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A lot of attention has been given to the recent announcement that the Internet Address and Naming Agency (IANA) has allocated the last remaining 7 blocks of IP addresses – roughly 300 million addresses. IP addresses are the numbers read by the computer to identify a website, whilst we see the website address as youtube.com, your computer will instead see its address as a collection of four “dotted quads” of numbers between 0 and 255, such as 18.104.22.168. So far the Internet has managed to use up 4bn of these addresses, and the absolute limit is 4.3bn.
As usual the problem has been made worse by the short-term thinking of those providing the technology. An alternative IP address system already exists – called IPv6, as opposed to the current IPv4 – which would allow for around 340 trillion IP addresses – leaving plenty of room for new websites and new connections to the Internet. However, there is a drawback to IPv6 in that most current routers and operating systems cannot read them, meaning they would either require a software patch or replacing. Currently only Windows 7 and Apple’s Mac OS X are known to support such addresses – whilst many businesses and home PCs (including huge amounts of new netbooks) are still using the stable but rapidly dating Windows XP which currently has no support in place. In reality when the 300m remaining IPv4 addresses are used up new websites will have to be allocated an IPv6 address, meaning that vast amounts of users will get an error message when trying to visit that website, only IPv6 ready devices and routers will be able to access it.
Some have predicted that the remaining 300m IPv4 addresses could be gone by the end of the year, so only time will tell if the world will have updated its software and hardware before IPv6 addresses come into wider use (Facebook is already experimenting with the new addresses alongside existing ones). In the meantime, you might want to sign up to our excellent webhosting to make sure you get your IPv4 address.
Whilst Blue Globe is not liable to charge VAT on our hosting packages we do incur VAT when we register domain names. Blue Globe have decided to absorb the cost of today’s rise in VAT so that are domain prices will not be increased at this time.
A rather vexed member of the WordPress.org team has responded to recent ‘security issues’ suffered by WordPress bloggers hosted with Network Solutions:
Summary: A web host had a crappy server configuration that allowed people on the same box to read each others’ configuration files, and some members of the “security” press have tried to turn this into a “WordPress vulnerability” story…
A properly configured web server will not allow users to access the files of another user, regardless of file permissions. The web server is the responsibility of the hosting provider. The methods for doing this (suexec, et al) have been around for 5+ years.
I’m not even going to link any of the articles because they have so many inaccuracies you become stupider by reading them.
So, just to make it clear: your WordPress installation hosted with Blue Globe is as secure as ever, because we do configure our servers properly. Just in case you had heard any of these security rumours I thought I’d put your mind at rest.
We have become aware of a WordPress hack that seems to be affecting WordPress 1.9.2, the current latest version of WordPress. No one seems to be sure how the hack is happening but the effects seem to be (according to ghacks.net):
Attackers either manipulate the blog to spread malware (more recently) or to cloak links that are only visible to search engines
No one seems to have mentioned anything on the WordPress forums, but you can read more on the following blogs:
- Christopher Penn – Find the Latest WordPress hack (this website includes a fix, but not protection, yet)
- WPblogger – Google Cloaking Hack Targeting WordPress
We’ll keep you posted if we get any updates. In the meantime, you might want to install a WordPress plugin like Antivirus for added protection.
From now on every Friday we’ll be bringing you the latest web design / social media / WordPress news and resources from around the globe.
Resources and free stuff
- 35 Awesome Twitter Plugins for WordPress – W3 Magazine
- Best WordPress plugins: March 2010 – Ajaxline
- Extremely Useful Comment Plugins for WordPress
- 10 WordPress Plugins That You Didn’t know About -n.design Studio
- 10+ Must have Plugins if You have Multiple Authors in WordPress – gadget cage
- Free download 16 Beautiful web icons
Expect lots more links next week. For more links as they happen, follow us on Twitter.
For the time being we have decided to continue offering double disk space and bandwidth on any hosting package. The disk space and bandwidth will be doubled on your account within 48 hours of you signing up.
So it is still the perfect time to transfer your free Blogger or WordPress account to your own hosting account and domain for the ultimate blogging experience.
So sign up now before you miss out.
UPDATE: This offer has now ceased, but our hosting packages have been upgraded to offer better value for money as standard.
As it is the season to be giving, Blue Globe are offering double bandwidth and disk space on any one-year hosting account taken out in the month of December. Once you sign up for your account the ordinary disk space and bandwidth for that account will be double within 48 hours. You’ll then have this extra bandwidth and storage space for the life of your hosting account with Blue Globe – if you choose to upgrade this account at a later date then you’ll get double the bandwidth and storage space of the account that you’re upgrading to.
Well, after lots of hard work Blue Globe Web Hosting is finally live. You can follow us on Twitter for discount codes and other useful bits of information. Also, if you would like to display an ad for Blue Globe hosting on your website or blog, then get in touch and you can be added as a referrer – getting paid if someone takes out a package and selects you as a referrer.
Anyway, this blog will contain lots of helpful hints and tips to getting the most out of your Blue Globe hosting package and links to other useful sites – all in good time.