Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com

The open enrollment for websites on our personal server is now over.This is now a by invitation signup and you will have to find out ad where ever I post it to be able to sign up. All the other plans on other servers are still there.

I am now selling domain names and more. My prices are as competitive as the the big boys. Check them out in the Buy Cheap Domains and More  link at the top of the page.

If you do not like the hosting deals below I have many more that are with other major hosting companies but you will never get the personal touch from them. I know that personally. I have Servers, VPS, Multi-site, Single sites, Cloud hosting and more available at Big Moccasin Domains .com

Welcome to Big Moccasin Hosting .com.

We will be serving the Southwest Virginia and North East Tennessee area for all of their hosting needs.

Some of the features include cPanel, Softaculous, and Solid State Drives for storage which results in faster access times for visitors all on a Virtual Private Server.

There will only be a limited number of accounts so the service will remain fast. We think this hosting is so good that we will also be hosting our websites here.

Right now we are starting with two account types – a trial account for $1 a month and a basic plan for $5 per month.

Trial
Closed
Disk Quota (MB) 100
 
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 500
 
Max FTP Accounts 1
 
Max Email Accounts 1
 
Max Email Lists 1
 
Max Databases 1
 
Max Sub Domains 1
 
Max Parked Domains 1
 
Max Addon Domains 1
 
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 100
 
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
 
Open enrollment is over. If you want to try this you will need to personally contact us.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
$10 Per Month By Appointment
Open enrollment is over. Accounts are now by invitation only. If you are interested please email us at chrles_osborne@hotmail.com .Or watch for our ads.
 
Disk Quota (MB) 1000
 
Litespeed High Speed Server
 
Litespeed cache for Wordpress Websites
 
Monthly Bandwidth (MB) 1000
 
Max FTP Accounts 2
 
Max Email Accounts 1
 
Max Email Lists 1
 
Max Databases unlimited
 
Max Sub Domains 10
 
Max Parked Domains 5
 
Max Addon Domains 5
 
Maximum Hourly Email by Domain Relayed 500
 
Maximum percentage of failed or deferred messages a domain may send per hour unlimited
 
*This is just the base. Account size can be increased.

Bigfoot Servers – VPS Resource Pools out of Los Angeles or Dallas!



BigFootServers sent in some new deals on VPS pools that they wanted to share with the community. They are offering discounted packages on VPS resource pools, 2GB and 3GB pools.
With these VPS pools, they’re giving customers the ability to create VPS’s on-demand, in Los Angeles or Dallas!

You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards and Bitcoin as payment methods.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“BigFootServers was founded when we saw a need for a simpler solution for small businesses to get started online. Our service-first business model sets us apart from the rest. At BigFootServers, we treat you with the utmost respect that you deserve, as our valued customer.

We provide a wide variety of different web hosting services to fit everyone’s budget. The solutions we provide are unique (in a good way), because they put you in control over your resources and environment, unlike conventional hosting solutions. These are unlike your traditional & conventional hosting solutions, because the services we’re providing here put you in control.”

Here are the offers: 

2 VPS Instance Pool

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3 VPS Instance Pool

  • Storage: 60GB
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ColoCrossing – Dallas, TX, USA

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Update on 2015 Security Incident

We recently received new information regarding our 2015 security incident which is relevant to Linode customers who activated their account before 2016.

As detailed in our January 2016 blog post, we reset passwords for all users at that time after investigating unauthorized access to some customer accounts. This new information confirms the scope of database access included customer contact information, email addresses, Linode metadata, and, for about 200 Managed customers, encrypted credentials. We’ll be notifying affected Managed customers directly. 

We want to remind everyone to maintain best password practices; use a password manager, create strong passwords, do not reuse them across services, and secure your accounts with two-factor authentication.

It is also important to be diligent against phishing emails. Linode will never ask customers to submit any personal information over unsecured channels, such as online messengers, social media, or other third-party platforms. If you receive an email that appears to be from Linode and looks suspicious, you can forward it to security@linode.com or contact Customer Support to verify its authenticity.

