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28Jun/120

Canadian Web Hosting Deploys New IP Ranges for SEO Web Hosting Customers

Canadian Web Hosting, a leading IT Web Hosting Provider in Canada, today announced deployment of new, unique IP's for their web hosting customers focused on SEO.

Vancouver, BC, June 28, 2012

Canadian Web Hosting, a leading IT Web Hosting company, announced today the release of unique, dedicated IP addresses for the SEO Web Hosting customers. The new IP's will be based in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, ON and these will be new, unique C classes that are available to new and current Canadian Web Hosting customers. With these new IP addresses, Canadian Web Hosting web hosting customers and their web masters have increased access to a diverse pool of IP space that will deliver significantly improved Return on Investment (ROI) for their web marketing campaigns including enhanced brand building and increased online visibility at a fraction of the cost.

"IP diversification is one of the easiest ways to increase search engine visibility of your website," said Kevin Liang, SEO expert at Canadian Web Hosting. "With the addition of these new IP ranges, Canadian Web Hosting is able to give our customers a significant advantage in building an online presence, and when you combine this with our 100% guaranteed uptime, 24/7 support and state of the art web hosting infrastructure, our customers are able to compete at the highest levels and improve their SEO strategies."

With these new IP ranges, customers can continue to host their own network of sites and utilize multiple IP hosting for faster link indexing and creating a network of different, but related, websites on different IP ranges that link back to the target site. These new IP's can be used with Canadian Web Hosting's recently launched CA Cloud servers, as well as all virtual private servers (VPS), and Dedicated Servers. Each new server deployment comes with two dedicated IP addresses and additional IP's can be assigned upon request for $2.00 per IP. Customers can also benefit from free server setup and configuration, and when needed, most web sites can be migrated at no extra cost.

About CANADIAN WEB HOSTING Hosting
Since 1998, Canadian Web Hosting has been providing a 100% all Canadian service that delivers on-demand hosting solutions including Shared hosting, Virtual Private Servers (VPS), Cloud Hosting, Dedicated Servers, and IT as a Service for Canadian companies of all sizes. Through the use of innovative technologies and experienced support personnel, they continually focus on helping each customer by offering configurable solutions that are tailored to their exacting business requirements. Canadian Web Hosting guarantees a 100% network uptime, and a total money back guarantee that backs everything they do. Customers can get help by calling 1-888-821-7888 to get basic support. For more advanced technical support, customers can use email, ticketing or real time live chat support with support staff.

For more information, visit them at www.canadianwebhosting.com, or get the latest news by following them on Facebook and Twitter at @cawebhosting.

CONTACT:
Matt McKinney
Canadian Web Hosting
604.283.1728
mattm@canadianwebhosting.com


Felice Lam
Online Community Manager
Canadian Web Hosting
26Jun/120

Northern Voice 2012: Various Blogging Perspectives including Resources (Day 2 of 2)

We recently blogged about the first day of Northern Voice 2012 conference and this brief additional post briefly covers the second day on Saturday.

Morning Sessions: Blogger's Brain, Pinterest and Social Panels

One of the most active morning sessions was led by Doug Blackie talking about the blogger's brain. He started off by sharing a stat that 73% of bloggers were under 35 years old and that there were roughly 45,000 bloggers in the province of British Columbia. Bloggers are story tellers that show their own personalities through their own blogs. He reminded everyone to be mindful on how you blog. Some common pitfalls mentioned were: consistency, accuracy, brevity and authenticity - once again, this keyword popped up. In another room, Taylor Loren spoke on Pinterest and emphasized how as Pinterest users, "you are what you share." Moreover, retailers are now finding a great use of this new platform by pinning their own products visually, driving online traffic to their own sites. The overall usage statistics are skewed depending on the country that you're looking at. Pinterest is still a platform to watch especially in the online and traditional retail industry. Meanwhile, Mike Vardy shared his thought on better blogging productivity (we'll share some resources for you later in this post), the other sessions covered a panel on social media, social change and politics and finally, a panel on owning your beauty.

