The Year 2000.

Posted at August 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm by Stacey Talieres

Change is an inevitable part of any process. The occurrence of change is not only limited to people, but business as well. Many are opposed to the notion of altering different facets of their lives or functions of a business. The common cliché that exists out there against any change is, “if its not broken do not fix it”. The fear of uncertainty that comes with change is all to familiar, however it is a bad business practice to ignore it. Refusing to adapt will leave your company strategically and operationally limited.

Since 1999, a lot has changed not only in the world, but also here at InterServer. In the past 17 years, a lot has changed in terms of the types of technology that exist. As seen in the archived image below of our website from 2000, the technologies that were new or standard at the time included PHP and T1 connectivity. It is incredible to think that we had begun just at the beginning of Web 2.0, the turn of the century, and even Y2K was a impending concern.

 

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As the years kept moving along, it behooved us to make sure that we kept up with the existing technologies in order to meet our clients demands. At InterServer we offer a wide array of products that we did not offer back in 1999. We offer the best products to meet the needs of an individual freelancer to a Fortune 500 company. With the customer’s needs in mind, we are always ready to adapt to their requirements when it comes to technological advances

With all these changes, many would believe that we have had to sacrifice our core principles and beliefs. However, we can attest to the fact that those goals have not and will not change. We will never budge on our core principles that include outstanding service and support. Our team will always be dedicated to offer the best security, reliability, and technical expertise in the industry. We always work around the clock, 365 days of the years to make sure that your business never skips a beat.

InterServer was built upon a vision led by Mike Lavrik and John Quaglieri. They built their dream around the belief of having the best service at the right price. This common goal, imagined by the two, has led to the growth and success of InterServer. Technology will continue to evolve around us, however it has never and will never change our core values and principles. As we look towards the future our mission remains to provide the best web hosting experience in the industry.

As you can see in the past decade, InterServer has undergone countless of changes. We have come a long way from our humble beginnings…

 

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9 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

Posted at July 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm by Manoj Kumar

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Drupal is a powerful and flexible framework that allows users to create dynamic, scalable and secure websites. Drupal has a specific programming environment that tends to be a programmer’s platform rather than just a CMS.  Major corporations and several government agencies use Drupal which include: WhiteHouse.gov, The United Nations, The Discovery Channel, Forbes, MTV Europe, The Economist and The New York Observer. With the release of Drupal 8, users have enjoyed a more powerful and user-friendly environment. Listed below are some of the exciting new features that accompany Drupal 8.

1. New Fields

There are 5 new field types which include:

  • Date
  • Email
  • Link
  • Reference
  • Telephone

Along with the addition of new fields, you can add them to various places. The variety of places that you can add fields include: nodes, comments, taxonomy terms, blocks, and contact forms

2. CKEditor

Drupal 8 core comes with CKEditor module. Drupal 8 core provides the infrastructure that the CKEditor module requires. Previous versions were not providing a text editor, but in the new edition users will now not have to redo the integration work because text editors are now included.

3. Quick Edit

The Quick Edit module allows content to be edited rapidly on the spot. Once you have logged into your Drupal site, content text can be edited directly from the front-end instead of having to deal with the hassle on the back-end.

4. Responsive Images

With Drupal 8, you can choose different styles for a wide array of images. These various styles can be used for different device sizes. All devices have responsive layouts that require a variety of image sizes at different resolutions.

5. Tour

Drupal 8 core includes the new “Tour module”. Once enabled, it provides users a guided tours of the site’s interface via tooltips. The tour module is a great tool that introduces users to all of Drupal’s features. The Tour module can be used to draw user’s attention to important components of the interface and to guide users through a workflow.

6. Views

Views is available in the Drupal 8 core by default. This module must be queried and enabled by the user. Views are most often used by administrators because it allows for quick and easy customizations.

7. Multilingual

Drupal 8 requires you to install 4 core modules in order for the multilingual features to work. Once enabled, these modules give the website the ability to be translated to various languages.

8. Configuration Manager

The new configuration module allows for your build features to be easily imported and exported. Previously configuration settings were stored in a database, but now they can be stored in files making them more accessible. If the settings are stored in files, they can also be restored to a specific version.

9. Web Services

Drupal 7 required several contributed modules in order to create a web service. Now everything that you need in order to create a web service efficiently exist in Drupal 8. To create a REST export, just enable the 4 Web Services modules.

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DrupalCon 2016

Posted at July 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm by Stacey Talieres

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Early in May, InterServer was a proud sponsor of DrupalCon in New Orleans. It was a spectacular event comprised of a long list of amazing guest speakers a majority of whom traveled from afar in support of Drupal. Over 3000 Drupal enthusiasts and fanatics eagerly attended. DrupalCon gives the people who develop and use this system a chance to take part in activities that involve learning sessions, talks, code sprints, and of course social events. Here at InterServer we were delighted to take part in such an event that allowed us to meet individuals who have the same passion for Drupal as we do.

We always look forward to attending these events especially in the Big Easy because it allows us to gain awareness from fans of Drupal. Having a presence at these events is exciting because it enables people to learn more about InterServer and the hosting solutions that we provide. Not only is our main goal to provide the best hosting solution to our customers, but in addition, we strive to offer the most optimized Drupal hosting experience on the market. We would like to take the time to not only thank those that took part in this event, but also the fans who made InterServer’s visit to New Orleans exhilarating. Attending DrupalCon in New Orleans makes us eagerly look forward to the next year’s DrupalCon. Do not be shy to follow our blog as we will continue to offer support and advice for those who use Drupal.

