Author: Liz123


Security Measures Gecko Surfing uses HostGator, an award winning a large USA hosting facility provider. Hostgator has a number of security measures to protect its servers and to prevent our accounts from being compromised via the server itself.  Hostgator is protected from DDoS attack (UDP flood). It has an extensive custom firewall rule and large mod_security rulesets protecting its servers from a variety of forms of attack.  Datacenters are all highly secure facilities with restricted access. Hostgators other server security methods and precautions are confidential. Software Exploits Security breaches of websites and personal accounts due to vulnerable passwords or known exploits in the software are the responsibility of Gecko Surfing. We make it our business to be knowedgeable and familiar with common forms of attacks, and work to ensure our accounts are secure against preventable attacks and are prepared to recover from the compromises that catch us by surprise. The vast majority of account compromises are caused by malicious users who have found exploits in scripts. Part of our service is to ensure we can offer is to make sure that all WordPress installations, as well as any related themes, plugins and other add-ons, are kept up-to-date.  Update Passwords  Another common form of compromise is due to exploited passwords. These compromises can occur in one of two ways: a brute force compromise or through virus/malware on a local computer.   Brute Force Compromise In a brute force...

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Organising hosted web server space for your website Your website files need to be stored on a computer server that is linked to the internet 24/7 and it is for this that you pay a rental fee. The company that provides this space is  called the host as they maintain the computer server to a high degree of security, efficiency, and speed. The host for your website can be situated in any part of the world. You can contract directly with a large hosting company and manage your hosting activities yourself or you can use an intermediary called a hosting reseller. Ressellers rent a large space from the large hosting companies and mange the interface between them and the website owner similar to wholesale and retail in the food industry. Gecko Surfing is a reseller of webspace and has been with the same company based in the US. for several years. The large hosting company would have an industrial sized data centre see below for images of one of a Facebook's data centres. Facebook's Data Centre Facebook’s second data center on its North Carolina campus is ready for action. The 300,000 square foot facility features the social network’s latest technology. Click the image to see a larger version. (Photo: Rich Miller) Inside the datacentre Each data center features four data halls packed with row upon row of cabinets housing Facebook’s servers.  Fresh air...

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New Website

Getting a new wordpress website online To get a new wordpress website online, you’re going to need two things: A domain name (a web address like Hosting (a service that connects your site to the internet) The domain name is essentially your company’s Internet address; the same way your company’s street address is used to find your offices, a domain name is used to find your website Owning your own domain name looks far more professional than having your site on WordPress's domain ( compared to  The hosting service is the provision of space on a high powered computer (anywhere in the world) that is linked to the internet 24/7 on which your website files are stored.    Choosing a domain name ? As an easy starting point: If you’re making a website for your business, your domain name should match your company name. For example: If you’re planning to set up a website for yourself, then can be a great option. For this site (Geckosurfing), I chose Domain names usually end with .com, .org,, .biz or, but in recent months, a huge amount of domain extensions (the end part of the web address, like .com) have come out, ranging from .agency to .pizza. HINT: Avoid the weird extensions and go with .com,, .biz or .org unless they perfectly describe what you have to offer – and even then, see if...

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