Kentico CMS Continues To Make Waves

From accolades to enterprise-class integration, the popularity and expansion of Kentico is skyrocketing this year, cementing its position as one of the market-leaders in the experience management platforms.

Last February, Kentico was awarded the 2018 Top Rated badge for Content Management System (CMS) by TrustRadius, one of the most trusted B2B review websites wherein technology users share their unbiased opinions and insights on software products.

“Reviewers acclaim the intuitive user interface and strong customization and integration capabilities. They describe Kentico as much more extensive than a product like WordPress, but more affordable than other options with a similarly wide breadth of features,” TrustRadius explained.

On 3 April, Ars Logica, a high-touch consulting and advisory firm based in Boston, MA, presented Kentico a “strong performer” rating after reviewing 15 leading Web Content Management (WCM) platforms.

“Kentico EMS 11 is a platform that demonstrates strong, even performance across all eight evaluative categories in the Compass Guides to WCM,” Ars Logica’s report stated.

“It proves particularly strong in Ease of Administration and Enterprise Tech Stack Leverage. While the product may not set the bar in any one category, it does so for overall value. No other enterprise CMS, e-commerce, and online marketing suite matches it for anything close to the price,” the report continued.

Meanwhile, when it comes to software development, Kentico has announced two integrations this April.

Kentico has integrated with inRiver, the market leader for simplifying Product Information Management (PIM), assisting B2C and B2B multi-channel commerce and marketing professionals for a world-class customer experience. The integration was made possible by Ntara, a Kentico Gold Partner based in Johnson City, TN.

You can watch the discussion between inRiver and Ntara here.

Moreover, across the Atlantic, London-based digital agency Ridgeway deployed a solution that incorporates both the Kentico CMS platform and UCommerce, the market’s leading .NET-based commerce platform. The integration is designed for enterprise-class eCommerce.

“As e-commerce specialists, we were thrilled to hear about the partnership between UCommerce and Kentico as it means we are able to offer our clients more options, ensuring we deliver the right solution with the right capabilities. We are excited to be the first partner to deliver a project of this nature and look forward to many more in the future,” Simon Cole, Ridgeway’s Managing Director said.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Czech Republic, Kentico Software is a fast-growing provider of CMS with offices in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. It opened its Australian arm in 2012.

The company is built around one vision – to build “exceptional digital platforms that allow clients to connect with their customers, surpass their business goals, and achieve digital marketing and e-commerce success.”

As of this writing, their product line includes Kentico EMS, the all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform, and Kentico Cloud, the comprehensive cloud-first headless CMS and digital experience platform.

GDPR Compliance: How It Acts On Australian Businesses

GDPR is about to be implemented in May 2018 and, yes, it can impact Australian businesses (big and small) too.

A number of things have changed in the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since it was rolled out in the 1990s. As technology evolves so does the risks of data breaches. Cybercriminals never cease to find ways to infiltrate sources and extract personal, sensitive data. In 2017 alone, reports of data breaches are quite alarming. This suggests that the longstanding data protection rules are no longer serving their purposes.

As a result, a strengthened GDPR is scheduled to come into force on 25 May 2018 “to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe.” The new regulations highlight how personal data can be used by individuals, government, organisations, and companies. It promises to provide greater security and rights to every entity as well as better data management. Moreover, “heavy” fines and penalties are set out.

Australia may be 9,000 miles away from Europe, but still, its businesses are bound to comply with the GDPR. There are, of course, exceptions to the rule.

GDPR accountability

To clear up some misconceptions, not all Australian businesses will be impacted by GDPR. However, companies of any size may be required to comply with GDPR if they satisfy any of the following instances:

  • an Australian business with an office in the EU
  • an Australian business whose website targets EU customers for example by enabling them to order goods or services in a European language (other than English) or enabling payment in euros
  • an Australian business whose website mentions customers or users in the EU
  • an Australian business that tracks individuals in the EU on the internet and uses data processing techniques to profile individuals to analyse and predict personal preferences, behaviours and attitudes.

Full information on these standards is accessible through the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) website.

GDPR compliance guide

The Australian Privacy Act 1988 and GDPR are grounded by similar general principles. Even so, Australian businesses must ensure compliance because violation of the GDPR can cost your company millions. Fines can go up to 4% of the offending business’ annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is greater.

To help you prepare your company with GDPR, take these steps:

Evaluate privacy policy. Your company’s privacy policy details how your company handles personal data, who are covered, what information can be disclosed or collected, and what data can be provided and used for. Hence, it is necessary to review each statement in the policy document/s to verify if there are elements that can affect GDPR.

Seek legal advice. IT lawyers are well-versed about GDPR compliance and they can help you review business policy and implement the necessary changes. They also make sure that the best interests of all parties involved – such as business owner, clients or customers, and employees – are taken into account.