Taken by Northern Voice participant Jason V. (@jmv)

Afternoon Sessions: Evolution of Personal Voice, Blogging and even, Gaming

Shane Birley kicked off the afternoon with a very energetic and entertaining session sharing his earliest memories in his own personal blogging journey. He talked about his process and how his own voice had changed over the years. Soon after the keynote, Peter Armstrong talked about lean publishing and the similarities with creating a startup. He walked us through his software and how user friendly it was to use. In the cinema location, we overheard the recurring theme of authenticity come up again and how blogging had to remain authentic, or else, your own audience may start feeling disconnected with your published content. Finally, Mikhail Gershovich discussed the benefits of gaming and how it could be applied in education or even, in real life situations. Some of the benefits in high gaming usage included better communication, learning how to be more initiative if one is nominated as a group leader and so on, and so forth.

5 Articles for Better Blogging

To finish off, here are some articles that you may find interesting and relevant to this conference:

Special Offer for Northern Voice 2012 friends

Northern Voice 2012 Exclusive Offer

As previously mentioned, we're offering a special offer for all of our new Northern Voice 2012 friends including participants, speakers, organizers, volunteers and even the sponsors including with a free hosting migration for up to one domain and we'll even offer you up to 50% off on any hosting for up to a year. So, what are you waiting for? You can learn more about us at Canadian Web Hosting, and to take advantage of this offer, you can either leave a comment below or reach out to us through our social media channels like Twitter at @cawebhosting and/or via our Facebook page.


Felice Lam
Online Community Manager
Canadian Web Hosting
22Jun/120

Northern Voice 2012: How Authenticity Will Help You Win in the End (Day 1 of 2)

Last week, on Friday and Saturday, June 15th-16th, we attended the Northern Voice 2012 conference for the first time: a two-day personal blogging and social media conference hosted at the W2 building in Vancouver, BC. In this blog post, we share some of our experience and thoughts including tips on what it was like being a part of this community for a weekend. This covers the first day on Friday.

Funky Northern Voice mascot

Technical Content: Canadian Copyrights and Free Speech & Legality of Linking

During the Canadian Copyright session by Martha Rans, we caught some interesting points. For example, there is a new bill coming through regarding Canadian Copyright laws: Bill C11, the changes are as of yet unknown, however, it is expected to expand copyright laws to include satire and parody among other things. One of the most tweeted comments was that the moment an idea is fixed (i.e. paint on a canvas, words written, site live, hosted and under a domain), it is covered under basic copyright laws without the need to register. If something is on the internet, it is not fair game to be used and is not automatically under public domain. Finally, most creators are not asking for monetary gain, on the other hand, creators would prefer being asked to converse with the people wanting to use their property. Another interesting fact is that copyright lasts the death of the creator plus 50 years. You have moral rights to your work in which these rights are "integrity," meaning that your work cannot be distorted or changed, and with "paternity," it means that you have the right to have your name credited on any of your work. One thing to be aware of is that infringement consists of a work being made to be substantially similar to another work. Judges look at these cases with the following in mind: same colours, shapes, and the meaning of the work. Following this session, one of the most interesting tidbit during the Free Speech & Legality of Linking by Jon Newton was that Wayne Crooke, member of the Green Party, attempted to have hyperlinking count as publishing an article, effectively banning hyperlinking in Canada. This case got to the Supreme Court but was then thankfully thrown out.

Creative Content: Improv and Blogging to Inspire

The Improv Me, Baby panel, included Nancy White, Alan Levine, and Rob Cottingham, kicked off with a lot energy as they all shouted instructions at us. Around the room upstairs in the W2, they had several signs with statements such as commit yourself, let go, or accept offers where the audience was instructed to stand by the one that scared them the most. Following that grouping, they led us into a vocal and non vocal exercise teaching us to work together and be creative. To my utmost surprised, I stood by Gillian Shaw, Vancouver Sun tech reporter, whom I had to the pleasure to meet last winter to talk about local non profits for youth education. Another creative exercise was the PechaFlickr where a group of volunteers all spoke for 20-seconds each on tugboats' slides one-by-one. The randomness of the keyword made all the participants have to be creative on the spot - a brilliant idea to think quickly on your feet. The takeaway was for this community to continue practicing their blogging and social media skills, refine them and know that having a plan and a process is only part of the preparation when doing business or even blogging or social media, adding creativity into their work is essential to tapping into their imaginative thoughts to execute their plans.

