Networks

18Dec

Why Good Hosting is Important

Or, how a dedicated host cured all my Google woes

Google knows an awful lot about the web, and one of the things the Googlebot tracks is the response time of your pages. If you know where to look, Google will also gladly divulge their data on your site via the Webmaster console, hidden away in the ‘Crawl stats’ section of the diagnostic tab. [read more...]


26Nov

Victims of Their Own Success?

How do the Alexa Top 100 fare in terms of page load times?

Page load time is one of the key elements of web usability, and having a lagging response to your website can really dent your popularity. It’s easy enough, for most sites, to handle 1,000 visitors a day – but the top sites out there have to handle thousands of requests per minute, so efficiency and capacity are key concerns. Alexa provide a (somewhat inaccurate) listing of the top 100 busiest sites worldwide, so I set up a script to gauge their responsiveness – and to see who came out on top. [read more...]


11Sep

Domain Name Hierarchy

The pecking order of preferential domain names (UK biased)

I’ve been buying a few domains lately, and what with the scarcity of a good .com domain I’ve been forced to consider what the alternatives are. For us in the UK, the .co.uk domain has just as wide acceptance as the .com – but what about the other TLDs? [read more...]


12Jul

Ip Assignment, Per Capita

The IP rich list - as decided by ARIN, RIPE, et al.

Under IPv4 there are 4,294,967,296 possible IP addresses - each of which may be assigned to a device or computer on the internet. 4 billion addresses equates to slightly less that two thirds of an IP address per person on the planet. As you may imagine, the IP addresses are not distributed evenly around the world - they are assigned to individual countries by Regional Internet Registries such as ARIN and RIPE. We take a look at how that information breaks down per person in each country. [read more...]