How to Start Your Own Food Blog: An Expert Guide

Admit it — you know your way around the kitchen.

Whether you’re wielding a whisk, perfecting paella, or creating the next culinary chef-d’oeuvre, it’s clear: Food is your gift, talent, and passion. And if you’re ready to take your compliments-to-the-chef recipes online, it’s time to set up your own blog. But where to start?

Don’t get your garlic in a knot. We’ve got you covered.

In this handy food blogging guide, we provide all the technical know-how you need to get your own food blog up and running, plus first-class advice from experts in the blogging biz. What’s more, we’ll share the best website builder tools for WordPress and all kinds of resources, so you can start showcasing your culinary chops and drool-worthy photography to bring in some dough. You provide the ingredients, and we’ll make your food blog restaurant-ready.

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Why Start a Food Blog?

Food bloggers are some of the most influential people on the internet. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the stats:

  • More and more, people are ditching grandma’s recipe box and seeking food info on the web. It’s estimated that 50% of consumers now use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to learn about food, while another 40% learn from websites, apps, or blogs.
  • A massive 89% of consumers go online for recipes; 79% trust blogs for recipes and food information.
  • Food bloggers are the cool kids on the block, boasting four times as many followers than any other niche.
  • 59% of 25- to 34-year-olds head to the kitchen with either their smartphones or tablets.
  • Consumers are not only consuming food content online — they’re sharing it. Fifty-four percent say they share info and recipes with friends, family, and strangers.

Millennials use mobile devices in the kitchen.

Food blogs have rapidly become popular, credible, and sharable ways for talented, passionate (and normal) people to share their passion for food and recipe creation — and to make big $$$. Food bloggers influence consumer food trends and social discussion and are pioneering the modern food experience. Many have even used their taste-ful content to ink cookbook deals, score cooking show hosting gigs, and amass large and loyal followings that share their content globally.

So if you’re a dish-developing foodie who wants to own a digital presence while becoming an influential voice in food conversation, there’s potential for you. It’s time to bring your kitchen online.

How to Start a Food Blog (8 Steps)

Let’s break it down. What do you even need to create a food blog, grow your traffic, and start making money with your recipes? Consult our handy guide below!

1. Determine Your Niche

When you’re ready to get busy in the kitchen, what’s your go-to creation? Do you specialize in vegan creations? Excel in gluten-free goodies? Are you the queen of 30-minute Instant Pot meals for busy moms?

Whatever you do best — and what you enjoy most — is where you want to start. Finding your niche allows you to distinguish yourself from the millions of other bloggers out there and identify a target audience — which, in turn, helps you understand how to market your content and build a following.

The Pioneer Woman food blog home page.
Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman discovered her niche and developed a wildly-popular blog following by appealing to down-home, comfort-food eaters.

“… blog about what you are passionate about. Don’t start your blog because you want to make money off it. Start your blog because you feel like you have something unique to share with the world. If you truly have the passion and drive, and you are constantly looking for ways to make it better, your blog will eventually succeed and hopefully, turn into a career.”

Tieghan, blogger at Half Baked Harvest

2. Create a Blog Name

Time to get those creative juices flowing. What do you want to call your blog? Take time to brainstorm ideas, keeping in mind some typical internet behavior. Your best bet is something memorable and unique, but easy to find (and type) online. It should be related to your niche or help establish your brand.

The Minimalist Baker home page.
Dana Shultz of The Minimalist Baker distinguishes herself as a food blogger by choosing a blog name that clearly identifies her target audience — cooking enthusiasts who want simple, easy-to-follow recipes.

3. Choose your CMS

A content management system, (as the name implies) manages the creation and modification of digital content, making your dream of running a food blog dream a hassle-free reality.

As far as CMS options go, we heartily recommend WordPress — and the love is mutual. At DreamHost, we wear our own WordPress-approved badge with pride. This powerhouse blogging platform fuels more than 30% of the internet and can power your blog, too.

