WIX or No WIX you decide
As a web designer and Web host for some time i was somewhat amazed at the WIX system when it first came on the scene, but as a skeptic I told myself to sit back and watch first and continue using my favorite semantic WordPress web design FREE software.
Well i can say without a doubt i am pleased i was not caught up in this statement about WIX as mentioned in the Washington Times
“It’s Easy, Free & Takes 5 Minutes!“The leading HTML5 web-publishing platform”
So while writing this review i decided to google wix and clicked on the link to wix in google ” http://www.wix.com/html5webbuilder/400?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=bi_Wix_Eng^wix&experiment_id=Wix^e&gclid=CNTA9uPvwLkCFUXJtAod1jsA_A”
Firstly what a long link ???
By the time i had written this far the site still had not opened.
So i decided to search WIX Reviews
WHAT A SHOCK
Here are some extracts of the reviews:
27 August 2013 BY Ngô Như Quân
You should never never using Wix Premium
Wix is not good company. All they need is your money. Trust me! Like many newbie, I was amazing of their tool, app, html 5… Before buying wix I also read many review on trustpilot but still decide to buy premium.
But they are may be worse than the worst. Wix is flexible but they do not have any blog. I you need create porfolio by time, you may wait for thier blog apps. however they promise it in 2 year and do nothing until now. I you want creating a good website for Seo, no blog is very difficult. You can hire easy seo blog app, but it is stupid when spending over 10 usd/month and still have to pay more.
Their server is too slow if your website is out of the US. Not like other Service, wix do not have local server for your website. I also buy [external reference] for another website but they have local server for my website and it work very good.
Wix billing and payment is really a cheat. They do not have manual payment method. Once you using thier package, they will keep charging you without notice each month or each year.
Trust me, I am frustrated with wix.com over three month. I hope trust pilot have minus star for this company.
For any one who are still being surprised by their flexible tool or app, don’t be cheated. If you like web builder, you can use webuilder. If you don’t like web builder, using wordpress and a good WordPress host and support team is the best.
26 August by dadaumpa
MINIMUM price is 50£ to have a live website (with their ads). Do not give your money to this people
The website doesn’t give clear information. They allow you to buy a domain for 15 pounds. That sounds cheap, and for sure you can create a template very quickly if you can handle an editor. The problem is that you CAN NOT do anything with this domain rather then buy a premium template for 50pounds minimum ( having their ads on your website) to point to, afterwards. They don not refund domain purchase. So after you have bought a domain, you found out that you still need to spend 50 £. to have a website online.
The only thing you can do is transfer your domain away. And for sure you want to go away from them straightaway. But NO. you can not do it. not earlier then 60 days.
So Please do not do my mistake. I have now to buy a new domain from another company in order to create the website and wait 60 days to be able to move the domain I bought with them. A waste of time and money. Frustrating.
20 August Ha MI
FOOLISH “GOOGLE ADSENSE” ON WIX
Wix does not support google adsense yet.
they just add the Adsense App on there app store,
But when you connect your site to your adsense google adsense show this EROE:
“Our crawler was unable to access your page to determine its content and display relevant ads. When our crawler can’t access the content, often we won’t show ads resulting in lower revenue and coverage. At other times, we’ll show ads that are irrelevant resulting in lower CTR. Follow the links in the ‘How to fix.’ column to correct these errors and improve AdSense performance.”
wix support team does not support at all, They just copy and paste the foolish answered.
Don’t waste your time on WIX
17 August cy24
Wix treat their ‘customers’ with complete disregard
Don’t be sucked in by the Wix templates, because once you become a paying customer, they do not ‘give a toss’ to put it mildly.
The support forum is a joke:
– If you report a bug (and there are many) they will not take responsibility – but instead just try fob you off with lame excuses.
– Bugs that they do acknowledge – some features that I would call ‘standard’ for a website eg. footer and menu button scaling, viewing on different browsers, basic html widget – are still not fixed – going back to June 2012.
– They do not read your support questions – they would rather not answer, experts at dodging, just give a standard ‘copy/paste’ answer that has no relevance.
– If you complain – well, then they will just ignore you.
