Protecting your website: would you rather take a risk or invest in security?

Although citizens are increasingly concerned about their security online, some website owners still fail to properly secure their site. Why?

Websites are not secure enough

A recent survey conducted by CBS revealed that, in 2015, more than half the Dutch population was concerned about online security.

And as a consequence

  • they have put less content online
  • shared personal information more carefully
  • and sometimes even cancelled online purchases.

One would normally expect website owners and webmasters to take this (reasonably) cautious approach too. Oddly enough, that is not the case at all.

OpenStack hosting now also available for Windows

The OpenStack platform is based on an open source standard. Upon hearing this term, many think of Linux as the operating system for the servers in question. But OpenStack for Windows is also available, and an increasing number of companies are turning to this solution. Would you be interested in this service for your business?

OpenStack: standard for cloud platforms

In a nutshell, OpenStack is a private cloud platform that offers you all the benefits of the cloud, such as a competitive price, scalability, the ability to personalise your experience, etc.

8 tips for a faster Drupal website

As with other Content Management Systems, the speed at which your Drupal website loads depends on different factors that you can actually control. But what exactly should you consider? Thanks to these 8 handy tips, you too will have a faster and more efficient Drupal website!

Does you Drupal website load at a snail’s pace? These 8 tips provided by Combell will give your website wings!

A fast Drupal website will be prioritised

Drupal is an open source CMS that, according to recent figures published by W3CTech, is used by 2.2% of all websites worldwide.

Microsoft Teams: free for Combell Office 365 customers

Many regard this new collaboration tool as Microsoft’s answer to Slack, which is quite popular. But what exactly does Microsoft Teams offer?

Microsoft Teams: a new tool in the Office 365 suite

The Office 365 package already includes several tools that allow groups to very easily collaborate, without having to constantly travel back and forth: Outlook for business e-mail, SharePoint for smart content management, Yammer for networking across the organisation, and Skype for Business for voice and video meetings. And now, there is also Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace.

Since the release of Teams in November 2016, more than 50,000 organisations have been using these collaboration tools, including Accenture, Deloitte, Expedia, etc.

Help, a data leak! When and how to report it?

Since January 1st 2016, the new “Datalek Meldplicht” act, which obliges organizations to report data leaks, has come into effect in the Netherlands. In Belgium, all telecom operators are already subject to this act, and all other organisations will be subject to it as of 2018. This act amends the personal data protection act in two main respects:

  • a stricter reporting obligation will come into effect
  • the Privacy Commission will be given greater power to impose fines

This legislative amendment is important for all those who process personal data. Web store administrators should pay particular attention to it, as should “ordinary” websites that process personal data.

Secure passwords: short and complex or long and memorable?

When you check your e-mail, when you place an order with, and even when you register for a group fitness session, you are constantly required to enter your password. Often, you are also requested to include at least several digits, capital letters and special characters in that password. But, honestly, who is going to remember “j!”? It is therefore not surprising that the most common password is simply “123456”. Obviously, such a password is much easier to hack. But do not worry; everyone can come up with memorable and secure passwords… And it is quite easy!

Three important reasons to switch to HTTPS

HTTPS is not only interesting for websites that process sensitive information from users (passwords, logins, etc.). Find out more about the main benefits of going for HTTPS even if you have an ordinary site.

Switching to HTTPS has become essential if you want to maintain your visitors’ confidence. In addition, it will improve your SEO and make your website faster.

What is HTTPS?

In a nutshell, HTTPS is the secure version of the HTTP protocol (HyperText Transfer Protocol). Both languages are used to transfer information between a web server and a client.

Boost the loading speed of your website using HTTP/2

The new HTTP/2 protocol promises a faster and smarter data transmission via the Internet, allowing websites to load faster. But what exactly is HTTP/2? What are its benefits? And how can you enable it for free with Combell?

What is HTTP/2?

HTTP/2 is a transfer protocol, just like its predecessor, HTTP/1.1, which had already become a standard in 1999. But since then, the web has become much bigger, pages have become much more complex and multimedia content predominates. The old protocol was unable to efficiently process this huge amount of data, which is why it was decided to create HTTP/2, based on SPDY (pronounced “Speedy”), which was developed by Google.

Combell’s Automatic Patching protects your website at all times

It has become almost impossible to keep up to date with the latest vulnerabilities and risks that are a threat to your website and the actions you need to perform in order to protect it from such threats. Combell’s new “Automatic Patching” service is therefore most useful. But what exactly are we talking about?

Patching prevents intrusions and downtime

New vulnerabilities or weaknesses are being discovered in web services, protocols, scripts, applications, etc. every day. All sorts of criminals and malicious people can take advantage of the vulnerability and temporarily bring your website down, which means a lot of lost sales.

PHPBenelux Conference 2017 took its visitors to an intergalactic level

The PHPBenelux conference 2017 was held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 January 2017 in Hotel Ter Elst in Antwerp. This year, Combell once again attended the event. As a Gold Sponsor, we have done our utmost to give the community a boost, as we usually do, and our teams took the opportunity to deepen their knowledge.

Combell crew, ready for take-off!

On that weekend, as in previous years, a Combell crew hit the road heading for the PHPBenelux conference. This year, the theme of the event was “Space”. The crew included Combell colleagues from various divisions: sales, marketing, HR, development, support and platforms.

Differences between an Office 365 mailbox and Hosted Exchange: what is the best choice?

Combell’s new Office 365 range, which we discussed in our article entitled “Office 365 with Combell: your office software applications always at your fingertips”, includes the popular components of Microsoft’s productivity suite, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. This means it also includes the Outlook e-mail client. But Combell also provides Hosted Exchange. So, what is the difference? And what is the best choice for you?


Does Combell’s Office 365 make Hosted Exchange redundant?

Combell has been offering Hosted Exchange for many years now.
This service comes in handy for companies that cannot or do not want to maintain an Exchange mail server themselves and that want their e-mails, agenda, tasks and contacts to be synchronised via the Combell servers.

Office 365 with Combell: your office software applications always at your fingertips!


Employees are becoming increasingly mobile. Our workplace is no longer limited to our computer at home or at the office; it is also our laptop, our smartphone or our tablet when we are on the road. But how can you keep everything synchronised on all your devices? The Office 365 range offered by Combell, which includes 1 TB of online storage space via OneDrive, ensures maximum productivity. And, depending on the package you choose, you can access the best tools.

Access to all Office products

In the Office 365 (Business Essential & Premium) range offered by Combell, you can access all the components of Microsoft’s office software suite online.