The accolades for the most recent 34SP.com infographic entitled, ‘Will the Mobile Internet Overtake the Desktop?‘ keep coming in. Econsultancy – a major source of insight on digital marketing and ecommerce – recently named the 34SP.com infographic among the year’s best. According to information published by Econsultancy the company reviewed some 700,000 infographics in 2012. From among this vast pool of infographics, the company ultimately chose 14 finalists as the best of the year 2012. The 34SP.com ‘Mobile’ infographic was selected by Econsultancy as one of the year’s best.
34SP.com co-founder Daniel Foster reflected on the honour, ”Being included among the very best infographics of the year is a fitting bit of prestige for a project which took literally months of work to produce. It also validates the importance of whether or not mobile will ultimately completely eclipse the desktop computer in daily use. Here at 34SP.com we are seeing a dramatic increase in mobile access of our products and services.”
In addition to receiving the great news on the most recent infographic, 34SP.com is currently running its January Domain Name Sale. All new domain names are currently being offered at just half of the regular retail price for a limited time only. There are no restrictions on the number or top level domain extension of the domain name purchased to qualify for the special January pricing. The January Sale domain name promotion is for a limited time only during the month of January 2013. The special half off pricing is available on new domain purchases only (excludes renewals or transfers) and will revert to standard pricing upon renewal.
The very first SMS text message ever sent was transmitted by Neil Papworth on December 3, 1992 via a desktop personal computer (as mobile phones didn’t yet have keyboards) to Mr. Richard Jarvis of Vodafone. The message said simply: ”Merry Christmas”.
So what has happened to text messaging in the twenty years since then? Here are some fun SMS messaging facts.
On January 1, 2003 the number of text messages sent in one day broke one hundred million for the first time. One year later on January 1, 2004 that daily total had reached 111 million messages.
In 2011 there were some 7.8 trillion SMS text messages sent. It is estimated that the number of text messages sent by the end of 2012 will be around 9.6 trillion. Just how big is that number? If every text message were just one inch long, and the messages were attached together in a single file line, then that line of text from 2012 would be 151,515,152 miles long. The circumference of the earth is a paltry 24,901 miles. So that string of text would wrap around the earth over 6,000 times.
China is generally held to be the world’s largest mobile community with over 431 million mobile Internet users (as reported by the Chinese government). In China the top three most popular mobile activities are: instant messaging (62 percent); search (48 percent); web music (45 percent).
98 percent of text messages are read within a few minutes of receipt – most emails are read within 48 hours. 86 percent of consumers send or receive at least one text message every week.
In a recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center of 21 nations across the globe, the countries who reported using SMS in the highest percentages were: Indonesia (96 percent), Kenya (89 percent), and Lebanon (87 percent). The average across all 21 countries was 75 percent using SMS. In a related study of SMS activity, Pew found that the younger the user the more likely they are to turn to SMS for communication. In fact, SMS users between the ages of 18 and 24 exchanged over 100 text messages per day.
In the United Kingdom the number of SMS messages sent has been rising at an annual rate of over 22 percent. In the first quarter of 2011 that amounted to nearly 37 billion SMS messages and about 150 billion for the entire year. According to Managing Director Daniel Foster at UK web hosting company 34SP.com, he uses SMS alerts for his small business and receives over 100 SMS alerts per day nearly every day of the year. This confirms other findings which include that the average UK mobile user sends 50 texts per week. This is a doubling of texting in the past four years.
Forester Research reports that more than 80 percent of the US population owns a mobile phone. Of these mobile phone owners, around 70 percent regularly send or receive text messages. The average number of SMS messages sent is growing in the US by around 14 percent per year. US mobile users currently send over 6 billion SMS messages per day.
According to research conducted by tatango, nearly 70 percent of mobile users reported receiving SMS spam – with women under 17 years of age being the most likely to encounter SMS spam. Even so, spam via SMS is much more rare than spam via email. Statistics show that up to 65 percent of email is spam while considerably less than 10 percent of SMS is spam.
Proposed legislation has recently been submitted by law enforcement representatives to the United States Congress which would standardize the period of time that SMS messages need to be archived by mobile carriers. Arguing that they may be needed for lengthy criminal investigations, the law enforcement contingent is seeking legislation to require carriers to archive all SMS records for 2 full years.
