Zen Internet named Best ISP at PC Pro awards – uSwitch.com (Tech)

Zen Internet has been named the Best ISP in PC Pro’s 2017 awards for the 14th consecutive time.

The company pipped AAISP to the title in order to maintain its impressive record in this category, coming top in three of the criteria being considered by judges.

Indeed, it scored 98 per cent for customer support and 97 per cent for reliability, while it was marked 91 per cent for speed and 88 per cent for value for money.

This put it comfortably ahead of major broadband providers such as BT, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk.

PC Pro stated that if car parking spaces were allocated at its annual awards, then Zen Internet “would have its own”.

The publication also noted that its 98 per cent score for customer service is “almost unparalleled across the entire awards, let alone the broadband industry”.

This was not the only success for Zen Internet, as it was also named the Best Web Host ahead of Tsohost.

Andrew Fryatt, Managing Director for Small Business and Residential, commented: “We are delighted to be named PC Pro’s Best Broadband provider and Best Web Host. 

“To win these awards is extremely satisfying because they are voted for by customers.”

Mr Fryatt said the accolades are “tremendous endorsement” that its customers are happy with the service they are receiving.

However, he stressed the company does not take such recognition for granted. As a result, the company will “continually strive to improve the service” it provides.

“We owe our customers a huge thanks for their continuing support,” Mr Fryatt added.

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eUKhost Tops cPanel University All-Time Leaderboard – PR Newswire (press release)

LEEDS, United Kingdom, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Web host, eUKhost, announced today that it has become the highest placed company on the cPanel University’s all-time leaderboard for certification in cPanel and WHM training. With 470 exams passed and 221 certifications awarded, eUKhost is now the world’s most qualified expert for this popular hosting software.  

The staff of eUKhost has achieved certification in three separate courses: cPanel & WHM Administration, cPanel & WHM Systems Administration and cPanel & WHM Sales. The two technical qualifications ensure employees have expert knowledge of managing a cPanel and WHM server from the command line and can undertake server administration tasks such as email troubleshooting, web stack setup, custom DNS configurations and administration of SQL engines through WHM. The sales course guarantees customers get the right advice when it comes to the features, benefits and fundamental usage of the software.

Robert King, Director, eUKhost said, “I’m extremely proud of our staff. These are tough exams designed to ensure professional standards. Globally, less than a quarter of exams get passed but the eUKhost team managed a spectacular 96% pass rate. Coming top of the leaderboard proves that we have the in-house expertise that hosting clients need.”   

cPanel University was set up to give companies supporting and selling cPanel products and services the chance to become certified with cPanel and WHM. By passing the rigorous exams, which require candidates to score 90% or more, eUKhost employees have become accredited experts in these technologies. This allows the company to offer unparalleled support and guidance to its customers. eUKhost provides a wide range of Linux based hosting packages that are enabled with cPanel and WHM.  

Contact Information

Robert King, Director
eUKhost Ltd
7 Commercial Street
Morley, Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS27 8HX
Email: press@eukhost.com
Tel: 0800 862 0380
Available times: 08:00 – 18:00

Related Links

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Zen Internet UK Wins Best ISP and Best Web Host at PC Pro Awards 2017 – ISPreview.co.uk (blog)

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Consumer magazine PC Pro has published the latest results from their annual 2017 Awards event, which once again – for the 14th consecutive time – saw Zen Internet scoop the win for Best ISP (AAISP was the runner-up) and also Best Web Host (Tsohost was the runner-up).

Apparently Zen topped the ratings in three of the four judging criteria, scoring 98% for customer support, 97% for reliability, 91% for speed and 88% for value for money, which is said to have put them well ahead of big providers like Sky Broadband, BT and TalkTalk.

Andrew Fryatt, Zen’s MD for Small Business and Residential, said:

“We are delighted to be named PC Pro’s Best Broadband provider and Best Web Host. To win these awards is extremely satisfying because they are voted for by customers. This is a tremendous endorsement that our customers are happy with the service they are receiving, but they can rest assured that we don’t take such recognition for granted.

We owe our customers a huge thanks for their continuing support, and we will continually strive to improve the service we provide them.”

Sadly PC Pro has not revealed the full results for each ISP or detailed how the scoring was conducted. The awards are usually based on feedback from readers of the magazine, although it’s not stated how many respondents were involved or which other ISPs were included. Last year saw TalkTalk come bottom on 55%.

