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What is a Web Host?

In the past few weeks, there have been multiple times when I’ve had to explain to business owners and nonprofit executives what a web host is. If you own (or of thinking of owning) a website, it’s important to understand where your website files are stored and how people access them. You don’t need to know all the techy details, but you do need a general understanding of how it all works. Why? So your files (aka your website) don’t disappear one day because you’ve neglected to pay your web host or have lost your web host and login information.

Fortunately, my friends at Digital.com have already written a friendly article about web hosting. It covers all the essential elements and common questions, so I encourage you to read it.

If you’re looking for a web host, Digital.com also has gathered quite a list of Best Web Hosting Providers of 2021. Two of my favorites are right at the top: SiteGround and Bluehost. I’ve created several sites on both those hosts in the past few months. I also like DreamHost which is further down their list.

If you need help with a website, feel free to reach out to me. I’ve created hundreds of websites for small businesses, eCommerce, and nonprofits. Let’s work together to make meaningful connections with your audience.

What You Need to Know About Hosts

In the past twenty years, I’ve seen good web hosts and bad web hosts. At some point, even the best of web hosts can have problems. After all, they are computers (problem #1) being managed by humans (problem #2). The key difference between a good and a bad web host boils down to two main issues: ease of use and customer support.

Some interfaces may seem obvious to geeks, but the rest of us are fumbling around trying to understand the vocabulary and find the right button to click. In addition, if I do need help because a website is having issues or I can’t figure out how to do “X”, I want support to be available quickly. Maybe I have high standards, but I also want my support to be friendly, easy-to-understand, and extra helpful. Oh, and honest. Yes, I’ve had hosting company support staff actually lie to me. More than once, sadly. Read more

What You Need to Know About Domains

Many people have questions about domain names and web hosts. Today I start a series of posts to answer the questions most often asked.

Domains

Your domain name is what people type into their browser to find your website. It is not your actual website but rather points people to the location where your website files are stored. Your domain name can also be used for your email accounts.

Because domain names are so important, you must register your domain name through an approved domain name registrar, like GoDaddy. Each year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will ask you to confirm the contact information in your domain registration is accurate and up-to-date. Read more

How to Use E-Signatures

While the concept of using technology for a legal signature isn’t new (morse code was the first), a growing number of businesses and organizations are looking for a way to quickly obtain a legal signature without requiring you to be physically present.

Electronic Signatures Overview

Regulations for digital signatures may vary by location, but essentially the requirements are: Read more