CNN has reported that 25 percent of Google searches in South Africa are conducted via a mobile device. That number rises to fully 65 percent of searches on the weekends.
Finally, why are SMS texts restricted to 160 characters? Simple, a guy named Friedhelm Hillebrand typed out random sentences on a typewriter in 1985. To communicate a line or two of text (basically a standard short message) Mr. Hillebrand noticed that it usually took less than 160 characters. Problem solved. You can read much more detail here at the LA Times where they currently have no such character limits on stories.
Here’s hoping you enjoy the next 20 years of SMS texting!
Here at 34SP.com we’re often asked about the compatibility of our web hosting and email hosting products with mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. Through our site analytics we have seen a steady increase in the use of mobile devices to access our hosting products and services as well. Every product that 34SP.com offers is compatible and configurable to work seamlessly with mobile devices. This is particularly important for business web hosting - as more and more businesses adapt to mobile Internet use.
So just how quickly and in what ways is the mobile Internet replacing desktop Internet use? Along with our outsourced vendors, 34SP.com created the following Infographic which compiles a vast amount of data on the subject of the mobile Internet, and displays it in an easy-to-understand format.
To keep pace with our rapid growth over the past few months and to prepare for the future, 34SP.com is currently seeking an additional team member to join us in our Manchester headquarters. If you or anyone that you know is interested in the following position, please have them contact us to participate in the selection process.
As you already know, 34SP.com is a rapidly growing web hosting company based in central Manchester. The company was founded in 2000, and is a Limited, VAT registered company. Our primary mission is to provide exceptional service and support for our numerous web hosting and domain name clients. Our products range from shared hosting services, business web hosting, reseller hosting plans, and both virtual and dedicated servers.
The successful applicant’s role will be within our systems team. The 34SP.com systems team oversees the smooth operation of all the technical systems underpinning 34SP.com, from our main website to all hosting products and services.
The successful candidates primary responsibility will be to handle faults on customer facing hosting systems, both hardware and software. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake all phases of the fault correction process including: identification, tracking, updating staff and clients plus resolution of any faults.
Availability out of hours is required of staff working in the systems team to attend to emergency and critical issues should they arise.
Negotiable based on skills and experience.
8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. weekdays. Out of hours availability required based on faults.
Required Skills and Experience
A thorough working knowledge of the *nix environment essential
Exceptional technical skills are a must
Administration/optimisation of DNS, PHP, MySQL, Perl, FTP, POP3/IMAP, SMTP etc.
Analytical, methodical, approach to fault finding
Self motivated, driven, proactive mindset
Sound understanding of computer hardware and repair
Good communication and interpersonal skills, team player
Interviews with qualified candidates will begin the week starting June 4th. Please submit your application and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘Systems admin position’.
During the hours following the recent rioting & looting that has affected London, Birmingham & other, major UK cities, a fantastic clean-up operation has been spawned by the British public, by utilising the power of Twitter combined with the hash tag of #riotcleanup.
Over-night many websites were spawned to help co-ordinate the ‘riotcleanup’ efforts. One of these was riotcleanup.co.uk, hosted here at 34SP.com. It is clear now that the owner could not have predicted how popular the website would become after the deluge of tweets referencing it, including mentions from celebrities Simon Pegg and Rufus Hound.
Unfortunately, the entry-level website hosting account chosen by the owner was quickly over-whelmed by the number of visitors to the site.
Despite our Professional hosting package offering great value for money for small-to-medium sized websites, the sheer weight of the British public accessing one website at a time was effectively a denial of service against the other domains shared on that server; many hundreds of our customers were effectively left without hosting services.
As soon as it was identified that the Professional hosting server could not contend with the load of requests (in addition to its other duties) we were forced to suspend the riotcleanup.co.uk website, pending communication with the owner.
No sooner than a few seconds later, we began receiving a lot of stern e-mails, tweets and even a few phone calls from third parties (not our customer), demanding that we reinstate the domain’s hosting. Persons contacting us were informed that we were doing our best to contact the customer in question, so that we may arrange a stronger hosting solution that would allow riotcleanup.co.uk to stay online.
