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Understanding what is a domain name, extensions and their significance In the age of internet marketing and online branding, the foremost need of almost every business is to be online as 81% of shoppers conduct online research before making any purchase (MineWhat.com). However, for being found on the web, a business requires a digital address and this is essentially the reason why domain name is required. So, domain registration is the first task in building an online presence – a website and choosing a hosting plan is second but in some cases, it can be vice versa as some hosting plans offer free domain name along with the hosting plan itself. But remember, none of the steps can be skipped! What is a domain name? A domain name is an address that internet visitors use to reach a website. In general, a website address is a numeric address – a string of characters called IP address that is difficult to remember. So, a domain name is a part of a link called URL (Universal Resource…
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LANSING, Mich. – Liquid Web, LLC, the market leader in managed hosting services to SMBs and web professionals announced their acquisition of iThemes, a leader in WordPress plugins that include BackupBuddy, iThemes Security Pro, multiple site management Sync and iThemes Sales Accelerator.

Located in Oklahoma City, iThemes will continue to function as an independent unit within Liquid Web. All employees remain with iThemes and Cory Miller, founder, will remain as General Manager of iThemes while joining the Liquid Web leadership team.


Liquid Web partnered with iThemes in 2016 to bundle iThemes Sync Pro with Liquid Web’s Managed WordPress hosting offering. As part of this acquisition, the company will further integrate iThemes BackupBuddy, and iThemes Security into their current Managed WordPress hosting product as well as offer the product lines for sale to Liquid Web customers with unmanaged WordPress sites. Their recently launched iThemes Sales Accelerator, a data and e-commerce insights plugin, will be integrated into Liquid Web’s Managed WooCommerce hosting product launching in early January 2018.

“The acquisition of iThemes supports Liquid Web’s mission to empower web professionals worldwide and further demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in the WordPress and WooCommerce marketplace,” said Jim Geiger, CEO. “We believe that the combination of the Liquid Web and iThemes teams and products will be very beneficial to our Managed WordPress hosting customers and our newly launched Managed WooCommerce Hosting product, the industry’s first platform dedicated to WooCommerce Stores. I look forward to bringing in WordPress expert Cory Miller to help our company shape our Managed WordPress and Managed WooCommerce hosting strategies.”

“Liquid Web has launched the premier product in eCommerce hosting for WooCommerce sites, and we have a lot of plans for that product line,” said Cory Miller, Founder of iThemes. “While remaining an independent business unit, iThemes will grow with access to the leadership strategies of Liquid Web, capital and strong marketing. I’m excited about the Liquid Web roadmap and I believe together we will bring great solutions to the marketplace.”

To learn more about iThemes offerings visit: https://www.liquidweb.com/products/add-ons/ithemes/

About Liquid Web
Marking its 20th year anniversary, Liquid Web powers content, commerce, and potential for SMB entrepreneurs and the designers, developers and digital agencies who create for them. An industry leader in managed hosting, managed WordPress and cloud services, Liquid Web is known for its high-performance services and exceptional customer support. Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose a hosting solution that is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own core data centers, providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers and fully managed hosting to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its web-reliant, professional customers. With over 32,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service*, the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog. Stay up to date with all Liquid Web events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

*2016 Net Promoter Score of 71

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Lancashire, UK – Two ex-Fat Media Directors, Dominic Williams and David Whiteford, and former Fat Media Head of Hosting for almost a decade, Tony Cheetham, have regrouped to create Northern Bloc; the powerhouse windows hosting company that’s proud to serve the booming northern digital economy. The hosting platform is set to benefit growing businesses who want a no-fuss, reliable hosting contract, delivered by a team of people who have first-hand experience in growing digital businesses themselves.

The trio have invested in over £100,000 worth of equipment and software, and have clients in Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester signed-up already. Northern Bloc is currently a team of six with an apprenticeship scheme for budding IT Technicians.


The Northern Bloc Directors comment:
Dominic Williams
“Northern Bloc really allows us to celebrate our roots in the northern digital economy and proudly support other companies who want to grow, just like we’ve done in the past.”

David Whiteford
“Between us we have the perfect skillsets and years of experience, and decided we could deliver a hosting platform the way we think it should be… In our experience, customers want to speak to the people doing the work, not a salesperson.”

Tony Cheetham
“We chose Manchester as our base of operations because it’s central to the northern powerhouse and has a thriving digital economy which fits perfectly with our ethos. Manchester also has excellent connectivity and a wide availability of technical skills.”

Northern Bloc hosting is available to individual businesses, or agencies who need to host websites for multiple clients. Hosting is split into simple, easy to understand packages: Bloc 1, Bloc 2, Bloc 3 and Bloc 4 or full dedicated servers. Northern Bloc servers are located in the “Knowledge Quarter” of Manchester next to the universities and its head office is located in Manchester City Centre near St Peter’s Square.

“The Northern Powerhouse is an economy of over 15 million consumers, 175,000 business investors, 8 universities, one-third of the UK’s apprentices, over 65,000 start-ups in 2014 and £60 Billion worth of exports to over 100 countries. We’re proud to be one of the many working cogs in this booming economy and excited to help you reap the benefits too.”

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Austin, TX – Codero Holdings, Inc. (Codero), a leader in managed hosting services and technology enablement, today announced that, in addition to providing infrastructure as a service (IAAS), the company will now offer platform-agnostic IT consultation, architecture, implementation, and management to help customers reap the benefits of a hybrid multi-cloud approach.

This announcement comes on the heels of Codero’s joint membership in and certifications from the Microsoft Azure Cloud Solution Provider Program and the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network.