4. Purchase your Domain Name and Hosting

Listen up. Getting a domain and choosing a web host are some of the most crucial decisions you’ll make when you start a blog.

Your domain is an essential building block of search engine optimization (SEO), and a good domain name helps you get found online. Domains should match your blog name and can be purchased through a registrar.

Or better yet: pair the purchase of your domain name with web hosting service. Your hosting plan will provide you with server space to store your files so online browsers can visit your site.

WordPress hosting plans through DreamHost combine the best of tech, tools, and service at a budget-friendly price to help make creating your food blog a snap.

DreamHost’s WordPress Hosting

Plus, DreamHost isn’t just a smart option for all the behind-the-scenes setup. Our customers get access to WP Website Builder an easy-to-use drag-and-drop site builder tool for WordPress that simplifies the process, allowing you to customize without coding and make the perfect food blog fast. *chef’s kiss*

With WP Website Builder, we include a suite of premium themes, tools, and plugins — built by our friends at BoldGrid — to help simplify the start-up process and make it easier to edit and manage your website as it grows. Rest easy because you don’t need to start from scratch. Starter content is packed into every beautiful, responsive, and customizable design.

5. Setup

To get started, you’ll need to select “WP Website Builder” as an option during your DreamHost purchase. Then, we’ll automatically install WordPress and website builder tools, BoldGrid’s Inspirations and Page and Post Builder, for you.  Once you’re logged into WordPress, you’ll see the Inspirations setup page.

Inspirations “Welcome” page

Three simple steps? We knew you’d like the sound of that. And it really is that simple! Click Let’s Get Started! to continue.

Designs for WordPress

At this stage, you’ll select a theme. You can narrow your options by specific industry-related categories or browse them all to find your perfect starter site. (Hint: There’s even a collection of food-tailored themes under the Restaurant category.) For this guide, we selected the “Hifidel” theme.

Hifidel Theme

Next, you’ll decide on basic pages and add the functionality you want. You can also view how this theme looks on other devices, like smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use, drag-and-drop editing paired with design blocks (over 100 options!) helps you build faster and edit easier. It’s simple for beginners, with advanced options for seasoned professionals, making it possible to create the perfect site.

Now, you’ll click Next and enter additional details that help populate your website with social media icons and contact info.

Easily add social media icons to your site.

Then, click Finish and Install. Easy as (your famous cherry) pie, right?

Installation is now set up on your WordPress account. From your dashboard, you can continue customizing your website. You’ll want to adjust your site design and add essential elements.

Customize Your BoldGrid Theme

For increased functionality, you’ll also want to install useful plugins. We install a handful of valuable plugins, like SEO, Gallery, and Backup, but you should consider additional tools, like plugins for controlling spam or building forms. (There’s even one for recipes!) Be sure to check out our list of the most essential plugins this year.

With a form-building plugin, you can set up a simple contact form to help you turn your traffic into an email list — a powerful (and critical) way to market your blog content to readers.

6. Create Content

This step is where it gets really gets good. Time to enrich your website with your one-of-a-kind recipes, heartfelt blog posts, and gorgeous food photography. Your food blog isn’t going to do you much good if it’s empty, so prioritize high-quality content.

Set up a blogging schedule to continually outfit your blog with fresh, consistent, relevant, and yes, delicious content — and to keep yourself organized. Content is what’s going to draw readers to your site, so make it good and keep it coming. When it comes to content, you should always be cooking up a fresh post (or repurposing an oldie but goodie).

Hint: Kate of Cookie + Kate has a bunch of excellent food blogging resources here.

High-quality food photograph.

“You have to publish high-quality content every single day. Readers hitting your site for the first time should see consistently updated, fresh content, and they should know that if they come back the next day, there will be something new to read. That’s the only way to get people returning to your site several times a day, checking to see if you’ve updated yet. These can’t be throwaway posts, either; everything you publish to your site needs to be a carefully crafted, professionally-photographed piece of content that will either teach or inform. Then, the next day, you need to do it all over again, and be comfortable with pushing the previous day’s work out of the spotlight after just a brief 24 hours.”

