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November 26, 2006

Web Hosting – Are You Getting Your Moneys Worth?

Filed under: blog, domain names, Free Web Templates, hosting, Web Hosting, Website Traffic — dugancom @ 5:17 pm

Web hosting.  If the term means anything to you at all then you either already have a hosting provider or are looking for one.  Either way I hope to educate you on some of the basics to look for in a hosting company.  Personal, business, free, ecommerce or discount an educated consumer makes all the difference.

When reviewing hosting providers most people wouldn’t put this point first, but I do.  Support.  Yes, most companies have some type of support, but not all are equal.  First and foremost is availability.  Support staff should be available 24/7 by phone and email.  Response time should also be quick and wait times should be announced and published on the web site.  Technicians should be friendly, educated and speak your language.

After support the next most important set of things to look for in a hosting company are features.  If the company can’t provide what you need then you might as well look elsewhere.  Some basics are of course capacity and bandwidth, but more importantly is the ability to do what you need to with your site.  Ecommerce, blogging, forums, scripting and databases are much more important anymore then the amount of space you get.

Last but not least is price.  When I say price I don’t mean to suggest you get the cheapest plan out there.  You should find the plan that has the features you need and is affordable.  Don’t get more than you need simply because you can.  There are many hosting companies out there with bargain basement pricing.  They can do this because your server is in their basement next to their washer and dryer.  Be careful who you do business with and remember you get what you pay for.

In summary I just want to point out that the hosting environment is changing.  With blogs and the like becoming more prevalent hosting companies need to adapt to stay in business.  You as the consumer need to be educated in what you need and don’t be afraid to make a switch if you have to.

D. David Dugan recommends http://hosting.dugancom.com for all of your web hosting, email, domain name and blogging needs.

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September 4, 2006

Making a Website Using Website Templates

Filed under: Articles, Free Web Templates, hosting, Templates, Web Hosting, Website Templates — dugancom @ 6:14 pm

There are some amazing websites on the net these days.  It used to be that if you wanted a really good website it would cost you thousands of dollars and months of time.  Not any more!  The quality and availability of website templates these days makes it easy for anyone to have an amazing website quickly and easily.

Initially you may be overwhelmed by the choices in templates for your site.  There are many sites that have many different templates available.  This is a good thing though.  Just take some time up front before you begin searching to identify the type of site you are going to make.  Once you have done this it will be easy to sort through the different templates as most good sites have them categorized for you.

Theme or category isn’t the only thing to decide however.  Once you’ve found the template you want to use for your website you then need to decide on the leve of customization you want for it.  If it is a good site then you will be able to change things like color, font and logo without to much trouble.  Other changes should also be avaialable to you but will be more difficult to implement.  You may need certain software or have to pay an additional fee for example.

A quick side-note on web hosting.  In choosing your template you should be sure of what features your hosting company provides you.  Depending on the template your server may need to support certain functions.  PHP is a good example.  Many free or discount hosting companies don’t provide scripting to their clients.  Be sure you check before choosing your template.

Some last notes on website templates.  Whether you need a template for a – system like osCommerece, PHP Nuke,phpBB or a custom site of your own, you can find one quickly and easily.  Some research and organization on your part will save you time and money in the end.  Don’t be fooled by some of the free template sites you see out there.  You always get what you pay for.

D. David Dugan recommends the web hosting solutions offered by DD&C at http://hosting.dugancom.com and the website templates at http://templates.divinfo.com.

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