– Google? Well, they say they don’t support ‘3rd party products’!
– If there’s a problem with any of the 3rd party apps they advertise – they will take no responsibility for them either.
– The standard response for most support inquiries is: upgrade your browser (even “tell you customers to upgrade their browser”!), empty your cache, take a screen shot – and when you do that – they respond with “we could not replicate this issue”!
– Their ‘mobile’ solution is awful and the desktop version of their sites have issues with the variety of smartphones and tablets on the market.
– The support forum itself is really ‘unsearchable’ – you cannot search on a topic that others have posted to see the Wix response – no wonder.
I could go on, but needless to say I have never experienced a company with such poor service. Try another website builder, one that you can tweak to html code (with wix you cannot) . If you need a professional site – then Wix is not the answer. They have (and still do) cause me much embarrassment.
26 July Carlo
Wix Affiliates program: Giving excuses to don’t pay commissions.
Wix gave a ridiculous excuse to ignore the commissions earned. I provided enough supporting documentation, but they ignore my emails. No phone number, only a general email address. Any idea of a phone number, address in US, person or entity to present the complaint?
8 July Nicholas Murphy
Buggy Page Editor
For some reason every time I log onto my wix website the website layout has changed. Sometimes page elements have been compressed and other times they’ve moved to different locations on the page. The latest issue is that the Home page in the live site extends down an extra full page and is filled with blank space even though when I check it in Editor it ends at the footer(where it should). Please note this problem has just occurred without me fiddling with the layout. Secondly when in Editor mode on my Products page I cannot view the last item I inserted(it has become cut off), yet strangely enough you can view it on the Live site, although this makes editing it impossible. There are some serious bugs pertaining to the wix editor,both visible in Chrome and Safari.
4 July Lillly Santiago
Check your page source and you would be surprised that they would edit & embed codes so it will load slow and move your site to the slowest server even if you have a premium account.
20 June techguru26
Shame they don’t make customer a priority.
I like the interface of the product and the tools for making pages, however it seems like it could be more intuitive. I was shocked to see how many negative reviews Wix got, until I saw how many fake 5 star reviews were spammed right under each of them!! Now that is a reason to keep my money in the bank. Shame.
After frustrating issues and reading poor reviews….
I’ve used WIX for a couple years now and WIX is by far the easiest and most customizable editor I’ve used, and I’ve tried most of the WYSIWYG builders. While they’ve made some major improvements to the editing platform over the years, it feels way to unstable to actually invest money into.
There are a few issues I’ve noticed that are big enough that prevent me from actually launching the website and paying the premium. For instance, when you zoom out on the HTML editor in preview mode (and I have looked into this issue quite thoroughly and WIX has no solution), the website background stays the width of the users screen but the pages along with the images will shrink back into the middle and it messes up the whole ratio of the website. Images and texts are completely offset from the background and it looks awful.
While I’m on the issue of backgrounds here’s another issue I’ve encountered. There is absolutely no way for me to find out the perfect dimensions of a custom background I have made because the WIX team has no answer for it. For instance if I wanted to make a blank .png and put my graphics on, they have no answer for what size I need to make it exactly (yes WIX I know the native size for your site is supposed to be 980 X 683 but I tried scaling my image down to that size and it just would not work). While I did find a way to make my background not move when switching pages (which was very very annoying, it has something to do with the length and width of your pages from what I’ve read), there is no way to position that background into the perfect place.
The other issue, as every single other user has reviewed on, is the image management system. It’s just not functional if you have a lot of images to put up. It could possibly take hours to upload, organize and tag photos that would normally take thirty mins tops on normal image organizers. Another issue I’ll comment on is the poor customer support you have, while I haven’t called any of your “support” phone numbers, I have thoroughly reviewed your forums for answers to my issues. I have found every single one of my issues on your forums, but to no avail, no answer. Just some dry coat throat response, “sorry we do not have an answer for the problem at this time but if you have any other question please contact at blah blah blah”.
Lastly, I didn’t buy your product because I was so frustrated with these reviews and my issues that I decided to look into other products and thankfully I did. I have read many disconcerting reviews regarding your server speeds and functionality. Absolutely something a professional can not rely on.
