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5 things to consider when choosing your web host

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

If you’ve just purchased a domain name for your new website, the next step to getting your website online is choosing a web host. It’s important to choose a reputable web host. So before you start, I recommend that you do a Google search for the top 10 best web-hosts in your country.

You’ll probably find several articles providing a list of the top web hosts with features that they consider important so you can easily compare. Select the most recent articles – preferably in the last year or so. However, you might not know what to look for, so here are 5 things to consider when choosing your web host. (more…)

Why you need website security and how you can get it

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Have you been noticing when you visit certain websites, they have the little “i” in a circle symbol next to the web address, or a padlock with a line through it?

Have you noticed other websites with the green padlock symbol?

In January 2017, Google started adding the “not secure” icon to indicate when you are visiting a website that is not hosted on a secure web server. If you click on the icon, you’ll see a list of items in the drop down that may compromise your security or you may get a warning not to enter sensitive information such as passwords or bank info.

On the other hand, if a website is hosted on a secure web server, Google will indicate that it is secure using the green padlock symbol. You may have noticed the green padlock symbol when you visit bank or government websites, or eCommerce websites that take online payments.

How can you tell if your own website is secure?


Free websites aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Free websites are great for personal use when your budget is limited but they’re not all they’re cracked up to be when it comes to using them for your business.

With free websites, you often don’t own your domain name or web space. As well as causing problems at some point in the future, there are several short term disadvantages you should consider.

  • Often your free website has a web address with an extension like or This not only makes your web address extra long and difficult to remember, it doesn’t sound very professional.
  • Often, without a domain name, you’re more than likely also using a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo email address. Does this really create a professional, I’m-in-it-for-the-long-term image for your business?
  • Often with free website hosting, you’re probably advertising other businesses on your website. And you have absolutely no control on what’s being advertised even if they are competitor sites. Does that really make good business sense?
  • If your free website is content managed (you add content and make your own changes), are you able to back up your database file to your desktop computer or to your email? In some cases, the answer is no.
  • If you’ve uploaded images and other media files to your free website, can you access them through a file manager or via FTP? In most cases, the answer is probably no.