Update business documents and processes. Make certain that all changes of company policy, business practices and governance structure are in order by May 2018. Take heed of your legal counsel’s pieces of advice. Everyone involved has to sign off on the new documents and processes.

Upgrade your IT systems. More importantly, work with your IT team to ensure that your website’s privacy notices are updated and accessible to your users. GDPR requires user consent when it comes to collecting personal, sensitive data. A consent statement with a “tick to accept” box is advised to record user’s consent. For websites with a global audience, GDPR may not apply unless it has an intention to offer or sell goods and services to any EU entity.

As far as email marketing campaigns and cold email campaigns are concerned, here’s a good advice from Woodpecker:

First of all, GDPR has not been designed to kill email marketing or cold emails. It’s not even a regulation about emails, or marketing, or business. It’s about protecting personal data.

You have to remember, though, that sending your email campaigns, doing marketing, running a business you probably process personal data. If at any point you process personal data of EU citizens, this processing should be GDPR compliant – that is to follow certain principles.

So no, you don’t have to stop your email marketing campaigns, or your cold email campaigns when GDPR becomes binding. You should make sure the data used in those campaigns are being processed according to the rules of GDPR.

Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme

Speaking of unauthorised disclosure of personal data, OAIC implemented the Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme (NDBS) last February. The initiative, under the Privacy Act 1988, mandates every entity to report any eligible data breach to the OAIC and the affected individuals.

Anyone can lodge any suspected or known eligible data breach by filling out the Notifiable Data Breach statement — Form. There will be civil penalties of up to $1.7m if a data breach is validated.

To sum up

GDPR will come into force on 25 May 2018. It will require stern protection of personal data and privacy of EU citizens and EU member states. You must abide by GDPR principles if your Australian company or business has a European arm, offers goods and services to EU individuals, and monitors the behaviour of entities in the EU.


Chrome 68 Update: You Will Need SSL For Your Website

Chrome 68 is set to be released with an update to its security protocol – HTTP sites will be flagged as ‘Not Secure’.

“Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’,” Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Product Manager, stated on her Chromium blog post on 8 February.

It should also be noted that when Chrome 66 is released in Beta on 15 March (stable release is scheduled on 17 April), Symantec-issued SSL certificates will no longer be recognised.

Chrome’s decision to distrust Symantec (along with its brand names: Thawte, VeriSign, Equifax, GeoTrust, and RapidSSL) is backed by the PKI community following ‘a series of questionable website authentication certificates.’

With these updates, web developers have no reason to procrastinate the migration to HTTPS.

Why migrate to HTTPS

Chrome is by far the most popular browser and the encrypted-only connection in the forthcoming Chrome 68 release is for everyone’s best interests:

It maintains the integrity of the website. Intruders targets unprotected resources (such as images, cookies, scripts, and HTML) in your website which will likely break UX.

Using the secured HTTP prevents website intruders from injecting unverified pop-ups and ads into your web pages. Most importantly, HTTPS blocks malware that can tamper the ‘communication’ between your website and users.

It protects the privacy and security of your users. Website intrusion triggers users to disclose sensitive information and create security vulnerabilities. With HTTPS, all data, bandwidth and resources on your website are encrypted keeping your users’ information hidden in plain sight.

It upholds the credibility of your e-business. The HTTPS prefix in your website URL confirms that you have a registered business and domain. Your visitors and customers will feel secure to make online transactions through your website.

Google has put websites that use HTTPS in the higher ranking in its search results since 2014.

It equips your website for future Internet upgrades. HTTPS is the baseline for future web traffic. Firefox is also phasing out unencrypted traffic.

The W3C’s Technical Architecture Group and the Internet Architecture Board are actively supporting the HTTPS migration to counter cyberattacks.

How to migrate website to HTTPS

The first thing you should do to mark your website as secure with HTTPS is to fulfill your SSL requirement by obtaining a Chrome-approved SSL certificate.

Network Dynamics can help you set up a professionally signed SSL certificate on your web server and enable encrypted HTTPS. Our security certificates are issued by Comodo™, one of the most respected and Chrome-trusted SSL Certificate Authorities.

We offer three types of SSL certificates, visit this page to order.

Whether you want to build your new website with HTTPS or encrypt your existing one, just drop us a line and we are ready to assist you.

Australian Privacy Act: Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme

The Australian gov’t has stepped up its anti-data breach measures.

Following the enactment of Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017, a new Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme (NDBS) has been set in motion by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) effective 22 February 2018.

What is Notifiable Data Breaches Scheme

Once the NDB scheme is in effect on 22 February, data breach notifications will be mandatory. Individuals and organisations are required to report any eligible data breach to the OAIC and the affected entities.

