7 helpful resources for website beginners
Creating your own website is easy in theory: you just buy a domain, choose a hosting service, and slap some content on a page. Done and done.
Sadly, this is easier said than done. You may select what you think is the perfect WordPress theme only to realize that your feature slider is way too big. Or, you could find that your initial vision of a show-stopping fuchsia and teal color scheme looks garish rather than trendy.
Luckily, the internet is full of tools that can help the floundering web designer find direction. Whether you’re struggling with HTML or just need some design inspiration, these tools can be a major life saver for website beginners.
8 website resolutions for the New Year
The New Year is a time for a fresh start, both for personal goals and from a business perspective. If you already have a website, or are planning on starting one soon, now is the time to commit to making it the best it can possibly be. To help you get started, we’ve come up with eight goals that can keep your blog on track in 2015.
5 websites doing exact match domains right
As the Big Brother of the internet, Google plays a huge role in how and if your website is discovered online. Whether someone is actively searching for your business, or just a product or service that matches their needs, the way consumers search should be taken into consideration when choosing a URL. Exact match domains are a great tool for helping you improve your website’s search engine rankings.
But some website owners are taking advantage of New Domains to integrate powerful keywords into their URLs. In fact, there are some sites that have managed to increase their search engine rankings dramatically by using domains that match commonly searched phrases that are relevant to them and their business.
Check out these five examples of exact match domains that are killing it with search engine ranking.
5 common website mistakes (and how to fix them)
If you’ve ever started a website before, you know that the learning curve can be pretty steep. And unless you are a web design expert or have been building websites for years, you’re still bound to make mistakes every once in a while. However, if you think that your website should be attracting more visitors than it’s actually getting, there might be issues at hand that you haven’t thought about.
There are several common website mistakes that you may be making that are holding you and your site back. See if any of these problems or practices sound familiar, and find out what you can do to correct the issue.
Should you register an emoji domain?
Remember back in February when Coca-Cola got a ton of hype for debuting billboards that featured emoji domain names? Every “happy emoji” domain that was registered by the beverage giant redirected to a landing page where visitors could enter to win their very own emoji domain name. Although the contest has long been over, you might have noticed something peculiar—the distinctive lack of domain names that use emoticons, even now that we know it’s possible to register them.
So why aren’t more people jumping at the chance to get the “sassy information desk girl” emoji as their website’s URL?
4 things to do before registering a domain
Domains are relatively easy to purchase: You just head over to your favorite registrar, type in the domain you’re interested in, and as long as it’s available, it can be yours with a few clicks of a button. But the real work comes before you make your purchase. If you want to register a great domain name that will set you up for success in the long run, perform these four tasks before hitting the “Purchase” button.
How to set up a SSL certificate for your website (and why you should)
Think about your last online purchase: Did you just assume that it was safe to enter your credit card information or did you check for that little green padlock in the address bar? That padlock sign (or occasionally just a green address bar) indicates the presence of an SSL certificate, a security measure that ensures that sensitive information entered on that webpage will be safely encrypted.
SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is the protocol that creates these secure connections for web users. It prevents private information from being compromised by eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery. It also gives consumers peace of mind as they fill out forms that contain sensitive information.
Millions of businesses use SSL certificates to assure visitors of their website’s security and legitimacy. If you think that your website could benefit from a SSL certificate, you can easily set it up through Name.com.
Should you be using an exact match domain?
A domain is a domain is a domain, right? Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Your website’s domain name is often the first impression that a visitor gets of your website and plays a significant role in how search engines find and rank it as well. Before registering a new domain name, you should ask yourself if you would benefit most from an exact match domain, a partial match domain, or a non-matching domain.
Prevent domain hijacking with these security tips
If you buy a domain name, it’s rightfully yours for as long as you continue to renew it. But in some unfortunate incidents, domain names are stolen by a hacker and either resold or used for nefarious purposes. Instances like these are called domain hijacking, and although they don’t happen often, they can be a serious headache deal with.
The best way to prevent domain hijacking from happening to you is to be proactive about your account’s security. By following these tips, you can do your part to keep your account—and your domains—safe.
We asked 3 mom bloggers for tips on how to be awesome online
If you’ve been keeping up with the Name.com Twitter feed, you may have noticed a whole lot of excitement going on at our office at the end of last week. We invited three Denver-based mom bloggers to hang out with us for the day and shoot an upcoming video—and it was a blast!
Emily Vanek, editor in chief of ColoradoMoms.com; Sarah Vickers, the founder of MooseandTater.com; and Daria Drago, the project manager turned blogger behind MominManagement.com joined us for a day full of filming, pampering, and chatting about how to find internet success.