Monthly Archives: June 2013

Speed up your OpenX Source ad server and banner ads

One of the great things about OpenX Source is that you have complete control of how you want to serve your own ads.  Though, one of the challenges that you have is that you don’t have the massive infrastructure that is placed behind OpenX Enterprise.  As many publishers have discovered, a slow ad server can cause a fast loading site to slow down dramatically.  I’m going to share with you how to make your OpenX Source install run as fast as OpenX Enterprise and the other big ad serving solutions.

There are two areas of OpenX Source that we want to speed up; the OpenX Source GUI and the delivery of your ad assets.The great thing is that you can speed up both of these with one simple setup using MetaCDN.

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Live Streaming Official Release

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With the release of MetaCDN 2.0, Live Streaming has moved out of preview and has been officially released. If you haven’t tried our Live Streaming service before, sign up for your 28 day free trial to get started.

What’s Changed

Preview access to the Live Streaming service was included as part of MetaCDN Version 1.8, released in March 2013. As announced, our plan was to use the preview to finalize three things – pricing, reporting and mobile device compatibility. During the preview we received some fantastic feedback, added detailed reporting on live stream usage and improved mobile device compatibility. We’re now confident we’ve built the live streaming service you’ve been looking for:

  • Affordable at just $49/month per active stream (i.e. channel).
  • Full Reporting to help you understand exactly when, where, how and by who your live streams were viewed.
  • Mobile Device Compatibility to allow perfect presentation on any device. The HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol is fully supported (seamlessly alongside existing delivery for desktop), allowing live streams to be played on iOS and Android.
  • 100% Brandable with support for your own customized video players.

We’re confident you’ll love the new Live Streaming service but see how we stack up against the competition.

Why Live Streaming?

Video is the most powerful and engaging content you can deliver online. By offering Live Streaming you are allowing your fans, followers and customers to participate in any event you run from anywhere in the world. Here’s just a few uses people have found for Live Streaming:

  • Conferences and tradeshows
  • Music gigs, concerts and performances
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Church services and weddings
  • Sporting events
  • Fashion shows
  • Product launches

Got an event coming up? Start your 28 day free trial and start streaming.

Are You Ready For MetaCDN 2.0?

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We are very pleased to announce the release of MetaCDN 2.0. 2.0 is the culmination of months of design, development and dedication by the whole MetaCDN team and we think you’ll be impressed.  So what’s new you ask? Well for starters we’ve added Multiple Users, RSS/SMIL, Social MetaData and HTTPS Embedding. Live streaming has also now come out of preview mode and had some major updates as part of the 2.0 release. Ready to give 2.0 a spin? If you’re an existing customer simply login to your account. If you’re new to MetaCDN, signup for your 28 day free trial to get started.

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Multiple Users

MetaCDN is being used more and more by large teams. Managing 10 websites, 100 videos and 20 live streams with a single user login was a pain though to say the least. That’s where the new multi-user feature comes into play. For starters you can add extra users that will have permissions to deploy content in your account. Allowing you add things like multiple departments that each need to publish video content. In future we’ll be extending this with permissions levels and user roles. 

RSS/SMIL Feeds

We’re still amazed at the uses people find for our video encoding service. We noticed that some customers were trying to incorporate their videos with other content such as ads or intro animations. Now that is super simple to do with the new RSS/SMIL Feed option. Simply select any player to display your videos along with any other content by setting up an RSS or SMIL Feed.

Social MetaData

Why create amazing video and audio content? So people share it right? Well adding social metadata is a sure fire way to improve content sharing on places like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Embed the supplied meta tags along with your content wherever you post it, encouraging users to share and make your content go viral.

HTTPS embedding

This one is a big improvement for anyone running secure websites with SSL. Previously embedding content into a secure site could display browser warning messages to your users. Now you can just embed the content with HTTPS and rest assured every user will get a perfect experience. 

Live Streaming

The MetaCDN Live Streaming service has moved out of preview and is now officially released as part of MetaCDN Version 2.0. Live Streaming is now just $49/month per active stream (i.e. channel). 

