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Lesser-known facts about CPU on virtual servers

Background Cloud is increasingly popular due to its low upfront and perceived reliability. I wrote an article a few weeks ago about why it can be a sensible choice, but needs to be considered carefully. One of the main drawbacks of cloud (VPS / VDS / VM / cloud server / IaaS / whatever you want to call it […]

Myths about speeding up your website

We often work with clients on speeding up their website. Great results are achievable but focus needs to be put on the right areas as there are a myriad of reasons why your website could be slow. Recently, we worked with a client to speed up a customised WordPress website by implementing heavy caching with […]

Client experience: Alarm System Reviews

Their website is based on WordPress. We were engaged to provide server administration services to improve the performance (i.e. speed up) the website taking advantage of the latest web technologies. Jon Gavejian from Consumer Media, the company behind Alarm System Reviews, describes their experience: “We came across Loading Deck while searching for a SME (subject […]

How to choose the right backup strategy

We hear a lot about backups being neglected, and wrote an article some time ago about why backups are so important. Yet, what can be equally infuriating is a backup policy that is not as useful as it might seem when the times comes to actually use it. This article touches on the pros and cons […]

How to Choose a CDN

There has been a surge in the number of CDN services and the use of CDN services in recent months. In this article, we will consider why a certain provider might be a good fit. Whole site CDN / static website Whereas CDNs are conventionally used to host only static assets (CSS, Javascript, fonts and […]

Free SSL Certificates with Let’s Encrypt

One of the most popular articles on our blog is an article dispelling common myths around SSL certificates. Let’s Encrypt gained a lot of attention after the article was written. Let’s Encrypt is a radically new way of getting an SSL certificate that is primarily popular because it’s free. The motivation is supposedly that, in 2015, […]

Open source SSH gateway

If, like us, you manage a lot of servers, it can be difficult to organise them. Some time ago, we explored a few options and settled on Ezeelogin. Ezeelogin is one of very few products that provides an easy to use SSH gateway. In our case, however, the problem we needed to solve was very simple: […]