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Hello there! Today, we’d like to inform you about an important update about our server  in New Jersey. But first of all, we’d like to relay our profound gratitude to all of customers who have trusted us to host their critical websites.

To show our full respect, we are here to update you with little issue that was currently happening in some of our servers in New Jersey. It took place on Saturday, March 21, 2009 from around 10 pm to 3 am at night.

What was happening was that our servers got too much heat in their performance. And because of that, the Mini Circuit Breaker (MCB) automatically shut down the electricity and got burnt. The function of the MCB itself is to automatically shut the electricity down whenever the power/energy used is more than it should be to avoid short circuit.

The affected servers at that time were the California, Detroit, Dakota, Storm, Sonic, Thunder, Colorado, and Lotus server. It affected the Control Panel and also database access, which happened on Rack II in our New Jersey data center.

However, please have no worry as the broken Mini Circuit Breaker has now been replaced with the new one and all servers are now performing well again without any further issue. Our qualified staffs and team have taken care and solved the issue perfectly.

Regarding this issue, we are really sorry to have caused any possible inconveniences at your end. We really didn’t mean to have all this happen. This issue has helped us to learn from our imperfection to provide you with more improved services in the future.

Furthermore, we really appreciate and thank you for your kind support towards our web hosting service. If there is any valuable feedback from you, we will be very happy to hear that. And should you have any further inquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us at http://support.hostdepartment.com/

Best regards,

Gabrielle

It’s been around a week or two since I wrote my last blog/article here. Sorry that I missed out to provide you with some information. Well anyway, here I am for you again. Today, I will talk about something that is impossible to be unfamiliar for you, social networking sites.

I bet nobody never heard about that before. Many people register an account for many reasons, some of which can be for friendship, networking, and many even get a relationship or marriage from those. However, don’t just think they are only for those. There are even more benefits (or let’s say profits) you can gain from Social Networking sites, in terms of SEO and SEM purposes.

Search Engine Optimization and Marketing Purposes (Benefits and Profits)

SEO has always been a vital and significant issue when you have your own website, especially when your site is critical and important for your business. That means you will try every way to get yourself gaining more traffic (the most important benefits you get for your site, which will lead to profits later).

How? You can use different techniques combination to increase traffic to your website. You can do it by first researching which social networking sites are widely used and then developing a professional looking profile (Remember! Your profile is the one that grabs the visitors’ attention to your business).

Next, don’t leave it just the way it is! Keep in mind that you MUST always update all the information and the contents on your page. This is how you can communicate new stuffs about your products or services to your target markets and visitors.

You can add links to your particular website page on the social networking site, to generate more traffic and eventually, more profits for your business. You can leave a link to your site everytime you send message to people so they can click on it. And don’t stand alone! Your friends can also help to put a link to your page or your site. All these techniques will get you more traffic and the profits themselves.

Furthermore, if you wish to succeed in social networking, learn to leave your comments on the blogs of other members, with a back link to your website. But remember that your comments must be positive and good ones, not negative comments that will make others have negative impression about you.

In return, all these will surely generate you more number of your website visitors and more business profits. Believe me that social networking has been an effective tool of marketing strategies of many companies. When you decide to trust and do this, you will not regret it.

Which Social Networking Sites You Must Use

There is no exact one of which you really have to use as there have been too many social networking sites nowadays. You just need to choose the one that is suitable to your business needs and comforts, but especially, one that is popular and high-traffic with millions of members.

Some that I know very popular these days are Facebook and Myspace, which keep growing their members, popularity, and traffic in number. And there are also Twitter and Linked In for professional use. You can always choose one that you’d like to use, or better, you can use more than one.

When you feel they are not enough, you can always try to check more list here to get those you prefer to use. If you haven’t used any, better start now for your own good. Anyway, being late is still better than never… So, let’s get it started now!

~Gabrielle~

Time goes fast. We didn’t realize it and now it has come to March 2, 2009. And, the time has come again for us to provide you with our February uptime fact so you can review our service and trust us without doubt. Here below, we proudly present our record for February 2009 uptime.

Table 1 (February 2009: Okay and Critical Time Reported)

Service % Time OK % Time Critical
FTP 99.99% 0.01%
HTTP 99.99% 0.01%
MySQL 99.99% 0.01%
SMTP 99.99% 0.01%
POP 99.98% 0.02%

Yay! We did it. Everything has gone even better this February 2009.

FTP SERVICE
It must be very annoying when you cannot even access your FTP. Yep, we know it. And, I am sure you are very happy to know that we delivered the FTP service perfectly at 99.99% okay time and just had 0.01% critical time reported for scheduled server maintenance to improve performance.

HTTP SERVICE
And just like our FTP service, I am sure you are also satisfied with our HTTP service, which is important in ensuring your site is accessible. Performing 99.99% uptime and only having 0.01% critical time in February 2009 must have re-assured you that we always deliver the best service for our clients.

MySQL SERVICE
Database! Most of websites nowadays use it – for forums, blogs, customers data. And as we realize how important it is, we constantly ensure the MySQL service performs well. And we do! In February, we had 99.99% uptime and just got 0.01% critical time for the regular maintenance.