Julie, blogger at MealHack

7. Spread the Word

Promote your blog by creating content that’s optimized for search engines. Market your content through an email list and social media, such as an Instagram account, Twitter, Facebook, and even a YouTube Channel. You can also consider pay-per-click (PPC) ads.

And don’t forget about increasing traffic through SEO improvements (we can help with this — the WordPress website builder has on-page SEO tips built right in!) There are lots of hungry people out there looking for your unique expertise — plan a marketing strategy that helps them find you.

BoldGrid’s SEO Window

SEO isn’t black magic; it’s about making your quality content findable. It’s important to understand and implement the basics. Here is Google’s SEO starter guide [PDF] and Bake Your Day’s SEO For Food Bloggers Guide.”

Kate, Cookie + Kate

8. Monetize

It’s true — your blog posts can make you money. But likely, it will take time and lots of stellar content. So keep producing. Advertising, networking, affiliate marketing programs, and pitching are all ways you can bring in $$ from your blog.

Hint: Julie of MealHack has great info on monetizing your blog.

Cutting board with fresh ingredients.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t try to make money off your blog, but don’t align yourself with a brand or project that isn’t a good fit. You are the company you keep. Focus on producing your best content and building your audience, and the opportunities will come.”

Kate, blogger at Cookie + Kate

Starting a Food Blog: The Last Course

For all you foodies looking to share your culinary talents with the world, it’s time to get blogging! We make starting a blog easy. Sign up for WordPress hosting through DreamHost and take advantage of WP Website Builder to enter the food blogging scene with an appetizing (and easy-to-whip-up) site.

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How FiveThirtyEight tuned Liveblog for the midterms

Note: This is part of a series of posts highlighting enterprise WordPress talks from the BigWP New York meetup at The New York Post on the evening of June 11.

FiveThirtyEight makes heavy use of live blogging, especially for elections, debates, and live sporting events. At BigWP NYC, Paul Schreiber, Staff Web Developer at FiveThirtyEight, talked about the site’s journey with live blogging plugins.

Paul Schreiber

In 2014, the need for a live blogging plugin on FiveThirtyEight arose when editors wanted a way to rapidly update posts with content related to the midterm elections. At the time, they started using LivePress, but when that plugin was deprecated in 2017 the team needed to move to a different solution: Liveblog.

Paul’s team, together with VIP featured partners 10up and Big Bite, set to work updating the plugin with the features they needed. Their custom updates include metadata, migrating from LivePress, integration with the Co-Authors Plus plugin, and access to the media library. All the work is open source, and contributions are welcome!

Watch the full talk to learn more about the process, including the Liveblog product roadmap:

BigWP is our enterprise WordPress meetup series. It brings together developers, business leads, and product people who work with high-scale WordPress applications every day. To be the first to find out about the next enterprise WordPress event in New York, join the meetup group. You’ll find groups for other cities there as well.

Find all of the talks from this event in the BigWP NYC June 2019 playlist.

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ArkaHosting – VPS Plans out of Los Angeles! Starting at $99 a year!



ArkaHosting has submitted another offer to us to share. They are offering VPS hosting services in LA from $99/year.

They have let us know that their VPS plans are perfectly configured with the liberty to run any software/OS you may like. Also that all plans are instantly activated, provided you do not trigger any of their automated fraud checks.

You can find their ToS/Legal Docs here. They accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Bitcoin, Litecoin and Ethereum as accepted payment methods for their services.

Here’s what they had to say: 

“arkaHosting is the ultimate infrastructure as a service provider. We have faciliated 1000’s of clients for years with better performed and reliable web hosting services all across the world.
Your websites will perform better if you let us cater to your infrastructure needs. Finally, an IaaS provider that truly cares about you and your success.
arkaHosting’s Services will be beneficent for your business as it will lift your website’s performance and stability with 99.9% uptime. Our packages are designed to be cost effective and affordable for you.”

