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All About Domain Names: Part 3

March 5th, 2014

Remember when we stressed the importance of purchasing more than one domain name in our past domain blog articles? Here are the links: Part 1 & Part 2.  In this article, we’ll go over more reasons why you’ll want more than one domain name, and what you can do with them! Parked Domains vs. Addon Domains

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A parked domain is a domain name that can be registered on its own without a hosting plan, or under an unlimited hosting plan. When you set up a parked domain, it will forward visitors to your primary domain. For example, if your main site was example.com, you can set up example.org and example.net as parked domains that point to example.com. This way, you only need to manage the content on one single site.

Why you’ll need this: 

  • Increase traffic to your site. Make sure visitors go where they intend to by purchasing multiple domain extensions and common misspellings of your primary domain name.
  • If you’ve changed your business name, previous clients who know the old domain name can be directed to your new site.

Addon Domains

Hold up! What if you have multiple businesses that need their own websites? This is when an addon domain would come in handy. With an addon domain, you need to register each separate domain, but you only need to pay for one hosting plan. This way, you can have several sites with unique content while sharing just one hosting plan.

Why you’ll need this:

  • Save money! Pay for just one hosting plan, but have individual content for each site.

For visual/ auditory learners, Graham from our Customer Support team explains the difference in this video: check it out!

 

All About Domain Names: Part 2

February 18th, 2014

You’ve come across domain name extensions many times before, maybe without even knowing it. Also known as a Top Level Domain (TLD), these are the .com, .ca, .us, .biz,… etc. part of a domain name. While many might just pay attention to the unique part of a domain name, it’s important for webmasters to know what domain name extensions are, and how to use this knowledge to their advantage.

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According to Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, there are certain categories of extensions.

Generic

If you have an opportunity to grab your unique domain name with a .com extension, do it! Most people will assume your website is at a .com extension, so that is one surefire way to maximize traffic potential to your site.

  • .biz might be a good one for businesses. Named after the hip way to refer to “business,” the .biz extension is reserved for those intending to use their website for business or commercial use.
  • .org (from “organization”). It’s an old one and a good one. This one’s most popular with non-profits, schools and communities, but is gaining popularity with for-profit organizations as well.

Other generic top level domains include .net, .info and more.

Country-Code

You might have to fulfill certain requirements in order to acquire one of these bad boys. For example, for .us or .ca, you might need to be a resident or own an office in that particular country.

Other country-code domain extensions include .tv, .eu and more.

There are also sponsored and test domain extensions, which you can read more about at iana.org.

Why is it important to think about domain extensions?

Several reasons:

  • Find out which extensions are right for your company.
  • Consider which extensions your clients would be drawn to.
  • Think about how many domain extensions you should snatch up to increase the amount of visitors to our site.

With all these different domain extensions, it would probably be wise to purchase more than one. This can help to increase your site traffic OR to create sites with unique content in the most economical way possible. In our next article, we’ll differentiate between parked domains and domain add-ons, so get ready!

All About Domain Names: Part 1

February 7th, 2014

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What’s in a name?

Well, when it comes to domain names, the answer is A LOT. These days, while it might seem next to impossible to find an available .COM domain name without having to add five extra numbers to the end, it’s still worth your while to consider these factors in your search.

Your domain name should convey your brand.

  • What does your company or website offer? Make sure your domain name accurately reflects your product.

Make sure your domain name is memorable.

  • A name can be memorable when it’s short, funny or catchy.
  • While you might find it clever to spell “apple” as “app13,” others might not join in the joke when they’re painstakingly trying to remember your website name.
  • Consider how your domain name sounds when it’s spoken aloud.

Purchase more than one domain name.

  • Consider purchasing multiple domain names with similar spellings, and direct them to your main website.

This can be invaluable in many ways: It can prevent web delinquents from impersonating your company. Also, owning misspellings of your domain name can ensure that those who make frequent typos can still get to your site!

Bonus tip:

When all else fails, try adding generic words like “this,” “the,” “life,” “world,”etc. to your name to create a unique yet memorable domain name. Happy hunting! We’ll be talking more about domain names in our upcoming posts… stay tuned!

Good-Bye 2013: Year End Wrap-Up

December 31st, 2013

As the year is coming to a close, we wanted to give a proper farewell to the year 2013 by taking a look back at the exciting changes, introduction of new services and developments that have occurred at Doteasy. Here’s what our team has been getting up to for the past year:

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1) SSD Hosting

Yes, we’ve talked about it before, but we can’t help but be excited by our offering of super-speedy hosting for one of the lowest prices on the market. With SSD hosting, we use Solid State Drives for all storage, meaning increased performance and extremely fast initial loading times for your website.

2) New Domain Pricing

We’ve lowered our domain pricing to only $15! You can register or transfer a .COM/.NET/.ORG/.BIZ/.INFO/.MOBI/.US/.CA/.EU domain which also include free private registration and domain locking for more security.

3) WordPress Resources Website Launch

WordPress is a powerful content management system, but it can take a bit of work to figure out how you can use it. We’ve designed this WordPress Resources Website to help our clients with their WordPress questions and needs. The website is updated daily with free recommended plugins, themes, tutorials, a beginner’s guide for WordPress installation, forums, and other resources.

4) Doteasy Web Design Service

Creating a website can be a daunting and time consuming task. While many of our clients have hired a web design agency or freelance web designer to create their websites, these services typically cost thousands of dollars. We’re excited to offer our All-in-One Web Design Package for only $695. This includes a 1-on-1 design consultation and professionally designed 5 page website setup to help our clients minimize costs and save time.

5) Auto Site Backup Service

Performing a full site backup up is relatively simple, and we do have a few step-by-step video tutorials to show you how to do it. However, finding the time to continuously perform this routine maintenance can be difficult. We now offer an Auto Site Backup Service which features backup version control and a hassle free database backup. 

6) Over 3K Fans on Facebook

Our most exciting development this year: we can’t achieve what we have without your continuous support. Our team cannot wait to bring you more exciting contests, DIY tutorials, and the latest information on web design, SEO and other hosting-related news through our Facebook page. For those of you who want to get on board, feel free to click the “Like” button on this page

Alright, enough about us. Again, a big thank you to all of our clients. We couldn’t have reached these milestones without your support. We are dedicated to providing our customers with the best web hosting services possible: if you have any suggestions for what you’d like to see in the new year, drop us a line in the comments! Let’s make 2014 a fantastic year!

Black Friday Continues…

December 4th, 2013

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Domain Sale for just $1. This is the perfect time to reserve your web address and start that website you’ve always wanted. Plus, we’ve new domain pricing for new registration so that you get the lowest rates when you renew.

Coupon code: 2013DS1COM

Eligible domain types: .COM/.NET/.ORG/.BIZ/.INFO/.MOBI/.US/.EU

Hurry! Offer ends Dec 6, 2013. Limit 1 per customer

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