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  • Bounce Rates – A Canary In The Coal Mine.

    No comments April 30th, 2018

    Consider that people find your website and visit you intentionally. They do that because they are looking for something. They believe that you might provide a service, a product, or information that they seek. Bounce rates show us how many people are immediately discouraged upon arrival or are suddenly convinced that we don’t have what they seek when they first lay eyes on us. (more…)

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  • SmarterMail Upcoming Maintenance (POSTPONED)

    No comments April 27th, 2018

    This Saturday, the 28th at 10PM MST we will be performing an update to the SmarterMail service on our primary SmarterMail server. This is a minor bug fix release that addresses some issues reported by our customers.

    • The Chat With textbox is now hidden when you go offline
    • All subsequent SMTP Auth attempts try to use CRAM-MD5 after first CRAM login
    • Auto-responder is not using the Reply-To header field, if specified
    • Certain CardDAV clients may lose phone number after syncing
    • Trying to attach the same file more than once prevents the message from being able to be sent

    We have also resolved an issue where SmarterMail was stalling nightly between 6 – 8PM MDT. The issue was traced down to our backup software. Currently, the backup software has been disabled pending a review by the developers of the backup utility. We are also still working closely with SmarterTools to see if the exact cause can be narrowed down. Currently the system is stable and is not stalling.

    During this time, our incoming gateways will process and hold any incoming email and deliver them once we have completed the update.

    All dates & times are listed as UTC.

    Scheduled Date: 
    Scheduled Time:
    Max Outage Duration: 1 hour

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support department.

    Thank you again for choosing ASPnix as your web hosting provider!

    Update: This scheduled maintenance has been postponed, we will announce once the updated schedule has been released.

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  • Is load time is killing your business?

    No comments April 27th, 2018

    Are you finding that your site has high bounce rates? If your traffic seems to be leaving in higher than normal rates you might want to consider load time as one of the possible culprits. (more…)

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  • Why JavaScript Matters

    No comments April 26th, 2018

    Javascript is a necessity and its everywhere today. Javascript helps to make webpages more immersive, adding more interactive experiences to otherwise dull pages. It is so good at what it does that there really isn’t any alternatives. (more…)

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  • A Simple Introduction to Quantum Computing

    No comments April 25th, 2018

    Quantum computing has been a hot topic on the lips of buzz word enthusiasts for the past few years but there is still a lot of confusion around the topic. This article seeks to clear the fog of mystery surrounding the subject and clear up a few misconceptions. (more…)

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  • 5 Examples of Machine Learning

    No comments April 24th, 2018

    Machine learning is a subset of AI systems that has become an essential tool for many. The phrase is used to describe the process of a programs ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Essentially, we are talking about programs that write themselves.


    Investment firms, traders and hedge funds are using machine learning to create artificial intelligence with the ability to predict when the market will rise and fall. After making predictions these programs then automatically buy and sell based on those predictions. Rapidly implementing strategy faster and more accurately.


    More data than ever before is being collected about peoples personal lives. Between mobile devices and social media we are generating over two and a half quintillion bytes of personal data every day. Marketers are using that data to find and identify buying patterns, media preferences, dislikes, and preferences. The content and placement of advertisements is being customized using machine learning to find the optimal times, place and way in which to introduce their products to new customers.


    Machine learning is being used in the medical field to identify and treat illness much earlier than before. Early detection systems are trained just like other machine learning systems by training the program with tens of thousands of examples.


    Smart cars, driverless vehicles and data collection systems fitted on our driver operated vehicles are playing a role in collecting huge amounts of data about driving conditions, hazards, patterns and behaviors. As we transition to vehicles which are more connected to each us, each other, and the world around us that data will continue to grow. Wherever there is a lot of data there is an opportunity to use it and despite the already obvious impact machine learning is having on driverless cars we are only scraping the tip of the iceberg.


    Data security firms are making use of machine learning to analyze and react rapidly to cyber attacks. Being able to identify the signs of an attack and implementing quicker responses could prevent or neutralize many common threats including ransomware and malware.

    Every avenue of technology in our society is growing and evolving. The impact of these technologies is changing all of the time. The near future holds a lot of possibility and machine learning is just one of the technologies that is making a widespread global impact. In the next decade machine learning is expected to be a part of almost every industry. The question isn’t “if” but “how” will your industry use it?

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  • Allow Let’s Encrypt automatic renewal when redirecting HTTP to HTTPS

    No comments April 23rd, 2018

    Let’s Encrypt requires HTTP (port 80) to issue and renew certificates, however, if you have a HTTP to HTTPS redirect or rewrite rule in place, this will cause issuing or renewals to fail. We have the following recommendations for IIS URL Rewrite (web.config) and Apache (or IIS Helicon Ape) .htaccess rules to allow the .well-known folders to be served over HTTP.