2017 PC Pro Award Winners – Internet and Telecoms

BEST BROADBAND: Zen Internet
RECOMMENDED: AAISP

BEST ROUTER BRAND: DrayTek
RECOMMENDED: AVM Fritz!Box

BEST MOBILE DATA: GiffGaff
RECOMMENDED: Tesco Mobile

BEST WEB HOST: Zen Internet
RECOMMENDED: Tsohost

Stop Judging Web Hosts By Their Names: Being Smarter About The Choice – BCW (blog)

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The bandwagon of blogs and websites is getting awfully crowded right about now. Everybody’s jumping on it and with good reason. Having a personal blog is becoming as routine as having an email address or an iPhone. People want to show off their personalities and make some money by promoting products that they hope their followers and friends will fall in love with. Companies with websites aren’t stopping there; they’re adding blogs to make the sites more interesting to visitors who might be looking for more general interest articles that are educational at the same time.

If you’re ready to get your own website, then you’ll have to first pick a web hosting service, following the selection of a suitable domain name. The hosting service is responsible for making sure your site goes live. Without one, you have no central server to serve up your web pages and, therefore, you have no active site. The question then becomes, which web hosting service should you use?

If you’re not a techie, it can be slightly confusing parsing the different kinds of web hosts, which is why many people, as embarrassing as it may be, simply go by which one simply has a catchier name. However, with a little patience, you can get a good understanding of them and decide which one will work best for your web goals.

Shared Hosting

Anything done in a shared arrangement automatically seems as if it would be a more cost-effective solution. In the hosting realm, that’s no different. A shared hosting plan is one in which your site and others share the same server, and as a result, you benefit significantly by paying less than if you had a dedicated server.

Think of a group lesson, like learning a language, you may have attended; as you know, it cost you less than you would have paid if you had received a one-on-one lesson. But what were the downsides? Perhaps someone was a slower learner and that forced the instructor to give them extra time, which took away valuable time from you and the others. Or maybe someone was disruptive and that affected your performance or it put a halt to classes temporarily until the instructor straightened out the situation.

That’s the gist of what you’ll encounter with a shared hosting plan: it’s great, until it isn’t. If another site “acts up,” that may affect your site. It may not be a big deal, but then again, sometimes it just might. Since a shared hosting service can be a bit tricky, it’s probably not a good choice for large companies, which can’t afford to have website problems of any kind interfering with their business.

WordPress Hosting

You may not know everything there is to know about the behind-the-scenes technicalities of how a blog or website functions, but surely, you’re aware that WordPress seems to be the first name when it comes to creating and maintaining websites. While many only use WordPress as their content management system to manage their sites, others use WordPress web hosting as their complete hosting solution.

Having a managed WordPress hosting solution for your WordPress site has been likened to having a custom-made suit. It’s something that’s specifically tailored to meet your specifications. Since a managed WordPress host is specifically designed for WordPress sites, it delivers greater security and speed than a non-WordPress web host would for a WordPress-based site. PCMag has rated DreamHost and HostGator as two of the best WordPress hosting services for 2017. HostGator also collected the honours of being the best shared web host, as well. Both hosts stood out for being great choices for novices, among other reasons.

Cloud Hosting

You could probably guess that inevitably there would be a web hosting solution that’s cloud-based since it seems everything else is going in that direction already. A cloud web hosting solution enables a site to be hosted on multiple servers, rather than just one as is the case with a dedicated web host. It’s also different from a shared web host in which there’s one server hosting multiple sites. The benefit of a cloud web host is that since there are multiple servers involved, it means the site is less likely to cause visitors such annoyances as nasty downtimes.

Choosing A Host Wisely

Getting started on creating a website begins with choosing a web hosting solution that can provide the web space and features you need to executive your vision. Now, there are more web hosting choices than ever before to choose from to get the perfect fit; but whichever you choose, don’t let price or a cute name be the only deciding factors. Think seriously about how you intend to use your site and decide on the host that best addresses those concerns.

eUKhost Tops cPanel University All-Time Leaderboard – Markets Insider

LEEDS, United Kingdom, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Web host, eUKhost, announced today that it has become the highest placed company on the cPanel University’s all-time leaderboard for certification in cPanel and WHM training. With 470 exams passed and 221 certifications awarded, eUKhost is now the world’s most qualified expert for this popular hosting software.  