Here are the offers: 

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  • 3GB DDR3 RAM
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Los Angeles (California), USA – LA Telecom Center

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– Hardware RAID thru LSI 9271-4i

– 1Gbps Network Uplink

Please let us know if you have any questions/comments and enjoy!



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How to Create a Media Kit for Your Website (5 Key Tips)

You’ve built a great website and spent hours crafting content that’s laser-focused on your target audience. Your traffic is great, the site design is impeccable, and the search engine optimization? You’re hitting every keyword, baby.

But here’s the unpleasant truth: you can be doing all those things right and still not get the interest from advertisers and media outlets that you want to grow your business.

You may be wondering what you can do to turn things around and deliver a comprehensive message to prospects about your services.

Adding your business’ key information to your website can be a way to maintain your brand standards while bringing in new advertisers and collaborators. Collecting these details into a “media kit” can help you provide a convenient place for people to find and use them as needed.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how media kits coordinate with your other content and why you might want to add one to your site. Along the way, we’ll share some stellar media kit examples. We’ll also go over how to create your own media kit in five easy steps.

Whether you’re a blogger, influencer, or entrepreneur, creating a media kit for your website is a must. Let’s get you some press coverage!

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What a Media Kit Typically Provides

The terms “press kit” and “media kit” are often used interchangeably. A media kit, however, is more specifically geared towards bringing in advertisers or potential clients.

Arguably, a public relations-driven press kit can also bring in advertisers. For this article, we’re going to use the term “media kit,” however, and focus on how it can help you monetize your website, bring in collaborators, and appeal to advertisers.

A comprehensive media kit generally includes the following:

  • An introduction. You can use this as an opportunity to present a very targeted message about your business. Alternatively, you can produce an approved bio for anyone to use.
  • Site statistics. There’s no need to be humble here — it’s smart to put your best numbers out in front. For example, you can let everyone know what a great opportunity your site presents due to the volume of traffic it receives.
  • Advertising opportunities. You can use your media kit to spell out precisely what kind of advertising you have available on your site. Your media kit is a good place to outline what you can’t accommodate as well.
  • Audience data. The demographics of your site’s audience might not be right for every advertiser or collaborator. Supplying that information in your media kit can help eliminate any confusion.

Let’s look at an online-only media outlet as an example. The popular website, BuzzFeed, has a global audience of over 650 million. It showcases its media kit information in a clean and scrollable format for potential advertisers. The kit clearly displays the most critical information and allows for opportunities to click through and learn more.

Alternatively, Catherine Summers is a style blogger with a media kit that ticks off all the best practices boxes. Summers immediately jumps in and addresses why anyone would want to work with her and then lays out all the options.

Catherine Summers’ media kit page featuring her headshot.

These examples showcase a wide variety of different approaches you might consider for your own media kit.

Why You Might Want to Consider Adding a Media Kit to Your Website

As we mentioned before, media kits are prime real estate for showcasing the best of what you have to offer. Plus, you can plainly state how interested advertisers or other potential clients can work with you.

That said, there are are two main audiences to think about when deciding whether you should create a media kit for your website. They include:

  • Advertisers. If you are hoping to bring in revenue by offering up space on your website, you’ll want to consider crafting your media kit with an appeal to potential advertisers. Highlighting your audience demographics and the number of views they might get on your site are important metrics to consider.
  • Clients. If your primary goal is to bring in new clients or fill out your speaking engagement calendar, there might be other aspects to highlight in your kit as well. For instance, showcasing previous high-profile engagements can heighten your appeal to potential clients.

Understanding the primary goal of creating a media kit for your website can help you prioritize your content and focus your efforts. Of course, your media kit might also have a combination of advertiser and client appeal. As we saw in the examples above, being comprehensive with your media kit is definitely a valid approach.

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How to Create a Media Kit for Your Website (5 Key Tips)

Now that you have some idea of what a media kit might include, let’s discuss how you can start building your own. In the following sections, we’ll cover five essential steps that will get you on the path to building an attention-grabbing kit.