    IIS – web.config or Helicon Ape

    For URL Rewrite, add the following rewrite rule to your web.config file’s <rewrite> section, this rule must be first in the rewrite section…

    <rule name="ACME / Let's Encrypt Verification" stopProcessing="true">
        <match url="^\.well-known(.*)" />
        <action type="None" />

    For Helicon Ape, add this line to the .htaccess file in your wwwroot under the RewriteEngine On directive

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.well-known/acme-challenge

    Apache – .htaccess

    Add this line to your site’s root .htaccess file directly under the RewriteEngine On directive

    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !\.well-known/acme-challenge
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  • Three reasons why the cloud is more secure than your legacy systems.

    No comments April 23rd, 2018

    New things can be scary. Especially with the way we handle our data. Before embracing a new platform, feature or technology we tend to worry at first. When it comes to cloud computing it isn’t any shock that the same thing seems to be true. Despite the fact that more than half of small to medium sized businesses use the cloud for storage there is still a good amount of confusion and even some uneasiness.


    This is the first of a few concerns people often have. A legacy system can be historically hard to access and because of its limited access, often hackers were blocked from getting into the system unless they were specifically on site. Today many companies use them in tandem with cloud infrastructure and backup services. This means that those systems which were previously secure because of their limited access are now often easily accessible. Its flaw was once its best feature and today that feature has vanished out from under you. A locked door is no longer the only access point to these systems.

    Cloud providers like ASPnix have physical data centers with armed security, redundant backup systems, cameras, and more. All activity is monitored and only authorized personnel come and go.

    Limited Access

    Cloud data is stored at a data center which keeps it geo-located separately from the data you have at your office. This means its more difficult to get all of the pieces of a puzzle and makes mission critical data harder to put together with stored cloud data. Human risk decreases and its harder for anyone to stumble onto data that can be used negatively.

    Cyber Security

    Due to the nature of things, obviously your information is more secure when you have professionals watching over it. ASPnix provides free antivirus, hardware firewall and other nice security features that can help keep you safe.


    Redundancy is key and backups, power systems, accessibility all need to be 100%. Trusting professionals in a datacenter is a great way to have your cake and eat it too. Limiting the amount of responsibility on your part while also getting a better way to store your data, more accessibility without costing you more money.

    To sum up what I am saying. Migrating to a cloud option with a company like ASPnix is a great way to save money, get more out of your data, have better access to your data, control how it can be accessed easily, increase your security and to make sure it stays backed up without dealing with the hassles and issues and threats you may have with your legacy systems.

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  • Is it time to upgrade to a VPS?

    No comments April 20th, 2018

    A virtual private server is a term to describe a virtual machine. Otherwise known as a cloud server, VPS provides the power and functionality of having your own server at a much more accessible price. Purchasing a VPS service means total use of the machine with root access, dedicated CPU and RAM.

    Do you have multiple websites?

    Shared hosting usually allows for sub-domains but hosting companies can sometimes be picky about you having more than one webpage. Companies like ASPnix allow you 5 -100 websites per shared hosting account but others can be pretty restrictive. VPS hosting will provide ample disk space for all of your data and websites. With dedicated RAM and CPU you know that you wont have problems handling massive data or traffic.

    Are you expanding as a business?

    With more business comes more traffic and with a shared hosting environment you may find that data and processing power are not up to your new expectations. VPS offers you a flexible way to continue to grow.

    What kind of content will your site host?

    When upgrading to dynamic content make sure that you have enough resources. Dynamic content will soak up all of your system resources like a sponge and if you are still using entry level shared hosting you will eventually need a lot more than what you have.

    Is your site slowing down?

    Web hosting companies want to treat their customers fairly and if you require a huge amount of resources then you may end up seeing yourself slowing down.

    Do you have added security and backup a concerns?

    There are certain security limitations with a shared hosting account that don’t apply to a VPS. Companies like ASPnix and others make regular backups to insure your data is safe as well as utilize a hardware firewall to add to your security and give you 24/7 tech support. This can be critical if you are in need of added attention to security and have critical data on your server. In the event of some kind of an emergency you can always call on someone from their staff and get the help you need to identify and solve any issue. 

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  • Cloud computing is saving small businesses piles of money

    No comments April 19th, 2018

    Cloud computing is a simple way to increase your productivity, expand the ways you collaborate, and make your entire business more efficient. No matter what your business model you will likely find yourself reaping significant benefits. Today we are talking about just how cloud computing is saving everyone money. (more…)

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