Planning efficiently using the ionBIZ ERP web application

ionProjects has developed the ionBIZ web application, an ERP solution designed for ICT businesses, engineering companies and consulting firms, which is constantly enhanced with specific features. And Combell was chosen to handle the hosting of the application.

Working efficiently with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system

Modern businesses can no longer do without ERP. In a nutshell, ERP gives an overall picture of the core business processes that are constantly updated, based on different databases from the company’s various departments (purchasing, production, sales, accounting, etc.). This makes it possible to monitor projects and get a better idea of the workflow and the costs.

The 9th edition of the PHPBenelux Conference has once again hit the bull’s eye!

The 9th edition of the PHPBenelux Conference, which was held on 26 and 27 January 2018 in Edegem, was once again a huge success – with thrilling sporting challenges, fascinating discussions after the speakers finished, and most importantly tons of information to gather and share. This year, several Combell colleagues, including Rein, DevOps Engineer, and Jachim, PHP Developer, who you may also know from the PHP West-Vlaanderen user group, have once again attended the sessions. A quick overview…

PHPBenelux talks: developing in optimum conditions

The one thing to remember about this 9th edition of PHPBenelux is that, in addition to focusing on the traditional practical tips for the development of PHP code and the implementation of the latest developments, the speakers also discussed many other aspects.

5 tips to become a successful online influencer

Brands want to connect to bloggers. Influencers have authenticity and connection to the consumer that brands can only dream of. Endorsement of a product done right by a personality, popular in certain circles, can do wonders for a product. Your job is to convince companies you can be that personality for them. The person who can excite audiences and impact their opinion in their favor is the most likely to become a successful online influencer.

Here are a few tips that will enhance your chances and improve your communication to brands.

No less than 3 Combell speakers selected for WordCamp Antwerp 2018!

On Saturday 3 March, all those who work or want to work with WordPress – beginners and experts alike – will once again gather together. You will be coming too, right?

The strength of the WordPress community

On 3 March 2018, WordCamp will be organised in Antwerp for the third year in a row. This is a conference where both experts and beginners from the WordPress community will meet to discuss the latest developments of the CMS and share experiences.

And just like last year, Combell has been a “gold sponsor” of the event.

Combell Basic E-mail configuration made easy thanks to AutoDiscover

Thanks to AutoDiscover, the necessary information about incoming/outgoing mail servers, authentication, connection security, etc. are entered automatically in your e-mail client. Quite handy, isn’t it? But what are its benefits and how does it work?

Configuring Basic E-mail: the traditional method

When you purchase a new smartphone or computer, or when you switch e-mail clients, you often have trouble entering the correct information. In the case of major mail providers (like Hotmail, Gmail, Telenet, Proximus, etc.), this information is retrieved automatically. You just need to enter your e-mail address and password, and all the other information is completed automatically.

Price change and upgrades for Reseller Hosting

On 2 April 2018, the main features of all the hosting packages that Combell is offering as part of its Reseller Hosting solutions will be significantly enhanced. As of this date, the price of each Reseller Hosting account will increase by €0.43/month as a result of all the investments made last year, but also to be able to continue to support all the new features and enhancements in the future. To make up for that, we lowered the prices of caching options, so that you can boost the performance of your website even more.

Automate your Reseller Hosting using our new API

Thanks to Combell’s API for Reseller Hosting, you can manage the features of your hosting packages at Combell directly from your own programming code or tools. But how exactly does it work?

What is Combell’s API for Reseller Hosting?

As a reseller of Combell services, you can manage all your products in our My Combell control panel. There, you can create new accounts and adjust settings (DNS records for domain names, extra options for the versions of PHP and countless other minor or major details).

For resellers who want to fully automate this process instead of managing the settings manually via My Combell, Combell provides an API (Application Program Interface) that can be integrated with the customer’s own CRM tool or any other kind of provisioning tool.

Meltdown, Spectre and what Combell is doing about them

You may have heard about them in the news over the past few days: two security flaws, called Meltdown and Spectre, which mainly affect Intel processor. In this post, we will explain in plain English what this is all about and what Combell is doing about these security flaws to protect its infrastructure.

What’s in a name?

Security researchers have recently discovered two security issues present mainly in Intel processors, which probably affect most of the devices produced over the past 20 years. And since it has now become a trend to find scary names to use in the media, these vulnerabilities have been named Meltdown and Spectre.

8 easy steps to plan a good website

You have an idea to change the world as we know it. Being successful requires you to maintain a top level online presence.

You. Need. A. Good. Plan.

Planning your website ahead of time gives you a clear direction. It guarantees a positive reaction among your audience and helps you build loyalty in your community. Follow this 8-step guide to create an online strategy that gets you results.

1. Identify your purpose

What is the goal of your website? Build the entire structure to correspond to your mission. Here are some possibilities:

  • Information

  • Sales

  • Recruitment

  • Create a community

  • Call to action

Now ask yourself what your target audience is and what they respond to.

What is new in PHP 7.2?

On 30 November 2017, the PHP community announced the release of PHP 7.2. More specifically, this is the second feature update to the PHP 7 series.

Building on the achievements of PHP 7

PHP 7 was released at the end of 2015 and marked a new era for the programming language and the associated community, which have gone through some major changes over the last few years.

PHP is a very accessible language, which is sometimes discredited by language purists in the development world. The reality, however, is that more than 83% of all websites on the Internet are written in PHP.

AutoGit: free automatic deployment for Combell customers

Websites and web services are never really finished – it is always necessary to optimise them and deploy new features. Combell’s new tool AutoGit makes it much easier and safer to implement these new features. But what exactly is it?

Git allows for faster website development and updating

Before a website or web service goes live, its code is first written by developers, on their own laptops or development servers. After that, this code is uploaded online, to the hosting cluster that the customer rents from Combell. For this purpose, developers traditionally used FTP (File Transfer Protocol), an old protocol that is reliable, but cumbersome at the same time.

SwingGroup relies on Combell’s high level security for its incentive technology

Motivating people to push themselves to achieve better results. That is SwingGroup’s core business. The Belgian company provides a SaaS tool that allows companies to provide their staff, suppliers, dealers, etc. with an incentive or reward so that they can improve their business performance in a more targeted manner. In order to host the campaigns they run for their customers, they chose Combell’s high security cloud servers, where data security is guaranteed.

SwingGroup: online incentive and loyalty programs

Bruges-based SwingGroup has been active in incentive and reward campaigns for businesses since 2004.