1. Establish Your Brand

When it comes to marketing, brand and brand strategy are vital. Your media kit is one opportunity to really solidify your brand and make sure it’s represented correctly. There are several ways you can help to establish your brand with your media kit.

Providing downloadable documents, press releases, images, and logos or graphics is one approach. Offering these can help encourage site visitors to use your products and establish a friendly atmosphere. Visitors will know it’s OK to use the materials, and you control their quality.

A downloadable biography and images in Brene Brown’s media kit.

Another element you might consider including in your media kit is a style guide. This guide may take some investment of time to create but can pay off in the long run. A style guide makes it very clear how your brand can and should be used both on- and offline.

2. Provide Relevant Statistics

We mentioned earlier that one element of a media kit to consider is statistics about your site and business. Depending on your level of experience with tracking analytics, this might seem challenging at first.

If you’re using a managed web host for your website, you might want to see if it provides easily-accessible statistics. For example, here at DreamHost, all of our hosting accounts include user statistics functionality. This can help you track visitor numbers, traffic to your domain, and even referring URLs.

BuzzFeed’s advertiser information page featuring audience statistics.

To maximize the benefit of providing your stats, you’ll want to keep in mind who they’re relevant to. In the case of media kits, you’re not really providing these numbers for your readers, but rather for potential advertisers or clients. Therefore, you’ll want to focus on the figures that illustrate the benefits of working with you and your audience. Don’t forget to include follower demographics and engagement data from your social media platforms too!

3. Describe How to Collaborate With You

Your media kit is also a place where you can specifically outline what opportunities you are looking for when it comes to collaboration, such as:

  • Affiliate Marketing Opportunities
  • Book Deal
  • Event Appearances
  • Giveaways
  • Guest Posting
  • Podcast Sponsorships
  • Product Reviews
  • Site Ads
  • Social Media Promotions
  • Sponsored Blog Posts

Being specific can help increase the number of quality leads you get. For example, if you are primarily looking for guest posting or social media opportunities, outline the specifics in your media kit.

The LadyBossBlogger website has an excellent example of how to present your collaboration suggestions and opportunities transparently.

LadyBossBlogger’s media kit page featuring collaboration information

Alternatively, you can create forms that allow potential collaborators to give information and outline their inquiries. You’ll also want to consider whether you want to list your prices upfront or encourage prospects to contact you for more details.

4. Share What Others Have to Say About You

Testimonials are used in marketing all the time and for good reason. Your media kit can leverage the power of these as well. As a form of word-of-mouth marketing, collecting strong testimonials (or just creating a list of past media coverage) is often a worthwhile investment of time.

Whether you’re citing past media mentions from publications or sharing sound bites from social media followers, It’s always advisable to note in your media kit exactly where your testimonials are coming from. You can help build trust through transparency in this way.

One useful example to check out is cookbook author Ren Behan’s press site. There, she displays comments and testimonials in a variety of ways.

Testimonials from Ren Behan’s media kit page.

There are several methods for collecting testimonials. You can use online reviews and LinkedIn recommendations, for example. However you decide to obtain them, you’ll want to make sure it is evident in your media kit whether it is acceptable for others (such as reporters) to use them.

5. Provide Your Contact Information

It may seem like a simple thing, but providing your contact information is extremely vital. In fact, the contact page is often the most-visited page on any website. You can link to this page in your media kit or simply include contact information and methods within it.

Either way, providing multiple contact options is always a smart approach. Some web users prefer forms, while others will just want to know what your email address is. One good example of combining both methods comes from (not surprisingly) a UX designer’s website.

The contact information on Ekkrit Design’s website.

The simple approach here makes critical information very clear and gives the visitor options. Your contact information is probably not where you want to implement an online scavenger hunt. Also, it’s essential to always keep this information up-to-date, with all links and forms functioning optimally.

Essential Tools and Resources for Building Your Media Kit

Now that you’re armed with some great ideas for your media kit, you might be wondering how to create yours. You can do this entirely from scratch, of course. However, there are also quite a few free and premium resources that can make the process easier.