The scheme compensates any entity who experiences serious harm or damage as a result of loss or unauthorised access or disclosure of personal information. Civil penalties of up to $1.7m may be enforced if a breach is verified.

Who must comply the NDB Scheme

The NDB scheme addresses agencies, organisations and other entities that the Privacy Act recognises. This includes Australian Government agencies, businesses and non-profit organisations (with turnover of $3 million+ per annum), credit reporting bodies, health service providers, and TFN recipients, etc.

What is considered as an eligible data breach

An eligible data breach arises when these three criteria are met:

  • There is unauthorised access to or unauthorised disclosure of personal information, or a loss of personal information, that an entity holds
  • This is likely to result in serious harm to one or more individuals (see, Is serious harm likely?), and
  • The entity has not been able to prevent the likely risk of serious harm with remedial action (see, Preventing serious harm with remedial action).

How to report a data breach

Individuals and organisations can lodge any suspected or known eligible data breach by filling out the Notifiable Data Breach statement — Form.

In-depth information about the NDB scheme is accessible on the OAIC’s website.

Hosting News Roundup – 2018

Get the latest IT news and find out what’s trending in the enterprise hosting, domain, security and web development industry.

August 2018

Decryption laws edge closer to reality
9 August 2018
Source: IT News
IBM Debuts POWER9 Servers for the Enterprise
6 August 2018
Source: Server Watch
AusPost launches Tech Academy
6 August 2018
Source: IT News
Google Says Raters Guidelines is Key to Broad Core Update
3 August 2018
Source: Search Engine Journal
Instagram stats proving social media essential for businesses
3 August 2018
Source: Business News Australia
Changes Coming for DrupalCon Seattle 2019
1 August 2018
Source: Drupal

July 2018

Joomla 3.8.11 Release
31 July 2018
Source: Joomla
Data security: the new frontier of app protection
31 July 2018
Source: Security Brief Australia
Young Entrepreneurs seizing business opportunity of the year
25 July 2018
Source: Business News Australia
Podcasts More Popular than Blogs
16 July 2018
Source: Search Engine Journal
Now Live: Using page speed in mobile search ranking
9 July 2018
Source: Google Blog

June 2018

Aussie unicorn Canva is collaborating with Dropbox
21 June 2018
Source: Smart Company
Risks in Using Self-Signed SSL Certificates
21 June 2018
Source: Search Engine Journal
Updates to the Office 365 user experience
13 June 2018
Source: Microsoft
Virtual currency sales jump in 2018
5 June 2018
Source: IT News

May 2018

Google to Remove Secure Site Indicator from Chrome
24 May 2018
Source: Search Engine Journal
cPanel TSR-2018-0003 Full Disclosure
22 May 2018
Source: cPanel
Adobe to Acquire Magento Commerce
21 May 2018
Source: Adobe
Faster, safer and better ad experiences for consumers
17 May 2018
Source: Google – CInside AdWords
Evolving Chrome’s security indicators
17 May 2018
Source: Chromium Blog
How the DTA is working around
15 May 2018
Source: IT News
Google confirms it shortened search results snippets
14 May 2018
Source: Search Engine Land
Australian Podcast Awards 2018 Winners
6 May 2018
Source: Australian Podcast Awards 
Fedora 28 Improves Linux Server Modularity
1 May 2018
Source: Server Watch
Australia to get national data commissioner
1 May 2018
Source: IT News

April 2018

Windows 10 provides weapon in war on attention
30 April 2018
Source: IT News
Making IT simpler with a modern workplace
27 April 2018
Source: Microsoft 365
Make the most of your time with the new Windows 10 update
27 April 2018
Source: Microsoft Windows Blogs
Google overhauls Gmail to compete with Outlook
26 April 2018
Source: IT News
cPanel: Get Rewarded For Your Feedback
25 April 2018
Source: cPanel
State of the CMO 2018 Survey
24 April 2018
Source: CMO from IDG
Search Marketing Firm SEMrush Raises $40 Million to Fund Expansion
24 April 2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Google Confirms Algorithm Update Released
20 April 2018
Source: Seach Engine Journal
Google prepares Gmail redesign
12 April 2018
Source: IT News
Blockchain to get ‘behind the grid’ in landmark Australian deal
10 April 2018
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Police could access US cloud data under planned crime-fighting deal
8 April 2018
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Kentico Making Solid Gains
4 April 2018
Source: Globe News Wire
Nginx debuts app server for microservices
3 April 2018
Source: InfoWorld
Protecting users from extension cryptojacking
2 April 2018
Source: Chromium Blog

