Category Archives: service

Pretty permalinks for your WordPress site

WordPressAwhile back,  I posted about our support for “Almost Pretty”  permalinks for your WordPress site on our network.   Today,  I’m happy to announce that we now support “Pretty”  permalinks on your Word Press site.  When you host with PepperStation,  your website is supported by a number of servers behind the scenes.  Recent upgrades to our servers and various dial turning and button pushing now allow us to support “Pretty”  permalinks on your WordPress site.

So,  if you currently have /index.php in your permalink structure, and would like to remove it,  feel free to do so.

What are permalinks?  Here is a little refresher from our previous post.

A refresher on permalinks –

Permalinks are the links you can share with others and the search engines for your blog posts.  From a search engine performance point of view,links to your site or blog that contain keywords relevant to your page’s content,will boost the ranking performance of that page with the search engines.  By default WordPress uses “ugly”  permalinks which look something like:http://example.com/?p=N

These links while functional,do not have an added benefit of loading your link with keywords for viewer and search engine consumption.  The preferred permalink is the “Pretty”  or  “Almost Pretty”  variety which allow you to create and share links with keywords in them and look like this:http://example.com/yyyy/mm/post-name/

Read more about permalinks on the wordpress site at:http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Permalinks

To create links for your blog containing keywords,  log onto your WordPress admin and goto settings->permalinks.  Select a common link structure that you wold like to use and then modify it by adding /index.php to the beginning in the ‘custom structure’field.  You will have a link structure that looks something like: /%year%/%monthnum%/%postname%/

That’s it,  you are good to go and now have links that contain great keywords for your blog post.

Enjoy!
Steve

Making sure your email reaches the inbox

I’m happy to announce that we’ve made some improvements to our email system that will help your emails reach the inbox.

Did you know that on average 20% of legitimate emails never reach the inbox?  Frustrating,  I know.  Recently,  we partnered with an email sending service provider to help us make sure that your emails are reliably delivered.

SendGrid.comSendGrid.com offers world class deliverability expertise to make sure your emails get delivered. SendGrid handles ISP monitoring,  DKIM,  domain keys,  SPF,  feedback loops,  link customization and more.

We run all sources of our generated email through the new system.  This includes transactional emails from our Spirit e-commerce accounts,  notifications sent from our Recordit web-form service,  emails generated from your website forms and word-press plug-ins,  and finally,  all of your POP/IMAP account emails.  Additionally,  all of these emails are also run through new spam checks,  which will help keep everyone’s inbox a bit cleaner. So,  a good day for email!

All of these updates happen transparently behind the scenes.  You do not need to update any of your email programs or web forms to take advantage of the new services.  Happily,  it just works.

Enjoy!

Steve

Updated PHP and MySQL services

Just a quick service update to let you know that we have updated our PHP and MySQL servers.

PHP v 5.3.6

PHP version is now 5.3.6

MySQL version is now 5.1.52

Furthermore,  your MySQL databases are now kept on Amazon’s EBS,  which basically means that data durability is better and the chance of a single drive fault causing problems is minimized. We continue to make hot copy backups of each database several times throughout the day (stored on S3) and have added a daily snap copy of our EBS backed storage to our backup processes. So,  in the unlikely event of a hard crash,  boy do we have some backups to choose from. :)

Enjoy!

 

 

VRCopilot – A Vertical Response partner tool

VRCopilot, a Vertical Response partner tool.

We’re excited to add a new service to our line up designed for any business, franchise, or agency that needs to manage multiple Vertical Response “sub accounts”.

Do you currently spend several hours or even days creating and pushing email templates or credits to your sub accounts?

Do you need to create emails that are highly customized with a variety of fields unique to your business?

If so, VRCopilot will take your breath away!

With VRCopilot you can:

  • Manage a custom profile for each of your Vertical Response sub accounts that can be merged into your emails.
  • Create emails and preview them merged with your client’s profile information. Feel confident that your emails are delivered as you intended.
  • Push emails to any portion of your client list.
  • Push or pull credits between your master account and any selection of your client list.
  • Create new Vertical Response sub accounts right inside of VRCopilot.
  • Save lots of time managing your client list and know what is going on.

VRCopilot gives you everything you need to get up and running quickly with your Vertical Response Partner account.

The simple setup only takes a couple of minutes and will copy all of your existing sub accounts via Vertical Response’s secure API.

If this sounds like it may be for you, start an account and see how VRCopilot can simplify your life.

Enjoy!
Steve

Welcome CafePepper!

CafePepper - mobile sites mad easy

This week we welcome an exciting new product to the PepperStation family: CafePepper!  CafePepper creates fantastic web sites for the iPhone and other mobile devices.  Powered by our trusty Spirit platform, CafePepper allows you to put your best site forward for the surging mobile phone market.

Why mobile?  Two reasons:
First – Internet searches on mobile devices are skyrocketing!
Second –  Because we were SO tired of looking at websites on our phone and not being able get the information we needed.  A typical “full screen” website is not optimized for a mobile device, leaving us frustrated as we tried to surf the Internet on our phones.  CafePepper makes creating terrific mobile sites easy and even a little fun with great features like click-to-call and click-to-map.  We are super excited to offer this service that connects you with your customers on the mobile web and we hope you’ll be excited too.

Check it out!  cafepepper.com . Let us know what you think! :-)

Create great mobile sites with CafePepper.com

send and share large files for FREE (up to 500MB)

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Try our handy new File Upload service – sendfile.pepperstation.com, powered by Recordit. It is absolutely FREE and available now.

how it works:

  • upload your file(s) on our site
  • your recipient receives an email with a link to your file
  • your recipient clicks on the link and downloads the file
  • download links are active for three (3) days

features at a glance:

  • use as often as you like (if you abuse it, you loose it)
  • download as often as needed
  • we keep the file for three days
  • No Spammers. We dislike spammers as much as you do and we aim to protect our recipients.

cost:

send large files for free

check it out and tell us what you think. thanks!

Service interruption

Our apologies on the service interruption that effected Spirit and Recordit earlier. At about 12:13 MST one of our application servers became unresponsive. A replacement server was launched at 12:25 MST which corrected the problem. No other services were effected during this time. Thanks to everyone for your understanding as we worked to get everything resolved.

Steve