When setting up a new website, it is common to get confused between domain name registration and web hosting. However, it is very important to understand the differences between the two when creating a new website.
What is a Domain Name?
When registering a domain name, it gives the registrant sole ownership and rights to the name of the site that is chosen. This will look in the form of “www.mywebsite.com”. Domain names usually range from $10.00 to $50.00 per year depending on the extension such as .com or org. Once purchased, no one else can have that same domain name.
On the other hand, just because a domain has been chosen and registered, it does not mean that a website is now present on the Internet. To properly place and operate a website, a domain name AND a properly configured web server, otherwise known as hosting is needed.
What is Web Hosting?
Once the website has been created, all of its files will have to be stored somewhere. That “somewhere” is a web server operated by a hosting company. Think of it as a big computer that stores a lot of data files. In this case, it stores all the files for a website. In order for your website to appear on the internet, the files need to be uploaded to this server. These can be “hosted” at a hosting company like Host Gator. Hosting is billed monthly or for the year and can range from $3.00 to $50.00 a month or more.
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Domain names can be purchased anywhere and sometimes it is very convenient to purchase them thru the same provider you choose for hosting. However, if a domain name is purchased at one company and you decide to host with another, then the domain registrar will need to be notified so that the DNS records can be modified. The DNS records tells the domain registrar where your website is being hosted.
The whole domain name and hosting may seem daunting but it is simple once it is more thoroughly understood and have had a chance to experience it first hand. Luckily, if you keep all your website information up to date, you won’t have to deal with any website domain or hosting changes for a long time. But be advised that domains and hosting can both expire. For more information on this topic, visit our blog post about domain expiration tips.
As a reminder, we also offer hosting on our servers at an affordable price. For more information, please contact us today to get started!
Confused about how SEO works? First, let us shed some light on common misconceptions within the SEO community. The first and probably most misunderstood topic is that you can get your website on the first page of Google by tomorrow. Furthermore, once you are visible on the first page, your website will stay there and you no longer need an SEO strategy. All of these are untrue.
What can good SEO do for your website?
Getting to the first page of Google organically will take time. What we mean by organically is that your website will be listed in search results based on how relevant it is to what the user is looking for. Keep in mind that organic listings are different from Google Ads. Google Ads cost money and essentially, they place your website as an advertisement in the paid ads section. On the contrary, organic listings are the Holy Grail to good SEO. Organic listings get more than double the clicks that a paid ad would get at no extra cost to you. Top organic listings is what we strive for all our clients.
Getting your website to rank high organically doesn’t happen quickly. Typically, we estimate 3 months to see real results on your website. Results are achieved by careful understanding of the factors that Google uses when ranking your website. So what does Google look for? Inbound links, compelling content, url structure, and outbound links are all within the ranking factors. Here at Revive, we use the best SEO practices to get your website better rankings. We try to touch every aspect that Google looks for and update your website accordingly. Keep in mind that it could take time before Google notices changes. We try to educate our clients as best we can on the reality of SEO and how it works. Search engines like Google are constantly changing their ranking factors. As SEO specialists, we constantly stay as informed as possible on any changes to help our customers improve rankings and more importantly – to help grow their business. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Have you recently been receiving emails regarding your domain? Perhaps they mention that your domain also know as a “url”, will expire soon and is up for renewal. Or maybe you are completely unaware that your domain will expire and haven’t received any kind of reminder. Anyone that owns a website has dealt with this situation. The domain name is a very important element of a website. It is essentially the address that tells visitors where to find you on the Internet. The way you record ownership of a car is the same for a domain. When you register a domain, you are claiming ownership of that domain name for a certain period of time. Every time you pay the renewal fee, you are re-establishing ownership for that particular domain.
Why does the domain matter?
