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Social Media Cover Sizes

Using Social Media with your business is now as important and as common as having a business telephone number or email address. Your clients will use Social Media, so they will expect to see your business have a Social Media presence. Your Social Media branding should match your business so there is a flow and to let your clients see the link. Below are the sizes you should use when creating Social Media branding….. remember, G Force Internet can carry out this service for you.



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Blocking bad bots, scrapers and site rippers (aka offline browsers) with htaccess

The definition of a “bad bot” varies depending on who you ask, but most would agree they are the spiders that do a lot more harm than good on your site (ie: an email harvester).

A site ripper on the other hand are offline browsing programs that a surfer may unleash on your site to crawl and download every one of its pages for offline viewing. In both cases, both your site’s bandwidth and resource usage are jacked up as a result, sometimes to the point of crashing your server.

Bad bots, Rippers and scrapers typically ignore the wishes of your robots.txt file, so you’ll want to ban them using means such as .htaccess. The trick is to identify a bad bot.

Below is a useful code block you can insert into.htaccess file for blocking a lot of the known bad bots and site rippers currently out there.

I take no credit for this list, it was taken from There are many more on the web but this one includes rippers such as HTTrack so I’m sure its pretty much up to date


Copy the following into your .htaccess file, it will show any bot on the list a 403 page.

 View/download as a […]

My WordPress Ping List 2012

Update Services are tools you can use to let other people know you’ve updated your blog. WordPress automatically notifies popular Update Services that you’ve updated your blog by sending a XML-RPC ping each time you create or update a post. In turn, Update Services process the ping and updates their proprietary indices with your update. Now people browsing sites like Technorati or Sphere can find your most recent posts!

There are many other services that support RPC. Here is my list checked and updated at the end of 2012 for you to add to your WordPress blog.

To use this list, copy and paste this list to your Settings -> Writing tab in the admin panel.

G Force Internet has signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom

Today, Graeme Smith on behalf of G Force Internet is proud to announce they fully agree with and have signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom.



We stand for a free and open Internet.

We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:

Expression: Don’t censor the Internet.
Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, learn, create and innovate.
Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don’t block new technologies, and don’t punish innovators for their users’ actions.
Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone’s ability to control how their data and devices are used

Find out more –


Why have I signed this?

I first got into PC’s in the early 90s… it was a hobby and a passion that paved my career. The more I knew about computing the more I realised i didn’t know and I wanted to learn.

I was around when Compuserve first hit the air. I remember talking to someone in the U.S. and thinking how cool it was but over the last 5 or 6 years government bodies have tried to restrict what we […]

HTTP Error Codes and what they mean

HTTP Error Codes and what they mean

Web servers will use the following Error Codes when something goes awry. Knowing what they mean enables you to fix the problem, or create custom error pages.

The status codes are returned to the client making the request (typically an Internet Browser) and also recorded in the server’s log file. Theses error codes are encoded into decimal ranges:

Error Code Range

100 to 199 Informational status codes, rarely used – and generally only written to server logs.
200 to 299 Successful, only 200 frequently used – and generally only written to server logs.
300 to 399 Warning – but the request may still be satisfiable.
400 to 499 Client Error, the request was invalid in some way.
500 to 599 Server Error, the server could not fulfill the (valid) request.



Web Host Overselling

Ever wonder why some web hosting companies are able to offer hosting services at ridiculously low prices? These companies are more than likely engaging in the act of overselling.

Overselling is when a hosting company sells more disk space and bandwidth on a server than actually exists. For example,  a host may only have a 500GB Drive and100GB/Month bandwidth itself. A basic user will use around 20MB space and 50MB bandwidth every month, so the host relies on these users using very little in order to cater for those that use a lot, and in reality, they will be looking at their own bandwidth stats each month to make sure they’re safe.

If you come across a deal that says you can have 50GB of storage and 100GB of bandwidth for only $1 or £1/month, then the deal is probably too good to be true and the host is engaging in overselling to lure in masses of customers.

On my personal domain website ( I have five other domains hosted as add-on domains, meaning I share a Lite Plan I have with five other websites. So far this month, I have used 307MB space and 3363.93GB bandwidth, which is no-where  near my 7.5GB limit, but this month, I have had in the region of 27k unique visitors to my web sites for a total of 507771 (half a million) page views.