EMAIL SERVICE
As everybody use emails everyday, we have no need to doubt its importance. Sending and receiving emails have been routine task everyone must do anytime to ensure everything runs well. And to relieve, our email services (POP and SMTP) have always been okay in February 2009.

Our SMTP service reached out 99.99% okay time and just had 0.01% downtime reported for scheduled maintenance. Furthermore, our POP service also performed well last month, reaching 99.98% uptime and unfortunately was 0.02% critical for maintenance.

Well, we know that it is not perfect yet. Nevertheless, we are also never satisfied to keep improving and perfecting our web hosting service as we realize that your websites are very important for your business and life. Your website is now on the right hand.

~Gabrielle~

MySQL, available in both UNIX and Windows, is one of the most popular database tools. As the latest version of MySQL, the perfected newer version, MySQL 5.0, provides you with many new features in this popular open source database server. It is incredibly fast, reliable, and easy to use for developers.

WHAT ARE THE NEW FEATURES?

To summarize, it is very simple and easy that MySQL 5.0 has added 4 great new features – trigger, views, data dictionary, and stored procedures. But of course it is not enough to just say those 4 words to describe how outstanding the features are. So, let’s not waste more time and know nothing by getting more!

Trigger

A database trigger is procedural codes that can be executed automatically to respond certain events on database particular tables. It is able to restrict access to specific data, perform logging, or audit data modifications. For the triggers, there are “row triggers” or “statement triggers”.

Row triggers is the action for every row of a table while statement triggers only happens once per INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statement. And these statement triggers are those that MySQL Database support – INSERT Trigger, UPDATE Trigger, and DELETE Trigger.

Stored Procedures

Stored routines (procedures and functions) are supported in MySQL 5.0. A stored routine or stored procedures are the set of SQL statements that can be stored in the server. Once this has been done, You don’t need to keep re-issuing the individual statements. Instead, you can refer to the stored routine.

Stored routines require the proc table in the mysql database. This table is created during the MySQL 5.0 installation procedure. Once it is installed, users can refer back to any statements stored in the server without having to reissue again with this ability in MySQL 5.0.

Views

In database functionality, the views consist of accessible stored query as a composed virtual table of the result set of queries. And, it is not like some ordinary tables in relational databases, as views do not form the physical schema part.

Views that also include updatable views are available in MySQL Server 5.0. Views are stored queries that when invoked produce a result set. Here, in MySQL 5.0, the views act as a virtual table. You will find this useful for some queries.

Data Dictionary

Data dictionary, as you all may have known, is a centralized repository of information about data such as meaning, relationships to other data, origin, usage, and format. It is also recognized as meta data – the data of the data.

And as you know, this is one of the new additional features in MySQL 5.0 that contains document describing a database or collection of databases that you can access. Wonderful right.

Well, with these four additional features, you will find MySQL 5.0 as even more amazing database server that you  feel hard to resist or choose the other database servers.

It is no longer popular to use .NET framework 2.0. The time has come to use the latest version of .NET framework, the 3.5 version. Released in 2007, it offers many new great features compared to the previous versions, which are really sought after by developers.

Deep integration of Language Integrated Query

Language Integrated Query (LINQ) is the component that adds native data querying capabilities to .NET languages in Microsoft .NET framework 3.5. This is the first new feature you must be looking for. Using this feature, you will be able to write codes in LINQ-enabled languages to filter, specify, and create some types of SQL data projections, collections, XML, and DataSets with the same syntax.

LINQ also allows Visual Basic and C# (new language features in .NET 3.5) developers to access data from XML and relational databases in much simpler and faster way to code with less error and easier to maintain or debug.

.NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET, AJAX

As everybody knows, ASP.NET AJAX offers you the ability to create quick, efficient, interactive, and highly personalized web experiences workable in all the most popular web browsers.  Unfortunately, earlier, ASP.NET AJAX should be a separate download installed on the top of ASP.NET 2.0.

However, with the beginning era of .NET Framework 3.5 release, all of these features are built-in within ASP.NET, which saves much of your time as there is no need anymore to download and install ASP.NET AJAX separately in application development.

The ASP.NET AJAX version built in .NET 3.5 provides a number of nice improvements  too- including support for using UpdatePanels with WebParts, WCF based JSON end-points, the ASP.NET Profile, Role and Login Application Services using JavaScript, performance improvements, and also fixes for bugs.

Full Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008

As the latest release of Microsoft’s best developer product, Visual Studio 2008 is there to provide many new great important features to help most developers to access data. Hand in hand with .NET framework 3.5, Visual studio 2008 complete .net with some .NET improvements – including Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), updated to support the growing popularity of REpresentational State Transfer (REST) much better.

The .NET framework 3.5 itself offers full support for Visual Studio 2008 like Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows CardSpace including the new workflow-enabled services technology.

Well, considering there are so many outstanding new features from the new .NET framework 3.5, who will not look for it? Even I , myself, find it so wonderful after knowing the features. So, let’s get ourselves to use it for better result.