Be aware that this is very important and shouldn’t be neglected. There is cyber crime within the Internet. There are criminals that look at the domain renewal process as profit and make money by stealing domains. Let us explain what could possibly happen once your domain expires. Say you missed the renewal email because we all know that email isn’t always 100% reliable. Once your domain expires and you missed the renewal email, your domain will go into a cure period. Usually this cure period is very short, typically 30 days. And if you didn’t claim your domain within that cure period then at that point anyone can claim it. Cyber criminals take advantage of this and buy domains that haven’t been claimed. Once they belong to these individuals, they are free to do whatever they want with it. They can divert your website visitors to their site or put up anything on your website, even information that could misrepresent your company.
It is clear that losing your domain can be a nightmare! So how do you avoid going through that terrible process? We have some tips to help you steer clear of a domain ordeal.
1. If possible, renew your domain name for a longer period of time. Today, registering your domain for up to 10 years is usually an option.
2. If you ever change your contact information, make sure you update your domain contact info as well.
3. Take advantage of auto renew if your domain registrar offers it.
The best way to never find yourself in a situation like this is to take the necessary preventative steps. Keep track of your domains and implement some of our tips. Don’t risk your business’ website.
Have you ever wondered what your URL structure could be doing for your website? While ineffective URL structure isn’t necessarily going to lower your rankings, having effective URL’s can provide your website with a competitive edge.
Learn more about SEO friendly URLs in this infographic from Search Engine Land
The ultimate guide to SEO-friendly URLs – An infographic by the team at Search Engine Land
I have been involved with Adobe Flash for over a decade. At one point about 7 years ago everything I built for the web was in Flash. In this time I’ve watched Flash shape change in its entirety from a simple animation tool for designers (Flash 2), to a robust programming language for developers (Flash CS3 and later versions). All the while it managed to maintain all previous facets of itself. It was everything to everyone and the thing to have a website that was made out of Flash.
However by the end of 2008 Flash Player could be found on about 99% of PCs Worldwide per statistics from Adobe. If you had a cool Flash site, most people could see it. Hip and slick flash websites were all the rage and developers were flocking towards the Flash environment.
Flash CS4 launched that year and incorporated a new and more robust Media Encoder, which meant that most formats of video could now be streamed though Flash too (So AVI, DV, MPG, MOV files could all now be turned into FLV flash video). This made Flash video the premiere and most widely used movie playing software on the web.
Adobe had also in 2006 launched the new, super sleek version of its programming language, Action Script 3.0. This object orientated programming language was something Flash programmers and developers had been needing for years. So now Flash could also be used to program fabulously funky, fully functioning shopping carts .
Flash had done it again, it had morphed to become what was dreamed of it.
So why are we now starting to seeing the death of Flash on the web?
There are 2 major contributing factors:
1.The SEO drawbacks have never been overcome. As the output of Flash is a movie, its very difficult for search robots (such as googlebot) to accurately read and distinguish flash content online. It is true the method of deep linking using swf address has somewhat helped in this area; but the fact remains that all other things being equal, a code based site will out-perform a flash site in search results.
2.The rise of the mobile devices. The refusal of the Apple organization to support Flash on its devices has been much discussed, and the fundamental reasons are well understood. See Steve Jobs’ 2010 article on the topic. However the underlying truth is that Flash excelled in the era of the PC and the mouse. It is far less ideal for use on mobile devices in terms of resources and interactivity with touch screen as opposed to mouse. This is true despite Android’s recent Flash support initiatives.
And I for one am not going to sit back and wait on the day when Apple will ever support Flash Player on its devices.
I my self have noticed a drastic drop in demand for flash websites or apps recently. In this case we judge its only a matter of time before the general public accepts the realities as our community sees them.
Indeed it would appear to this me at least that Adobe, with the release of Edge for HTML5 authoring, is reaching similar conclusions. I can just hope that Edge will evolve as beautifully as Flash did or better.
RIP Flash websites, I’ll miss you.
So what will replace Flash use on websites and how will this change the Web?
There is very little doubt that a large proportion of web interactivity in the near future will be driven through HTML5. Audio and video files for example can now be easily implemented through the language by simple tags.
