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How To Create Your Own Website with Website Creator

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Wondering how to create your own website? You’re not alone! Countless small business owners understand the need for a website but feel like they either can’t pay to have one built or they don’t have the skills to do it themselves. We’re here to tell you that you don’t have to be a design professional to create a beautiful website – and it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, either. Continue reading How To Create Your Own Website with Website Creator at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

The Wide World of Microsoft Windows on AWS

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You have been able to run Microsoft Windows on AWS since 2008 (my ancient post, Big Day for Amazon EC2: Production, SLA, Windows, and 4 New Capabilities, shows you just how far AWS come in a little over a decade). According to IDC, AWS has nearly twice as many Windows Server instances in the cloud as the next largest cloud provider. Today, we believe that AWS is the best place to run Windows and Windows applications in the cloud. You can run the full Windows stack on AWS, including Active Directory, SQL Server, and System Center, while taking advantage of 61 Availability Zones across 20 AWS Regions. You can run existing .NET applications and you can use Visual Studio or VS Code build new, cloud-native Windows applications using the AWS SDK for .NET. Wide World of Windows Starting from this amazing diagram drawn by my colleague Jerry Hargrove, I’d like to explore the Windows-on-AWS ecosystem in detail: 1 – SQL Server Upgrades AWS provides first-class support for SQL Server, encompassing all four Editions (Express, Web, Standard, and Enterprise), with multiple version of each edition. This wide-ranging support has helped SQL Server to become one of the most popular Windows workloads on AWS. The SQL Server Upgrade Tool (an AWS Systems Manager script) makes it easy for you to upgrade an EC2 instance that is running SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 to SQL Server 2016. The tool creates an AMI from a running instance, upgrades the AMI to SQL Server 2016, and launches the new AMI. To learn more, read about the AWSEC2-CloneInstanceAndUpgradeSQLServer action. Amazon RDS makes it easy for you to upgrade your DB Instances to new major or minor upgrades to SQL Server. The upgrade is performed in-place, and can be initiated with a couple of clicks. For example, if you are currently running SQL Server 2014, you have the following upgrades available: You can also opt-in to automatic upgrades to new minor versions that take place within your preferred maintenance window: Before you upgrade a production DB Instance, you can create a snapshot backup, use it to create a test DB Instance, upgrade that instance to the desired new version, and perform acceptance testing. To learn more, about upgrades, read Upgrading the Microsoft SQL Server DB Engine. 2 – SQL Server on Linux If your organization prefers Linux, you can run SQL Server on Ubuntu, Amazon Linux 2, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux using our License Included (LI) Amazon Machine Images. Read the most recent launch announcement or search for the AMIs in AWS Marketplace using the EC2 Launch Instance Wizard: This is a very cost-effective option since you do not need to pay for Windows licenses. You can use the new re-platforming tool (another AWS Systems Manager script) to move your existing SQL Server databases (2008 and above, either in the cloud or on-premises) from Windows to Linux. 3 – Always-On Availability Groups (Amazon RDS for SQL Server) If you are running enterprise-grade production workloads on Amazon RDS (our managed database service), you should definitely enable this feature! It enhances availability and durability by replicating your database between two AWS Availability Zones, with a primary instance in one and a hot standby in another, with fast, automatic failover in the event of planned maintenance or a service disruption. You can enable this option for an existing DB Instance, and you can also specify it when you create a new one: To learn more, read Multi-AZ Deployments Using Microsoft SQL Mirroring or Always On. 4 – Lambda Support Let’s talk about some features for developers! Launched in 2014, and the subject of continuous innovation ever since, AWS Lambda lets you run code in the cloud without having to own, manage, or even think about servers. You can choose from several .NET Core runtimes for your Lambda functions, and then write your code in either C# or PowerShell: To learn more, read Working with C# and Working with PowerShell in the AWS Lambda Developer Guide. Your code has access to the full set of AWS services, and can make use of the AWS SDK for .NET; read the Developing .NET Core AWS Lambda Functions post for more info. 5 – CDK for .NET The AWS CDK (Cloud Development Kit) for .NET lets you define your cloud infrastructure as code and then deploy it using AWS CloudFormation. For example, this code (stolen from this post) will generate a template that creates an Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) queue and an Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS) topic: var queue = new Queue(this, "MyFirstQueue", new QueueProps { VisibilityTimeoutSec = 300 } var topic = new Topic(this, "MyFirstTopic", new TopicProps { DisplayName = "My First Topic Yeah" }); 6 – EC2 AMIs for .NET Core If you are building Linux applications that make use of .NET Core, you can use use our Amazon Linux 2 and Ubuntu AMIs. With .NET Core, PowerShell Core, and the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) preinstalled, you’ll be up and running— and ready to deploy applications—in minutes. You can find the AMIs by searching for core when you launch an EC2 instance: 7 – .NET Dev Center The AWS .Net Dev Center contains materials that will help you to learn how design, build, and run .NET Applications on AWS. You’ll find articles, sample code, 10-minute tutorials, projects, and lots more: 8 – AWS License Manager We want to help you to manage and optimize your Windows and SQL Server applications in new ways. For example,  AWS License Manager helps you to manage the licenses for the software that you run in the cloud or on-premises (read my post, New AWS License Manager – Manage Software Licenses and Enforce Licensing Rules, to learn more). You can create custom rules that emulate those in your licensing agreements, and enforce them when an EC2 instance is launched: The License Manager also provides you with information on license utilization so that you can fine-tune your license portfolio, possibly saving some money in the process! 9 – Import, Export, and Migration You have lots of options and choices when it comes to moving your code and data into and out of AWS. Here’s a very brief summary: TSO Logic – This new member of the AWS family (we acquired the company earlier this year) offers an analytics solution that helps you to plan, optimize, and save money as you make your journey to the cloud. VM Import/Export – This service allows you to import existing virtual machine images to EC2 instances, and export them back to your on-premises environment. Read Importing a VM as an Image Using VM Import/Export to learn more. AWS Snowball – This service lets you move petabyte scale data sets into and out of AWS. If you are at exabyte scale, check out the AWS Snowmobile. AWS Migration Acceleration Program – This program encompasses AWS Professional Services and teams from our partners. It is based on a three step migration model that includes a readiness assessment, a planning phase, and the actual migration. 10 – 21st Century Applications AWS gives you a full-featured, rock-solid foundation and a rich set of services so that you can build tomorrow’s applications today! You can go serverless with the .NET Core support in Lambda, make use of our Deep Learning AMIs for Windows, host containerized apps on Amazon ECS or eks], and write code that makes use of the latest AI-powered services. Your applications can make use of recommendations, forecasting, image analysis, video analysis, text analytics, document analysis, text to speech, translation, transcription, and more. 11 – AWS Integration Your existing Windows Applications, both cloud-based and on-premises, can make use of Windows file system and directory services within AWS: Amazon FSx for Windows Server – This fully managed native Windows file system is compatible with the SMB protocol and NTFS. It provides shared file storage for Windows applications, backed by SSD storage for fast & reliable performance. To learn more, read my blog post. AWS Directory Service – Your directory-aware workloads and AWS Enterprise IT applications can use this managed Active Directory that runs in the AWS Cloud. Join our Team If you would like to build, manage, or market new AWS offerings for the Windows market, be sure to check out our current openings. Here’s a sampling: Senior Digital Campaign Marketing Manager – Own the digital tactics for product awareness and run adoption campaigns. Senior Product Marketing Manager – Drive communications and marketing, create compelling content, and build awareness. Developer Advocate – Drive adoption and community engagement for SQL Server on EC2. Learn More Our freshly updated Windows on AWS and SQL Server on AWS pages contain case studies, quick starts, and lots of other useful information. — Jeff;