While in my search for other programs, which are few and far between, I urge users to check out Web Acapella. It took me hours to find in the forums because it was french based product. It has a harder learning curve than most WYSIWYG programs but the final product is well worth it. AND the best part is you pay one time for the software! No need to pay monthly which is amazing in its own.
Having said that, WIX, if you fixed these issues and the other ones that fellow users have complained about, I would absolutely buy into your program. It’s simplicity is unmatched but as a professional I can not rely on you. FIX YOUR ISSUES it’s 2013 for god sake!
These were just a couple of reviews i found and trust me there were hundreds more.
That said i also found 2 or 3 Good Reviews
Well that said i have now researched for 10 minutes and written this article as well and alas the website from WIX still has not opened.
So if you want to get yourself sucked in by these and similar other so called FREE wonderful website creation tools THINK AGAIN !
Wix May have a good great platform with wonderful features but if your site is down not accessible, Forever changing and you have no support rather look into using something like wordpress available @ Eeze WordPress
Signing off now and still no WIX Load WOW
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How to Gather Facebook Fans
By Seomul Evans
For many businesses and institutions, having a Facebook page is an effective way to promote their products and services, and can significantly expand their network. Getting tons of fans on Facebook is easy, if you just follow some of these simple ideas.
First off, start with what you already have. Click on the “Suggest to Friends” button and invite friends from your original profile. The number of fans you will get from this method depends mainly on the number of friends that you actually have and your relationship with them. Aside from this, you should also invite your e-zine and e-mail subscribers. Send out an e-mail to your subscribers informing them of your fan page, and place a logo of Facebook in your newsletters.
Get the people who regularly visit your site to go to your Facebook fan page by embedding eye-catching things on your website. Choose from a number of widgets that you can embed on your site, such as the Fan Box widget, where you can display your page stream and some fans, or the Live Stream widget, which fans can use to send comments in real time. You can also load nice videos on your Facebook page and embed them on your website or your blog. The video serves as a link to your Facebook fan page.
People are attracted to unique and interesting material. A great way to get more people to check out your Facebook page and like it is to add interesting stuff on your fan page. Make your fan page unique by uploading an attractive welcome video on your main canvas page. Here, you can share what your page is about and why people should “Like” it. There are also a number of Facebook applications that you can try adding to your page to make it more appealing, such as Vpype, a live video-streaming application where you can air Internet shows directly from your page. There are also several companies that create custom Facebook applications, depending on what you want.
After doing this you post interesting updates, articles and news relevant to your business on your Facebook, so that people who are added in your list get the post and are forced to comment on your profile. By doing this the user who will comment on your profile will in return automatically post your comment to all users in his profile. This will notify more users about your existence and you will end up getting more people in your network.
Don’t forget to link, link, link. Make sure you add a link on your personal profile page that will direct your visitors to your Facebook fan page. Place your fan page’s URL right below your profile picture, on the “Write something about yourself” area, so that it will be easily visible to friends who visit your page. You can also link your fan page to other sites, such as Twitter. Your Facebook updates will automatically get posted to your Twitter account, and you can also promote your fan page on your background and Twitter bio field.
Above are the ways of doing it but the most important thing is that you keep on posting on your Facebook profile. You have to be very active on Facebook. An active profile is the key to attracting more and more users.
These are only a few of the things you can do to increase your Facebook fans. Try them out!
About the Author: Seomul Evans is a senior Custom Facebook Fan page designer and a Social Media Blogger.
How to Raise Your Rankings in Search Engines –
I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked. “How do I get traffic to my website?”
To best discuss this topic I should break this down into categories.
1. Title Tags
The title Should contain keywords and keyword phrases that are important to your site. Our recommended maximum number of characters for this tag is 60.
Also when counting your characters remember that spaces are considered as well.
Titles should appeal to the reader otherwise even a top position will lose a lot of clicks.
For example, “shoes,nike shoes,best shoes,review shoes,” is unlikely to induce a click. What may induce a click would be like:
Shoes – Find out the latest styles on name brand shoes.
