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This week in JavaScript

jQuery Mobile 1.0 released: jQuery Mobile supports all of the major mobile platforms, and then some. …. There is some new documentation too

BatmanJS 0.8.0 released: Which adds association support, pagination and stability improvements.

Faye-websocket released: The guys behind the Faye Ruby, Node and JavaScript messaging library have released a JavaScript websocket API for anyone to use.

Building an advent calendar: Christian Heilmann has written a couple of articles about building an advent calendar for Mozilla, well worth a read.

Handpicked jQuery Plugins: David Higgins has compiled a list of jQuery plugins that he’s, as the name suggests, handpicked. He’s creates it as a github repo and encourages people to fork it.

That’s it for this week, enjoy.

This week in JavaScript

Today sees the start of  a new weekly blog series, aimed at designers and developers, where we look at the latest news in the JavaScript world. Without further ceremony lets get started…

jQuery 1.7.1 released: This release mostly includes minor enhancements, bug fixes and standardisations to the way the library works. The team will be opening the call for 1.8 suggestions shortly so if you have any features you’d like to see in jQuery head over and join in the discussion.

JSConf videos available: There are some really good talks available from this conference, some of our favourites are, How to be an open-source gangster by Marak Squires, a look at how to contribute to and create successful open source projects presented in an amusing gangster style. Polyfilling the gaps by Lea Verou takes you through the technique known as pollyfilling.

PopcornJS has reached the 1.0 milestone: Popcorn.js is an event system for HTML5 media developers. Think jQuery for video. You can leave the heavy lifting to Popcorn, and concentrate on what you do best: writing awesome code.

jQuery Fundamentals: from Rebecca Murphey is a free jQuery book that covers some basic JavaScript as well as most of the features of jQuery itself. There are notable contributions from big name developers such as James Padolsey and Paul Irish.

If you have any stories or libraries you’d like us to include contact us @media72.

5 fantastic SEO video resources

Today we are looking at SEO and have put together a great collection of video resources to get you started on the road to SEO mastery.

1. First off we have “An introduction to SEO”, a great video from Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz. If you’re new to SEO this is an ideal video to get you started and includes heaps of good advice.

2. Next up we have “SEO Tips From Google Engineer Matt Cutts”. A fatastic collection of tips from Google engineer Matt Cutts on how to get your sites ranking higher in search results.

3. “How important is it to have keywords in a domain name?”. This video is useful if you’re looking to buy a new domain but can’t figure out if you want one that contains lots of keywords or a more memorable, brand-able domain name.

4. “An SEO Checklist for New Sites”. If you’re setting up a new website this is a must watch video to find out how to start marketing your website.

5. And finally “Can coding errors affect how a page is indexed?”, ever wondered if poor quality code can hurt your search ranking? Find out in this video from Google.

Hosting your website in the same location as your target market can have a positive impact on your page rank for users in that country. Thats why Media72’s servers are all located in the UK, not only does this mean your pages will load and respond faster to visitors from or near the UK but if you don’t have a .uk domain it will show google that your website is based in the UK. Take a look at our range of UK based hosting plans.

5 reasons why Media72 backups are awesome

Backing up your website data is extremely important and at Media72 we take data security very seriously. There are many causes of data loss, files can be accidentally deleted, a software crash could corrupt a file, or any number of other reasons. Nobody wants the worst to happen but if it does you need to know you can restore your data quickly and easily. At Media72 we use R1Soft’s excellent full server backup system. Here are 5 reasons why we think our backup system is awesome:

  1. We backup all files and data every single hour, thats 24 backup’s every day.
  2. Our backups are located in a different data centre to our servers so even in the unlikely event our data centre is completely destroyed you’ll still be able to access your data.
  3. Backups can be easily restored by our customers using our backup restore system right from the control panel.
  4. We keep our backups for 14 days, thats 336 recovery points you can choose from.
  5. Choose to restore individual files, your entire account, or even restore files to a different location so you can compare older files with newer ones.

If you’d like to know more about our backup system or want to have your website protected by one of the best systems in the industry please contact our sales team

Announcing green hosting using 100% renewable power

Media72 have always been committed to being environmentally responsible, we were one of the first companies in the UK to use a fully carbon neutral data centre. In the last few months we have taken our responsibilities one step further and are very excited to announce we have moved all of our servers to a completely new green data centre. What exactly is a green data centre? Well, 100% of our electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, landfill gas and biomass, not a single piece of coal or natural gas is used to provide the power to our data centre.

Surely being so green is going to cost more? Well no, we’re keeping our prices exactly the same. We believe that the environment is important, as data centres are set to become one of the larger consumers of power it’s essential that we try to be as environmentally responsible as we can.

The good news for all of our existing customers is that your websites have been using 100% renewable power for the last 3 months! If you’d like to make the switch to a host who not only cares about it’s customers but also the environment take a look at our range of shared hosting, ruby on rails hosting, or reseller hosting packages.

Downtime issues resolved

In the afternoon our data centre fire alarm was triggered which released the fire suppressant gases. This had the side effect of causing a number of servers hard drives to go into read-only mode making the servers unable to fully function. One of the servers effected was the one hosting the media72 main site and support site.

Data centre staff worked quickly to check the hard drives on the servers with problems and restore them to full functionality minimising any downtime. All servers are now fully functional, if you are still experiencing issues please submit a support ticket via the support desk.

Ruby on Rails 2.1.2 installed on all servers

We have now installed Ruby on Rails 2.1.2 on all servers. As this release contains security fixes it’s recommended that all users of Rails 2.1.x switch to the new 2.1.2 version ASAP.

Ruby on Rails 2.0.5 installed on all servers

Rails 2.0.5 has been release which contains security fixes. It’s advised all customers using a 2.0.x version of Rails update their applications to use the 2.0.5 version as soon as possible.