Our customer eventually returned our calls, quite unaware of the scale of popularity that his website had achieved and together with our Dedicated Account Manager, Mike, a solution was agreed to provide one of our High-End Dedicated Servers gratis, in exchange for a small logo & link back to the 34SP.com website.
In less than an hour after this conversation, the 34SP.com Engineering team had a High End Dedicated Server installed, updated and configured to run the riotcleanup.co.uk website. Cached DNS queries were taken-care of by a few lines of mod_rewrite code on the original shared hosting server and the site was effectively live again.
Immediately, the website had 50,000 hits within a minute. 1.5 million hits in 2 hours. The peak of outbound network traffic from this server was at 32.4Mbit/sec. And what’s more, the server itself still had plenty of resources to contend with such an enormous swell in visitor traffic: a great success.
Whilst it’s been a very busy morning in the 34SP.com office, we are all proud to be supporting the #riotcleanup movement and every person involved now and in the future. Despite any of the issues within the UK, it’s fantastic to see such a large community effort from the British public and we are very happy to be contributing a small part to these efforts.
Recently 34SP.com has been implementing a number of product enhancements for customers. Not only have we just updated our Account Management System (AMP) to make it easier for customers to navigate around and access their accounts, but we are currently planning a redesign to the 34SP.com website to tie in with the same theme. The 34SP.com designers and developers have been hard at work ensuring every last detail will be included in the site re-launch and comprehensive testing will soon be under way .
Not only is the website getting a fresh lick of paint, but so are our dedicated server products. Leveraging our close partnership with Dell and our other key suppliers we have managed to update our server offerings, and now have the very latest hardware and robust connectivity via the 34SP.com network. This also enables us to create some great offers with rock solid hardware and friendly, efficient support. (On that note – you can see what other real customers think of 34SP.com’s recent support efforts by reviewing our Twitter comments here: http://twitter.com/#!/34SP/favorites)
Our dedicated servers now use the new Dell PowerEdge R210-II Chassis. These support the Intel Quad Core E3 Processor family and DDR3 memory. This is the latest Intel and Dell hardware to ensure maximum efficiency, performance and stability for all our clients.
If none of our standard configurations meet your needs, let us know and we’ll happily put together a custom quote for you. Our close relationship with our various suppliers ensures that we can meet your needs no matter what the project. Contact the dedicated server sales team at: sales@34SP.com to get started.
You don’t know what IPv6 is? In a perfect world, brilliant; you shouldn’t have to know! But sadly, due to the decades-old ‘supply and demand’ notion, too many ISPs aren’t taking notice of what is a very, very important issue for anyone that uses the Internet on a daily basis.
The reality is that ‘IP addresses’, in their current format (IP version 4) are running out.
IPv6 solves this problem. Unfortunately, customers knowing ‘what’ IPv6 is, is the key to raising awareness amongst ISPs around the world. IPv4, the now legacy Internet Protocol addressing scheme, is rapidly shrinking in availability. With stores of legacy IP addresses depleting fast, it won’t be long before only IPv6 addresses are available to ISPs and their customers.
This essentially means that when websites and mail servers are only available via IPv6 connectivity, you will be out of luck if your Internet access provider hasn’t yet provisioned IPv6 connectivity for you. Therefore it is now more important than ever to ensure that ISPs across the country (and indeed, the world) are concentrating on ensuring they can provide the same services via IPv6 as well as existing IPv4 connectivity.
This also applies to the companies providing your website hosting (such as 34SP.com), particularly if you happen to be a business owner. When we consider that China will be one of the first major areas with only partial IPv4 connectivity, that is an alarming number of end-user eyeballs that are unable to visit your website. After that? Australia, India, Japan… Unfortunately the common ISP argument in the UK is ‘we have enough IPv4 addresses to last for a long time‘ does not solve the problem. If you wish to view a site only available via IPv6, you need an IPv6 tunnel or native IPv6 connectivity — no amount of IPv4 addresses will help you.
The APNIC region (covering all of Asia & Australasia) have only a few months before they’re out of IPv4 addresses with which to provide to ISPs within those areas. The individual ISPs themselves will take a little longer, but it’s no secret that IPv6 adoption in these areas is well ahead of the curve in Europe (and indeed, North America) due to the increased pressure on IPv6 requirements that they’re already seeing.
