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  • SiteLock

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by
    SiteLock is a website security monitoring tool for small and medium-sized businesses, providing a number of benefits and services.  Some of the key benefits are blacklist monitoring, malware detection, vulnerability identification, and virus scanning.  Additional services include domain ownership verification and SSL certificate validation.
    SiteLock monitors your websites daily for malicious activity and then alerts you to any potential threats.  SiteLock's 360-degree scanning uses lightweight technology to search for vulnerabilities in your code, as well as any outdated applications, without slowing down your site’s performance.  These scans include searching for defacement, database vulnerabilities, application vulnerabilities, and drive-by downloads. If a threat is detected instant email and dashboard alerts let you take action before being blacklisted by search engines, which can destroy a site's reputation and credibility. On-demand expert technicians are also available to clean and secure your site in the event that it becomes compromised, should you lack the expertise to rectify the situation yourself.  Additionally, simply displaying the SiteLock security seal on your site will let your Customers know that your site is safe, and that you've taken the necessary steps to protect them. Third-party security validation has been proven to increase sales and site conversions; SiteLock’s security shield has been shown to increase conversion by 15% in A/B tests. For more information on SiteLock, please take a moment to view the following brief video: For information on how to order SiteLock, please visit this page from our KnowledgeBase.
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    Thursday, December 13, 2012 by loves to print.  Providing so much more than just the typical print services, has taken their chosen craft and elevated it into a proper art form.  Sounds grandiose, but it's true.  They print everything you'd expect them to: business cards, post cards, stickers, labels, et al.  Where the art form comes in is the way in which they've taken this basic foundation and evolved it in such a creative way.
    One of the most ingenious cards that Moo prints are NFC (Near Field Communication) business cards.  NFC is a protocol by which a wireless conversation is conducted between two pieces of closely-held electronics.  This is facilitated by a small chip being implanted within the card.  Many debit cards already use this technology to authorize payment by simply holding the card near a receiver rather than actually swiping it through a traditional card reader. The idea is that when you hold an NFC business card up to a compatible smartphone, it then causes the smartphone to do something.  The possibilities are virtually endless.  Perhaps you'd want the phone to simply visit your website, or maybe download your portfolio or load your FaceBook page.  You might have it download music or even just add your contact information into the internal address book.  The chips can be rewritten over and over again, even after you've handed them out! NFC cards are unquestionably cool, but can also meet all of your more basic printing needs.  From basic business cards up to their Luxe and Gloss business cards, as well as FaceBook cards and Mini cards. was kind enough to offer 50 free business cards to you, the readers of this blog!  Visit this link in order to claim your free business cards, all you pay for is shipping!  While you're there, ordering your free business cards, spend some time on their website exploring the vast array of products offered.  Tell them Snappy sent you!
  • Yext

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by
    The Internet is very large, and constantly growing.  One of the by-products of our beloved Internet is that often times businesses of all sizes can lose control over exactly what information is out there and where it is displayed. There are numerous sources from which a directory or local search engine can get data for it's listings.  These are called "data aggregators."  Generally speaking, there is very little control that can be exercised over these data aggregators.  A quick Google search for your business will likely return results that you didn't even know existed, containing information that is either out-dated or incorrect. This can best be illustrated with the following graphic by David Mihm from his article A Closer Look at the Local Search Data Providers: Looks convoluted, right?  This is where Yext steps in and simplifies the entire situation.  What Yext offers to it's PowerListings Customers is total control over the information displayed about their company throughout this entire "ecosystem."  In other words, you tell Yext what you want displayed throughout the Internet and Yext does the rest.  The result changes the above image to something more along these lines: Looks much cleaner, right?  Ultimately, Yext offers more control over the way your business is presented throughout the Internet.  Right now Yext is offering a free, no obligation business scan to HostGator Customers.  This business scan will show you where your business currently fits (or falls) within the above ecosystem.  There is no purchase requirement; this is a courtesy service to verify that your business is listed correctly in as many places as possible. To receive your free business scan from Yext, simply visit the following URL and enter the basic information about your business: For more information on Yext, visit
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  • World Backup Day

    Friday, March 30, 2012 by
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    All hard drives will crash; there is no such thing as a crash-proof hard drive.  When (not if) this happens, how much data will be lost is a flip of the coin.  It could be 0%, or it could be 100%.  World Backup Day is March 31st. and encourages you to maintain current backups of your data: financial information or other important documents, digital media collection (music/movies/ebooks), and perhaps most importantly your memories (pictures/home movies). One in ten laptops will be stolen in their lifetime; one is stolen every 53 seconds.  Fifty percent of all hard drives will crash within five years.  Couple those statistics with the fact that 89.1% of PC users do not perform regular backups.  This is essentially a recipe for massive data loss.  A recent study found that 90 percent of companies that experience data loss go out of business within two years, with 70% of companies going out of business following a major data loss.  These are significant numbers. Are you able to place a dollar amount on your data?  Exactly how much value does it have?  For many people, their data is priceless.  If the only pictures of your children that you have are on a hard drive that crashes, they're gone.  Forever.  Unless you have a small fortune to pay in hopes of having the data professionally recovered.  This situation though instantly becomes a non-issue the moment you have a safe backup of the data.  Ideally, you'll maintain current backups of all important data locally and at a remote location.
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    Texas, where the HostGator offices are, has been hit by both hurricanes and wildfires in recent years.  If a computer and the external hard drive that contained the backups are both within a house that is destroyed, that data is gone.  This is a catastrophic circumstance regardless, but there are many ways to ensure that even under similar conditions your data will remain safe.  HostGator customers are encouraged to visit for a free trial for cloud storage.  Come what may, with cloud storage you can be confident that your data remains safe. Please visit for more information and tips on backing up your data.
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  • Hostgator Dotcom (aka Billy the Billboard)

    Thursday, August 19, 2010 by
    Many will remember "Billy the Human Billboard", who we covered in our previous blog post after he received a HostGator tattoo on the back of his neck. Billy’s HostGator tattoo has sparked a range of responses from: people asking to get this done, outrage, and even proposed boycotts. Someone even went as far as to compare HostGator with human traffickers as you can see in the video below: httpv:// Billy has gone on to receive additional tattoos from other companies (27 and counting), moving him closer to his goal of having the most tattoo advertisements in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since then, Billy is no longer "Billy the Human Billboard", as he has legally changed his name to "Hostgator Dotcom". httpv:// Hostgator Dotcom's driver license: Hostgator Dotcom's certificate of name change:
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