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Web Hosting Explained for Non-Tech Types

Posted by on 12 Jun 2018 under Hosting

Web Hosting Explained for Non-Tech Types

Part 1: Understanding Basic Hosting Terminology

Not every one of us is an IT expert, and sometimes things like web hosting can seem to have a language all of its own. Thankfully a little understanding can go a long way, which is why we’ve put together a Basic Hosting Terminology List to help you understand the acronyms, proprietary names and hosting terms used in the industry. Added to this, next month we’ll delve into the different types of websites one can find, as well as the type of web hosting servers one can utilise to host these websites.

Basic Hosting Terminology

Bandwidth: Simply put, this is the actual amount of data that can be transmitted to a specific server. A website that receives high volumes of traffic will therefore need a server with higher bandwidth.

Domain Name Server: Also commonly referred to as DNS, this is a server that can translate your domain name into an IP address which will then be routed to your web server.

Firewall: Probably one of the most well-known types of security used to protect a server. Its primary function is to prevent unauthorised data access attempts.

File Transfer Protocol: Another term that is more often than not known by its acronym of FTP. This is a method of allowing file uploads to a web server.

IP Address: We referred to it above in the Domain Server description, and the simplest way of describing it is as a telephone number for your web server. IP is short for Internet Protocol.

Operating System: You’ve probably heard this term before as an O/S (as it is also known as) is used on phones, pc’s laptops and of course servers. When running a server it is more often than not a Linux or Windows Operating System.

Server: This is the workhorse of the internet! It is a collection of hardware and software that provides a network service and allows a website to “communicate” with the outside world.

Uptime: The period of time that your website (and server) is up and available. The opposite of this is downtime, and this is where your website is not available due to a network or server fault.

If you would like to find out more about our hosting options, then please visit MacroLan Web Hosting page. Also keep an eye out for next month’s hosting blog articles to learn more about web hosting for non-tech types.




Voice-Based Business Communication

Posted by on 21 May 2018 under Hosted PABX, SIP Trunks, Voice, VoIP

Learn About MacroLan Voice-Based Business Communication!

There is absolutely no doubt in our collective minds that voice still plays a very important part in commercial communication, and it is recognised as the most likely way new business will communicate with a company, NGO or corporate entity that they would like to interact with. In fact, in our experience voice far outstrips email, SMS or any other forms of non verbal written communication in most business arenas, which is why we at MacroLan provide state-of-the-art commercial voice services that have been designed and built from the ground up to suit each individual clients commercial objectives.


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Spotify Now Available in South Africa!

Posted by on 10 May 2018 under Connectivity

Spotify Now Available in South Africa!

Up until now one of your only legitimate (and reliable) sources of online music in South Africa has been iTunes, but that has all changed with the recent launch of the Spotify Music Service in SA. This immensely popular service has more than 1.5 million users around the globe and offers a free ad-supported service as well as an ad-free paid for premium service for only R59.99* per month. This in our opinion will revolutionise the way people in South Africa listen to music as it means that Spotify (and therefore music) is now available to everyone.


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What Is Business Connectivity?

Posted by on 26 Apr 2018 under Connectivity

What Is Business Connectivity?

The rise of the internet has ensured that the world has become a smaller place, and this has had a profound effect on how everyone does business and consumes information. This has resulted in a massive increase in the demand for business connectivity services, as companies have found it essential to communicate not just with a local and global client base, but also employees who regularly travel or work from home or satellite offices.


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Free Cape Town Wi-Fi & Fibre Project Update

Posted by on 23 Apr 2018 under Connectivity

Free Cape Town Wi-Fi and Fibre Project Update

This is an update on our Free WiFi Hotspots in Western Cape post from 2016.

The Western Cape Regional Government and Liquid Telecom have announced that more than 1,875 government ground sites are now connected to a newly built fibre network that includes 178 free Wi-Fi hotspots. The project, which was launched in 2014, has been revised since it was first announced by the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. This is due in part to the acquisition of Neotel, the original program partner, by Liquid Telecom. Additionally, the amount of government owned ground sites now being used is less due to closures, moves, renovations and amalgamations.


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How Fibre Optics Influences Your Life

Posted by on 29 Mar 2018 under Fibre

How Fibre Optics Influences Your Life

If you are reading this MacroLan Tech Blog Post right now, there is a good chance that at some point the data used to display it in your browser travelled through a Fibre Optic Cable. This is because Fibre Optics is just one of the many technologies that we currently use every day and sometimes don’t even realise it. From telecommunications and medicine, to military and exploration capabilities, Fibre Optics is now an integral part of our lives as it helps broaden horizons, save lives and allows us to communicate instantly with people all over the world.


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The Death of ADSL in South Africa

Posted by on 28 Mar 2018 under Connectivity

The Death of ADSL in South Africa

Telkom ADSL might have been an industry juggernaut for more than a decade, but if the company’s latest financial results are anything to go by this has all changed. In fact, if you take a look at the information taken directly from their Late 2017 Interim Results below, you’ll immediately see that Telkom have had a significant year-on-year decline:


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Why Buy Enterprise-Grade WiFi Equipment?

Posted by on 23 Feb 2018 under Connectivity

Why Buy Enterprise-Grade WiFi Equipment?

Small businesses in South Africa, as well as home users, who frequently login to work from their primary residence, often need to expand their WiFi and network needs. When this happens they often turn to consumer-grade networking products which are available at a lower cost. Additionally these over the counter routers and switches are easy to purchase at an online store or in a brick and mortar establishment. In our opinion however this is really not the best product option, as these consumer products are simply not up to the job that is required of them. Below we’ve supplied 5 reasons why we think this way, all of which we hope will help you make the correct networking equipment choice.


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Fibre! Too Much Too Soon?

Posted by on 12 Feb 2018 under Fibre

Fibre Internet! Are Things Moving too Fast?

Everywhere you go at the moment there seems to be a fibre optics installation team laying cables. This is not just a perception, but fact and there is an over-saturation of fibre across all of South Africa’s biggest cities at the moment. In our opinion however, installations are likely to slow down dramatically within the next 2 – 3 years. This is because the current growth rate will quickly ensure that fibre becomes the main internet access option for people living in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.


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How DSTV Works on Fibre

Posted by on 22 Jan 2018 under Fibre

Learn How DSTV Works on Fibre!

MultiChoice, a company that is well-known for its innovative approach to doing business in Africa, has recognised the versatility of Fibre. This is evident in their fibre-based signal distribution system that was unveiled in the last quarter of 2017. This service is compatible with both Explora and Single-View HD DSTV Decoders, and is perfect for customers living in estates, complexes or flats as it uses a centralised satellite dish to receive a signal for all subscribers, but then distributes the individual account signals into the respective homes using a fibre network. As an added bonus, all DSTV subscribers who want to make use of the Catch Up Plus and Showmax services can do so as the DSTV fibre-based signal distribution system connects them to the internet but does not impact on the data download speeds of the signal distribution network.


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