The .app domain extension will be available soon

A new extension will be launched on 8 May 2018. Do you develop or design applications? Then, you may have been waiting for this .app domain extension to be available for some time, because it makes it very easy for Internet users to understand what your website stands for. The popularity of this new domain extension is already huge and it will most probably become one of this year’s biggest hits. And it is precisely because of its current level of success that we are offering pre-registrations. Do not wait any longer, as the domain names with a .app extension will sell like hot cakes!

What is a phishing e-mail and how can you tell it is a fake e-mail?

Making unsuspecting users believe they are dealing with a trustworthy entity in order to steal money or confidential information from them, or infect them with malware: this is, in a nutshell, what is meant by ‘phishing’. But what exactly lies behind this type of online scam? And how can you avoid falling into the trap of a phishing e-mail?

What is the purpose of a phishing e-mail?

Basically, cybercriminals increasingly make use of phishing techniques because it is much easier to get people to click on a link than breaking into their computers.

New terms of use for .be domain names

All registrants (i.e. the owners) of a .be domain name will soon receive an e-mail from registry operator DNS Belgium announcing changes to the terms of use for .be domain names. What does this change mean and what should you do?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on 28 May 2018. This EU regulation will protect the privacy of European citizens by, inter alia, strictly regulating the way databases containing personal data are created. Further details are provided in our article “GDPR: what you should know as a Combell customer”.

Kadonation: from group gifts to crowdfunding

Kadonation has grown from a student project into an all-round platform for group gifts, individual gift vouchers and crowdfunding as well. A solid track record of growth, expertly led by Combell.

Kadonation: gifts, donations, a community

The Kadonation concept is the brainchild of Fabrice Guillermin, who developed it as an eighteen-year-old together with two fellow students. The original principle was simple: combine together for a group gift under the motto “make something big out of lots of little things”. That could be a tangible gift you might purchase from one of the partner e-commerce stores (Fun, Coolblue, Zalando...), a unique experience (Bluebear, eKart, Superjump...) or a good cause.

New maximum lifetime for SSL certificates: what you should know

Since 1 March 2018, the maximum validity period of SSL certificates has been reduced from 39 to a little more than 27 months. What exactly does this mean for you?

Under the pressure of various organisations (especially Google and Mozilla), the decision was taken to shorten this maximum validity period. This should help make the web more secure and develop sounder management in the sector.

Why do you need an SSL certificate?

An increasing number of websites are using the HTTPS protocol instead of the traditional HTTP protocol. This makes it possible to secure the communication with the user’s browser, and provides guarantees as to the identity of the owner of the domain name.

SafeShops Awards 2018: definitely not a dry event!

The SafeShops Awards were held for the second consecutive year. This competition is based on an honest evaluation by users themselves, which helps the participating web stores learn quite a few things about their own business – even if they do not win an award! A brief report…

The SafeShops initiative has been known for years for its contribution to the development of e-commerce in Belgium. Originally an initiative of three major web stores (, and Coolblue), SafeShops has now become a platform where web stores can share knowledge, experience and information.

20 checks before you launch a website

This checklist gives you 20 checks to think about before you launch a website.

1.   Spellcheck. Grammar check.

Make sure you check all of your pages for spelling mistakes, typos and punctuation. The eye and mind become accustomed when reading the same text over and over again, so it is a good idea to look for the services of an external proofreader. It is quite affordable and pays off.

2.   Images. Favicon.

Now go over your pages once again, comparing the drafts to the final pages, and look for empty image slots.

Edumatic: offering self-paced online training courses and measuring their ROI

Televic has been around for many years now. The company was founded in 1946 as a manufacturer of professional radio systems. Over the following decades, the company has specialised in ground-breaking communication technologies. In trains, healthcare institutions and at conferences, wherever communication plays a crucial role, Televic provides effective solutions.

Televic Education is also a division of the Televic Group, which has been a major player in high-quality communication solutions since 1946. This division has thus been a leading company in the world of (language) training, certification, accreditation and permanent evaluation in various industries for over 70 years.

No HTTPS for your website? From July, Chrome will warn your visitors!

Google is keeping its promises and will soon clearly warn people who use its Chrome browser when they visit a website that is not using HTTPS. So, make sure to use HTTPS as soon as you can to avoid your visitors getting scared by the alarm bells!

HTTPS: the carrot and the stick

The makers of the most popular browsers have been making considerable efforts for a number of years now to encourage webmasters to use the secure HTTPS protocol. In various articles, including “Three important reasons to switch to a HTTPS website”, we explain the benefits for both users and websites.

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.