Most of my clients have been with me for many years and they rely on me to help direct them when it comes to issues with their domain and website. One of the most common emails I get from them are forwards of what they think might be spam, but want reassurance. How do I know if the email regarding renewing my domain name is spam or valid? First of all, make sure you know exactly who your registrar is. A registrar is the company that you pay your annual fee to for your domain name. The most popular are GoDaddy, Network … [Read more...] about Those Pesky Emails You Get Regarding Your Domain Name
Lifespan of a website is normally less than 5 years. I see many sites that are 10 years old and have not been updated. Old Sites Give Bad Impression to Google and Public It tells Google and whoever is searching for your company that you are not interested enough to keep it up to date. You Website's Code The internet changes often, causing the code required to run an efficient site also changes. Example would be the PHP required to run the Database that Wordpress needs. As of this writing, I have sites that are running … [Read more...] about How Often Do I Need to Redo My Website?
URL is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. Basically, it is the web address for a website. For example: the URL for this site is https://pinoak.net/. … [Read more...] about What does URL mean?
Designing and tagging a website is not all that is needed to make the search engines find it. Proper coding and special attention to the small details will make a website stand out and get higher rankings with the search engines. This is something that we are passionate about and work with the client to make sure their sites adhere to these practices. … [Read more...] about What is Organic SEO?
The types of sites we design has definitely changed over the years. In the late 90's, we were using FrontPage. then quickly progressed to Dreamweaver to design static websites. In 2008, we switched over to a new trend in websites, WordPress, so we could create dynamic sites in a CMS that the client could maintain. … [Read more...] about What type of sites do we design?
Hosted Exchange Email is used when you want to have all of your email available online AND on Outlook. Some people use Webmail and have Outlook set to leave a message on the server, but this eventually becomes very cumbersome. Click here for more information on Hosted Exchange Email … [Read more...] about What is Hosted Exchange?
FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. When you FTP a file to the server, or FTP a file from the server to your computer, you will be "transferring files following certain rules (protocols)". When we work on files on our personal computers, we use FTP software so we can transfer those files from our computers to the web server. … [Read more...] about What is FTP?
IP stands for Internet Protocol. It is the address on the web server where you website sits. Think of it as the street address of your online office. … [Read more...] about What is an IP address?
A web server is basically a computer designed to act as a server for websites. … [Read more...] about What is a web server?
SSL, or Secure Socket Layers, is what makes secure sites secure. You can tell a site has an SSL certificate by looking in the address bar. Instead of the traditional http://..., you will see an "s" in it: https://. Never give out any personal information (like SSN or credit card numbers) without that "s" in the http://.. … [Read more...] about What is an SSL Certificate?
Every site has one main domain name on the server. But many companies have a variety of names that they want to come to the same site. When you park a domain on your site and the surfer types in that address, it will come to your main site. … [Read more...] about What is domain parking?
Think of bandwidth as it refers to how much traffic is allowed to travel through the pipeline to your site. So, why is it not unlimited? Just like an entrance ramp on the highway, only so many cars can get on it at one time. So, we do set limits on that so that high traffic sites don't plug up that passageway and slow down visitors to your site. Storage is the amount of space allotted on the web server to store your site, email messages and databases. … [Read more...] about What is the difference between bandwidth and storage?
The domain registrar is where you purchase your domain name (think of it as the same as registering your business name, only it's for the internet). Think of the host as your landlord. Their web server is where your website will reside. Think of the web designer or website developer (same thing) as your interior decorator. When you get your domain name, then you need a professional to make you look GREAT! Remember...first impressions never get a TAKE TWO. … [Read more...] about What is the difference between a domain registrar, host and web designer?
A domain name is like your online street address. When you started your business, you went and got a business name and registered it. You had to use a mailing address for that business. A domain is the same thing, only it's on the web. Example: microsoft.com … [Read more...] about What is a domain name?