But what are 34SP.com doing about it?
34SP.com are doing their bit to stay ahead of the impending crunch, and intend to introduce IPv6 connectivity throughout our entire, current range of hosting products with as little delay as possible. As some of you more familiar with IPv6 may imagine, this presents a number of challenges; not least the poor support for IPv6 from some of our biggest providers — a situation that’s proven (and proving) difficult, not to mention costly, to circumvent.
However, after reaching a number of milestones (including more than a few late nights) we are now in a position to make a large step forward by providing ‘beta’ assignments of IPv6 addresses to Dedicated Server & VPS customers! Currently only those located in our London data centre are able to receive an assignment (those with IPv4 addresses within 126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52). Support for the same customers located in Manchester will be coming as soon as we iron out a few unknowns with equipment there.
The biggest caveat in this current beta programme, is support for Plesk. Until very recently there has been no official support from Parallels for IPv6 (despite my badgering them). Thankfully the very latest release (10.2) does include preliminary IPv6 support. However, we have had little time to test this fully since its release and will need longer to be sure that it is of the same quality as the current version that we support, 8.6.
It is for this reason alone that IPv6 support on shared hosting packages (such as Professional hosting or Reseller hosting) will take a while longer to complete. We’ll need to first look at the possibility of upgrading to Plesk 10.2 (from 8.6) and this will take time to achieve, given the complexities involved.
Despite this, if you’re interested in getting an assignment now, please drop an e-mail to email@example.com with a relevant subject and we’ll go from there. The more customers we have showing an active interest now, the better, so please don’t be afraid to try something out — even if you’re not sure you know entirely what to do just yet!
And what about IPv6 Day?
Good question! The official IPv6 Day, as explained on the Internet Society website, takes place on the 8th of June this year and will be a chance for big organisations across the world to show their support for IPv6, whilst testing the waters of IPv6 adoption on a global scale. Participants will include such big names as Google, Facebook, Akamai and also, yes, 34SP.com.
This means that, unless we experience any major disasters, June 8th will see a IPv6 DNS record (type AAAA) for www.34SP.com. We hope to provide some statistics on visits over the 24hr period to show just how many people can reach us via IPv6 and from which ISPs.
We will also likely add an IPv6-only ‘test site’ in the weeks leading-up to 8th June, though in the mean time if you’d like to know whether or not your Internet provider already supports IPv6 you can always visit http://test-ipv6.com. If for any reason the tests fail, you should contact your Internet provider and ask them what they’re doing about IPv6.
Both 34SP.com name servers will shortly be upgraded with IPv6 access to the Internet and we already support the provisioning of AAAA records via our zone files, so hopefully some of our customers will be able to join-in on the day too!
Where can I learn more?
If any of this has come across as jibberish or perhaps you’d like to learn more, there are a number useful of resources available online. Here are a few that I’d recommend taking a look at:
If anyone has any further queries as to the availability of 34SP.com products via IPv6, or if you wish to participate in the beta programme, please do not hesitate to contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be happy to provide any information that we can!
While this blog usually covers topics related to technology and web hosting, we thought to give our own Olly a shot at offering up a few alternatives to watching the World Cup all month. (But don’t forget you can still get great discounts on hosting with our World Cup hosting promo!) Enjoy.
Soooo – World Cup fever has seemingly hit the nation. For those of us who couldn’t give two hoots about the event, however, the last month of TV, radio and newspapers have already become a barrage of sentimentalist flag waving. Here, then, for those of you in the same boat, is my summary of several things I’d rather be doing. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get around to completing more than a handful of them over the coming weeks!
1. Take the dogs for a walk
There are literally hundreds of places to visit with our two loveable mutts, Monty and Sisqi. Here they are enjoying the sunshine on Brean Sands, Somerset on a recent break:
We found this to be a perfect day out for both the dogs and us, as recommended by Dog Friendly Britain – don’t have a dog? No problem, adopt one!
2. Visit Scotland. Or Wales. Or Ireland.
I’m reliably informed that none of these teams qualified for the World Cup, so in a move of solidarity, I think it’d be only polite to join them in ignoring how well or badly England are doing. The only choice is, should it be Scotland, Wales, or Ireland?