These include:

  • Canva. This is an online design tool with beautiful pre-made templates and graphic elements. You can get a free template with limited access or pay to get a variety of upgrades at reasonable prices.
  • Creative Market. An online exchange for creative work, Creative Market is like Etsy for marketing materials. You can commission a custom font, or browse other original work to find the perfect fit for your brand.
  • WordPress. There are many options out there for building websites, but at DreamHost, we’re partial to WordPress. As a free, open-source tool, it offers immense flexibility. Plus, you’ll find many useful plugins for creating portfolios, displaying contact information, and developing contact forms.

Ultimately, how you create your media kit is less important than what it includes. So you should feel free to use whatever tools you’re most comfortable with and focus on ensuring that your kit is comprehensive, easy to understand, and user-friendly.

Get Those Media Contacts

Bloggers, influencers, small business owners — regardless of your focus, you want to solidify your brand, bring in more work, and attract advertisers. For all those goals, a media kit is the key.

Now that we’ve covered the ins and outs of media kits and shared some industry-standard examples, you should be ready to launch your electronic press kit.

Creating a wow-inducing media kit can take time. Here at DreamHost, we want you to be able to focus on the task at hand, and not get sidetracked by website maintenance and troubleshooting. That’s why we offer complete hosting solutions with reliable support, so you can focus on growing your business!

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Adding Scale to Digital Marketing Expertise

Geek Powered Studios (GPS) is a full-fledged, comprehensive digital marketing agency based in Austin, TX. Founded in 2009, GPS has amassed an impressive client list that spans the U.S., and as they’ve grown over the past decade, WP Engine has been along for much of the ride, providing service and support for the agency’s many

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What to expect at WordCamp for Publishers 2019

Alexis is one of the lead organizers of WordCamp for Publishers. VIP is proud to sponsor and participate annually in this great event.

Howdy! I’m a co-lead organizer for the third-ever WordCamp for Publishers taking place on August 7th to 9th in Columbus, Ohio. I’m incredibly honored to be leading one of my favorite WordCamps where we’re able to gather a talented group of folks together and dive into topics at the intersection of journalism, WordPress, and technology.

I’m happy to announce that we’ll also have 8 outstanding journalists and technologists joining us at the event thanks to our scholarship partnership with OpenNews.

WordCamp for Publishers is a community-organized event that brings together folks who use WordPress to manage publications, big or small.

Our goal is to empower participants by coaching them on best practices and encourage collaboration in building open source tools for publishers. Anyone who actively manages a publication with WordPress can benefit from attending our event.

Our schedule

The schedule is up now and includes speakers from national media organizations, smaller publications, and agencies that work with media companies. This year’s schedule features:

  • A hands-on workshop on security training in newsrooms
  • Two sessions on bringing Gutenberg to editorial teams
  • An in-depth guide to creating robust newsletters
  • Lightning presentations on Newspack, managing site networks, and paywalls

Not only do we have a fantastic set of speakers lined up this year, but we’ve placed an increased emphasis on mentorship. Our third and final day of the conference will be a Mentorship Day where we’ll group folks by topic and introduce speed mentorship rounds for attendees to connect with one another.

This is a great opportunity for attendees to lend their expertise and learn from other skilled folks attending the event. 

What you can expect

We’ll have a main track of talks and panels that are 45 minutes each as well as a separate track of 90 minute in-depth workshops centered around topics that aim to provide actionable takeaways for publishers to take home. There will also be openings for our popular unconference sessions which attendees can self-organize at the event based on interest.

For folks that prefer the hallway track, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with people from top media organizations. Take a look at our sponsors and make sure to say hello and grab some swag!

Social activities

We always like to offer fun, low-key opportunities for socializing outside of the main conference day at WordCamp for Publishers. We’ve arranged several events this year, including an evening of fun and games at Two Dollar Radio Headquarters and an outing to a Columbus Clippers game. 

Get your ticket today!

We encourage everyone to check out the videos and participant recaps from the last WordCamp for Publishers in 2018 to get a sense of what’s to come. We hope to see you in Columbus in a few weeks, and if you haven’t gotten a ticket yet, you can still get one today!

