There are 2 crucial parts to any website, no matter what service you want to use. One is hosting, which can come in the form of a full controllable server you buy from a company like LiquidWeb or SiteGround. It can also come in the form of a full service website business, like Squarespace or Shopify. The other is a domain, which is the web address that people will use to get to your server. No matter what hosting service you use, you will always need to make sure you choose the right domain name. Here are some tips to make sure you buy a good one.
So you need to buy a car. You start by setting a budget and picking a make and model you like. Determine if you want new or used. Do some research online; perhaps you consult a Kelly Blue Book. Then, armed with a good idea of what you need, what you’d like, and how much you can spend, you go to the car dealer. You shop around a bit. But you know for sure, if you want a Ford Fusion, you’re paying between $20K and $25K. There’s a sticker price and most dealers will stay within a few thousand of that. But what about website cost?
Choosing the right hosting company can be an insurmountable task full of features, recommendations, and affiliate links*. There are a wide range of them, depending on what you need and what you know. A few months ago, for example, I switched this site to Liquid Web. Why don’t I just recommend them to everyone? Well the short answer is not everyone needs Liquid Web. I know it and they know it too. There’s no “one size fits all” hosting company; that’s why I recommend two. And today, I’m going to tell you why I recommend SiteGround.
You have definitely been here before. You’re on a website for a restaurant or store you perhaps what to visit. You look for some information that will help you, but all you see is some blurb about the business, maybe a slider of images, and other miscellaneous information. But that’s not what most people need – especially if the business is a brick-and-mortar business. And while I’ve written about websites for small businesses before, I’d like to talk about 5 things every business’ website should show on the homepage.
Over the weekend I happened to be awake and in front of a computer when I came across this tweet from @jenseninman, where she mentioned that she had 2+ hours of uninterrupted time to work on the amazing @CenterCentre project. This got me thinking that it’s been a while since I had some solid time to myself, uninterrupted and distraction free. I also thought that a dedicated blog for how to becoming distraction free seemed like a good idea. When I looked, the (amazing) domain uninterrupt.me was available. What was I supposed to do?
“It’s not working” is terrible feedback. It tells me nothing about what you were doing, what you were trying to do, and what the app didn’t do. It’s akin to looking at menu items without descriptions of the dishes. When you run into an issue and need to fill out a bug report or support ticket, try to answer these questions…
- Web Standards Sherpa: This website sets out to promote web standards through articles and feedback from the experts! If you’re a web developer, this is a no-brainer as far as must reads goes.
- Microsoft to Discontinue Zune (bgr):Â That is a damn shame, as the Zune is a MUCH better mp3 player than the iPod. Maybe if Microsoft ran an ad or two…
- Making Twitter More Secure: HTTPS: Twitter has now added an option to force all of your Twitter dealings to use secured browsing. I strongly recommend turning this setting on.
- You Have a Disease; Here’s the Cure (nettuts+): Just because the Internet is always on doesn’t mean we have to be too.
- Microsoft is More Ethical than Google, Apple, and Facebook: Take note, Fanboys (as a Google Fanboy, I am included)
- Android’s Browser is Way Faster than Safari on the iPhone (gizmodo): In the words of Steward Scott, booyahh.
- Over-the-Air iTunes Syncing now Free for Android (lifehacker): I’ve been testing Music WithMe- seemed shaky at first but it’s working now and is really awesome!
- Yanko Design: Some really inspiring & innovative product design here.
- Dabble.In: A new website that asks, “What do you Dabble?”
- 10 Tips for Working While on the Go (lifehacker): Pretty helpful stuff here- especially if you travel a lot.
- Why You Should Keep a Mileage Log (workawesome): This can save you quite a bit of money at tax time!
- Anaheim school district handing out GPS trackers to chronically absent students (engadget): Having trouble with a student? Lojack them. I can’t see anything wrong with this.
- Know Your Way Around Facebook Privacy (web.appstorm): Web.Appstorm published an article of mine that serves as a pretty comprehensive guide to Facebook Privacy. You should check it out.