3. Build a Lego Printer
It’s silly, but I love it and want one:
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4. Build an Orrery
An Orrery is a mechanical model of our Solar System. Despite hunting high and low on the internet, I’ve not been able to find a set of plans that I can use to build a full model from scratch (plenty abound for smaller sun/earth/moon versions, but I can’t find any trace of plans for building a full version!). Something like this would be AWESOME if anyone knows where I can get the plans!
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5. Dig out an old board game
I was 9 years old when Battlecars was released. The accompanying blurb opens with the description :
A futuristic game of deadly driving. Have you ever pressed the imaginary button on the dashboard of your car to vaporize the idiot driver’s car in front ?
No? Well you didn’t get to in this game either. Battlecars gave players the opportunity to be given an imaginary sum of money and build their own car (on paper, of course) armed with machine guns and rocket launchers, then to pit their creations against their friends. Sadly, as this was pre-digital communication era, I never got past the designing stage. Think I’ll need to “encourage” the wife to give it a try.
6. Get to know my chickens
After spending several weeks erecting a chicken coop and installing chicken wire fencing, Mabel, Doris and Betty moved in on Saturday. They’re respectively speckledy, rhode rock and columbine breeds, so are giving us three different colours of egg shells. Welcome to the gang, girls!
For some reason my bay tree is covered in brittle brown leaves and it’s really beginning to worry me! Can’t find much at herbexpert.co.uk so if anyone has any clues, let me know! It’s had plenty of water and feed (though not over-watered) but still refuses to flourish.
9. Buy and listen to the “The Intriguer”
The Intriguer is the new album from my favourite band, Crowded House. Woodface is probably my favourite album of all time, so this one should while away a couple of hours at least!
10. Celebrate my wife’s birthday
She officially becomes another year older on Midsummer’s Day, but as she reads this blog, I can’t tell you what we’ll be up to. Just use your imagination.
Within our offices here at 34SP.com there are some who casually follow the World Cup and some football crazed maniacs. Being in the latter group, I shall give you my thoughts and hopes for next month’s World Cup, a tournament that rivals the Olympics with the amount of press coverage, television viewership figures and prestige to the host nation as well as the eventual winners.
Being a British host, we are backing England to win the World Cup out of ritualistic unashamed national pride, but we know that there are others that are:-
A – not English
B – not interested in Football.
With this in mind, we will still be offering our usual great customer support as well as competitive rates on pricing for web hosting and domain names.
As part of the celebration of the World Cup, 34SP.com will soon be launching a special promotional offer tied to the results of the matches. It works like this: for every goal that England scores, you save an additional 10% off any of the following 34SP.com hosting products – Professional Hosting, Reseller Hosting, Business Hosting, or VPS Hosting. This special offer is for new orders only, and is cumulative for the duration of the World Cup tournament.
For those that do like a bit of 22 men running about all over a field kicking one ball, then read on for Motti’s World Cup Guide.
JOE MOTT’S GUIDE TO THE WORLD CUP
This tournament only comes around every 4 years, meaning the world’s best players only have a select few chances to shine on the biggest stage of Football.
Only 4 years ago, one of the greatest players in recent times, Zinedine Zidane made his mark on the World Cup Final, but for the wrong reasons, by headbutting Marco Materazzi during the closing part of the final.
From an England point of view, this was meant to be David Beckham’s last hurrah before international retirement, however an unfortunate Achilles injury has prevented him from playing in South Africa, but he shall still be part of the team set up by going as a Coach for Fabio Capello (or as the press have suggested, a team cheerleader and “voice of the dressing room”).
England still have a good chance, with the likes of Rooney, Gerrard, Ferdinand and Heskey, they are sure to at least reach the Quarter Finals.
For other teams that are likely winners, you only need to check out the past winners. They include Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, France. The only other winners of the World Cup are Uruguay but they won the tournament twice in the 1930′s.
Brazil are always favourites due to their attacking style, their excellent technique and team full of European-based superstars that regularly play in the top leagues give them an edge that few overcome. They are no means guaranteed to win, but the bookies love to give them short odds. My player to watch out for is Luis Fabiano who plays up front for Sevilla. I expect Brazil to be in the semi finals as a minimum, as will most neutrals be.