The Blogging To Inspire panel, included Amber Strocel, Samantha Reynolds, Crystal Stranaghan, was full of great inspiring information through the panelists' stories. One of the top regrets was not being authentic to yourself and on the flip side, an ongoing tip was to remain authentic. The theme of authenticity was heard throughout the entire conference and there was definitely a huge emphasis and reminder for bloggers to adhere to that trait. The women reminded everyone that nothing was perfect and to give your best shot each time especially as practicing is key in your growth of blogging, including dedication, discipline, courage, fun, passion and braveness; the list goes on. One of the most thought provoking comments was that anyone has a great story whether one knows it or not meaning that everyone has something to offer whether you're a personal or business blog. In the end, blogging is about connecting.

Thought Provoking Content: Building Community through Passion, the Art of Crowdsourcing and Online Privacy

The afternoon sessions in the SFU Cinema were driven by passion, insights and wit and definitely created some of the biggest online buzz that day, starting with Yael Cohen on Using Personal Passion to Build Online Community which almost lit the room on fire. If you want to hear an authentic speaker, she is it. She kicked off by saying that youth especially Gen-Y was uniquely positioned to change the world. In her fight against cancer, she allows her own community to be vulnerable, and she goes on to bring up the importance of being authentic and raw. She's asking for a change rather than money, and she clearly outlines that as an organization, you must go wherever your community is, and for her, it's online. On a side note, you should note that if your client base isn't online, then, you must re-assess your means of communication with your community. She shared some of the lessons that she's learned along the way and her biggest and hardest lessons was to say "no, thank you."

The next session by David Ng on Lessons Learnt in the Fine but Unpredictable Art of Crowdsourcing was very entertaining as well and every attendee seemed really engaged as laughter kept bursting through the entire hour. He described and shared several experiments and shared a list of tips. His list was very insightful and it is the following in order: just try it already, it's okay to not take things too seriously, targeting a community is key, make the work easy, twee helps, influencers are handy, and finally, our personal favourite, do good. His talks were full of visuals, stats and stories that got everyone in the room tweeting interesting tidbits.

At the end of our day, we listened to Daniel Cowen on Did I really want you to know that? Privacy in the Social Media Age. He started off by sharing a story about one of his colleagues who crawled the internet to find out very specific information about a social media junkie in less than two hours. The list included things like her pet name, her mother's maiden name, her address, her favourite restaurant and even her social security number -- all things that a bank would ask for verification. He warned us how location based services while fun could be a potential threat to ourselves. If you're using a geo-location app or you're a heavy social media user, you must be very aware of your published content and also, how this could put you at risk depending on the situation. For example, a common tip was to not take pictures of your home and post them online as these are prime pieces of information for thieves to come rob your own house.

Special Offer for Northern Voice 2012 friends

How can we help you?

Now that we've shared a wealth of information with you, here's the best part for all of our new Northern Voice 2012 friends including participants, speakers, organizers, volunteers and even the sponsors, if you're looking to start a new blog, or maybe switch your domain(s), we'll hook you up with a free hosting migration for up to one domain and we'll even offer you up to 50% off on any hosting for up to a year. So, what are you waiting for? Let us help you get going on your blogging journey. It would be our pleasure to host you at Canadian Web Hosting. No pun intended. To take advantage of this offer, you can either leave a comment below or reach out to us through our social media channels like Twitter at @cawebhosting and/or via our Facebook page.

Finally, stay tuned for part two and in the meantime, remain authentic online because that will keep your content real and "winning" in the end.