What is a Website Builder?

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If your small business or brand is coming together, the next crucial and somewhat scary step ahead of you is to create a website. But what do you if you can’t afford to hire a developer and have no knowledge of coding? Fortunately for you, there is the website builder: a tool that allows anyone and everyone to build and create beautiful website design for a personal or e-commerce website. Want to learn more? In our thorough guide we’ll answer: What exactly is a website builder? Why do people use them? What characteristics are found in a good website builder?How do I get started? It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. What Is a Website Builder? A website builder is as it sounds; an apparatus that allows you to craft your very own site. This platform or software is typically engineered to have a user-friendly interface, with plenty of drag and drop functionality and preset styles and website templates to choose from. They allow you to build a website from scratch by using prebuilt structures. In this way, with a bit of invested time and some pointed tutorials, you can start creating your layout, style, and then integrating your brand’s elements and content. The code runs on the backend, but the frontend is a platform of digestible, easy-to-learn features which allow you to build your home on the internet landscape. This can be done in two ways: Online Website Builder An online website builder is a platform that you access through your web browser. Instead of downloading the builder’s software, it’s hosted on the cloud, which you can access anywhere there’s internet.   Offline Website Builder An offline website builder requires the user to download software and host the files locally on their computer. It’s a general rule of thumb that offline website builders take a bit more technical knowhow and experience, seeing as the files will have to be uploaded onto a web hosting platform once the buildout is finished. Why Do People Use Website Builders? To put it in perspective, many renowned web developers use website builders, like WordPress, to put together websites. These tools are not reserved simply for novice users within the web development space. Of course, if the website is going to need extensive coding with complex functionality and advanced security, then a standard website builder might not be the recommended option. But website builders are the perfect option for most small businesses and fresh enterprises. Here are some of the main reasons people use website builders: Creates a website in a snapLess room for errorThey don’t require technical knowhowAffordabilityLow Maintenance 24/7 Technical Support (offered by companies like Domain.com) A Snap of the Fingers In many circumstances, a small business needs scant more than a functional, good-looking website that is easy to navigate. Any web developer will tell you that a website builder can do this in the blink of an eye. They’re right. A website builder can create a good-looking, viable and functional site in a matter of hours. Less Room for Error Being that the website builder is pre-coded, there’s less room for error. The pieces you build, layer, and add together will work because they were designed to complement one another. You’re not creating new “pieces of a website” hoping they integrate perfectly, you’re integrating pieces that have been tested countless times before. Caters to Low Technical Skill Sets You don’t need to be a graphic design guru, web dev pro, or even understand HTML to use a website builder. One facet of website builders is their template catalogue. These templates come integrated with color theory, crisp designs, and functional processes. They do the work so that you don’t have to. Affordability It should be no surprise that it’s far cheaper to utilize a savvy website builder instead of hiring a web developer to do the work on your behalf. Truth be told, most of the web developers you hire will be using some sort of templatized platform—especially if your website does not require custom coding. Hint: most don’t. Little Maintenance Since website templates are pre-coded in website builders, there’s little need for upkeep and maintenance. Of course, the website should be continuously updated with fresh content for your audience to engage with, but this is another “plug-n-play” process of a good website builder. DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Support Many small business owners or brand creators want to go the DIY method when it comes to their website. They want to learn how the process works and maintain full creative control, and that’s understandable. For many online website builders, companies like Domain.com offer technical support along with the builder. This means if you run into any issues, you can call them for free. Now that you have a general understanding of why people utilize website builders, when you start your hunt, what features and characteristics should you be looking for? It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. What Makes for A Good Website Builder? What makes for a good website builder is often subjective due to the needs and experience of the user. What one web developer may qualify as “good” can differ from the opinion of another. Yet, there are some ubiquitous characteristics shared by website builders which most everyone agrees are measurements of their quality. You’ll find the most important features below:   User Friendliness The entire point of utilizing a website builder is for its ease of use. This is part of the “drag and drop” experience, as little else is required in reshaping your website other than dragging and dropping the pre-coded elements where you want them to be. These are also known as WYSIWYG web builders, which stands for “What You See Is What You Get.” Domain.com offers one of the best website builders that: Complements beginners and pros – The novice can learn how to navigate the platform quickly, and the pro can utilize its wide offering of features and functionalities.Allows the user to drag and drop nearly every element – This includes text, video, pictures, your logo, and more.Removes the necessity of plugins – You won’t need to download or install any 3rd party software. This further eases the process seeing as the entire platform is hosted by