The staff of eUKhost has achieved certification in three separate courses: cPanel & WHM Administration, cPanel & WHM Systems Administration and cPanel & WHM Sales. The two technical qualifications ensure employees have expert knowledge of managing a cPanel and WHM server from the command line and can undertake server administration tasks such as email troubleshooting, web stack setup, custom DNS configurations and administration of SQL engines through WHM. The sales course guarantees customers get the right advice when it comes to the features, benefits and fundamental usage of the software.

Robert King, Director, eUKhost said, “I’m extremely proud of our staff. These are tough exams designed to ensure professional standards. Globally, less than a quarter of exams get passed but the eUKhost team managed a spectacular 96% pass rate. Coming top of the leaderboard proves that we have the in-house expertise that hosting clients need.”   

cPanel University was set up to give companies supporting and selling cPanel products and services the chance to become certified with cPanel and WHM. By passing the rigorous exams, which require candidates to score 90% or more, eUKhost employees have become accredited experts in these technologies. This allows the company to offer unparalleled support and guidance to its customers. eUKhost provides a wide range of Linux based hosting packages that are enabled with cPanel and WHM.  

Contact Information

Robert King, Director
eUKhost Ltd
7 Commercial Street
Morley, Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS27 8HX
Email: rel=”nofollow”>press@eukhost.com
Tel: 0800 862 0380
Available times: 08:00 – 18:00

Related Links

cPanel Web Hosting

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Google hosts tech developers in Zim – DailyNews

HARARE – Global online technology giant, Google – through its local chapter,  Google Developers Groups — hosted scores of web developers from the region in Harare over the weekend to interrogate latest technologies and their impact on Africa’s development.

The event, Google Developers Festival (DevFest), also looked into how Google technologies can be implemented to enhance the continent’s companies’ efficiency and operations.

During the DevFest, the plight of Zimbabwean companies, including those in the media industry, in accessing certain technologies such as reliable web-hosting was also highlighted, as the country lags behind in many technological advancements.

Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe  (ANZ) — publishers of the leading Daily News and Weekend Post — managing director Sharon Samushonga, said slow Internet speeds and high access costs also pose challenges.

“At the moment, in Zimbabwe we couldn’t find a web host for our website because of the size, and now we have to host it abroad, hopefully you guys are going to work out something, so that we are able to get hosting locally,” she said at event.

“Our Internet is slow, expensive and sometimes there is poor connectivity that you can’t do anything. I’m hoping this is a challenge that can be solved.

“We also have some machines that we use in the production of newspapers; one of it is the CTP machine, Computer-To-Plate. At the moment, in the country we don’t have people who have the technology to fix the machine. When it goes down, the people who have the technology to fix the machine are in South Africa,” Samushonga said.

Developers added that they were facing a tough time in getting foreign currency to pay for applications and web hosting.

“For my application, the back-end is hosted by Google, it’s a chat app called Fernweh. I just launched it on Friday. The data centre we have now is small and I don’t think they can allow me to do what Google allowed. When the money is due, how am I going send the money to them, this is constantly weighing on my mind,” said Anele Siwawa, a developer.

Computer Society of Zimbabwe’s Viola Dondo added that they were going to engage the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe on the foreign currency payments issue.

‘Pirate’ EBook Site Refuses Point Blank to Cooperate With BREIN – TorrentFreak

Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is probably best known for its legal action against The Pirate Bay but the outfit also tackles many other forms of piracy.

A prime example is the case it pursued against a seller of fully-loaded Kodi boxes in the Netherlands. The subsequent landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice will reverberate around Europe for years to come.

Behind the scenes, however, BREIN persistently tries to take much smaller operations offline, and not without success. Earlier this year it revealed it had taken down 231 illegal sites and services includes 84 linking sites, 63 streaming portals, and 34 torrent sites. Some of these shut down completely and others were forced to leave their hosting providers.

Much of this work flies under the radar but some current action, against an eBook site, is now being thrust into the public eye.

For more than five years, EBoek.info (eBook) has serviced Internet users looking to obtain comic books in Dutch. The site informs TorrentFreak it provides a legitimate service, targeted at people who have purchased a hard copy but also want their comics in digital format.

“EBoek.info is a site about comic books in the Dutch language. Besides some general information about the books, people who have legally obtained a hard copy of the books can find a link to an NZB file which enables them to download a digital version of the books they already have,” site representative ‘Zala’ says.

For those out of the loop, NZB files are a bit like Usenet’s version of .torrent files. They contain no copyrighted content themselves but do provide software clients with information on where to find specific content, so it can be downloaded to a user’s machine.

