This is a valid question and it makes sense that if something is available online at little cost then it must be a good idea? Perhaps. The fact remains that if you're on this website or any other designers website, the question is why? If the "do it yourself" tools are so easy or effective, why are you here? Don't worry, I'm not calling you out, more to the point I'm stating what may be obvious to you. You want a website, have no desire to fund it with a second mortgage and don't have the time to design and build it while running your own business. Sound about right?
We get it! I've been involved in this industry for almost 15 years and have seen a lot of things, most for the better. Website development trends and software have come and gone, new platforms arrive every so often and others fade away. What doesn't change is the finite amount of time a business owner has to take care of their customers. If you're working on setting up an effective website, when are you paying attention to clients, family and other responsibilities?
We do what you do, take care of our own business. And ours is website design and development. Contact us today get started.
This question comes up from time to time and although many of us understand the difference it's important to realize that many are new to the concepts of website design, hosting, platforms, content management systems, etc. I'm sure it's no different in any other trade or profession when they see something as obvious but those of us who don't practice their craft daily are a bit confused.
I thought it would be helpful to write about a few of these topics and to start we'll look at domains and hosting. Some have the idea that domain registration and hosting are the same thing. This misconception leads to confusion when they are confronted with separate domain registration and hosting accounts, and usually fees. Of course in many cases you can have your domain registered where you will host your website, but this isn't required. I generally advise clients to register their domain with Vendor A and establish hosting with Vendor B. My rationale is that if something should compel a change in hosting or domain, it will be less trouble.
Website hosting is where the files for your website are accessed by the web browser. This could be with any number of vendors, we recommend Blue Host for WordPress however Hostgator is a good choice also. Do some shopping around, see what services they offer and read the reviews. Try to get past the marketing glitz and get to the issues and features that matter. If you've chosen to go with one of our custom Weebly websites, these are hosted on their servers so you don't have to worry about setting this part of your project up. Keep in mind however that should you decided to move away from either of these products, you will need to practically speaking rebuild your website. This fact shouldn't discourage you in using their platforms, as time has shown, both of these platforms have improved their features, services and ease of use and we recommend both for novice users.
If you're going with WordPress you can host your website with any vendor that supports WordPress; which is practically all of them, including Blue Host and Hostgator. Quite honestly, if the vendor you're considering doesn't have the capability of hosting WordPress, you may want to ask them why. Should be an interesting conversation since somewhere around 25% of website are using WordPress as their blog or CMS.
Questions? We look forward to hearing from you!
Over the past several years and increasingly over the past several months we hear of more and more websites being "hacked". Generally the same question will arise pertaining to asking the question, why? We all wonder what the hackers could possibly gain, or "don't they have anything better to do"?
The real question we should all be asking ourselves is why aren't we taking the security of our website more seriously?
Lately in our local area a prominent community website and television station found it's website hacked and subsequently taken down for a period of time. I'm not going to speculate on what they did or didn't do or could have done to prevent this, that's not the point. The point is that those of us who own websites should face the fact that we are all targets and any of our sites are vulnerable to hacking.
I encourage you to read this brief post in the Sucuri blog that details this issue more. We use Sucuri on our website and have begun implementing their firewall on our all client websites as a standard feature.
Purchase Sucuri CloudProxy Website Firewall for an existing website. For most small businesses the Basic Plan is recommended.
Sucuri Blog Post regarding Website Security