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Magento Hosting - Dedicated Servers

magento ecommerceMagento is steadily becoming a very popular choice for ecommerce, as a hosting company we are proud to add dedicated servers preinstalled with Magento to our services. We offer fully managed HP DL380 servers co-located on the Verizon global backbone with 100% bandwidth SLA in the south of England.

What is Magento and why is everyone singing its praises? We take this quote from Magento ecommerce website.

"Magento was a direct response to the emerging new needs of today's online merchants. More than any feature or functionality what our clients really needed was "flexibility." Our primary goal with Magento was to develop a platform that put the control back in the hands of the online merchant and placed no constraints on business processes and flow.

Magento is a feature-rich, professional open-source eCommerce solution that offers merchants complete flexibility and control over the look, content, and functionality of their online store. Magento’s intuitive administration interface contains powerful marketing, merchandising and content management tools to give merchants the power to create sites that are tailored to their unique business needs. Completely scalable and backed by an extensive support network, Magento offers companies the ultimate eCommerce solution.

We have more info on Magento hosting here.

Actinic / Machform

I bought an excellent piece of software the other day called Machform, it is a WYSIWYG form creator. The challenge was to create a complex form that would sit quite happily in an Actinic shopping cart website. As it turned out it was quite a simple job.

Use Machform to create your form, open Actinic, create a brochure page, assign a .php extension to the pagename. Create a fragment, paste the form code provided by Mach into the fragment, I used the php code so wrapped it in the usual Actinic tags !!< code here >!!

Scheduled Maintenance 20th April 2010

- DATE: Tuesday 20th April 2010
- TIME: 18:00-06:00
- DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Internal network maintenance and performance enhancements that will affect all servers for a maximum of 15 minutes


On Tuesday 20th April between the hours of 18:00 and 06:00 we will be performing some internal network maintenance and performance enhancements that will cause short periods of downtime for all servers between this period.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

Wordpress Hosting

 wordpress blogging softwareWe are happy to announce we can host Wordpress Blogs at £50 pa. This price includes setup for Wordpress. All you have to do is sign up and pay for our hosting plan, then transfer your domain to us. We will then install Wordpress and hand control of your hosting back to you.

You will have a login to the Wordpress Admin Panel where you can install your chosen theme* and add your blogs. It couldn't be easier.

500 mb Database inc PHP/MySQL
1.0 gb monthly bandwidth
£50 pa** (payable annually)

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Social Media - The Blues v The Reds

If you are still wondering how to use social media within your business, have a read of the following article about how our politicians are embracing social media in the current election campaign. It makes for an interesting read if a little tongue in cheek.

Using Social Media within an election campaign