Felice Lam
Online Community Manager
Canadian Web Hosting
20Jun/120

Three Benefits of Data Centre Tiers

Recently, some of our Canadian Web Hosting customers have been inquiring about Data Centre Tiers and what the benefits are for each type of facility.  First off, in looking at “tiers” it is important to recognize that by definition Tier 1 to Tier 4 data centres is nothing more than a standardized methodology used to define uptime of data centre.  The reasons for this is that it allows customers to measure three distinct, but equally important criteria:

a) Data centre performance
b) Required Investment
c) Return on Investment

In looking at the different tiers, Tier 4 data centres are considered to be the most robust and less prone to failures. Tier 4 data centres are designed to host mission critical servers and computer systems, with fully redundant subsystems (cooling, power, network links, storage etc). In addition, these data centres offer security zones that are controlled by biometric access controls methods.   Some of these same requirements also play a significant role in our yearly audits.  For Canadian Web Hosting’s most recent SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 audit, we had to look at the physical security, as well as the layout and make up of the data centres.  This plays a significant role and is a requirement in order to receive that audit certification.  As a comparison, the simplest is a Tier 1 data centre that are used often times by small business’ that don’t have corporate governance requirements mandating certain uptime and performance metrics.  

Here is a breakdown of constitutes the different Tiers:

Tier 1 = Non-redundant capacity components (single uplink and servers).

Tier 2 = Tier 1 + Redundant capacity components.

Tier 3 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Dual-powered equipment and multiple uplinks.

Tier 4 = Tier 1 + Tier 2 + Tier 3 + all components are fully fault-tolerant including uplinks, storage, chillers, HVAC systems, servers etc. Everything is dual-powered.

Data Centre Availability According To Tiers

With all of the different Tiers, probably the most significant question that comes up is what is the availability of those data centres and what tier is the most appropriate for your business.  Here are the levels describing the availability of data from the hardware at a location as follows:

Tier 1: Guaranteeing 99.671% availability.

Tier 2: Guaranteeing 99.741% availability.

Tier 3: Guaranteeing 99.982% availability.

Tier 4: Guaranteeing 99.995% availability.

18Jun/120

Canadian Web Hosting Successfully Completes CSAE 3416 and SSAE 16 Type II Audits

Our latest press release from Vancouver, British Columbia.

Canadian Web Hosting, a Canadian IT Web hosting provider, today announced that it has successfully completed two independent audits to further demonstrate their commitment to their customers and ensuring that they are able to meet demanding corporate governance and data security requirements. The SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 (Standards for Attestation Engagements 16 Type II) and CSAE 3416 Type II (Canadian Standard on Assurance Engagements 3416) audits were completed for the period of June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012 and apply to Canadian Web Hosting’s service offerings including their CA Cloud services that include cloud servers, private clouds, self-managed clouds, dedicated servers, and shared cloud hosting. These audits examined Canadian Web Hosting’s adherence to industry best practices including their controls, processes and procedures.

Canadian Web Hosting had previously completed the SAS70 Type II and CICA 5970 audits in 2011 and updated their standing by engaging in these more rigorous and in-depth audits over the past several months. Companies who complete these annual audits are able to demonstrate a substantially higher level of assurance and operationally visibility than those companies who do not. The completion of these rigorous audits typifies Canadian Web Hosting’s continued commitment to create and maintain the most stringent controls needed to ensure the highest quality and security of services provided to their customers. The Service Auditors' Report, with an unqualified opinion, demonstrates that Canadian Web Hosting’s control activities were effectively designed and in operation throughout the reporting period.

"We are very pleased with the results. By successfully passing a SSAE 16 Type II SOC 1 and CSAE 3416 Type II audits, as well as our SAS 70 audits in previous years, our goal has been to demonstrate a continued commitment to proper controls and security. All of our web hosting customers including those who are utilizing dedicated hosting and cloud hosting environments, including publicly traded companies and those in the financial and healthcare industries, will benefit from Canadian Web Hosting’s rigorous focus on processes and procedures and are able to use our audit report for their required corporate governance," states Matt McKinney, Director at Canadian Web Hosting.

The Service Auditors’ Report includes a detailed description of Canadian Web Hosting’s controls and an independent assessment of whether the controls are placed in operation, suitably designed, and operating effectively. To find out more, or for any further questions, please contact the Canadian Web Hosting sales team at sales@canadianwebhosting.com.

For more information, visit them at http://www.canadianwebhosting.com/, or get the latest news by following them on Twitter at @cawebhosting and via their Facebook page.