- MLB Dedicated to Educating on Tobacco Risks (mlb.com): My question is why are US Senators getting involved at all. Dear Representatives, it’s not your job to tell us what to do, or to prevent people from poorly influencing us, or to protect us from ourselves.
- 60 Beautiful Wallpapers for Your Android Phone (android.appstorm): Some really nice wallpapers here. I picked up a few myself!
- Apple to Announce iPad 2 March 2nd, WSJ Reports (bgr): Begin the tablet frenzy 2011. My money is on the Moto XOOM being a better device, but I’m a little jaded.
- 6 Bad Habits to Blame on Technology: Everyone should read this. Fact: It’s no OK to constantly text someone while you’re having a conversation with someone in real life. Get some damn manners.
- If Apple Made Bottled Water (image): “If you’ve been drinking the juice, you’re ready to drink the water.”
- The PHD Comics Guide to TA Office Hours (comic): That attendance graph is 100% true.
- The Likeability of Angry Birds (theoatmeal): Also True. I hate that green bird.
- How The Social Network Saved Mark Zuckerburg (wired): Really good read. I actually think the movie villainized the twins who sued him more.
- What Happens if Yahoo!Â AcquiresÂ You (37signals): This is the main difference between Google and other companies. It’s really a shame what Yahoo! does to great web apps.
- Visualized: Android activations mapped geographically, chronologically, breathtakingly (video, engadget): This, is a very cool video.
- Design and Develop a Complete Website, Part I (webdesigntuts): I think I’m going to do this just to try and change up my design process a little.
- Freelance Freedom: Email Delusion (comic): This is oh so very true. It’s kind of sad.
- Back to the Future (photography): This is really cool; the photographer recreates old photos using the same person 20+ years later.
- Psychic Show Cancelled due to “Unforeseen Circumstances” (wired): This isÂ hilariousÂ to me.
- Twitter Faux Pas (red cross): It’s cool to see somethings that could have been a PR nightmare turn into something good. Kudos to Dogfish Head.
- Twitter’s Biz Stone: “We are not Valued at $10 Billion” (techcrunch): Oh hey…people are over-inflating an Internet company’s value? Kudos to the Twitter guys for squashing this!
- Apple’s App Store Bad for Consumers, AT&T CEO says (bgr): I have always thought this. It’s one of the main reasons I prefer Android to iOS.
- LEGO Robot Solves a Rubikâ€™s Cube in 25 Seconds Using Droid Phone: Oh good. Another Android phone that is now smarter than me.
- Sync Your Android with Your Mac using Syncmate (android.appstorm): In my latest article on Android.Appstorm, I look over the software Syncmate, which allows you to sync Calendar, Contacts, Bookmarks, iTunes, Photos, and more with your Mac.
- Why You’re a Bad Programmer (nettuts): Seriously, don’t be a wang.
- Poster: Mixed Reviews: These are some pretty sweet posters showcasing the great beverages of great movies. I may have to get 1 or 5.
- Minimalist Task Management with Todo.txt Touch (android.appstorm): I take a look at my new favorite Android app, Todo.txt Touch.
- Comic: The 6 Crappiest Interview Questions (the oatmeal): That’s about right. If there’s a better interview answer for “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” than “Here, working my away up the ranks,” I’ve yet to hear it.
- 10 Great Sites for Finding Great Deals (web.appstorm): Twice published by envato this week, I take a look at my 10 favorite sites for finding awesome deals.
- Comic: Unmatched Parenthesis (xkcd: This bothered me a lot. I wonder if it broke any automatic parsers.
- ‘Oopsies!’: Us Weekly apologizes to Sarah Palin over using fake quotes (foxnews): I heard US Weekly said, “Well, I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.”
- Rdio: I’ve been using this music streaming service for the last 5 or so days have I’ve been digging it.
- Image: Pyramid scheme (lamebook): HA!
- 20 Awesome Android Apps for Students (android.appstorm): Great list! Kinda makes me wish I was still a student, but I suspect I can try some of these out as a teacher.
- Watercooler: The Forecast for Mr. Sunshine (tvguide): I really liked the show- I’m also a big fan of Matthew Perry. PS- they use a quote from yours truly in the article!