Websites 101

Websites 101 – Domain Names

A domain name is a unique name or address for a website. I recommend registering your domain name with GoDaddy.  That way even if you change website hosts, your domain name registration will be in the same place.

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How to Preview Website at New Host

Over the last few weeks I’ve moved a number of websites to new website hosts. While that sounds like a major undertaking, it’s a pretty straightforward task. One of the few parts of this process that can be tricky is viewing the site on the new website host before the Domain Name Servers (DNS) changes. The DNS maps […]

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Auto Rewals – The Good and The Bad

I had a bad experience with auto renewals recently. However there are a few services that I will continue to auto renew and I recommend you do too!

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Remember to Renew Your Domain Name

One of the perks of my job is that I can live wherever I want. All I need is an Internet connection. So while I have clients all over the United States, and even a few in other countries, I can live wherever I want.  For a time I lived in Port Townsend, Washington. It’s […]

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Ask the Website Developer – What is Private Registration?

One of my customers received a call from GoDaddy recently.  They wanted her to sign up for private domain name registration.  My client had one question.  “What the heck is private registration?” Let’s look at “regular” registration first.  It’s an organized system where people get exclusive use of domain names for a period of time.  […]

Renew Those Domain Names

I’ve often written about the importance of renewing domain names.  Domain names are registered by the website owner and there’s an annual registration fee.  Once that fee runs out, then another party can register that name. The subject came up recently in the news. Brian McCrary was a disgruntled man.  He’s been caught speeding by […]

Websites 101 – Picking Your Domain Name

If you’re thinking about putting up a website one of the first decisions you’ll have to make is what domain name to pick.  Ideally you’d want a domain name that has all of the following qualities: Easy to Remember Make sure that people can remember your domain name.  You want them to be able to […]

Take Control of Your Domain Name

When I help customers set up a website I always have them register the domain name themselves. “This is your website,” I explain. “If I win the lotto and move to an estate in England I want you to have access to your domain name.” It looks as though the Wall Street Journal agrees with […]

Domain Name Renewal – Another Cautionary Tale

One of my customers recently received an invoice for domain name registration. She knows that domain name registration is important and that the result of waiting too long can be disastrous. Yet, something didn’t seem right to her. The price seemed high and the company asking for the money, let’s call them Scamo Incorporated, didn’t […]

WHOIS Contact Information Confirmation

Some of my customers have contacted me recently about odd emails that they’ve received.  The emails start out like this:  To comply with the ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) WHOIS policy, we request that you confirm the accuracy of your WHOIS contact information. WHOIS is a publicly accessed database containing contact […]