Thursday, 28 July 2011
There are a few changes in the maintenance schedule we had announced earlier.

Cancellation of earlier Maintenance Windows:

We had earlier announced 3 maintenance windows for our Control Panel. However, the downtimes on the 30th of July 2011 and the 7th of August, 2011 have been cancelled.

Please Note: The third downtime is scheduled for the 13th of August 2011 as per the details below:

Scheduled Time: 14th August 2011, 23:00 GMT
Duration: 8 hours
Reason: We need to perform a Database Upgrade. This is to improve the performance, stability and functionality of our Control Panel.

Feel free to contact our Support Desk, if you have any questions or need any further information on this.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011
There are currently some fantastic niche advertising opportunities available on Thexyz Network CPM Site Directory. A few hand picked specials are listed below or view the Site Directory for a full categorized list.








www.evildivacomics.comAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for evildivacomics

1000 impressions = $5.00


Evil Diva Comics has a large niche following of young woman in the 18-35 age group. There are thousdands of pages of quality content with space for a large 160 x 600 Skyscraper ad unit on the right hand side. Simply top up your balance and submit your banner ad artwork to see your ad here.

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011









www.gigsandfestivals.co.ukAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for gigsandfestivals.co.uk

1000 impressions = $1.00


Are you a band, record label or musician looking to reach a targeted audience in the United Kingdom? Gigs and Festivals is a refreshing new addition to the UK's online music offerings. Covering all genres of music from Rock and Pop, right through to Punk and Funk.

 

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011









www.lacbeetle.comAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for lacbeetle

1000 impressions = $8.00


With an audience of working professionals in 25-35 age group, Lac Beetle offers a niche opportunity for web hosts, software developers, script developers and so on.

 

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011









www.nationsunited.orgAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for nationsunited.org

1000 impressions = $25.00


This international organization attracts millions of visitors from around the world by using multiple social media platforms, with a large following in North America, Middle East and Europe. The ad space available is a 125 x 125 ad box in the footer of each page.

 

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011









www.scriptdorks.comAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for scriptdorks.com

1000 impressions = $5.00


This software development company has exclusive rights to exclusive scripts. It has a support forum with 728 x 90 banners and 200 x 200 square box banners available site wide.

 

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011









www.thexyz.orgAlexa Certified Traffic Ranking for thexyz.org

1000 impressions = $3.00


This high traffic url shortener gets traffic from all around the world and a lot of it. With an Alexa rank putting Thexyz.org in the 5,000 most popular websites in Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Canada. The position available is a 728 x 90 horizontal banner right at the top of the page.

 

Alexa data taken on 21st July 2011
Over the past two months we have made a number of necessary upgrades to ensure our services provided through Thexyz Network remain as impeccable as they can be. As traffic to our network has reached all time highs this year, we had to upgrade to a more powerful dedicated server which also lead us to improve our dedicated server plans through Thexyz Server, in a post I made last week you can read more of the technical details about the upgrades in: Better Hardware Specs For Dedicated Servers.

Support Ticketing System

In addition to our existing ticket system built in to our control panels at Thexyz Server, we have also launched a new support ticket system to serve publisher and advertisers of Thexyz Network, our Cloud subscribers and customers at Thexyz Hosting. We have increased our staff on both support systems and look forward to responding to your tickets. You can check the status of a ticket or submit a new one here: http://support.thexyznetwork.com.

Thexyz Network Youtube Channel

We have also uploaded and produced many tutorial videos showing users how to make the most of our services. We plan to upload another batch soon and have created a shortlink to get you there: http://thexyz.org/youtube. The clips are short and I intend to take them further than just offering instruction for our services, but as well, the third-party scripts that we offer such as Wordpress, drupal and MyBB.
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Our Control Panel servers at Thexyz Hosting will be placed under maintenance as per the schedule given below:

Maintenance Windows:




First Downtime:
Scheduled Time: 30th July 2011, 13:30 GMT / 18:30 EST
Duration: 2 hours
Reason: Servers need to be migrated physically within the DataCenter to a different phase to accommodate future expansion plans.






Second Downtime:
Scheduled Time: 7th August 2011, 13:30 GMT / 18:30 EST
Duration: 4 hours
Reason: A firmware upgrade is required for one of our SAN (storage server).






Third Downtime:
Scheduled Time: 14th August 2011, 23:00 GMT / 04:00 EST
Duration: 8 hours
Reason: We need to perform a Database Upgrade. This is to improve the performance, stability and functionality of our Control Panel.



Affected Services:


Our Control Panel will not be accessible during the maintenance periods and all other related services (e.g. hosting account billing, cPanel, admin area, www.thexyzhosting.com.) will not be functional.

Domain names registered with us will not be affected and will continue to function normally. Your website will remain active and this does not affect accounts over at Thexyz Server.