Domain.com. Templates & Customization A common fear with website builders is that the site is going to end up looking cheap. Another fear is that websites created using the same website builder might look too similar. Let’s put those worries to rest. Website builders allow you to customize a large wealth of templates so your website will look and feel unique to your business or brand. Features should include: A fully customizable design stack – This includes fonts, colors, layering, and graphic design.A fully customizable template catalogue – You don’t want to have static, stale templates — ones that seem to have been developed without the help of a professional graphic designer. This can indeed create a cheap looking website. Instead, you want a large selection of templates to choose from. Each one should be customizable (to an extent).Customizable images – You’re going to want to utilize a website builder that comes with an image editor. It should be obvious that the images on your website need to be purposefully selected, immersive, and engaging to the eye. Having a one-stop-shop image editor is the perfect way to simplify the process.Mobile responsive customization – It’s more likely that your audience will view your website via their smartphone than their computer, meaning it’s imperative to format a website for mobile. It is critical that the website builder you choose caters to mobile formats.   Analytics and SEO Tools One of the most important facets of a company’s growth is keeping track of their performance on the web. Today, with analytical tools, users can track every interaction a potential customer has with their website. Additionally, SEO (search engine optimization) tools assist with visibility on search engines, meaning a company has a higher likelihood of “popping up” on a given search. You may be reading this and thinking, “SEO? Analytics? This stuff is jargon to me.” Which brings us to our next point: a great website builder will integrate these elements as well as work to explain them to the user. In which case, a website builder should integrate: Analytic Tools – The most common you’ll see is Google Analytics, being that Google is the search engine every company wants to rank on.SEO Tools – A basic keyword generator and the integration of metadata with the possibility for further expansion. Extras Additionally, if you plan on shifting your business into an ecommerce platform or if it’s one from the start, then be sure that the website builder you choose includes tools to support your transactions. This includes but is not limited to: A shopping cart – You’ll want your website to support the shopping cart feature, as that’s the easiest way to purchase a given product.Inventory management – You’ll want your backend to have a one-stop-shop to track your inventory and stock.Payments – From Stripe, PayPal, to credit cards, you’re going to want your website to support online payments. While the ecommerce features mentioned above are standard, the integration of them is not. The key is to find a website builder that seamlessly integrates each feature, seeing as they will be the pillars of your ecommerce platform. How Do I Get Started? Before building your professional website, there are a few steps that must first be completed. For instance, for your website to exist on the internet you’re going to need a domain name, which will also be the name of your website. And before you purchase this domain, you’re going to need to choose a hosting platform and website builder. We’ll explain below. It all starts with the right domain. Get yours today at Domain.com. Starting with the Domain Name If you go to Domain.com, there’s a search bar in the center of the page. Just enter the name of your business or the domain you want and Domain.com will assess its availability and then provide pricing. Once you’ve found an available name, you’ll need to enter: Both the domain name and the extensionYour first and last nameYour email addressYour phone numberYour physical addressBilling informationAdministrative contact information Choose A Host Once you’ve obtained your domain, you’re going to have to choose a hosting plan based on your specific needs. Create, Create, Create Once you’ve settled on a domain name and chosen your host provider, now it’s time to utilize the website builder and start creating the website itself. Explore the large library of templates and then customize them. Try to evaluate exactly how you want to position your brand and what you’re trying to showcase, then find the perfect base template that complements your vision. Customize and Integrate Images Once you’ve laid a solid foundation for your website, it’s time to customize. Create a standout website by integrating stellar images that are brand-specific and original. Steer clear of anything “stock” or “filler-focused” and try to, if you can, place original content anywhere possible. This will further showcase your brand and add to the uniqueness of your platform. Add in Analytics Once your website is finished, adding an analytics tool is a fantastic way to measure its success on the internet. The data generated by these tools will allow you to understand how well you’ve positioned your brand, where to make changes, and where you’re succeeding. In today’s digital climate, it’s nearly impossible to compete with other brands without some sort of analytics tool. Build Your Own Website! A website builder is a tool that allows both novices and pros alike to create a professionally designed website. With pre-coded templates, user-friendliness, image editors, analytical tools, SEO tools, and more, it’s never been easier for someone with zero technical knowhow to build their own block of real estate on the internet. At Domain.com you can buy your domain, set up your web hosting service, and utilize their powerful website builder all in the same place. Better yet, they’re available to answer any questions you may have and guide your through the building process. Reach out today to get started on building your online presence! Sources: Domain.com Services www.domain.com WebSavvy Marketing. What is a Website Builder? June, 2017. What is a Website Builder? Website Builder Expert. Website Builders. Website Builders Debunked | What Are They And Who Uses Them? Website Builders The post What is a Website Builder? appeared first on Domain.com | Blog.