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Integrity for sessionStorage

There are many different ways to think about security.  I prefer the following approach:

  1. Define a set of threat models that describe the attacker’s capabilities.  For example, the “man-in-the-middle” is a classic threat model in network security that represents an attacker who has complete control over the network but who has no control over network endpoints.
  2. Identify a set of security properties that we wish our system to achieve.  Defining good security properties is a tricky business, and we’re mostly going to wave our hands in this blog.  If you’d like an example, you should imagine something like “the attacker doesn’t learn the contents of the user’s email.”
  3. Determine whether an attacker with the capabilities described in the threat model could possibly defeat any of the security properties of our system.  We usually assume that the attacker knows exactly how our system works (e.g., because attackers can read W3C specifications).
This approach tends to be somewhat conservative in the sense that we underestimate whether our system is secure.  That’s helpful when thinking defensively because being conservative pushes us to design systems that are secure robustly rather than systems that are secure by some happy accident.
So far, this post has been very abstract, but let’s get concrete.  Recently, I’ve been corresponding with a number of Firefox developers about Firefox Bug 495337.  There are a number of technical details, but the issue boils down to the three factors above:
  1. Threat model.  We’re concerned with an active network attacker.  (I need to write a “foundations” post introducing the important threat models in web security, but I didn’t want to write too many foundations posts in a row.)  Essentially, an active network attacker has full control over the network (e.g., they can intercept and spoof HTTP requests and responses), but have very little power over secure network connections (e.g., they can’t mess with TLS connections).
  2. Security property.  Here’s where things get interesting.  What are appropriate security properties for sessionStorage (an API for semi-persistently storing data in the browser)?  I claim that the data an origin stores in sessionStorage should have confidentiality and integrity (i.e., other origins should not be able to learn or to alter data stored in sessionStorage).
  3. Could possibly defeat.  That leaves us with the question of whether an active network attacker could possibly defeat the confidentiality or integrity of data in sessionStorage.  I claim that such a thing is possible in Firefox (via a somewhat elaborate sequence of steps) because Firefox’s behavior deviates slightly from the specification.  Specifically, in some circumstances that an attacker can provoke, Firefox considers only the host portion of the origin, ignoring the scheme and the port.  By ignoring the scheme, Firefox lets a network attacker leverage his or her ability to control HTTP to disrupt the integrity of HTTPS data in sessionStorage.
Does this represent a “real” security problem?  Well, that’s a hard question to answer.  Certainly this issue makes it harder to understand the security of systems that use sessionStorage.  Instead of being able to use clean abstractions like confidentially, integrity, and origin, we need to understand more details of how exactly an attacker can subtly manipulate sessionStorage.
Ultimately, complexity is the enemy of security.  Applied judiciously, threat models and security properties can help you understand the security of your system in simpler terms.

Linode Mumbai Data Center Now Open

We’re proud to announce the opening of our newest data center: Mumbai, India. Home to more than 5 million software developers, India is one of the world’s fastest growing developer and technology regions, and our most requested international data center location.

Linode Mumbai is our 10th global data center and was built with all our latest server builds, Next Generation Network (NGN), and global fiber backbone. Customers in India and the wider developer community can now benefit from reduced latency and improved performance by running workloads close to home.

Linode Mumbai cloud services are available at the same low, flat, and transparent price as our other data centers — making it easy to migrate from any of our other locations. Core Linode features and services are now available, with plans to expand available products and NGN improvements to the Indian market in the coming months.

 

Ashwin Kumar is Linode’s Director of Data Centre and Cloud Operations in Mumbai, responsible for supporting the delivery of Linode’s cloud infrastructure for our regional customers.

Customers with Linodes in other data centers who want to migrate to Mumbai can find information on cloning here. Cloning lets you stage your services on a new IP address before changing your DNS records. You can also open a support ticket if you need help with the migration. For new Linodes, simply choose “Mumbai” as the location when creating your cloud instance.


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