Ensure that your e-mail marketing will not be considered spam

Your commercial messages have to overcome many obstacles before they reach their target (your customer's inbox). So, how can you ensure that your customers actually receive your e-mails and, more importantly, also open them? Here are some good practices.

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Pay attention to the technical aspects of your mailing

An e-mailing campaign is still one of the best ways to reach your customers and users. Unfortunately, it is very hard to get your marketing message into your customer's inbox, as spam filters block one in five messages before it reaches the recipient.

Cloud Computing and GDPR: what you need to know

The data protection rules, laid down in the GDPR, also apply to data that you store in the cloud. And also via the many cloud computing services you use. What does this mean, and what measures should you take?

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GDPR: the principles

In order to better protect the privacy of citizens in the age of the Internet, the EU adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018. This set of rules provides detailed information on the processing of personal data.

This regulation, which has been in force in Belgium since 25 May 2018, can be summarised as follows:

  • Citizens must give their consent for the processing of their data; they also have the right to access and amend their data and, in certain circumstances, to have them deleted.

Windows VPS: why OpenStack is a better alternative

Are you looking for hosting on which to run Windows? If so, you are probably thinking about a Windows VPS. But working with OpenStack might be a better alternative. And why not also try a Linux VPS? Let us guide you through the various options available.

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Opting for a VPS: a lot of autonomy and control

Combell has a large variety of hosting options on offer - from predefined web hosting packages to managed hosting solutions tailored to your needs and OpenStack Cloud. The form of hosting that is the most suitable for you depends on your specific requirements.

Is the .eu domain extension the safest choice?

It has become a lot more difficult for cybercriminals to register a .eu domain extension for their evil purposes thanks to a solution based on Artificial Intelligence. This immediately makes .eu domains much safer for users. How does this AI work?

Is your .eu domain still available?

Proactive selection thanks to Artificial Intelligence

It is unfortunate, but it appears to be very easy for crooks to get their way via the Internet. They register a domain name and then set about sending spam, distributing malware, etc. Or they use their domain name as an attack base from which to carry out other fraudulent practices such as phishing, scams, etc.

Cloud computing: the pros and cons

Cloud computing is all the rage. But is it really the right solution for every company, large or small? We are going to list the pros and cons for you here…

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Cloud computing in a broad range of applications and sectors

Cloud computing can have huge benefits for companies in a variety of applications. But you probably already knew that! For example, it makes many IT tasks more efficient and straightforward. Just consider the following:

  • Testing and deployment of new services or applications
  • Big data analysis with massive data flows
  • Disaster recovery, which enables businesses to recover quickly after a disaster thanks to the data stored in the cloud and the duplication of their entire system on a virtual server
  • Deep learning or machine learning in general, where massive amounts of data are necessary to train an algorithm
  • Internet of Things (IoT), through which the ever-increasing number of connected devices generate massive amounts of data
  • Agile Development, whereby developers continuously work on improving / developing the code of an application: the cloud infrastructure provides a uniform and unique code structure for every specific project
  • Cloud backup and data recovery systems, which are indispensable for any business, especially now that ransomware is becoming increasingly common

An increasing number of sectors are therefore turning to cloud computing, like:

  • Education, where schools no longer have to provide and maintain their own infrastructure
  • Insurance, where the broker has real-time access to the information he needs, wherever he is located
  • Hotels, where the reservation of a simple B&B room is made super easy thanks to special web portals
  • Real estate, where it is crucial to have access to the latest information anytime, anywhere, on any device

Cloud computing from an objective point of view

What cloud computing is all about is explained in our earlier article 'Cloud computing, what could it do for you?', in which we also provided you with detailed information about the various forms of cloud computing, such as the "as a Service" services (Infrastructure, Platform, Software, etc.).

A premium domain name: is it worth it?

As the name implies, you will pay more for a premium domain name than for an ‘ordinary’ domain name. Why is that? And is it worthwhile to pay that price difference? 

A premium domain name: what is it?

In a nutshell, premium domain names are domain names for which you have to pay more on registration because they are understood to be very desirable from a marketing point of view. They usually involve short, easy to remember domain names – the shorter the better. Or a domain name that contains an obvious keyword, so that the website you link it to ranks higher in search engine results.

Opting for containers: do you still need (virtual) servers?

Have you opted for dedicated server hardware on account of security or performance? That is possible, of course. It actually used to be the standard in the small world of hosting. Nowadays, the cost price and limited flexibility are often a minus point. Thanks to virtualisation, matters can be better managed and are also more scalable and affordable. And a few years ago, technology took yet another step forwards: you can scale up in seconds in an almost unlimited way with containers.

Containers provide the building blocks for the age of the cloud.

Decovry: with Microsoft 365 (Office 365), all our documents are in one central place

Decovry, a platform for discovering new design products, opted for online working with Microsoft 365 (Office 365) at Combell. This business in Ghent, which is enjoying rapid international growth, was primarily looking for a place in which its huge number of files would be accessible to all its collaborators.

Online working with Microsoft 365

Daily quest for new design products

The Decovry website, a platform created in 2011 by Carole Meert, lives and breathes style. Its business concept revolves completely around design. A team of employees (aka design scouts) traverse the entire world on a daily basis to seek out new products.

Cloud computing, what could it do for you?

The concept of cloud computing is on everyone’s lips. As is the idea of ‘as a Service’ services that are offered in the cloud: Software-, Application- and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. But what is it all about? And would it help you and your business to advance? Come with us on a journey to the cloud! 

The benefits of cloud computing

In ‘Cloud computing’, the ‘cloud’ stands for a network of servers. Put simply: instead of working on your own computer, you do your work via the Internet or another network on servers located somewhere else.

PHPBenelux Conference 2020: the atmosphere and the best talks

The setting: the Wild West. The people: enthusiastic, playful and eager to learn. The tutorials and talks: amusing, fascinating and innovative. Once again, there were lots and lots of ideas that could be picked up at the PHPBenelux Conference 2020. This is an impression of the event and an overview of the talks that made an impression on us.

PHPBenelux: elephants in the Wild West

For the 11th edition of PHPBenelux conference, which took place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 January at the Ter Elst Hotel in Edegem, the attendees were immersed in a Wild West atmosphere.

Focus on your business thanks to IT outsourcing

At times, IT management is a bit like gardening as far as your organisation or business is concerned, with IT outsourcing being similar to hiring a gardener. Gardening is great. Anyone blessed with green fingers undoubtedly appreciates the benefits provided by the garden. And in due course, the result will be a lovely place. That is... providing you maintain it on a regular basis, and have the necessary gardening knowledge. If not, the results can also be somewhat disappointing.

It is exactly the same with your company’s IT infrastructure. With the right approach and regular maintenance, you can have a comfortable, digital environment.

What is Kubernetes and why is it so attractive?

Kubernetes (or 'k8s' in techie talk) is a system for managing large groups of containers and containerised applications. This technique allows you to control the operation of containers – a process called 'Container Orchestration'. Kubernetes was originally developed by Google, but it eventually found a place in the open source community. Thanks to an open standard such as Docker, containers have become quite popular. With Kubernetes, you can manage a lot of containers – really a lot – without losing the big picture.

Today, scalability is achieved by horizontal scaling: more servers, instead of larger and more powerful ones.