Introducing LinkedIn Reactions: More Ways to Express Yourself

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People come to LinkedIn every day to discover what’s happening in their professional communities and talk to one another about topics and ideas related to their work. These conversations cover a wide range, whether it’s discussing industry news, celebrating a company milestone, giving advice on someone’s job search journey, or sharing thoughts on important workplace topics like being a working parent. One of the things we regularly hear from all of you is that you want more expressive ways than... .

How To Prevent Data Leaks On Your eCommerce Store

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Data is one of your eCommerce business’s most valuable assets. But it’s not only valuable to your business. It’s also valuable to criminals, who use personal data for identity theft and credit card numbers to commit fraud. Over the last few months, several major eCommerce retailers and many smaller stores were targeted by Magecart, a… Continue reading →

Choosing the Right Web Hosting

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Sifting between the different web hosting services available can be a daunting and sometimes frustrating task. Luckily, we’re here to help you make sense of it all and, in turn, help you choose the right hosting for you. What is hosting? Web hosting is the act of storing data from a website on a server. Depending on the type of hosting plan, this can be one server or many. Types of Hosting There are three major types of hosting: dedicated, shared, and cloud. Continue reading Choosing the Right Web Hosting at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

The New Drupal Layout Builder

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April 10, 2019 – Drupal 5.7 is just three weeks away, and with it will come the Drupal layout builder. Drupal has always been about accessibility, and the last several years have only seen that commitment ramp up as the teams behind the open source platform have begun to invest more in matching the true… Continue reading →

WP-CLI: A Q&A with Alain Schlesser

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For the last couple of years, WP-CLI has been changing the way developers work in WordPress. WP-CLI helps developers take regular, repeat tasks and automate them using a set of command-line tools for managing WordPress-installations. Using the interface, you can update plugins, set up multisite installs, and much more, without using a web browser. This… The post WP-CLI: A Q&A with Alain Schlesser appeared first on WP Engine.

What Do We Mean By Managed Hosting?

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You may be a little confused about what we mean when we say “Managed Hosting”. That’s all right, because the differences between a managed server and support from a managed hosting expert can be subtle. But there is a big difference. Managed Server Hosting When we talk about managed hosting, we’re often referring to a hosting platform that is managed by a team of skilled system administrators. In this sense, managed hosting means complicated server admin tasks are provided for you. Continue reading What Do We Mean By Managed Hosting? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

When Should I Upgrade My Website Hosting?

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If you think it’s time to upgrade your website hosting, you’re probably right. You know your website better than anyone else, and if you’ve been noticing issues – listen to your gut. Websites grow and change over time, so it’s perfectly natural to outgrow your hosting service – even if they performed well in the past. Not sure? Keep reading to learn about everything from the different types of hosting plans to how to know when it’s time for an upgrade. Continue reading When Should I Upgrade My Website Hosting? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

