Owning your own website can be very satisfying. It is a very effective way to share your work, sell your products and services, and connect with those who are looking for what you have to offer. A website is the cornerstone of your web presence. But there are a few things that new website owners often don't realize about owning a website. If you're about to launch your first website, these are some of the things you should know. 1. It won't happen overnight. The day - or week, or month - your website launches, is going to be a very happy day for you! But that day, your newborn site … [Read more...] about 5 Truths About Owning a Website
Most web hosting accounts come with one or more free statistics programs to show you how many visitors you've had, where they came from, and how many pages they viewed. CPanel, a control panel which can help you manage your website, usually includes several stats packages. Here's an explanation of what each does. AWStats is great in that it's well-organized, easy to read, and contains quite a lot of information. These features usually make it a favorite among the CPanel stats programs. Information is presented by month, and day, but you can also get rough yearly numbers. Webalizer has a … [Read more...] about On CPanel web stats, why they differ – and how to interpret them
Blog posts with images are eye-catching and tend to get more user engagement than plain, imageless posts. So, you'll likely want to illustrated your blog or website's posts and pages with some colorful photos. The downside of images is that if their file sizes are too big, they can add a lot of loading time to a page. (Your visitors won't want to wait around very long for the page to load - and Google rewards fast-loading pages with better search rankings, too.) Large images can also use a lot of disk space on your web hosting account. You can wind up paying for way more space than … [Read more...] about How to prepare your images for WordPress like a pro
So...you've written your blog post or perhaps a social media post. But it isn't quite done until you've included an image or two. Where do you find images? You don't want to copy images from random websites - they are likely copyrighted and not licensed for reuse, so copying would be illegal -- not to mention unethical. But the good news is that there are some great sites out there where you can get high-quality images for free. Some require that you attribute the source of the image (usually with the name of its creator and a link back to the source); others don't. There are … [Read more...] about 10 places to find amazing photos for your blog posts!
Have you ever discovered that someone has taken the content from your webpages, and posted it on their own website without permission? Unfortunately stolen comment is a pretty common situation on the web.It may be an image, a few paragraphs, a whole page, or (as happened once to this very site) even an entire website. Too many people out there think anything posted on the web is free for the taking (it certainly isn't) - or have no scruples. When it happens to you, it feels terrible. But you're not helpless in this situation, and you can likely get it removed. Here's what to … [Read more...] about Has someone stolen your website content? What to do next.
You've decided you'd like a website. Now what? There are various ways to get your site online. Do you get a "website" (or blog), using webspace provided by your ISP or other company? Or, do you go for a professionally-designed website (or blog) which is custom-designed for you, using your own domain name (yourname.com)? Which should you choose? Let's explore the options. Free & do-it-yourself websites Free webspace is available from a number of sources. Internet service providers (ISPs) often will include one with your account. There are also other companies, such as Yahoo … [Read more...] about How to Start Your New Website – Some Advice