The maximum number of characters I recommend for this Tag is 150. Any longer than this and it will only be cut off and may count against your site being listed high in the search engines. Try to repeat your keywords that you used in your title in a proper sentence and in 3rd party. Avoid I, Me, Myself etc
keywords My recommended maximum number of characters for this tag is 250. Any more than that may be considered spamming. Keep your keywords focused upon what your site is about.
Don’t think that if I use an assortment of different keywords that your site will be a seller. Targeted marketing is associated with your keywords.
4. Keyword Nesting
Description: A term used in searching to indicate the sequence in which operations are to be performed
Enclosing words in parentheses identifies a group or “nest.” Groups can be within other groups.
The operations will be performed from the innermost nest to the outmost, and then from left to right.
keyword nesting is nesting your top 5 most important keywords in the html page that the public will see. I would recommend using the keywords that you’ve used in your title, description.
5. Head Tags not to be confused with (head) tags def.
HEAD or HEADER (of HTML document)
The top portion of the HTML source code behind Web pages, beginning with and ending with . It contains the Title, Description, Keywords fields and others that web page authors may use to describe the page. The title appears in the title bar of most browsers, but the other fields cannot be seen as part of the body of the page. To view the portion of web pages in your browser, click VIEW, Page Source. In Internet Explorer, click VIEW, Source. Some search engines will retrieve based on text in these fields.
Head Tags should be a repeat of your title tag. Most webmasters put their head tag right after the body tag. A head tag will look like this (h1) (/h1) with the ( and ) being replaced with < >
6. Anchor Links
Anchor Links is one of the most important html tags that your site needs to gain search engine page rank
especially in google and msn.
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Google Pagerank From A to Z
By David Olsen
If you’re a website owner and you’re trying to get organic search engine traffic then you’ve probably heard the term “Google Pagerank”. But what is Pagerank and how does a websites pagerank effect search engine rankings? In this article I’ll address those questions and try to give you some insight into this often confusing topic.
What is Google pagerank?
Google developed the “pagerank” system several years ago for the purpose of gauging how “important” a web page is. The higher the pagerank, the more “important” Google thinks the webpage is. Google uses this gauge as a part of its ranking algorithm.
Where does pagerank come from?
Pagerank is all about webpages linking to other webpages. You see, every page that Google indexes has a pagerank value associated with it. Every time one page links to another page, a portion of that pagerank value “passes” to the page it links to. Higher ranking pages, pass more pagerank to the pages they link to.
What happens is, when one page links to another page, it’s kind of like the page that does the linking is voting for the other page. So to get pagerank to your webpage, all you have to do is get other pages to link to it.
Pagerank is really just a mathematical calculation that determines how “important” a webpage is based on how “important” the pages that link to it are.
A crucial point here that is often misunderstood is that pagerank is passed on a page by page basis. Many webmasters assume that a sites pagerank is determined by its home page. While it’s true that the homepage is often the highest ranking page within a website, it doesn’t have to be. Any page on a given website could rank higher then the homepage.
The myth that the homepage will have the highest pagerank comes from the fact that many webmasters (especially old school webmasters) participated in reciprocal linking programs where they would exchange links to each others homepages. So, by default, the homepage wound up with the highest pagerank simply because it had the most links pointing to it.
So how will my pagerank affect my search engine rankings?
Pagerank is simply not as powerful as it once was. There was a time when all you had to do to rank well was to get enough websites to link to you and you could dominate virtually any listing you wanted. Today, the ranking algorithm is much more complex. Many other factors are taken into account. However, pagerank does still play a reasonably important roll so getting backlinks is still a major task in the search engine optimization world. It’s just that the way we go about getting those links has changed.
How do I check a sites pagerank?
Google offers a free toolbar that you can download and install on your machine. One of the things this toolbar does is to display the Pagerank of whatever webpage you’re looking at.