SSD VPS Hosting and It’s Benefits for your Business Website

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VPS Hosting or Virtual Private Server Hosting is one of the preferred hosting options for several small-medium sized online businesses. The reason being, it is a bridge between Shared and Dedicated Hosting, offering its users the best of both worlds. If you are new and want to know more about VPS Hosting, you can read more about it. However, we assume, you all know what is VPS Hosting, and will move on to understanding the finer nuances of it, namely the kind of storage device that VPS follows. Storage devices are categorised into two types – HDD and SSD. HDD stands for Hard Disk Drive whereas, SSD stands for Solid State Drive. In this article, we’ll cover the new and advanced form of storage – SSD and how it integrates with VPS Hosting. So, first things first! What is SSD VPS Hosting? SSD VPS Hosting, in simple words, can be defined as a ‘Solid State Drive VPS Hosting Plan’. Here the VPS Hosting service provider uses an SSD disk instead of the traditional Hard Disk Drive on their physical servers. The benefit of an SSD over HDD is that it consumes less power and delivers faster performance and speed. Let us see in detail, what distinguishes the two drives from one another. Comparison between SSD and HDD   SSD HDD SSD or Solid State Drives draw less power and thus, boosting battery life. HDD or Hard Disk Drives draw a lot of power thus affecting their battery. SSD uses flash memory to store data. Hence data doesn’t get deleted suddenly due to the magnetic disk effect on data. HDD has circular platters to store data in magnetic format. However, a downside to magnetic disk storage is that magnets can erase data, hence data is vulnerable. SSDs have hardly any moving parts. Hence they produce very little noise and vibrations. HDDs have platters to store data, and they cause noise while moving, as well as, vibrations. Cost wise SSDs are expensive, but they deliver high performance to the website running. HDDs are cheaper as compared to SSD, but they compromise on the performance of the website in the longer run. 3 Major Advantages of SSD VPS Hosting: SSD uses flash memory to store data. This improves the read-write speed significantly, leading to improved performance of the server, as well as, the website loading speed. HDDs are more prone to damage as they use movable platters instead of flash memory. Thus, SSD’s are more reliable in terms of efficiency and durability which, in turn, builds trust and credibility for your customer. A faster loading website directly impacts Google search engine results and your website’s SEO. Websites hosted with SSD VPS Hosting load faster, thus helping you enhance your page ranking. We at ResellerClub, provide all our VPS Hosting plans with SSD storage options, along with, storage space from 20-120 GB. Furthermore, with our SSD VPS Hosting you get to choose your choice of control panel either cPanel or Plesk. Choosing the right storage option for your VPS Hosting depends on your needs. In the end, it is your marketing strategy, good content, and how you present your website to a potential customer that makes the difference, however, the right hosting plan just acts as a bonus! So decide wisely!

Is it Time to Switch from Shared Hosting to VPS?

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What’s the difference between shared hosting vs. VPS? If you’re just building your first website, or even if you’ve had one for years, you may not understand how it all works. Hosting seems to be one of those things that people know they need, but they don’t actually understand why. It’s easy to see how it could all get confusing if you don’t have a background in tech – at first glance, all of the different hosting plans look pretty much the same. Continue reading Is it Time to Switch from Shared Hosting to VPS? at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

