panic that both Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo brought about, it has become clear to us that far too many people are uninformed about the importance of being prepared. Back up your data, guys! Prepare for disaster! It’s so, so imperative in running a business successfully, and ensuring its continuity. You wouldn’t drive a car without insurance, would you? Maybe you would, how would I know? But if you do, cut it out.

With that being said, we decided to take action. Introducing: The Disaster Recovery Trivia Challenge!

HOW TO PLAY:

–   Every Monday morning, stop by our Facebook and/or Twitter page(s). There, among the piles of awesomeness, you’ll find a fact about disaster recovery, or businesses’ lack thereof.

–   Read the fact, and decide if you think it’s “True” or “False”.

–   Once you’ve made up your mind, tell us what you think! You can submit your guess on Facebook in the comment section of the fact post, or tweet it to us on Twitter. Luckily, both “True” AND “False” are 140 characters or less—for all you little blue birdies out there. Phew!

Casting your guess (when and IF—that’s a big “if”, see?—you “like” us on Facebook or “follow” us on Twitter…or both, if you just really like hanging out with us) automatically earns you an entry to win— DRUM-ROLL, PLEASE…

SAMSUNG

Oooooohhh…

SAMSUNG

Aaaaaaahhh…

GTP1R *

Wooooowww…

—A free shirt! As a proud owner of one of these babies and a lover of all items acquired through winning giveaways, I can confidently tell you that you shouldn’t sit this one out.

At the end of every week, also known as Friday, we will not only be revealing the answer, but choosing a winner at random. Did you see I said “every week”? That means that with every new fact that we present, comes another opportunity for you to win. So, if you play and aren’t selected, bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out next week.

We have 10 disaster recovery facts to talk to you about, so that means there are 10 chances to win. That also means that there will be 10 winners of TurnKey finery when all is said and done. However, we want to have a grand-prize winner, because, well… why not? At the end of this 10-week period, when we’re done making it rain T-shirts on you all, we will draw one grand-prize winner from the pool of weekly winners. That one, final, lucky winner will receive $100! Don’t spend it all in one place! Unless you’re spending it at TurnKey Internet, that is.

So what do you think? Will you play along? At the very least, check in on Fridays for some valuable information that just might end up saving you.

 

 

* Recognize this image, anyone? This T-shirt is the answer to this week’s  “Guess that photo” puzzle! For those of you who haven’t heard yet, “Guess that Photo” is another game we play on our social sites! Tune in every week for a new picture, and see if you can guess what it is.

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Alan’s Cloud Tip of the Month – February 2013   1 comment

Posted at Feb 13, 2013 @ 2:00pm Ask the Expert,turnkey cloud,Web hosting

Why move to the cloud? Here is February’s quick cloud tip:

24/7 availability, and performance-oriented infrastructure…

When we talk about cloud technology, there are concerns. One main concern is whether or not the technology can cater to clients’ needs, and another is the scalability of the environment created. If such questions boggle your mind, don’t worry. Managed cloud services will do both for you. Cloud monitoring and cloud migration of data from one server to the cloud server are two features (among many others) that are catered to by managed cloud service providers.

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Written by Alan on February 13th, 2013

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Disaster Recovery Remedies   1 comment

Are you ready? - Hurricane“Hindsight gives you 20/20 vision,” is a statement you should keep in mind as you read this blog article. Many businesses that were just recently affected in some way by Hurricane Sandy could have avoided the complete standstill to their services by preparing and planning out just what they would do if their facility suffered a catastrophic loss. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes,  snow storms, flooding, and fire are some of the most obvious causes of potentially disastrous losses that could halt the operations of a business. In fact, the property of a business does not even have to have any direct damage for a natural disaster to halt their business. For example, loss of electricity, telephone, or internet connectivity can cause problems with functionality, as those services are paramount.

The question any disaster recovery consultant will ask you is, “how would your business survive if it was affected short-term and/or long-term by some catastrophic event?” If you understand that any type of disaster could destroy your computing infrastructure – where all of your company records and data are stored, which could quite possibly destroy your business – then you should have a plan in place to alleviate that possibility.