One final note, my recommendation is to never worry too much about Pagerank. Build your website to the best of your ability; create well written, compelling web pages and you’ll get backlinks naturally. Further, take some of your better articles and submit them to a few article directories – include a resource box which links back to your site and you’ll get some excellent backlinks pretty quickly. Just stay away from reciprocal linking campaigns, whatever benefit they once had is long gone.
avid Olsen has been an Internet Marketer since 1999. In his career he has developed well over one hundred affiliate websites and promoted dozens of products. He is an expert in SEO and writes extensively about it at his flagship website, D-Olsen.com
Visit his site today and sign up for his free SEO Success Guide
Web Hosting and E-Commerce
If you are selling a product or a service, e-commerce might be a smart way to do business.
E-Commerce is about selling products or services over the Internet.
It is not a very good idea to build your own e-commerce system. Building an e-commerce system is a complicated process, with the potential for a lot of errors.
You might buy a ready-to-use system and run it on your own server. Many systems are available on the market today, and most of them will cover your basic needs for order management and processing. But again, if you are not familiar with hosting your own web site, starting with an e-commerce site is not the right thing.
The best solution, in our opinion, is to find an ISP that offers an e-commerce solution.
E-Commerce and Hosting Providers
E-commerce covers a huge range of products. With different ISPs you will find anything from very simple to very complex solutions.
Most ISPs offer a simple and inexpensive solution, that allow you to run a “virtual store”.
- How does it handle customers?
- How does it handle product catalogs?
- How does it handle orders?
- How does it handle inventory?
- How does it handle back orders?
- How does it handle shipment?
- How does it handle accounts?
- How does it handle billing?
- How does it handle payment?
- How does it handle foreign currency?
- How does it handle credit cards?
- How does it handle taxes?
- How does it handle security?
- How does it handle integrity (encryption)?
Also check if the most time-consuming tasks are automated. Look for automated billing, invoice handling, accounting, and report generation.
Before you sign up with an ISP, surf some other e-commerce sites on their servers. Find out how it works. Try some shopping, and see if you get a good feeling. Also compare the other sites against yours, to see if it looks like you have the same needs. Contacting some of the other customers is also a valuable option.
Taxes is a complex issue for on-line stores. Especially VAT (Value Added Tax).
If you are selling on-line, you will most likely be in the export business.
Exporting goods may not be the subject of VAT in your country, but often your customers will have to pay their local VAT when they pick up the goods.
In addition, there will be the issue of income tax for your shop, depending on how you report your income from sales.
Before starting an on-line store, be sure to consult a tax adviser.
Shipping can be a simple or at times complex issue for on-line stores. Especially Local and International Shipping
If you are selling on-line, you will most likely be in the export business.
Exporting goods may require that you confirm shipping after confirming the order as @ times shippers change rates without notification.
In addition, there will be the issue of whether the shop can integrate a shipping module or at least allow setup of individual Shipping rates.
Before starting an on-line store, be sure to consult a tax adviser and ask about shipping modules.
Web Hosting Database Technologies
MS SQL Server or Oracle for high traffic database-driven web sites.
MySQL for low-cost database-access.
MS Access for low traffic web sites.
If your web site needs to update large quantities of information via the web, you will need a database to store your information.
There are many different database systems available for web hosting. The most common are MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, and MS Access.
Using the SQL Language
SQL is the language for accessing databases.
If you want your web site to be able to store and retrieve data from a database, your web server should have access to a database-system that uses the SQL language.
Microsoft’s SQL Server is a popular database software for database-driven web sites with high traffic.
SQL Server is a very powerful, robust and full featured SQL database system.
Oracle is also a popular database software for database-driven web sites with high traffic.
Oracle is a very powerful, robust and full featured SQL database system.
MySQL is also a popular database software for web sites.
MySQL is a very powerful, robust and full featured SQL database system.
MySQL is an inexpensive alternative to the expensive Microsoft and Oracle solutions.
When a web site requires only a simple database, Microsoft Access can be a solution.
Access is not well suited for very high-traffic, and not as powerful as MySQL, SQL Server, or Oracle.
Web Hosting E-mail Services
Hosting services should include e-mail accounts and e-mail services.
Hosting solutions should include e-mail accounts for each person in your company.
E-mail addresses should appear something like this:
POP stands for Post Office Protocol. POP is a standard client/server protocol for sending and receiving e-mail.
