Be careful as Brexit could cause you to lose your .eu domain!

.eu domains are reserved for companies, organisations and private individuals based in the EU. With Brexit, British companies and residents lose the right to use their .eu domain. And that may happen as early as 30 March 2019. So, what is going on? And what concrete steps can you take?

European Commission regulation on .eu domains

In March 2018, the European Commission already ruled on the consequences that Brexit would have on .eu domain holders. “As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.” (EURid: Brexit Notice)

This measure applies to all domain holders (registrants) with a GB (Great Britain) or GI (Gibraltar) country code.

PHPBenelux has just celebrated its 10th anniversary!

The PHPBenelux conference in Edegem was once again a success. There was an exhilarating atmosphere in the hallways, some interesting talks to gain new insights, and many cordial networking moments. Here is how this special day went…

10 years PHPBenelux, and 20 years Combell

It has already been 10 years since the first big day of the PHP programming language was held. From a small conference organised by the local community, which attracted 150 participants from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, PHPBenelux has now grown into an international event, spread over 2 days.

Will your website survive DNS Flag Day?

From DNS Flag Day onwards, all DNS servers will have to comply with the new EDNS standard. Otherwise, the domains they point to will become unreachable. Why this important step? And is your website at risk of being taken offline?

Why EDNS is necessary

EDNS (Extension Mechanisms for DNS), a new standard that offers the DNS protocol more possibilities, has been under development since 1999. EDNS could, for example, be used to build in DNS Cookies. And that would be a major leap forward in the fight against DDoS attacks, which are based on abuse of the DNS protocol.

DataScouts taps into strategic market information in the Combell cloud

Ghent-based start-up DataScouts helps companies build and implement their marketing strategy and business development. Publicly available information is brought together using dozens of sources, which helps provide better visibility and decision-making. “Companies find it difficult to make such information exploitable by themselves, which is why we help them overcome the difficulties they encounter in carrying out this task”, says DataScouts CEO Ingrid Willems.

In many sectors, the competitive landscape is changing ever faster. Market conditions are often volatile. For both young and established organisations, small and large, it is now of vital importance to be able to react quickly.

Fraudulent websites are taken offline faster

In collaboration with the FPS Economy, DNS Belgium will be able to take fraudulent .be websites offline more quickly. What does this measure actually do? 

The success of e-commerce also attracts cybercriminals

Users are now clearly getting used to shop on web stores. According to BeCommerce, Belgians spent 7.89 billion euros in online purchases in the first three quarters of 2018, which is an increase of 7% compared to the same period in 2017. Yet dark clouds are on the horizon, because the growing success of e-commerce is also attracting criminals, who are trying to swindle users.

First-class hosting starts from the data centre

Choosing a poor quality hosting provider in order to save a few euros has already cost several companies dear. Good quality hosting indeed requires a state-of-the-art data centre, which can guarantee both availability and security. But what should you consider when choosing a data centre?

Security of the area

The Combell data centres can serve as examples of perfectly equipped server rooms. In an article published on Bloovi.be, you already had the opportunity to find out all the details about the data centresecurity measures that Combell has put in place in its data centres.

Is it preferable to have ‘www’ or no ‘www’ in your web address?

Should you use ‘www’ in your domain name for your communication? Are there SEO-related or any other technical reasons why one solution is better than another? Here are a few tips that will help you make your choice.

The dilemma

The time has long since passed when you had to type very long web addresses like https://www.mycompanyname.com into your browser. Today, you can simply leave out ‘https://’, and even ‘www’. Technology has evolved in such a way that in both cases, your browser will be redirected to the correct web address – whether you are typing www.mycompanyname.com, http://mycompanyname.com or even mycompanyname.com.

What should you do to ensure that your web store complies with the new geo-blocking regulation?

In order to promote cross-border digital trade in services and goods, the EU has issued a directive prohibiting geo-blocking and geo-filtering. But what exactly does this directive mean?

Geo-blocking and geo-filtering: what is it?

Surely you know how it works: at the supermarket operated by retail chain A around the corner, you pay 3 euros for a product, while at another outlet operated by the same retail chain located a little further, you only pay 2.50 euros for the same product. And all this because in the immediate vicinity of the second store, there is an outlet of retail chain B that offers the product at a lower price.

PHP 7.3.0 has been released – get it from Combell now!

Once again, Combell has proven its ability to monitor the evolution of technology and to offer new products to its customers as soon as they are available. On 6 December 2018, version 7.3.0 of the scripting language PHP was released, and you could activate it on your Linux hosting the same day. But let us have a quick look at the new features...

What is new in PHP 7.3?

PHP forms the basis of many content management systems, including WordPress and Magento, the world's most widely used framework for developing online stores.

What new features does WordPress 5.0 introduce?

WordPress names its various versions after jazz musicians, and version 5.0 was named Bebo, in tribute to Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdés. But this is definitely not the only new development. Version 5.0 of the WordPress CMS is mainly characterised by its drastically revamped editor, Gutenberg, which is based on content blocks. Let us give you a brief summary and some useful tips. 

The key feature in WordPress 5.0 is the new Gutenberg editor

The biggest change in this version is the Gutenberg editor, which was the subject of our detailed article: “Discover the new Gutenberg WordPress editor”.

Combell Group becomes leading domain provider in Switzerland with Switchplus

Combell Group announces that it has acquired the Swiss hosting company Switchplus from the SWITCH Foundation. With this strategic acquisition, Combell Group enters the hosting market in Switzerland with strong ambitions to expand its position in the country.

First steps into Switzerland with strong ambitions

By acquiring Switchplus, Combell Group starts it first endeavours in Switzerland. As it is in the company’s DNA, Combell Group has the ambition to further build a strong reputation and presence in the local market and empower local entrepreneurs and small businesses with the best possible tools for their digital existence.

5 tips to ensure that your web store is prepared for the Christmas season

Do you run a web store? Then, the most crucial period of the year is coming: the Christmas season! With more special offers, which also means more visitors. But there is a chance that your website becomes a victim of its own success. It may load much too slowly, or eventually crash due to heavy traffic. These 5 tips will help your website get through this hard time with flying colours.

1. Use smart caching techniques

Caching makes your website pages load faster. Put simply, this technique is used “behind the screens” in order to process data (and thus visitors on your site) faster.