How to choose the best web hosting plan

Choosing the best web hosting plan doesn’t have to be difficult. While comparing different hosting options may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be. When all web hosting providers seem to offer the same solutions, how do you determine what the differences are?

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A beginner's guide to SSL encryption

Have you ever noticed a green lock icon on certain websites? Maybe you’ve noticed websites using “HTTPS” instead of “HTTP”. If you have, then you’ve seen SSL encryption at work.

To most people, SSL sounds like a complicated process. You hear about it, you see it, but you never really know how it works. In reality, the basics of how SSL encryption works is easy and relatively simple. Before diving in, let’s look at what SSL is.

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Over the past year and a half, over 450 new domain extensions such as .consulting, .social, .tech and even .ninja have launched but none have created as much controversy and concern as the Vox Populi owned .SUCKS domain. 

In 2014, former US senator Jay Rockefeller told the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that is shouldn’t approve .sucks. The former senator called .sucks “little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to force corporations, small businesses and individuals to pay an annual fee to prevent others from registering the .sucks variation of their domain name.

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Local Leaders - May 7 - Brian Scudamore Shareable

Join our friends at Small Business BC on Thursday, May 7th for an exclusive evening of conversation and fun with one of BC’s most successful entrepreneurs, Brian Scudamore, Founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, You Move Me and WOW 1 DAY PAINTING who will discuss:

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It’s clear that social media is becoming an important resource for small businesses and, is a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual OMG Social Media Conference in Vancouver. Bringing together over 200 business owners and social media experts, the conference is a full day of learning, networking and discovering new opportunities in the realm of social media.

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Does my small business need a website

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If you are running any business, you need a website.

According to The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (the registry for the .ca domain name), 8 out of 10 Canadians have internet access. If you depend solely on traditional mediums (yellow pages, newspaper, radio and television) to drive awareness of your company, you will miss out on many customers who want to buy online or “window shop” first before coming to your store. It doesn’t matter if you know how to build your website. There are services available to build a custom website for you, or provide you with a template based website builder so you can build it yourself.

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The new Canadian Anti-Spam Law (also known as CASL) comes into effect on July 1st, 2014 and has businesses scrambling to comply. Introducing a comprehensive set of rules and regulations, CASL will have an impact on every Canadian that sends and/or receives any form of commercial electronic messages (CEMs).

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By now, the .COM (dotCom) you wanted for your business has probably been taken. After months of conceptualizing and planning your new business, it turns out the last hurdle towards launching your business is finding the domain name you want. You’ve visualized it as a .COM – YourCoolNewBusiness.Com – but the domain name was registered years ago by someone from another city, province or country.

Read more on How to Find a Domain Name for Your New Business… CEO and Co-Founder, Cybele Negris’ latest article on is now available. In this article, she talks about important tech backups and redundancies that every business needs to know.

Last Friday, Gmail went down for an hour  and this was long enough to generate a lot of social media noise. More than just an inconvenience, a lot of businesses reliant on Gmail saw disruptions in their entire operations. One business owner tweeted: “Gmail is down. Yikes, my personal mail and my whole company, unplugged. C’mon Google hurry up and fix this please.”

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