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Backup your own website with FTP

09:55 06 February in Hosting Tools, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

One of the most popular methods of accessing website files is FTP (File Transfer Protocol). This method is also useful for making a simple backup of your domain to a local machine. There are some caveats to FTP that you should be aware of before using it as your go-to backup method. Pros of FTP Abundance of FTP clients There’s no shortage of excellent, user-friendly FTP software. Most of...

Backup your own website

07:35 06 January in Cloud Computing, Cloud Hosting Benefits, Hosting Tools, Maintenance, Tips, Tutorials by Simple Helix Marketing

A website can be a lot of different things. From the small family photo albums to the specialty vendor’s online webstore, anyone and everyone can setup a website. As mentioned in another blog post, maintaining backups of a website is absolutely critical for ensuring a sustained web presence. Although paid backup services are more than adequate for most site owners, there are many distinct benefits to...

Why you should care about EasyApache 4

17:18 06 December in Cloud Hosting Benefits, Dedicated Hosting, Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Shared Hosting, Tips by Simple Helix Marketing

cPanel users may have heard about “EasyApache” but didn’t know what it is or why it matters. This is understandable because engineers at your host provider are typically the only people to interact with it. EasyApache is software cPanel will use to install both the Apache webserver and PHP. Some exciting changes were introduced in version 4, the most recent release. For starters, EasyApache 4 will download precompiled...

Install MySQL 5.6 on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7

13:23 25 March in Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Tips, Tutorials by Simple Helix Marketing

Install MySQL 5.6 on CentOS 7 / RHEL 7 MySQL is a popular open-source relational database management system widely used by a number of web platforms including Magento and Wordpress. With the release of RHEL 7, MySQL is no longer included in the default RHEL / CentOS 7 repositories and has been replaced by MariaDB. MariaDB is an excellent platform that is considered to be a drop-in...

Litemage: Raw horsepower for your Magento Store

14:43 15 September in Hosting Tools, Magento, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

The unending quest for speed Over the past couple of months, Simple Helix has been actively testing the new Litemage full-page caching solution for Magento from Litespeed Technologies, Inc, developers of the successful Litespeed web server. As mentioned in our previous blog entry , we had high hopes for Litemage, and we certainly weren’t disappointed as you’ll see below. Benchmarking Litemage We have an excellent case study that we did...

Installing and Configuring Pure-FTPD on CentOS 7

08:51 08 September in Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Tips, Tutorials, Uncategorized by Steve Shickles

This article will teach you how to install and configure Pure-FTPD on CentOS 7 without a control panel (such as CPanel). Pure-FTPD is a simple File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server. It is designed to use resources efficiently and supports useful features like secure connections, IPv6, and virtual users (for jailing security). *Important Note: Do not follow this guide if you are using a control panel such...

How to Make Site Backups

17:50 21 August in Hosting Tools, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

If you're like most of us, then you have probably had the unfortunate experience of losing hours (or even days) worth of work due to an accidental coding mistake or mis-typed command. When this happens, the end result is spending even more time trying to duplicate the work that was lost. Wouldn't it be nice if there was an "easy" button that could be used to...

New Relic Integration with Litespeed’s lsPHP

13:20 25 July in Hosting Tools, Server Technology, Tips by Steve Shickles

New Relic is an excellent server monitoring tool used by developers and administrators around the world. With New Relic’s PHP Application Performance Monitoring, you can easily pinpoint and solve PHP performance issues down to the application code level. Until recently, however, this powerful tool only worked with PHP compiled with Apache or Nginx and did not work with Litespeed’s enhanced lsPHP. Fortunately, this is no...

Installing Magento from the Command Line

20:17 23 July in Hosting Tools, Magento, Tips, Tutorials by Steve Shickles

  There are several methods of installing Magento to a web server and getting your e-commerce presence up and running. Magento offers a downloader application and script to automate most of the installation. However these methods still require the user to navigate to the freshly-installed site and use the web-based Installation Wizard to complete the process. What if the software that runs your web server isn’t...

Make the Switch to Google Apps for Business

15:53 16 August in Hosting Tools by Steve Shickles

      Join the 5 million businesses using Google Apps You are probably familiar with the innovation and scale that Google brings and probably use Google products regularly today. With Google Apps, you get an integrated messaging and collaboration solution for your entire company. We believe no other competing product gives you the ease-of-use, range of capabilities from email to docs to video chat, real-time collaboration, scalability, and...

Simple Helix Joins Google Apps Authorized Reseller Program

17:14 13 August in Hosting Tools by Steve Shickles

We are thrilled to announce that Simple Helix has become an authorized reseller of the Google Apps™ suite of communication and collaboration tools. The Google Apps Reseller program will help us enhance the value of Google Apps for our customers. Google Apps brings simple, powerful communication and collaboration tools to organizations of any size – all hosted by Google to streamline setup, minimize maintenance, and reduce IT...

Magento Hosting: Progressive Server Performance Improvements

16:28 13 June in Hosting Tools, Magento, Server Technology, Tips by Steve Shickles

Magento is a popular and feature rich eCommerce platform that gives merchants full control over the look, content, and functionality of their online presence in an intuitive and easy to use format. While there are many benefits to using Magento, the primary handicap is that an out-of-the-box Magento installation can be very resource-intensive. The main goal of this white paper is to ensure that you have...

Increase Speed and Security with CloudFlare

20:44 01 August in Cloud Computing, Hosting Tools by Steve Shickles

How CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site: CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. CloudFlare, a web performance and security company, has been a partner with Simple Helix for some time.  If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, their value proposition is simple: they’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a...

PHP 5.3 Updates Coming Soon

19:26 29 May in Hosting Tools, Magento, Maintenance, News, Security by Steve Shickles

As you may know, PHP 5.2 is no longer supported and for reasons of security and stability, we will be updating our servers to run PHP 5.3 in the coming weeks. Our target version is PHP 5.3.8, up from 5.2.17 on most servers. Please bear in mind that there are some applications, and older versions thereof, that do not run on PHP 5.3. Most notably are Magento...

Magento Community 1.7 Now Available!

13:30 01 May in eCommerce, Events, Hosting Tools, Magento, News by Steve Shickles

On the first day of the 2012 Magento Imagine eCommerce conference, the newest version of Magento Community was unveiled. In addition to expanding features that benefit merchants, Community 1.7 supplies new APIs, as well as backup and rollback systems for developers. According to the Magento blog, “The recent enhancements to our powerful eCommerce offerings help merchants provide a more personalized shopping experience for their customers. These...

Magento Enterprise 1.12 Introduced

13:21 01 May in Events, Hosting Tools, Magento, News by Steve Shickles

On the first day of the 2012 Magento Imagine eCommerce conference, the newest version of Magento Enterprise was revealed to attendees. New features to Magento Enterprise 1.12 include easier order placement, mobile optimization, multiple wish lists, increased visitor segmentation, expanded rule-based product relations, auto generation of coupon codes, new Magento REST APIs and so much more! According to the Magento blog, "The recent enhancements to our...