If you’re new to domain names and web hosting, we bet you’re pretty confused. First of all, there are so many companies out there, and each with so many options! And how can you tell what you need and what you don’t?
Don’t panic. Here’s a little guide about buying domain names and web hosting.
Why You Need it: Every website needs a domain name. When you purchase your domain name, you are buying the right to use that URL as your address on the web (www.example.com). As long as you keep your account current, nobody else can take that name away from you.
Who to Buy from: You should select a reputable company that has good phone-based customer service. Believe us when we say there will be times when you will need to contact them. Don’t accept… Continue reading
Many people want to accept online payment, but don’t understand what exactly is involved. And it can also be quite confusing!
To accept credit cards online, you will need a credit card processor, basically someone who sells you a merchant account. To get a merchant account, you will need to fill out an application and get approved. Then, once you are approved, there may be monthly fees and/or yearly fees. There are always transaction fees. These are the small fees that the processor and the credit card company (Amex, Mastercard, Visa, etc) deduct from your payments as you receive them. If you are a non-profit, you may get some deals on transaction rates; it’s worth asking.
There are many, many payment processors out there.
Paypal is probably the most prominent. Paypal offers a number of different products and services, including… Continue reading
You know that little icon at the top of your browser? The one that tells you what website you’re on? In web design speak, we call it a “favicon” or “fave-icon.” A favicon is a 16×16 pixel image that gets saved as a .ico file and uploaded to the root folder of your site. When users browse to your site, they see the little symbol at the top of their browser window or tab.
What’s so genius about favicons?
In a world where users are opening many sites simultaneously, the favicon allows your site’s tab to stand out as yours. If you don’t upload a favicon, your browser (IE, Firefox, Safari, etc) will put their own logo in there! That’s a missed opportunity to brand your site. Forgetting a favicon is like forgetting your logo!
A well-designed favicon will give… Continue reading