The e-mails are received and held on your internet server until you pick it up with a client e-mail program, like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP is another standard protocol for sending and receiving e-mail.
The e-mails are received, and held on your internet server, until you pick it up with a client e-mail program, like Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.
IMAP represents an improvement over POP because e-mail stored on an IMAP server can be manipulated from several computers (a computer at home, a workstation at the office, etc.), without having to transfer messages back and forth between computers. POP was designed to support e-mail access on one single computer.
Web-based e-mail services enable you to access your e-mail via a web browser. You log into your e-mail account via the Web to send and retrieve e-mail. Being able to access your e-mail from any browser anywhere in the world is a very attractive option. Ask your potential host if they have this option.
Examples of web-based e-mail services are Gmail and Hotmail.
E-mail forwarding allows you to have multiple e-mail personalities.
With e-mail forwarding, you can setup aliases for other e-mail accounts like:
firstname.lastname@example.org should be forwarded to email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org should be forwarded to email@example.com
Some service providers offer mailing list capabilities. This is valuable if you plan to send out e-mails to a large number of users.
Web Hosting Capacities
Make sure you get the disk space and the traffic volume you need. Also Ensure that you are able to upgrade with ease and cost effectively to a higher package when needed.
How Much Disk Space?
A small or medium web site will need between 10 and 100MB of disk space.
If you look at the size of HTML pages, you will see that the average size is very small. But if you look at the size of the images used inside these pages, you will often find the images larger than the page.
Expect each HTML page to take up between 5 and 50KB of disk space on your web server, depending on the use of images or other space-consuming elements.
If you use a lot of images or graphic elements (or sound files or movies), you might need much more disk space.
Make sure you know your needs, before choosing a web host.
A small or medium web site will consume between 1GB and 5GB of data transfer per month.
Calculate the following: average page size * expected page views per month
Example: If your average page size is 30KB and you expect 50,000 page views per month, you will need 0.03MB * 50,000 = 1.5GB.
Larger, commercial sites often consume more than 100GB of monthly traffic.
Before you sign up with a host provider, make sure to check this:
What are the restrictions on monthly transfer?
- Will the web site be closed if it exceeds the volume?
- Will you be billed a fortune if the web site exceeds the volume?
- Is upgrading a simple task?
In the early days of the Internet a T1 connection was considered a fast connection. Today connection speeds are much faster.
1 byte equals to 8 bits (and that’s the number of bits used to transport one character). Low-speed modems can transport from about 14 000 to 56 000 bits per second (14 to 56 kilobits per second). That is somewhere between 2000 and 7000 characters per second, or about 1 to 5 pages of written text.
One kilobit (Kb) is 1024 bits. One megabit (Mb) is 1024 kilobits. One gigabit (Gb) is 1024 megabits.
These are connection speeds used on the Internet today:
|Name||Connection||Speed per second|
Before you sign up with a host provider, surf some other web sites on their servers, and try to get a good feeling about their network speed. Also compare the other sites against yours, to see if it looks like you have the same needs. Contacting some of the other customers is also a valuable option.
Web Hosting Domain Names
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is a unique name for a web site, like eeze-solutions.co.za
Choosing a hosting solution should include domain name registration. Some ISP’S offer a free registration with a yearly hosting package which can lead to a initial saving.
Your domain name should be easy to remember and easy to type.
Domain names must be registered. When domain names are registered, they are added to a large domain name register. In addition, information about the web site, including the IP address, is stored on a DNS server.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. A DNS server is responsible for informing all other computers on the Internet about the domain name and the web site address.
Registering a Domain
Domains can be registered from domain name registration companies. We Provide Registration and Whois Look up here
These companies provide interfaces to search for available domain names, and they offer a variety of domain name extensions that can be registered at the same time.
Choosing a Domain Name
Choosing a domain name is a major step for any individual or organization.
New domain name extensions and creative thinking still offer thousands of excellent domain names!
When choosing a name, it is important to consider the purpose of a domain name, which is to provide an easy way to reach your web site.
The best domains have the following characteristics:
Short – People don’t like to type! A short domain name is easier to type, read, and remember.
