CATEGORY: Websites

Why you shouldn’t use a free hosting plan

There are a ton of options out there when it comes to choosing a reliable hosting plan, but one of the most common mistakes that people make when starting their website is choosing free hosting over a higher quality paid service

“But it’s free!” you say. And while yes, choosing a free hosting plan seems like an obvious win, there’s a lot more at stake than a few bucks saved on web hosting. A free hosting plan is less ideal than a normal, paid plan for the following reasons.

What’s the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

You may have noticed during your various online escapades that the ever familiar HTTP in front of a domain name occasionally turns into the less familiar HTTPS. Depending on your browser, this may also be accompanied by a color change in the address bar to green, a lock symbol, or other signs that make the URL field look different from what you’re used to. What does it mean? Does it really make a difference?

A note on Name.com’s policies and how to spot phone scams

We’ve received reports that several of our customers have been contacted via phone by a scammer who claims to be part of the Name.com support team. This individual tells his or her target that their domain is about to expire and that they need to renew it by giving their credit card information to the person on the line.

This is a scammer, and you should not provide him or her with any information if you are contacted by them.

New Domain extensions and SEO: Here’s what we know

The debate about the impact that New Domains have on SEO has been hotly disputed over the past couple of years, but the evidence speaks for itself: More and more cases of New Domains organically reaching top search results are coming to our attention each day. Is this simply because they are a New Domain? No. Google has already said that New Domains are treated exactly the same way as traditional domains.

SEO has long been a puzzle that has very few concrete answers, so adding New Domains into the mix means even more mysteries about what algorithms are looking for and how websites are ranked. Here’s what know so far about New Domain extensions and their SEO impact.

Digital nomads, here’s why a personal website is a must

The modern workforce is no longer restricted to a 9-5 existence in the confines of a cubicle. More individuals than ever are embracing the life of the digital nomad: a new breed of workers who create their own hours and work from wherever they can find a steady WiFi connection.

Although some digital nomads are lucky enough to have full-time, salaried positions that give them to freedom to roam where they please, most rely on independent contracts and freelance projects to fund their lifestyle. That makes finding new opportunities for this kind of work a priority for those who want to continue a nomadic existence.

Having a great website is one of the best ways to let potential clients know that you are the right person for the job.

5 SEO tools that do the heavy lifting for you

SEO makes a big impact on how and if people find your website, but it’s not the easiest thing to figure out on your own. While there are plenty of agencies out there that promise to skyrocket your search engine rankings, they’re not the only solution for taking charge of your website’s SEO.

There are plenty of free and inexpensive tools out there that are a low-cost way to get great search engine rankings without having to recruit an agency to do it for you. Check out some of our top choices for SEO tools that are cost-efficient, easy to use, and get great results.

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.