My Quest to Find Good Hosting

I've been mulling over the idea of switching hosting providers for a few months and finally decided it was time to make a move. I started my journey to find the perfect hosting company. Turns out, finding a good host is a lot more difficult than it looks. There are tons of hosting review sites, but frankly, I don't trust any of them. What I saw in their rankings and recommendations didn't align very well with my personal experience. I started to evaluate what I wanted in a host and started to build my requirements. Below are some of the things I've learned along the way.

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Fighting BOTs and spammers

Over the past couple of weeks, we've all seen the BOT traffic increase on our websites. Many of us saw a large number of BOTs registering on our sites. It became clear that the standard CAPTCHA implementation we used simply didn't provide the protection we need. We can't be sure, but it seems obvious that the CAPTCHA was broken where an automated system could read and properly responds to the CAPTCHA challenge. We released glFusion v1.3.2 this past weekend to improve the CAPTCHA offerings and to fix a few minor bugs.

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Search Engines and Your Site

If you search the Internet for Search Engine Optimization, you’ll find thousands of references, and many companies, selling their Search Engine Optimization (SEO) skills. One thing I’ve learned from researching SEO is that there are lots of differing opinions.

This article does not attempt to explain the best SEO tips. Instead, it simply aims to explain how you can use the tools available for glFusion to assist search engines in understanding your site.

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