Domain Name Management

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The post Domain Name Management appeared first on HostGator Blog. When you’re in the early stages of creating your first website, you may be surprised by just how much is involved in building and maintaining a website. One of the most important parts of getting your website up on the web, and keeping it running for years to come, is domain name management. What is Domain Name Management? Domain name management is everything involved in finding the right domain name, registering it, and keeping it up to date for as long as you want to use it. Domain management isn’t difficult (or at least it doesn’t have to be), but it’s something important to stay on top of for as long as you have a website. Starting Out with Domain Name Management The bulk of what you need to know about domain name management comes into play when you’re still in the planning stages of creating your new website. What Is a Domain Name? Ever wondered how domain names work? A domain name is what people type into a browser to find your website. Every website technically has two addresses used to stake out their unique place on the web. Computers identify websites using their IP address, which usually looks something like 111.111.111.1111 (except with more or a mix of numbers than that). But humans aren’t likely to remember a long string of numbers like that, so for us, the main internet address that matters for websites is the domain name. Domain names start with www, and most commonly end with .com—although there are a growing number of top-level domains people and businesses can opt for instead of .com, such as .net, .org, and .biz. Your domain name’s important because it’s directly tied to how people will think about and interact with your website. A simple and straightforward domain name like www.sarahs-website.com will be easier to find and remember than one that’s confusing and overlong like www.examplewebsitehardtoremember1267849.com. But with a huge and growing number of websites already online, a simple and straightforward domain name is getting harder to find every day. Who Needs a Domain Name? In short, everybody that wants a website. Think about it: have you ever been on a website that didn’t have a domain name? It’s a core part of being published online. If you want anyone else to be able to find and access your website, then a domain name isn’t optional. It’s one of the necessary costs of doing business on the web. But the cost is fairly minimal and, in return, you get the possibility of being found by friends, strangers, and potential customers alike. How Do You Find a Domain Name? As mentioned, this part can be challenging. With over a billion websites already published online, most of the obvious combinations of words have already been taken. Or if they’re not yet in use, they’re owned by domain investors who will charge a lot to hand them over. So before you get too attached to one domain name, you need to research first whether that domain name is available. You can quickly determine a domain name’s availability by searching at https://www.hostgator.com/domains If your domain name is available, you can register it right there. If not, the tool will provide recommendations for similar domains to consider. In some cases, it’s worth also putting your desired domain directly into a browser to see if it’s currently owned by someone willing to sell it. But you should expect to the cost to be reasonably high for domain names for sale by investors. There’s a good chance you’ll need to do some brainstorming and a number of searches before you land on a domain name idea you really like that’s also readily available. But it’s worth spending some time to find a domain name that’s a good fit for your website. How to Register a Domain Name Once you’ve found the right domain name for your website, you want to claim it as quickly as possible, before someone else tries to buy it. Registering a domain name is a simple process. If you’re buying a domain name that no one owns yet, you can go through any domain registrant. With HostGator, just add the domain you’ve chosen to your shopping cart and checkout. If the exact domain name you search is available, it will be added to your shopping cart automatically. Pro tip: Register your domain with your web hosting service.  Most companies that sell web hosting also offer domain registration services. While you can always use a previously registered domain name when you sign up with a different web hosting company, that adds unnecessary steps to your process. You can save yourself a little time and energy by keeping it all in one place. What is Domain Name Privacy? As you’re registering your domain, you’ll probably see the option to include domain name privacy as an add-on. It costs a little extra, so you’ll obviously want to know what you’re actually paying for if you choose to get it. Every time someone registers a website, the domain registrant is required to submit contact information to the ICANN WHOIS directory, including a: Mailing addressPhone number Email address Having this information published to the wide web makes it easy for spammers and scammers to access, which opens the door to receiving a barrage of emails, texts, and calls you don’t want. And that’s on top of any potential safety concerns that come with your contact information being public for anyone to find. Domain name privacy is a service registrars offer to keep your contact information private while still staying compliant with the law. The domain registrar will provide their own information, so that anyone who has a genuine need to get in touch with the domain owner still has a way to reach you, just with the company serving as your intermediary so you can dodge all the unnecessary contact. How to Set Up Web Hosting Having a domain name is one necessity in getting a new website online, but the other important step you