We know it’s a lot to take in. Fear not we’ll be deep diving into all these new features over the coming weeks. For now jump in and take a look by logging into your existing account or starting your 28 day free trial. We’d love to hear what you think of the new release.

 

Accelerate your Simple Machines Forum (SMF) with MetaCDN

As your forum grows your members will create more strain on your web server and it’s resources.  While a forum is fairly lightweight, your webserver could have trouble keeping up with the demand on it’s resources, especially if you use a shared hosting plan from many of the popular hosting companies.  This is where using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) like MetaCDN helps.

To reduce the strain on your webserver and to boost the performance of your forum you can use MeatCDN’s website acceleration services.  MetaCDN makes it easy to implement their acceleration services and speed up your forum.

Log in to the MetaCDN portal

Log into the MetaCDN portal at http://www.metacdn.com. You will be taken to the dashboard, which gives you an at-a-glance view of all of your important account activity. On the top right-hand side, click on the blue button labelled ‘Accelerate a site’.

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Tell us where your website is

Simply tell us your website origin domain (e.g. mysite.com). Leave out any additional information such as protocol (e.g. http://) or path (e.g. /index.html) or port (e.g. :1234). In CDN terminology, we refer to your website as the origin – we automatically pull your content from your site and store (cache) it across the globe where and when it is needed, taking the stress off your website and ensuring your customers get blazingly fast load speeds every time they visit your website. Give your site a short name (which we will use to create an accelerated url such as mysite.sa.metacdn.com) and a description.

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Select your Accelerator level

MetaCDN offers three levels of Site Acceleration – Standard, Advanced and Advanced-S. All levels offer acceleration for your entire website – handling both static (e.g. files) and dynamic (e.g. php, asp, jsp, etc) content. Details of each plan is available here. For forums we recommend the Advanced-S plan.

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Confirm your settings and go!

Once you have confirmed your settings, hit the Accelerate button. Your website will be prepared for acceleration, which can take up to 2 hours. Once complete, we will email you an accelerated URL to use throughout your website. 

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Integrate your accelerated URL into your forum

To integrate your accelerated URL into your forum takes just a few clicks of the mouse and your forum will get the boost you’re looking for.

Copy your accelerated url – mysite.sa.metacdn.com – and paste into the following fields:

For SMF 2.X

Go to ADMIN > CONFIGURATION > CURRENT THEME and paste into the highlighted fields.

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For SMF 1.X

Go to ADMIN > CURRENT THEME and paste the accelerated URL into the highlighted fields:

Click SAVE and your SMF forum is now accelerated!

The Great Drupal Battle Winners Are…

We were inundated with entries for The Great Drupal Battle held recently for DrupalCon Portland. It’s taken a while to sort through the entries but the results are in. The winners for each division were:

Lightweight – alldata.com

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Winner: Ben Shell
Company: Digital Deployment
Website: alldata.com
Load time: 2.4 seconds

Weighing in at just 389 kbs, alldata.com took out the lightweight division with a load time of 2.4 seconds. It was only the sites Asia Pacific load time of 3.4 seconds that held it back from stellar speeds.

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Middleweight – nof.org

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Winner: Josh Fischer
Company: Artsmith Media
Website: not.org
Load time: 3.7 seconds

Weighing in at 950 kbs, nof.org came out ahead in the middleweight division at 3.7 seconds. Once again it was the site’s Asia Pacific load time of 5.3 seconds that held things back a little.

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Heavyweight – dmt.it.ubc.ca

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Winner: Jan Carter
Company: UBC
Website: dmt.it.ubc.ca
Load time: 3.7 seconds

Weighing in at 1.85 mbs, UBC’s site easily took out the heavyweight divisions at 3.7 seconds. Not a bad effort for this multimedia rich contender.

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A big thanks to everyone that entered, we were amazed at the diversity of Drupal sites submitted. Each of the winners above have a Ferrari on the way. Don’t forget if you need to speed up your website you can trial the MetaCDN Website Accelerator FREE for 28 days.