March 2018

Drupal advises be on lookout for highly critical release
27 March 2018
Source: PC & Tech Authority
Google Removes 100 Bad Ads Per Second
14 March 2018
Source: Search Engine Journal
Joomla 3.8.6 Release
13 March 2018
Source: Joomla
World Wide Web Turns 29
12 March 2018
Source: Web Foundation
ADMA CEO Jodie Sangster departs
8 March 2018
Source: CMO
The Building Blocks of Interpretability
6 March 2018
Source: Google Research Blog
WordPress now powers 30% of websites
5 March 2018
Source: Venture Beat
Changes to inactive AdWords accounts
5 March 2018
Source: Ads Developer Blog
Meet NSW’s new govt CIO
2 March 2018
Source: IT News
Re-engineering Technology: Delivery Models for the Future
1 March 2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Enterprise data sovereignty: If you love your data, set it free
Tech Trends 2018
Source: Deloitte Insights

February 2018

Magento 2.2.3, 2.1.12 and 2.0.18 Security Update
27 February 2018
Source: Magento
Internet providers face broadband marketing laws
26 February 2018
Source: IT News
Magento enhances tie-in with Amazon marketplace
26 February 2018
Source: Channel Life
Microsoft updates Microsoft 365 to meet GDPR compliance
26 February 2018
Source: Daily Host News
Yoast SEO 7.0 is open for testing
22 February 2018
Source: Yoast
Deakin’s Genie named Australia’s top IT project
21 February 2018
Source: IT News
Apache NetBeans (incubating) 9.0 Beta released
21 February 2018
Source: Jax Enter
HTTP/2 Server Push Directive Lands in Nginx 1.13.9 
20 February 2018
Source: Server Watch
Australia’s new payments platform goes live
13 February 2018
Source: IT News
Google gets in on mobile ‘story craze’ with new AMP Stories format 
13 February 2018
Source: Search Engine Land
Chrome 68 will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”
8 February 2018
Source: Chromium Blog
Digital transformation is all about enterprise agility
6 February 2018
Source: Digital Journal

January 2018

Chrome 66 to Distrust Symantec Certificates
31 January 2018
Source: Google Blog
The best and worst tech stocks in 2017
30 January 2018
Source: CRN
Dynamic A/B Testing with NGINX Plus
29 January 2018
Source: NGinX
Magento: Building on A Record 2017
23 January 2018
Source: Magento
Amazon Prime in Australia to launch early in 2018
23 January 2018
Source: Tamebay
Australia counts down to real-time payments
18 January 2018
Source: IT News
Cloudflare Access aims to replace corporate VPNs
17 January 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Using page speed in mobile search ranking
17 January 2018
Source: Google Webmaster Central Blog
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Wishing you a Happy New Year

As 2017 ended, we want to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our customers for their continued patronage with Network Dynamics. We are grateful serving you and meeting your web hosting needs.

The Christmas period is typically a quiet one for us and an opportunity to finish off projects and plan new ones for the new year. There are some exciting developments earmarked for 2018, which we’ll announce on this blog and via our social media channels.

We hope that you have had a relaxing break thus far and away from the screen. Or, at least, not as busy as usual and with your tech not giving you any headaches (and our engineers are working round the clock to make sure hosting doesn’t fall in this category).

We’re always keen to hear from our customers and the wider community of IT and digital pros that manage hosting for their businesses and personal projects — feel free to get in touch directly or by leaving a comment here.

May 2018 prove to be a positive and prosperous year for you.

The team @ Network Dynamics

Network Dynamics now offers HHVM Virtual Dedicated Servers

Introducing HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) : a process virtual machine based on just-in-time (JIT) compilation.

What is HHVM?

HHVM serves as an execution engine for PHP and Hack programming by transforming it to intermediate HipHop bytecode (HHBC) which then translates to x86-64 machine code, optimizes and executes natively.

Why use it?

Until now, there was nothing faster than PHP to speed up high demand websites.

PHP source codes are traditionally transformed by the Zend Engine into opcodes, which are then executed directly on the Zend Engine’s CPU. This means that the load times on high demand websites can differ significantly during peak times, resulting in thousands of lost customers and quickly cementing your business’s reputation as unreliable.

Developed by Facebook, HHVM ensures that high traffic websites load even faster than before, increasing both efficiency and productivity.

So while your competitors are still struggling with traditional PHP, stay ahead of the game. Network Dynamics now offers migration to specialised HHVM services so you’ll experience fewer lags in web applications with seamless transactions and speed like never before.

Source Code / Licensing

The project’s source code is hosted on GitHub and licensed under the terms of PHP License and Zend License.

Network Dynamics

Network Dynamics was established in 2007 as a web hosting provider with the point of difference in providing unparalleled service in the industry. The company now calls some of Australia’s largest and most trusted brands its customers.

Network Dynamics has blazed from strength to strength, forging a reputation as a trusted, reliable service provider for companies large and small.