A huge letdown from what used to be a good company

Hosting
For the past 36 hours, I and several clients have experienced extreme slowness and several complete outages to our web service, unresponsive FTP service and long interruptions to email service. The explanation I have received is that some (arrogant) genius decided that one of the busiest days on the Internet was a good day to upgrade systems. It ended in disaster and now most of mine and my clients sites that are served from the Virginia Data Center are now offline. Response from Tech Support has been non-existant. It is impossible to get through if only for an update or information. No one from viaVerio has used our alternate email addresses to notify us of the outages and to keep us updated on a resolution. The only explanation I can…
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Hosting, WordPress
Here's a deal I felt I had to pass along. Today is Cyber Monday and HostGator is repeating their Black Friday sale on web and email hosting. 50% on your first invoice means you can get professional hosting for as low as $2.48 per month for up to three years. You don't have to type in any coupon codes or know any magic incantations to get the discount. The discount is automatically applied to any new web hosting account opened before midnight tonight, Monday November 28. All the details are available at the HostGator website. Get 50% off on web hosting TODAY ONLY!
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Kentucky BBQ Festival launches new website

Local Marketing, Online Marketing, WordPress
The Kentucky BBQ Festival, in coordination with Orange Cat Productions of Danville, KY has launched a new website for it's 1st Annual Festival in Danville on November 4th and 5th, 2011. The site at KYBBQFestival.com is built on WordPress 3.2.1 (updates are done as fast as they are available), using a customized TwentyEleven child theme. We are also using the Akismet, All-in-One SEO, Google XML Sitemap, Login Lockdown, Facebook "Like" Button, Feedburner, Twitter AutoPost and a few other essential plugins. The WP Touch plugin is used to provide a mobile interface. READ MORE »
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Blekko local search seems to be lacking

SEO
I always like to test new things, especially if they look interesting and may prove to have an impact of my clients. There's a new search engine in town. It's not the first challenger to Google's supremacy, but it may be one of the more interesting ones. According to their About Us page, "Blekko is a better way to search the web by using slashtags. slashtags search only the sites you want and cut out the spam sites. use friends, experts, community or your own slashtags to slash in what you want and slash out what you don't." Blekko has some interesting features. Theoretically, using what they call "slashtags" you should be able to narrow your search to results that are only of interest to you. Each result has a…
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Do your blog posts need a little more sizzle?

Software
There's nothing like a good illustration or photo to liven up a blog post. And if you sometimes use an iPhone to take photos for your blog, you're going the like the new app I found yesterday morning. It's call Pano and will set you back $2.99. What it does is let you take a series of photos and stitches them together to form a panoramic image. Five minutes after installing the app, I took the photo below - actually a series of four photos taken from left to right. My initial success emboldened me and I went into the field in search of more things to photograph. We have a sprawling Manufactured Housing Community in town and I thought it would make a good subject. My first try demonstrated…
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