At the very least, any business that uses computing to manage their operations should have an off-site back-up of their most important data and records. This is not a very expensive strategy, it is something that can be entirely automated, and it does not even need to be accessed until you actually need to use it. There are automated back-up systems available from most data-centers, which back-up your data as frequently as you desire. The incremental changes made in the time-frame chosen are then sent across the internet through an encrypted protocol, and stored in a managed backup system at the data center. Usually, the client is provided with a secure web interface to access those files as needed. These back-ups can also be used to restore individual data files that may have become deleted or damaged at any time, and downloaded back to the computers in your office.

The next step up from simply backing-up your data for protection from a disaster would be hosting some, to all, of your regular computing infrastructure in a data center (cloud computing). If you hosted your main office server in a data center and accessed your files over the Internet from the PCs in your office, you could survive a disaster from a computing standpoint. All of your important data could then be accessed from a temporary, remote location, or even by having your employees work from home until the office is re-established. Many companies are now hosting their entire computing infrastructure in a data center; everything from virtual PCs to their application servers. These can then be accessed through just about any device that is connected to the internet, such as a PC, Mac, tablet, and many types of smartphones.

Communicating with your customer base during and after any disaster is vital in many cases. When your email and telephone systems are cut off, and you and your customers can no longer communicate, this could be extremely damaging to your business. By hosting your email server at a data center, you have access to your email system through almost any device connected to the internet.

One of the data center services that is really gaining popularity lately is VOIP-based hosted phone systems. In a VOIP-based system, The PBX system normally nailed to the wall in an office is replaced by a PBX server in a data center. Management and administration of the system is then done though a web interface. All phone communication is channeled through voice over Internet protocol (VOIP).  The advantage of this in a disaster is that your phone system is always intact. You can access your administration portal over the Internet and change any settings that may be necessary, such as adding additional extensions for remote users. Staff members can work from remote locations or at home, by accessing the phone system with a softphone on their PC or by having their calls transferred from their extensions to their cell phones.

I have suggested that data center services, TurnKey Internet included, are great solutions to the issues surrounding disaster recovery. The key reason is that they have multiple redundancies in place to provide 100% up-time guarantees. At TurnKey Internet, we have multiple fiber providers supplying our Internet and bandwidth through diverse physical paths into our facility. We have complicated switch gear in place to maintain your connections, in case one or some of the fiber connections coming into the building are disrupted. Additionally, our power supply is backed-up with both a robust battery back-up supply to all servers and equipment, as well as an on-site diesel generator that can power our facility long-term if necessary.  For these reasons and more, anyone considering disaster recovery planning should consider the options available from reputable data centers like ours at TurnKey Internet, to insure that their business is not damaged long-term by a catastrophic event that had not been planned for.

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New Feature: Auto-Removal of IP Bans from Firewall on Hosting Servers   1 comment

Posted at Oct 26, 2012 @ 10:42am News,turnkey cloud,Web hosting

We have enabled a new feature for clients using our hosting packages (reseller hosting, SEO hosting, standard web hosting, e-commerce hosting, and website builder hosting), which will allow you to unblock your IP if you should be temporarily blocked or banned by our hosting server firewalls.

TurnKey utilizes highly secure servers, software, and firewall monitoring systems, which block remote access to IPs that appear to be repeatedly doing things they shouldn’t (like trying to login using the wrong password hundreds of times in a few minute period).  Unfortunately, from time to time, this can impact you, or the web sites you host for friends or clients, when someone has a misconfigured password somewhere.  In cases like this, it’s easier for you to be able to remove the block on your IP (and to see why it was blocked) and to do it instantly via the new web-based interface we have provided for you.

To access this system, go to https://secure.turnkeyinternet.net, click the link on the right-hand tool bar that says UNBLOCK IPS FROM FIREWALL, and you will have full and instant access.

Clients with VPS, cloud, dedicated, or colocated servers who think a firewall has blocked them, will need to open a support ticket for additional help – this feature is only for those on our hosting platforms as noted above.

If you have any questions, or continue to have issues, feel free to open a support ticket.

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Written by Adam on October 26th, 2012

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