“BREIN claims that this is illegal as it is impossible for us to verify if our visitor is telling the truth [about having purchased a copy],” Zala reveals.

Speaking with TorrentFreak, BREIN chief Tim Kuik says there’s no question that offering downloads like this is illegal.

“It is plain and simple: the site makes links to unauthorized digital copies available to the general public and therefore is infringing copyright. It is distribution of the content without authorization of the rights holder,” Kuik says.

“The unauthorized copies are not private copies. The private copy exception does not apply to this kind of distribution. The private copy has not been made by the owner of the book himself for his own use. Someone else made the digital copy and is making it available to anyone who wants to download it provided he makes the unverified claim that he has a legal copy. This harms the normal exploitation of the
content.”

Zala says that BREIN has been trying to take his site offline for many years but more recently, the platform has utilized the services of Cloudflare, partly as a form of shield. As readers may be aware, a site behind Cloudflare has its originating IP addresses hidden from the public, not to mention BREIN, who values that kind of information. According to the operator, however, BREIN managed to obtain the information from the CDN provider.

“BREIN has tried for years to take our site offline. Recently, however, Cloudflare was so friendly to give them our IP address,” Zala notes.

A text copy of an email reportedly sent by BREIN to EBoek’s web host and seen by TF appears to confirm that Cloudflare handed over the information as suggested. Among other things, the email has BREIN informing the host that “The IP we got back from Cloudflare is XXX.XXX.XX.33.”

This means that BREIN was able to place direct pressure on EBoek.info’s web host, so only time will tell if that bears any fruit for the anti-piracy group. In the meantime, however, EBoek has decided to go public over its battle with BREIN.

“We have received a request from Stichting BREIN via our hosting provider to take EBoek.info offline,” the site informed its users yesterday.

Interestingly, it also appears that BREIN doesn’t appreciate that the operators of EBoek have failed to make their identities publicly known on their platform.

“The site operates anonymously which also is unlawful. Consumer protection requires that the owner/operator of a site identifies himself,” Kuik says.

According to EBoek, the anti-piracy outfit told the site’s web host that as a “commercial online service”, EBoek is required under EU law to display its “correct and complete business information” including names, addresses, and other information. But perhaps unsurprisingly, the site doesn’t want to play ball.

“In my opinion, you are confusing us with Facebook. They are a foreign commercial company with a European branch in Ireland, and therefore are subject to Irish legislation,” Zala says in an open letter to BREIN.

“Eboek.info, on the other hand, is a foreign hobby club with no commercial purpose, whose administrators have no connection with any country in the European Union. As administrators, we follow the laws of our country of residence which do not oblige us to disclose our identity through our website.

“The fact that Eboek is visible in the Netherlands does not just mean that we are going to adapt to Dutch rules, just as we don’t adapt the site to the rules of Saudi Arabia or China or wherever we are available.”

In a further snub to the anti-piracy group, EBoek says that all visitors to the site have to communicate with its operators via its guestbook, which is publicly visible.

“We see no reason to make an exception for Stichting BREIN,” the site notes.

What makes the situation more complex is that EBoek isn’t refusing dialog completely. The site says it doesn’t want to talk to BREIN but will speak to BREIN’s customers – the publishers of the comic books in question – noting that to date no complaints from publishers have ever been received.

While the parties argue about lines of communication, BREIN insists that following this year’s European Court of Justice decision in the GS Media case, a link to a known infringing work represents copyright infringement. In this case, an NZB file – which links to a location on Usenet – would generally fit the bill.

But despite focusing on the Dutch market, the operators of EBoek say the ruling doesn’t apply to them as they’re outside of the ECJ’s jurisdiction and aren’t commercially motivated. Refusing point blank to take their site offline, EBoek’s operators say that BREIN can do its worst, nothing will have much effect.

“[W]hat’s the worst thing that can happen? That our web host hands [BREIN] our address and IP data. In that case, it will turn out that…we are actually far away,” Zala says.

“[In the case the site goes offline], we’ll just put a backup on another server and, in this case, won’t make use of the ‘services’ of Cloudflare, the provider that apparently put BREIN on the right track.”

The question of jurisdiction is indeed an interesting one, particularly given BREIN’s focus in the Netherlands. But Kuik is clear – it is the area where the content is made available that matters.

“The law of the country where the content is made available applies. In this case the EU and amongst others the Netherlands,” Kuik concludes.

To be continued…..