7 Google Hosting Tips

Google shared best practices for websites that allow users to create their own websites or host users’ data, like Blogger or Google Sites. This class of websites is often referred to as freehosts, although these recommendations apply to certain “non-free” providers as well.

  1. Make sure your users can verify their website in website management suites such as Google’s Webmaster Tools.
  2. Choose a unique directory or hostname for each user.
  3. Set useful and descriptive page titles.
  4. Allow the addition of tags to a page.
  5. Allow your users to use third-party analytics packages such as Google Analytics.
  6. Help your users move around.
  7. Help search engines find the good content from your users.

Read the entire post on Official Google Webmaster Central Blog.

Five facts about hosting that you probably don’t know – but should

Every year, your business pays for hosting. Just another routine service charge, right? Wrong! You’re paying for a safe home patrolled by a security guard to protect your website, your brand and your corporate identity.

Does your website live in a safe neighbourhood? Websites reside, not in cyberspace, but in a physical location, on a computer called a server — think of it as an apartment building for websites. Your website rents space to store the coding, data, files and images that visitors see as your website. The quality, service and security that that server delivers can be as different as a shabby tenement flat and a high-class penthouse suite. It all depends on the integrity of the server and its caretaker.

How competent is your caretaker? Just like apartment buildings, servers get old and rundown. Doesn’t your website deserve a safe, modern server that loads your site quickly and reliably? A good caretaker replaces old servers, updates and patches the software, and backs up the server regularly to prevent loss of data.

How safe is your server? A safe server helps you keep out the “bad guys,” monitoring for problems like a hacker’s hostile attack. Your server also protects your reputation by refusing to host bad neighbours; websites that share a server with spammers risk getting their e-mail blacklisted. The best servers also implement the latest in anti-spam technology. Without it, many businesses spend costly hours sifting important e-mails from the hundreds — or thousands — of spam messages they receive every day.

What if trouble strikes? Since the Internet is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your caretaker should be, too. If something does go wrong, you’ll sleep easier knowing that friendly service and expert repairs are available around the clock, 365 days a year.

Should I shop by size or price? Neither size nor price guarantees the best service. One-man web shops may lack the experience and human resources to deal with problems; they often simply resell large company solutions. With large companies, you’re often just a number. You’ll seldom get the same voice in the service department. And when they have a problem, it’s a huge problem that takes time to correct. There’s a real advantage to choosing a mid-sized hosting company with a manageable network. They usually offer the best blend of experience, stability, custom packages and personalized service to keep your website up and running. Remember — hosting is not a commodity. Find out what your hosting fee buys.

8 Reasons you should consider registering multiple domains

  1. One for each product or service you offer.
  2. One for each way people commonly misspell your domain name.
  3. One for email marketing (so your outgoing mail is never blocked  by spam services).
  4. One for each target market, so you can sell directly to their keywords/preferences.
  5. One for your blog so you can create traffic/links to your website another way.
  6. Many that contain keyword strategy variations for strengthening/building traffic to your existing website.
  7. Many for different advertising strategies you want to test and measure.
  8. Any that protect your online identity from your competition, and others that could tarnish your brand.
Please share your reasons for registering multiply domains below…  

Biggest Expansion in gTLDs Approved for Implementation

On June 26, 2008, ICANN announced that it is working on a plan, slated for approval early 2009, that will allow creation of additional top level domain name registries, in addition to those general ones presently available e.g. .com, .org, .ca.

President and CEO of ICANN, Dr Paul Twomey, was quoted as saying “It’s a massive increase in the ‘real estate’ of the internet” which this writer predicts will increase value of domain names in original registries, and create more more ground-level opportunities for domain name investors.

Hosting

HOSTING is a service provided by Internet Service Provider such as A WEB THAT WORKS. This service is required to make your new domain email and web addresses work. Costs and services vary, and this is a case of getting what you pay for in most cases.

Domain Name ($)

DOMAIN NAMES are one's 'brand' on the Internet. You can register one and use a domain name in your email address e.g.UserName@yourDOMAINname.com and it can also forms part of your website address e.g. www.yourDOMAINname.com and no one else can use it (unless you let them). Domain names come in different extensions:

  • .com is the most sought after extension and has highest resale value
  • .ca identifies you as a Canadian. Each country has an extension e.g. IT=Italy.
  • .org used to be exclusively for non-profit organizations
  • .net used to be exclusively for computer networks

Domain names are a worldwide commodity and therefore can be an asset for your business, so choose carefully.