On the 13th September we are updating our core software, which means there will be around 10 minutes of downtime.
We require the downtime in order to make some database changes.
While we expect the changes to take less than 10 minutes to complete, we’ve giving notice for downtime between 11:00 and 11:30 BST.
During this time, Siteleaders will not be able to login to their sites and visitors to sites will see an unbranded page letting them know that essential maintenance is underway and that they should return later.
What’s your favourite domain name extension? Have you opted for the .co.uk? Or are you a fan of the web’s biggest domain, the .com. What about one of the new domain extensions such as .biz or .info?
Well if you’re a fan of domain names then you might be excited to hear that there’s a new one on the way – the .XXX. But before you rush out and buy one beware: this is for adult content only!
The Internet’s governing body – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently approved the new .XXX domain but will restrict it to ‘adult content’ Web sites.
ICANN have been chewing this over for a decade but gave it final approval at its annual meeting in San Francisco in March, voting 9-3 to approve the domain.
There’s actually quite a few governments, including the U.S., opposed the creation of the domains. And surprisingly, the Free Speech Coalition, which represents some of the adult industry, were also against it.
Perhaps the only ones to profit will be those selling the new domain extension – thought to cost $60 each.
And no, WebEden will not be offering the .XXX for sale!
What do you think – a good idea because it clearly marks out adults sites? Or is this just another money making exercise for ICANN and the registrars? Leave us a comment below.
I’m looking at Google Analytics, and then all of a sudden a Tweet about running marathons pops up in the corner of my screen. I click on the link and end up on a website reading about a new marathon running technique.
Whilst I’m there I see an advert for a pair of lightweight trainers and click on it to visit the advertiser and check out the shoes.
Having read about them on the site, I then go looking for reviews to find what other runners thing of the shoes.
After reading a few reviews on different websites I then start searching for the best price of those trainers, until I’ve found a few different places to buy them.
For a final check I try eBay and Amazon just to make sure I’m not being ripped off
And then I think: “where did the last half an hour go? What was I doing?” It’s only at that point I see tab for Google Analytics and go back to the original job.
If that pattern of events chimes with you, then here’s a new idea that can save you a bit of time.
The LeechBlock Firefox browser extension blocks time-wasting websites during the hours you specify. Just type in the website URLs you find hard to resist, and enter the maximum length of time you want to spend on them.
LeechBlock imposes self-discipline by closing your browser when you’ve reached your limit!
In the next couple of weeks (16-20 May) there’s an event called Spring Online Silver Surfers Day.
This is a national campaign with the intention of getting older people to use computers and the Internet. There will be thousands of events across the UK.
Anyone including businesses, organisations and individuals have been invited to run ‘digital awareness sessions’, to help older people get to grips with the medium.
The events can be held anywhere, from people’s homes to school halls to boardrooms or libraries. There’s no fixed agenda for organisers, but each one will be supported with a marketing toolkit. This includes leaflets, appointment cards, and posters.
There’s also a cash prize of £1,000 to help with developing future computer learning activities!
Want to get involved? If you’d like to run an event, or find out more, follow this link.
What is your domain extension? I mean the bit at the end – what your domain name ends in? Most of us in the UK are happy with a .co.uk (including WebEden), although some opt for the ‘global’ domain ‘.com. There are a load of others to choose from (just search for a domain name to see what choices there are).
The organisation that decides on and administers domain extensions is called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
After a long campaign, ICANN have decided that Wales will not be given it’s own domain extension.
To the dismay of campaigners, and despite a load of campaign funds given by the Welsh assembly, .cym has just been assigned to the Cayman Islands.
The campaign for .CYM for Wales has been running since 2008, when ICANN decided to admit a load of new Top Level Domains (TLDs). TLDs are either generic (like .COM) or country specific (like .co.uk, .fr etc.)
dotCYM supporters believed that .cym for Wales would “play a strategic role in validating Welsh culture and language” and “make it easier for individuals and groups who wish to associate with the community to identify with other users around the world”.
There are already Welsh versions of Windows and Office, an apparently a Welsh Mac OS X will launch soon. But it’s the end of the road for .CYM.
Are you based in Wales? Do you think that Wales deserved a .CYM? Or does it not really matter? Leave us a comment below.
A study by the Boston Consulting group has revealed that the Internet is more than £100bn to the UK economy. Commissioned by Google, the research indicates that the Internet accounts for around 7.2% of the UK’s GDP.
As a sector that makes the Internet the 5th largest in the UK, bigger than construction, transport and utilities.
Around 60% of this £100bn value comes from online shopping, and the price we all pay to connect ourselves – and our websites – to the Internet. The remainder is attributed to spending on IT by the Government, and net exports too.
Not only is this contribution huge, the reports indicate that it is set to grow too, forecast to increase by 10% annually for the next 5 years. The study also showed that the UK is world’s leading nation for e-commerce.
Other top Internet nations include:
• Republic of Korea
• United Kingdom
This economic contribution also involves the generation of around 250,000 jobs.
And what does this show for small business?
Well the good news for WebEden website builders is that those small businesses that actively use the Internet show sales growth that outstrips their reclusive competitors by around four times.
Here’s the comment:
Paul Zwillenberg, partner with BCG commented: “The internet is pervasive in the UK economy today, more so than in most advanced countries.”
“Several industries – including media, travel, insurance and fashion – are being transformed by it.”
Matt Brittin, of Google UK added: “The internet is a central pillar of the UK’s economy.
“The sector has come of age, and with great prospects for further growth the UK internet economy will be vital to the UK’s future prosperity”.
Well then WebEdeners
Give yourself a pat on the back. In part due to your efforts in building and running a website, you’re helping to add to the UK economy and transform it into one that leads the way in online.
Have you seen the benefit from turning to online? What ways has having a website helped your business? Leave us a comment below.
Yesterday we attempted to deploy a new version of our software to the live servers but found serious performances issues that had not shown up in our testing. We have therefore reverted to the previous release and the system is once again stable. We will now investigate the cause of the problems before attempting to deploy the code again. Apologies for the impact this will have had on your site. Many thanks for your patience and understanding.