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Parastream Strategic Partnerships

We have partnered with many service providers to help Parastream Technologies to function at its best. They are listed alphabetically by name here. Click on the company’s logo to visit their web page.

On July 23, 2017, we switched to A2 Hosting after a disappointing two-year run with Host4ASP.NET. After three “cheap” hosts that had various fatal problems, we decided to give the next cost tier a try. So far, so good. At least the server hardware has 12 cores, thich is triple that of the “cheap” hosts. Pingdom says they’re only slightly faster for worldwide access. A few things are much faster, but on the whole it’s about the same performance. We’re more interested now in reliability and their technical support’s ability to solve problems. Hopefully we won't need it, but they actually have a telephone number!
   
Active-domain.com is the domain registrar for parastream.net. The Whois Proof service helps keep the WHOIS spam away! We originally purchased parastream.net way back in a fit of temporary insanity when we thought we wanted to get into the private web hosting business for some of our clients. We quickly came to our senses and now use the domain as a mirror of parastream.com. It’s mainly there to keep “similar” domains with us. Unfortunately, Active-domain has been purchased by EIG, and we will move to another registrar when it expires in 2022.
   
Atwood Heavy Industries (Code Project user wumpus1) created the CAPTCHA control we use to validate all of the forms on our web site. This control was very simple to add to the web site and has done an outstanding job, virtually eliminating robot form spammers.
   
Comodo secures this site with a fully-secure cost-effective certificate. We have been using Comodo since 2017.
   
Jim Geurts created FluentScheduler, a task scheduler with fluent interface that runs automated jobs from your application. Our web site uses FluentScheduler to manage background tasks such as email delivery and database maintenance. Super-easy to set up and use.
   
Grasshopper has been Parastream’s telecommunications provider since 2011. It directs our incoming calls, handles voice mail, and incoming faxes.
   
HostDime is the domain registrar for parastream.com, and two personal domains. Powered by enom. The ID Protect (powered by WhoisPrivacyProtect.com) service helps keep the WHOIS spam away!
   
JRank is the search engine for all of Parastream’s web sites since 2011. We has started writing our own as part of a product offering (PagePorter), but the entire project was shelved in 2005. Later on, we found JRank. It works so well, why would you want to write your own? Besides, it’s free!
   
On the development side, we have used Microsoft development tools and databases to create our web sites as well as some of our products since our beginning in 2002. Our web sites starting with FrontPage in 2002, and we quickly became early adopters of the .NET platform. We created a couple of (now retired) products for Visual Studio .NET 2003. We are now using Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.5, and MSSQL 2014 for our web sites.
On the business side, we use Office 365 and OneDrive. Microsoft also handles our Exchange email hosting through GoDaddy.
   
We use PayPal as our exclusive payment processor since 2002. Easy to integrate into your site. Reasonable rates. We spend more time developing products and less managing payments.
   
Since 2014, we have been using Pingdom.com to continuously check the availability of this web site. You can sign up for a free account here, which allows you to monitor one web site. That’s what we do. It’s not easy to find this offer on their web site, but is being offered as of November 5, 2015. Starting January 28, 2016, the free plan will offer fewer features than the current free plan, but it is still good enough for our purposes.
   
From the beginning, USPS has been our primary shipping method. It doesn’t hurt that they pick up and deliver with no hassle, even when things are slow for us.
   

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