If You’re Looking for a Server, Go See Cal!

As you can see, it was hard for us to resist having a bit of fun with our recently announced server clearance sale. While we did throw back to Cal Worthington, the world champion of car sales, at least we drew the line there and didn’t take it too far with his beloved “I’ve got a gajillion used cars!”*

Gimmicks aside, we’re currently running a Red Tag Sale on any new purchase of our 32-bit Windows dedicated servers, including:

$79.95/mo $49.95/mo

  • 2.26 GHz Intel® Celeron® Processor
  • 80 GB IDE Hard Drive
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1,000 GB Bandwidth
  • Windows 2003
Pentium 4
$169.95/mo $99.95/mo

  • 3.06 GHz Intel® Pentium 4® Processor
  • 120 GB IDE Hard Drive
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 5,000 GB Bandwidth
  • Windows 2003

These are unprecedented prices, and at these deeply discounted prices supplies won’t last long. You’ll want to give this offer serious consideration if:

  • You’ve been looking for cost-effective ways to increase mail storage
  • You want to create an offsite back-up for documents
  • You’re on a shared plan and have considered moving to a dedicated server before but couldn’t manage the expense
  • You’ve been exceeding your shared hosting limits

Keep in mind, as your company grows, your website will have to keep up with it. The dedicated hosting option allows you to adapt your applications, increase bandwidth, and upgrade your available storage space as needed. This sale also represents the perfect opportunity to give your e-mail or database a significant boost.

Plans include the following standard features:

  • SmarterTools Bundle Pro
  • Filezilla FTP Server
  • 2 Static IP Address
  • Microsoft DNS, Terminal Services and IIS 6
  • 500MB shared SQL database

For more detail on server specifications, please visit: www.crystaltech.com/clearance.aspx. You can also speak to a sales engineer by calling 877-323-4678 (option 3).

*We don’t actually have a gajillion servers to sell. Clearly, we’re not as well-stocked as good ole’ Cal.

Microsoft’s WebsiteSpark Now Available

As of yesterday, Newtek Technology Services officially became a web hosting partner for the newly launched Microsoft WebsiteSpark program. We spoke with Microsoft Developer and Platform Evangelist Keithe Williams about the program, focusing on the most notable highlights. We also asked him to make a case for why designers and developers should give it a try.
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Technically Speaking With… Scott Whitney

Is podcasting for you? Should you give corporate videos a shot? We spoke with customer and podcasting/video guru Scott Whitney to find out.

Welcome to the first installment of “Technically Speaking with…” Each month we’ll profile a different customer, and hopefully share a bit of insight into their world, the challenges they’ve faced, what’s on the horizon for their business/industry, as well as a bit about their area of expertise. This month we spoke with Scott Whitney – President of Podworx Inc., an Internet broadcasting company that specializes in podcasts and live streaming video productions. He had a great deal of knowledge to share about podcasts and videos – emerging marketing trends that can demonstrate phenomenal success in building and sustaining relationships with your customers. Our guess is that many of you can relate to what other’s have to say, and our hope is that you’ll be able to glean a bit from one another in this space. Below you’ll see a few questions from his interview. For the full article, click here.

Newtek Technology Services: How did you get into this line of work? Podcasting hasn’t been around forever, so what’s the evolution of your career? How did you get to where you are today?

Scott Whitney: I’ll have to blame Apple for that.  On June 28th, 2005, Apple announced that iTunes 4.7 would support podcasting.  I didn’t know what a podcast was, but figured if Apple thought enough of podcasting to announce its inclusion in the latest version of iTunes, I should get up to speed.

After putting in a great deal of time researching the ins and outs of podcasts, I thought, if done right, podcasting had huge potential as a way to bring in new business.  I wanted to test that theory so I launched the Great Relaxation Music podcast on July 6th, 2005 (www.GreatRelaxationMusic.com).  A month later, the website saw its first order attributed to iTunes/the podcast.  The podcast eventually increased web sales by 23%. At that point, I knew podcasting was a sale and marketing tool that could help other companies, regardless of their size. . .and I wanted to be a part of that effort.  So on August 1st, 2006, I started PodWorx,.  Basically, we solve the problems traditional websites have created.

Click here for the full interview.

Ryan Bishop vs. SPAM

As a midyear project, we wanted to determine the most common request/feedback we get from customers through our various support channels—phone, email, live chat, and even the public forum—and do what we needed to do from a technical support and server operations standpoint to address whatever that issue might be.

It was quickly apparent that one of the most common items had to do with spam, mainly the amount of it that was finding its way to customer inboxes.
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