have to take is setting up web hosting for your new website. In most cases, you can combine the two steps by using the same provider for both and make your life easier. Subscribing to a new web hosting plan is as easy as registering a new domain. Simply determine which type of web hosting is right for you, select your plan, and check out with the web hosting provider you chose. Any good web hosting company will also provide a number of useful resources to help you get started and learn how to use their cpanel and other resources. And you can often register your domain, or any additional ones you choose to purchase, in the web hosting account you use to manage your website. Ongoing Domain Management Domain management isn’t something you do once and you’re done. Domain names and all of the services associated with them work on a subscription basis, meaning you need to pay on a regular basis to keep everything up to date. Handling Renewals The most common option for ongoing domain management is annual renewals, although you can often save some money by committing to multi-year plans where you purchase your domain and other services for several years out. In either case, when renewal time rolls around, you need to confirm that you still want to continue: Using the domain name you purchasedKeeping your contact information private (if you opted for domain name privacy)Continuing with the web hosting provider you selected The company you work with will send reminders when your renewal is coming due, so you can decide if you want to keep using your domain, and make sure you make the necessary payments on time to keep your website functioning. The Risks of Not Managing Your Domain Name Setting up everything you need when starting your new website is obviously important, but consistently keeping up with domain management is arguably even more important. The risks of dropping the ball when it comes to domain name management are serious. You could lose your domain name. During the initial search for the right domain name, you saw how hard it is to find a good domain name that’s available. If you fail to renew your domain name at the right time and someone else buys it, you lose access to it. And you’re back to square one in the search for a new one. Finding a good domain name is hard enough the first time, why put yourself through all that again? You lose all your domain authority. Even worse, if you switch to a different domain name, all the work you’ve put into building your website’s authority online will be lost. The new domain owner will get the benefit of the brand recognition you worked so hard to build and the backlinks you earned. And all your regular visitors will be confused to find the website they expected to find gone. Unless you’ve built up an email list and can use it to drive most of your former followers to a new website, you risk losing your following completely. And even then, there will likely be former fans that miss the update and give up on looking for your new address online. Someone can charge you big bucks to get it back. When you realize the high stakes of losing the domain name you’ve used for years, you’ll want to get it back. Sometimes people buy a domain name out from under the former owner the moment they see an opportunity to do so for exactly this reason. These domain name sharks know how valuable it is to you and how big of a loss it would be. That means a big opportunity for profit for them. To get your old website back at the address people know, with all the SEO authority it had before, you’re pretty much at their mercy. They can ask for a significant amount of money—and the better a job you’ve done of building up your website’s reputation, the more they’re likely to demand. You can be punished for the amount of work you’ve done and success you’ve accomplished up to that point. Obviously it’s preferable to stay on top of your domain management and keep current to begin with! How to Make Domain Name Management Easy We have good news! Domain name management doesn’t have to be hard. There are two good ways to make the process easy so you don’t lose your domain name. 1. Keep all your renewals in one place. If you have to keep up with domain registration, web hosting, and domain privacy renewals in different accounts, then remembering to do it all is harder. If you have multiple domains and websites and use different providers for each, then you’re adding a lot of unnecessary work to the process of staying on top of it all. If you use one company for all your website services, then renewing everything will only require one step. When you’re logged in, pay for everything coming due, and you’re done. So take a little time when you’re getting started to find a company you can trust to make your life easier for years to come.   2. Set up auto renewals. That one easy step we mentioned? Even that’s not actually necessary. If your provider offers automatic renewals, you can let your domain name management run on autopilot. For as long as you want to keep your domain name, domain privacy plan, and web hosting, just keep the auto renewal option selected for them all. You can avoid doing any work at all—except for what you do to update and promote your website. And trust us, that’ll be enough work without adding domain name management on top of it. One Place for Domain Name Management HostGator offers domain name registration, domain privacy, web hosting, and an array of other useful services that you can manage all in one account. Getting started with HostGator is easy, and you can even use our website builder to make your initial design and future updates easy as well. HostGator can handle all of your domain needs, whether you need to register or transfer a domain name. We will help you manage your domain name and find the best web hosting plan for you and your needs. Contact our team of experts today for more information! Find the post on the HostGator Blog