The great open source language PHP will continue to feature heavily in dynamic web development initiatives. As for established open source content management frameworks, WordPress looks set to continue in its meteoric usage rise.
We expect to see a lot more 3D file integration in websites soon. The intelligently applied use of After Effects and Cinema 4D will bring a very fresh look to websites. As downstream bandwidth rates rise exponentially the barriers to running 3D applications will disappear.
But none of the above can do great animated interactivity as brilliantly as Flash.
Therefore there is nothing to totally replace Flash, but there are enough other cleaner elements out there that maybe this doesn’t matter anymore. We have all gotten over our amazement that the web exists at all, and we no longer need to watch a slick interactive flash animation to bedazzle ourselves. Now we primarily want information quickly from the “information super high way”. Information, research, entertainment though video or music, shopping and paying bills are all items we want from our time spent online.
As for Flash itself, it has always exhibited masterful ability for adaptation. Right now it is being heavily used in online gaming. The millions of sites incorporating Flash are unlikely to disappear overnight, but they will disappear over time as the world wide web continues to adapt to our needs.
So while the future of flash in website development is fading, it may well carve itself a new alternative path forward.
The opinions in the article are exactly that, opinions.
We are so proud of our team here at Revive Media Services. Diverse, experienced, passionate, talented and perfection-seeking … those are just a few words that come to mind when we think of the folks who work so hard to create your website, any video production you have or even advertisements! Okay, we are obviously biased, but we think you’ll agree as you learn more about the people behind our developments. Revive Media Services employees are pretty special.
Our workers hail from all over the Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Navarre and Niceville area. It’s important to all of us that every product we develop is made right to our clients satisfactory. We’ve been in business for more than 4 years and some of our employees have been with us right from the very start! We keep adding to the team with talented new hires as the business grows, but experienced or new, the one thing all Revive Media Services employees have in common is passion … passion for quality, for beautiful designs and for creating the very best products for your needs!
Now, in the spirit of getting to know the people of Revive Media Services, we’d like to introduce you to our newest team member here at Revive Media Services, Drake!
Where are you from originally?
“I grew up in Pinellas Park, Florida – 15 miles west of Tampa.”
How long have you been developing web designs?
“I’ve been developing web designs since I was about 8 years old.”
What’s your job title?
“Well some people call me ‘The Man’. But I am the new Design/Developer/Programer here at Revive.”
What does that mean, exactly?
“That means, when you have a custom website or image you would like designed; I am the nerdy guy people think about that is awesome on a computer. I design all my images from scratch and program everything you need until the client is happy.
I also spend a little amount of my time working with Kevin on making custom video products in the video production side of Revive.”
What is your favorite part of creating a new website?
“The initial design phase is the best, because I work to translate a vision of our clients into reality. It’s great to see the diversity in our clients minds basically come to life!”
Tell us some things interesting about yourself.
“I was sponsored for BMX Free-style riding when I was 16.”
“I have been playing on computers since I was about 6 years old, but designing since I was 8.”
What’s your favorite TV show?
What are your favorite movies?
“The Big Lebowski”
SMO (Social Media Optimization) – yet another acronym that everyone, especially small businesses need to pay attention to. What this means is that you need to set up at a minimum the following social media outlets for your business:
Websites will need to change direction in 2012 – rather than solely being an info source about your products and services it should become the online hub for everything related to your business and your brand. Users should easily be able to connect to your site and business from where they spend a good part (25%) of their time online; Facebook, Twitter and YouTube just to name a few. Once users get to your website if you’re streaming your tweets to your homepage they’ll know they can return to your site for the most up-to-date information about your business. And we all know repeat visitors are a good thing. With YouTube, upload videos frequently to your channel and add a link back to your website in the video description. Be sure to prominently display your social media property links (logos) on your homepage so that new and returning visitors can reach them easily for the most up to date info on what’s going on with your business.