“Customers’ IT needs are complexifying and changing rapidly, and it’s vital to their success that we be able to provide the ideal architecture for them, even when Codero infrastructure isn’t the optimal option or is only part of the solution,” said John Martis, CEO of Codero. “Shifting our focus from simply selling our own infrastructure to providing platform-agnostic consultation services and ongoing management ensures we’re able to help our customers optimize, scale, and evolve their businesses however they need to over the coming years.”

Codero will continue to offer bare metal servers and most of the products upon which the company has built its success, but customers will now be able to utilize Codero’s team of experts to configure and manage their AWS and Azure environments as well. Moreover, the company will employ a hybrid multi-cloud approach to design and build custom implementations that span multiple vendors and platforms when it makes sense.

With 40 percent of organizations planning to use multiple, interoperable cloud environments in the next two years, Codero expects to employ hybrid multi-cloud strategies for many of its customers.

In addition, Codero offers multiple managed options for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) and Cloud Backup, as well as suites of managed solutions designed for companies working in ecommerce, digital media, development, and gaming, along with small businesses and those with compliance or regulatory needs.

“It’s an exciting time in hosting because customers no longer have to experience tradeoffs – we can connect virtually unlimited environments across multiple vendors to custom-build the exact right implementation based on each company’s workloads, applications, site traffic, and other key factors,” said Martis. “Our team has always thrived on finding creative solutions and treating customers as individuals. These new relationships and managed solution offerings enable us to take that approach much further.”

About Codero
Codero is a managed hosting and technology enabler that facilitates the adoption and use of advanced and custom cloud solutions. A provider of managed, dedicated, and hybrid multi-cloud services, backed by exceptional customer service, Codero serves over 3,500 customers worldwide. Codero offers a portfolio of custom hosting and technology solutions focused on the specific needs of small and medium businesses and community anchor institutions. Codero helps customers and partners live and thrive in the cloud. Learn more about Codero at http://www.codero.com.

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TEMPE, AZ – Limelight Networks, (Nasdaq:LLNW), a global leader in digital content delivery, today announced it has expanded Limelight’s Origin Storage Service with the addition of an Infrequent Access class, a new cost-effective storage option for infrequently accessed online content.

The new Infrequent Access class is ideal for video titles, files and other content that isn’t retrieved often. Infrequent Access stores content in a single location on Limelight’s private network and offers flexible, low-cost storage-at-rest pricing with additional charges only when content is retrieved.


“Storage needs vary by types of content and the stage of the content’s lifecycle,” said Steve Miller-Jones, Senior Director at Limelight Networks. “Limelight Origin Storage now offers more flexibility with high-performance and cost-effective options for frequently and infrequently accessed content so organizations can easily manage storage costs. We believe this new storage offering further differentiates Limelight from its competitors.”

Limelight Origin Storage is a global cloud storage service, which is tightly integrated with the Limelight Orchestrate Platform and optimized for fast, scalable, reliable global content delivery. It provides low latency, superior performance, high availability and automation for CDN workflows including video-on demand, file distribution, gaming delivery, and web acceleration, and is ideal for multi-CDN environments.

In addition, Limelight offers a high-performance storage class that provides the fastest retrieval and multi-region footprint for serving a dispersed audience. It automatically replicates content to multiple locations and delivers it from the fastest location over Limelight’s high-speed private network. Both classes include advanced workflow automation to optimize performance and save time.

To make it easy for all organizations to experience the benefits of Limelight Origin Storage, Limelight is currently offering unlimited no-cost storage capacity for 60 days with free assistance to migrate content from current storage systems, and will match a customer’s effective storage pricing at the conclusion of the free trial.

About Limelight
Limelight Networks, a global leader in digital content delivery, empowers customers to better engage online audiences by enabling them to securely manage and globally deliver digital content, on any device. The company’s Limelight Orchestrate Platform includes a global infrastructure with a fully-integrated suite of capabilities and services to help you address all your content delivery needs. The Orchestrate Platform solves your most important content delivery challenges so you can deliver the next great digital experience anywhere.

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SAN FRANCISCO – Scality, a pioneer of software-defined, multi-cloud data storage, today announced that its customer, Rackspace, having chosen Scality RING from among 23 software-defined storage solutions that it evaluated, has seen advantages that exceeded their expectations.

In the competitive business of hosting, infrastructure costs—CAPEX and OPEX both—are key to optimizing profitability. So, when Rackspace embarked on an infrastructure refresh project, lowering TCO was a critical goal—second only to that of maintaining the absolute best in service levels. And, because growth comes with success, Rackspace also required a solution that scales without limits, simply and without interruptions. They found it with Scality RING.


“We consider software-defined storage to be critical to our strategy for its growth potential, data center efficiency and efficient —and flexible—use of assets,” said Dan Shain, Director R&D, Rackspace Cloud Office.

Not only has Rackspace seen a 45 percent reduction in TCO due to substantial CAPEX and OPEX savings, but they’re seeing significant secondary benefits with their move to Scality RING software-defined storage, including the ability to vacate an entire datacenter, thanks to the compact storage footprint.

Software-defined Scality RING object storage turns any standard x86 server into highly expandable storage. It scales without limits and guarantees 100 percent availability—all while reducing cost by as much as 90 percent compared to legacy systems. Scality RING is deployed by more than 170 petabyte-scale customers around the world. It features native file protocols and high-fidelity AWS S3 API, data encryption, volume and bucket data protection, data-restorative versioning, extended location control for data sovereignty, and geo-replication for disaster recovery for customers requiring ironclad data protection.

About Scality
Scality is a pioneer of software-defined, multi-cloud data storage at petabyte scale. Recognized as a leader in distributed file and object storage by Gartner and IDC, Scality assures data control and freedom to manage data across clouds. Our products scale on-demand, non-disruptively, and drive lower cost for today’s leading enterprise companies.

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