WP Engine and HubSpot Partner to Streamline Digital Experiences

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Partnership highlights the powerful combination of WordPress on WP Engine and HubSpot’s platform for growing businesses AUSTIN, Texas – April 10, 2019 – WP Engine, the WordPress Digital Experience Platform, and HubSpot, a leading growth platform, today announced a partnership to help WP Engine’s customers create amazing digital experiences by providing a bundle of HubSpot’s… The post WP Engine and HubSpot Partner to Streamline Digital Experiences appeared first on WP Engine.

Google Cloud Names Rackspace 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year

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We are honored that Google Cloud named Rackspace its 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year during last night’s awards ceremony at Next ‘19, Google Cloud’s annual flagship conference, held in San Francisco. Rackspace SVP & GM of Cloud and Infrastructure Services Prashanth Chandrasekar called the recognition “the latest validation of Rackspace’s disruptive, integrated and […] The post Google Cloud Names Rackspace 2018 Global Migration Partner of the Year appeared first on The Official Rackspace Blog.

Using Digital Experiences to Fuel Financial Gain

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When we think about content, we don’t typically associate it with finance. Nonetheless, trustworthy and informative financial news is one of the most sought after forms of content out there. Readers are looking for information about banking, financial tools, and educational content involving investments and loans that can help them become more informed consumers and… The post Using Digital Experiences to Fuel Financial Gain appeared first on WP Engine.

Tips on Finding the Right Hosting Provider

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Choosing the right hosting provider can seem like a daunting task. Not only do you have to worry about the price, but you have to worry about security, cost, support, and so on. Tips on Finding a Provider Fortunately, we’ve come up with some tips to help you find the best provider for you. Storage and Memory. This should be your first step to finding a host. Continue reading Tips on Finding the Right Hosting Provider at The Official InMotion Hosting Blog.

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