We will continue posting updates on this thread: http://forum.thexyz.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=351#p1437

The inconvenience that will be caused during this downtime is deeply regretted. Feel free to contact our Support Desk, should you require any further information.
Monday, 18 July 2011
The reviews are in and Thexyz Cloud is a top solution for secure data backup and secure file sharing.  A recent comparison chart between our Cloud and other Cloud services from other industry leading providers such Mozy, Dropbox and Google put Thexyz on top with the most features. Instead of babble on about how great it is, we thought we would give you a chance to try for yourself a free trial of Thexyz Cloud. This will allow you to download and install the application, test out the dashboard interface and download our iPhone App. You can also check out what our clients are saying about the service or check out our videos on our youtube channel. Click here to start your free 7 day trial today.



It's sleek, very user friendly and easy to navigate.
Logan, Nations United






Thexyz Cloud gives me the peace of mind that my data is secure and backed up.
Ian, RBC






Thexyz Cloud has not only enabled secure sharing with ease, but also allowed our team to integrate sharing between iPhone and BlackBerry.
Harold, Skywater






I am very impressed with the Cloud Agent by Thexyz.
Christian, EMC2 Salon






We have tried similar services in the past but nothing quite compares to service provided at Thexyz.
Ray, NetBartr






This is just what I needed to share files securely over the web.
Martin, ScriptDorks
Monday, 11 July 2011
After months of hard work on our servers and a lot of long hours spent looking at various hardware configurations, we have finally completed one of our biggest projects – to update the hardware configurations for our dedicated servers. You can check out the new server specs in the table below.

























































Features
BudgetValuePremier
Disk Space/HDDs2x 250 GB HDD’s2x 500 GB HDD’s4x 500 GB HDD’s
Monthly Traffic10 TB Bandwidth11 TB Bandwidth12 TB Bandwidth
CPUIntel Atom D525 1.8 GHz (2 cores)AMD Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (6 cores)2x AMD Opteron 4170 HE 2.1 GHz (12 cores)
RAM4 GB DDR38 GB DDR316 GB DDR3
NetworkGbit Network CardsGbit Network CardsGbit Network Cards
Dedicated IP Address333
Domains HostedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited

With the new hardware also come new price tags. Here are the new prices for our dedicated servers:




























New Prices
BudgetValuePremier
Old Price:169.99$219.99$279.99$
New Price199.99$299.99$499.99$

Monday, 4 July 2011
Web users do not like to wait for a web page to load, (neither does a search bot) - if a site is taking too long to load, the visitor is more likely to close it and move on. This is especially true for blogs, which are meant to be seen and read. Today, we will share with you several tips on how you can speed up a blog running on WordPress.

1. Eliminate unnecessary plugins


Don't use too many plugins - they will noticeably slow down your website. Imagine them as too many apps running at the same time - they will affect the overall performance of the blog. Keep the number of the plugins low - let's say from 5 to 10, but don't go over 20.

2. Optimize your Database


All the information for your blog posts and comments is stored in a database. So, to speed up the loading speed, you can optimize this database. There are two ways to do that - with the WP-Optimize plugin, or manually. The plugin is the easier way, but always remember point 1 of this article. If you want to do things manually, follow these instructions:

1. Inside your web hosting Control Panel, locate and open PHPMyAdmin- you can find it in the Database Manager section.
2. Once logged in the PHPMyAdmin, select your database.
3. Click "Check All" at the bottom of the page.
4. Choose "Optimize table" in the drop-down list next to it.
5. Done!

3. Cache your Database


Another way to speed up the work of your database is to cache it. This way, you will reduce the number of queries made to the database each time a user visits your blog. You can cache your database with the DB Cache Reloaded plugin.

4. Disable Post Revisions


Post Revisions exist since WordPress 2.6 and they are useful when there are several writers working on the same blog, or if you make constant changes to your blog posts. If left enabled, this feature will create multiple entries for a blog post in your database, effectively slowing it down.

5. Use a Cache Plugin


You can also create static versions of the most visited web pages. This way, you will reduce the queries made to the database. And static HTML pages load much faster. There are a lot of cache plugins, but be careful with their configuration - if they are left untended and not properly configured, they tend to use too much CPU power.

6. Optimize your images


Have your images optimized - you can use Photoshop's "Save for Web" function, which will save the image with a good balance between size and quality. Here is a list of other image optimization tools:

Online Tools:

  • PunyPNG

  • Smush.it

  • Online Image Optimizer


Desktop Tools:

  • Shrink O'Matic

  • PNGGauntlet


7. Optimize your CSS and JavaScript files


Another way to speed up your website is to optimize the CSS and JavaScript files - this way you will reduce the size of the files and save some disk space and decrease the server load. There are several tools you can use to do that.

To compress the CSS files, you can use several tools:

  • WP CSS plugin

  • CSS Optimizer

  • CSS Compressor


To optimize your JavaScript files, use:

  • JavaScript Compressor


8. Remove externally embedded images


Simply save the image and upload it your server, this will make the page load faster as it will not have to call out to the external website where the image is hosted.

9.Reduce spam


There are many tools to help reduce spam, if you are getting overrun with spam then it may effect your page load time.

10.Resize, reduce and re-upload images


Before uploading your image to where you need it go, be sure to format it to the correct size in pixels by using photo editing software or Adobe Illustrator. Loading a smaller sized image will much increase page load time so be sure to make sure your web images are as small as can be.

 

 

 

 

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