Argentina, Brazil’s bothersome arch rivals also possess similar style and roster of world class players, look no further than Barcelona’s Leo Messi. They also have a World Cup winner as their coach as well, the infamous Diego Maradona. A man who has won the World Cup, beaten England with what it considered one of the finest solo efforts ever witnessed, and the goal that he shall ever be known for in the same match, “The Hand Of God”. Will this team of precocious talent be able to shine beyond their most famous footballing export, we shall soon see.
Next up are Germany, a nation and team ethic that seems to bleed match winners. Many times in the past, they have been written off for not containing enough individually brilliant players but on their day, the competitive team seems to gel together and defy their critics time and again. A late injury to their captain, Chelsea’s Michael Ballack, has been a blow, but nothing that won’t stop the German team marching through the Group Stages with Bastian Schweinsteiger being the one to watch out for.
2006′s winners Italy will have the focus set on them from their first game. Winning the tournament in Germany projected them into the glory, but can the same team play as well as they did 4 years ago? The same core of the team, expertly linked up with Andrea Pirlo and the crew-cut of Fabio Cannavaro captaining his team from the back will know what it takes to win it, but I feel that they will be found wanting in the knockout stages.
Finally we have France, having lost the Final 4 years ago will want to strike back with vengeance. Only a controversial Thierry Henry winner with use of his hand against Ireland booked them a place to South Africa, so the pressure will be on them to top their group. They face the host nation South Africa, backed by the home crowd, I suspect it will be a battle between France, Mexico and Uruguay all the way to win their group. With an ageing group of superstars that last won back in 1998, I don’t believe they can attain the heady heights of the final of 2006 once more. We’ll just have to see what happens come kick off time.
From all of us here at 34SP.com – no matter who you support during the matches – enjoy the World Cup 2010!
Hi and welcome to my first blog post. I’m Lee the latest member of the 34SP.com team. If you’d like to know a bit more about me feel free to check http://www.34sp.com/web-hosting-experts where I will soon be added.
Whether you are running a WordPress hosting site, a business hosting plan or a reseller hosting account – we all want our sites to look great. Recently I have noticed quite a few customers asking how to edit already existing pages on their website after it has been for them by a web designer, or even how to go about making their own new website. Many customers are happy to know we do provide automatic script installers for a few Content Management Systems such as Joomla, WordPress, e107, ExponentCMS and Website Baker. The scripts are available here: http://www.34sp.com/installers.
However, if you are like myself and prefer to have a more hands on approach and do things for yourself there is an alternative to web design applications such as Microsoft Front Page or Adobe Dreamweaver. After some searching I came up with what I consider to be a very good free alternative, called Nvu.
Now to some of you more experienced designers this application may seem too simple and light on features, but to me I find it brilliant for beginners. To me one of the most useful beginner guides can be found at the following address: http://www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp.
In the basic section of this guide it talks of how to add paragraphics and headings and how to set these up in different styles and formatting, how to add tables, images, links, forms and lists. All of these are easy to add to your own site content within Nvu simply by using the buttons in the application. In the advanced section of the guide there is information on how to edit fonts, create layouts use scripts, create and use CSS and use your meta data. All of these are feasible within Nvu using built in features such as the view source code panel, where you can add your scripts and edit your meta data and the built in CSS Editor.
Once you have finished creating and are happy with your page, this handy program also has the ability to automatically publish your files at the click of a single button, automatically creating links between files and uploading them via FTP for general viewing on the Internet.
In summary I have found that Nvu is a great beginners solution for those willing to get into website programming and design who don’t want to use traditional Content Management Systems. While Nvu isn’t as good in some ways as its counterparts, the fact that this application is free and it is available on all platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) it gives you a great sense of what you are looking to get into where later you can choose to upgrade to a pay for client if you feel that you have grown past this programmes capabilities.As mentioned, you can download Nvu for free at: http://net2.com/Nvu. If you are looking to build things using Nvu you may also want to have a look into an extremely insiteful guide located here: http://www.charlescooke.me.uk/web/kz-ug-home.htm.
Good luck in getting your website built using Nvu.