These are also plusses for SEO. The more content you have spread out on the web associated with your business, the better chance you have of being found more frequently. Updating your blog frequently also gets crawled by search engines helping with SEO and keeping content fresh and informative.
And if you’re thinking, “how am I gonna be able to update all of these entities”? Well, Revive Media Services has the tools in place that allow for:
- Refreshing all of your social media properties with blanket distribution of one single message
- Adding the message to a select group of properties
- Updating one property at a time with unique content
This allows for minimum time spent and maximum output of fresh content over the web, so you can get back to business.
Social Media is extremely valuable in getting your customers to engage with you on the web. By “liking” you, sharing your content on their social media properties and giving them a forum to leave comments they’re interacting with your company/brand and “spreading” the word. And that goes a long way for small business.
If all of this seems overwhelming then Revive Media Services is your social media optimization partner. We’ll evaluate your website; make recommendations on what’s best for your business’ website, talk about a web maintenance plan to get social media integrated and update content, then help with getting you set up on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. Call today and let’s get you optimized for the new year.
If you’re not you should be.
80% of purchases are made within a 15 mile radius of where users live. That’s why having a Google Places page is good for your business, it’s also a must for local SEO. You can optimize your Places page with pictures, video and exact categories applicable to your business. It’s also important to have a consistent listing in other local directories.
Depending on your organic search term and set location businesses with a Places page may appear at the top of regular organic search results. These search results will have the Google Places info in the search results – address, phone number and a link to the Places page with more info and a map. This can result in a distinct advantage for businesses with a Places page.
- 1. Go to google.com in the site bar
- 2. Search: enter “pontoon boat rental” in the search bar (results will be revealed)
- 3. Set your location: choose the city you are seeking services in (preferably the one you live in or the one you’re travelling to)
- 4. Results (see below): You will notice a map icon with the local address and phone number given along with the usual search results. Click on the icon to go to the business Places page. You can also click on the result to go to their website.
In order to ONLY have Places pages displayed in results, click on MORE beneath Shopping in the left bar and then choose PLACES. Results will only reveal websites with Places pages.
A user can also change locations in the left bar by clicking on the current location chosen, typing in a city or zip code and clicking on set.While Google seems to be making changes to “Places” quite frequently it’s a good idea to get on the band-wagon now. It’s yet another way of improving your SEO and getting your business found in search results.Call us today and let Revive Media get you set with a Google Places page for your business. Talk with us about our web maintenance
and SEO packages and let’s get your business noticed fast!
Happy New Year to everyone from Revive Media Services. We’re back and ready to help get your website in shape after the holidays. We’re a full-service web design and video production company in Fort Walton Beach with clients in Destin, Fort Walton, Pensacola, Panama City and other Florida cities. Revive offers website design, maintenance and SEO that will get your website fit for the New Year.
Added to that we have an award winning video production team who’s always up for filming a TV commercial that will get your business noticed at the start of the year. Then we can add the video to your website with one of our web maintenance plans.
Need a complete website overhaul? We can help you with any new website changes. Our designers and content managers are up to the task of giving you the web presence that will get your business rolling in 2012. Call us today! We’re revived and revitalized after the holidays and ready to get started with new website designs and video production projects for current and new clients.
Start the New Year off with an affordable and secure hosting solution. At Revive Media Services we offer website hosting packages starting as low as $8.99/month – WHAT you say? That’s right Revivehost – Revive Media Services website hosting solution gives you free online set-up and instant account activation, daily backups, 24/7 support and lots more.
And while you’re thinking about a better website hosting solution why not update your website with one of our web maintenance plans. We offer plans starting at just $99/mo. which includes basic content and image updates that you provide. Our $399/mo. maintenance plans include imagery and content updates, basic graphic design, content creation – AND – a really fast turnaround to boot! Our content writers and SEO team will collaborate and help with optimizing your site so that you get found on the web.
If you want to update your website at the beginning of 2012 and move it to a better web hosting solution, Revive Media Services can help. Let us become your new web design, maintenance and hosting partner today!