Key highlights:

  1. Our swag was pretty off the chart with most all attendees sporting InterServer tote bags and enjoying our water bottles in an effort to remain hydrated.
  2. We enjoyed meeting tons of Drupal Developers all of whom presented tons of great questions and had great ideas and feedback.
  3. We had the opportunity to meet and develop partnerships with universities and other educational institutions.
  4. My favorite highlight from the Con  is that we were able to launch our special offer of one free year of hosting to anyone who holds an .edu email address. Since its launch at DrupalCon it has become a major hit amongst many! It’s our hope that this program benefits students all across the world looking develop projects that require web based services.

In light of the recent events involving Acquia who will no longer be hosting Drupal Garden customers’, we believe here, at InterServer, attending these events is crucial to the people who use and support Drupal. As we have mentioned in our previous blog entry, InterServer is offering a promotion of 1 penny for the first month of service followed with a per monthly rate of $5 in an effort to help all these customers find a new home. We are offer fully managed and free migrations. All of this will be handled by our team of migration experts carrying no contractual obligations.

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How to Write Perfect Comments that can Drive traffic!

Posted at July 1, 2016 at 6:47 pm by Stacey Talieres

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Any one who runs a website understands the struggles associated with generating traffic to their site.  In order to capture your targeted audience, you should try to captivate bloggers who come across your website. There are various ways to boost traffic to your new blog. Of course, not all comments will generate the traffic that you may desire.

1 . Comment on Popular Blogs

In order to generate traffic from your comments, I would suggest commenting on a variety of popular blogs.  Blogs of this nature can receive many comments within a short span of time upon being published. Constantly keep tabs on targeted blogs for any updates. Additionally, when popular blogs post new articles, it’s crucial to comment as quickly as possible.

2. Write Detailed Comments

Posting generic comments that are similar to others won’t necessarily direct traffic to your blog. Try to captivate your targeted audience by writing comments that are specific and detailed to the article. If you create a comment that does not relate to the article, then consider this to a missed opportunity to establish your credibility. Readers will not waste their time with comments that are not applicable.

3. Write Comments Like an Expert

This is your opportunity to demonstrate sufficient knowledge about the topic being discussed in the article.  When bloggers believe that you are an expert on any given topic, this can directly result in traffic to your blog. If executed correctly, a single comment can drive hundreds of readers to your blog based upon the perception of your expertise.

 

If you have any additional questions related to this topic, we would appreciate it if you commented down below.

InterServer Is Now Migrating Drupal Gardens Customers

Posted at June 9, 2016 at 11:37 am by Stacey Talieres

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As of 8/1/2016 Acquia will no longer be offering hosting for Drupal Gardens customers. With that in mind InterServer is offering a promotion of 1 penny for the first month of service followed with a per monthly rate of $5 in an effort to help all these customers find a new home. We are offer fully managed and free migrations which are then handled by our team of migration experts. Our service comes with 24/7 on site support and with no contractual obligation.

When you export or migrate over to InterServer it will not disrupt your website’s layout or functionality in anyway. Below we have outlined the key steps that are required for a successful migration.

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Exporting:

In order to export your website to a backup:

    1. Login in as an admin to your website with the System: Administer site configuration website permission.
    2. Go to Configuration > Site export.
    3. Then Select a reason for exporting the list, and provide us with your reason for exporting the site. You will be required to provide further explanation in a text box.
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    4. Select Export.
    5. Shortly after Drupal Gardens creates a backup file, it will send the file to your browser.  Then save the .tar.gz file to your computer.Quick Tip: Varying upon the size of your site, it typically takes a short period of time for Drupal Gardens to create a backup and send it over to your browser.
    6. Evaluate the .tar.gz file to ensure that it carries the files relating to your Drupal Gardens site.

Quick Tip: File sizes may vary, therefore archived files for large Drupal Gardens sites may not have files in the /sites/default/files folder.

If your archive file has no files in the docroot/sites/default/files folder, we advise taking the following steps and downloading them from Drupal Gardens:

  1. You should install or have access to the wget utility.
  2. Remove the archive file to a different location on your computer.
  3. Use the command window to find the new docroot folder using the cd command.
  4. Use the following command depending upon your OS:
    • Mac OS X

./get_files.sh

      • Windows

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Drupal Gardens will direct your site’s remaining files to the docroot/sites/default/files folder.

Quick Tip: The site archive file does not include the /sites/default/files/styles folder or its sub-folders. When you import the site archive file into another Drupal environment, Drupal recreates the /styles folder and its sub-folders.

You should also export your site from the My sites page by selecting Export site in the site’s Actions menu.

Getting Ready to Import:

  1. Download a new site archive file from your personal Drupal Gardens site.
  2. Take the files from the site archive file to the folder from which your web service hosts your site’s files. That new folder will be the docroot of your website.Quick Tip: When you take the contents of the site archive file, you should not make a folder called docroot. However, take the site archive file contents of the docroot directly into the folder that hosts your website’s files. This will include the files in sub-folders (such as /sites) with a maintained folder structure.
  3. Locate the new docroot folder for your site where you will then open credentials-[sitename]-user1_[random].txt, where [sitename] is your Drupal Gardens site-name, and [random] is a vast array of numbers and letters.
  4. Acquire the User1 user name and password from that file.User1 is a Drupal superuser account. In the past this was not readily accessible when your site had been hosted by Drupal Gardens. When the site archive file creation process occurs, Drupal Gardens creates a new user name (user_1 plus a random text string) and generates a new password.

For further information about the user accounts in the credentials file, see Exporting your site.

  1. In the new environment, form a new database with no tables.
  2. Configure the new database and double check that your database user account has the required permissions to import database information.