Meaningful – A short domain is nothing without meaning, 34i4nh.com is not easy to enter or to remember. Select a domain that relates to your site in a way that people will understand.
Clear – Clarity is important when selecting a domain name. Avoid a name that is difficult to spell or pronounce.
Exposure – Names that are short and easy to remember are an asset. In addition to visitors, also consider search engines. Search engines index your site and rank it for relevance against terms people search for. In order to maximize your sites exposure, consider including a relevant search term in your domain. Of course, only consider this if it still maintains a short, clear and meaningful domain name.
Geographical – Choose your geographical domain that is associated with your target area, this assists especially if you only want to deal locally.
Most people are unaware that they use sub domains daily. The famous “www” of the World Wide Web is an example of a sub domain. Sub domains can be created on a DNS server, and they don’t need to be registered with a domain name registrar, of course, the original domain name needs to be registered before a sub domain could be created.
Examples of sub domains used on the internet are http://store.apple.com and http://support.microsoft.com.
Sub domains can be requested from your web hosting provider.
False Domain Names – Directory Listings
Some providers will offer you a name under their own name, like: www.theircompany.com/yourcompany/
This is not a real domain name, it is a directory – and you should try to avoid it.
Directory domains are not desirable, especially for companies.
Typically, directory domains are used for personal web sites and free web sites provided by an ISP, you may have seen www.theircompany.com/~username as an address.
Competition in domain name registration has resulted in a dramatic decrease in pricing, so domain sharing is not common, since it is possible to register a domain name from only R 75 per year.
Another source for domain registrations is expired domains.
When you register a domain, think of it as a rental, assuming there are no legal or trademark issues with the domain name, you are free to use it as long as you continue to pay the yearly fee (you can now register in advance as many as 10 years). Some people register domains as speculators, hoping that they can later sell them, while others may have planned to use a domain and never had the time. The result is that domains that were previously registered, become available again.
Use Your Domain Name
After you have chosen and registered your own domain name, make sure you use it on all your web pages, and on all your correspondence, like e-mail and traditional mail.
It is important to let other people be aware of your domain name, and to inform your partners and customers about your web site.
Web Hosting Providers
To make your web site visible to the world, you’ll have to store it on a web server.
Hosting your own Web site
Hosting your web site on your own server is always an option. Here are some points to consider:
To run a “real” web site, you will have to buy some powerful server hardware. Don’t expect that a low cost PC will do the job. You will also need a permanent (24 hours a day ) high-speed connection.
Remember that server-licenses often are higher than client-licenses. Also note that server-licenses might have limits on number of users.
Don’t expect low labor expenses. You have to install your own hardware and software. You also have to deal with bugs and viruses, and keep your server constantly running in an environment where “everything could happen”.
Using an Internet Service Provider
Renting a server from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a common option.
Most small companies store their web site on a server provided by an ISP. Here are some advantages:
Most ISPs have very fast connections to the Internet.
ISPs often have powerful web servers that can be shared by several companies. You can also expect them to have an effective load balancing, and necessary backup servers.
Security and Stability
ISPs are specialists on web hosting. Expect their servers to have more than 99% up time, the latest software patches, and the best virus protection.
Things to Consider with an ISP
Make sure your ISP offers 24-hours support. Don’t put yourself in a situation where you cannot fix critical problems without having to wait until the next working day. Toll-free phone could be vital if you don’t want to pay for long distance calls.
Make sure your ISP runs a daily backup routine, otherwise you may lose some valuable data.
Study the ISP’s traffic volume restrictions. Make sure that you don’t have to pay a fortune for unexpected high traffic if your web site becomes popular.
Bandwidth or Content Restrictions
Study the ISP’s bandwidth and content restrictions. If you plan to publish pictures or broadcast video or sound, make sure that you can. Ask these questions and evaluate the response
Make sure your ISP supports the e-mail capabilities you need.
Front Page Extensions
If you use FrontPage to develop your web site, make sure your ISP supports FrontPage server extensions.
If you plan to use data from databases on your web site, make sure your ISP supports the database access you need.
Ensure the ISP allows flexibility to accommodate the growing needs your website without high expense