Webnames Blog https://blog.webnames.ca Domains, Hosting, SSL and Ideas for businesses to succeed online Wed, 09 Oct 2019 21:33:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Six reasons Canadians should choose .CA for a website https://blog.webnames.ca/six-reasons-canadians-should-choose-ca-for-a-website/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:35:39 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18508 Domain names, as our own name suggests, are our jam! While we have more than 500 awesome options to choose from, as a Canadian-owned company our steady favourite remains .CA – and not just because one of our co-founder’s invented it. If you’re a Canadian individual or Canadian business targeting a homegrown audience, here are six compelling reasons (seven, if you count our current $9.99 .CA sale) to choose a .CA domain for your website over an alternative extension like .COM.

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Using HTTPS Leads to Better Website Performance https://blog.webnames.ca/using-https-leads-to-better-website-performance/ Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:42:09 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18488 Can SSL/TLS actually improve your website speed and overall performance?

Everyone in the IT industry knows that SSL/TLS is important for your website security. After all, it helps to protect the integrity of your website and the security of your users by securing the connection between clients and your web server(s). It also helps you to avoid those pesky “Not Secure” warnings on your website. However, the benefits of SSL/TLS extend beyond just that — using the TLS protocol can also increase the performance of your site so long as you configure your site for success.

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Make your startup fundraising pitch memorable with these tactics https://blog.webnames.ca/make-your-startup-fundraising-pitch-memorable-with-these-tactics/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 20:35:08 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18473 A fundraising pitch is a carefully crafted document that captures the soul and passion of your startup or organization. It very clearly explains the purpose of you asking for that financial support.

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Why your email for business communications needs to match your domain name https://blog.webnames.ca/three-reasons-your-email-for-business-communications-should-match-your-domain-name/ Thu, 29 Aug 2019 22:44:47 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18455 Email has a lot of layers these days.  List building. Personalization. Lead generation. Drip campaigns. But today we aren’t going to be discussing those things. Rather, on the heels of the massive Telus email outage that happened earlier this month, we wanted to go back to basics and look at the importance of having a business email address that matches your domain name.

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Potential scam alert: Domain expiration notices from ‘Domain Registry’ https://blog.webnames.ca/potential-scam-alert-domain-expiration-notices-from-domain-registry/ Sat, 10 Aug 2019 00:39:08 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18424 An old scam in the domain names industry is back, this merits a throwback post about Domain Slamming. We first wrote about the shady marketing practices of a company that called itself the ‘Domain Registry of Canada’ all the way back in 2011. Read on to know more about how to protect yourself from these practices.

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Identifying legitimate looking tactics used by hackers to get inside your organization https://blog.webnames.ca/how-hackers-infiltrate-organizations/ Wed, 07 Aug 2019 20:46:14 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18391 So you think that site is safe?

It is common myth that cyber thieves and hackers can be avoided by having a good anti-spam filter, a firewall, and anti-virus software installed at the end-points (endpoint = user).

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Does a small business website really need SSD Hosting? https://blog.webnames.ca/does-a-small-business-website-really-need-ssd-hosting/ Mon, 29 Jul 2019 23:20:51 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=18382 A Solid-State Drive (SSD) uses a data storage technology that provides dramatic improvement in the speed at which data is stored and retrieved from a storage device, as compared to classic magnetic hard disk drives (HDD). SSD Hosting is a web hosting service that uses solid state drives for its storage, thereby delivering superior read-write speeds, reliability and performance for websites and applications hosted on the server. Let’s dive deep to look at whether small businesses need hosting that uses SSD storage.

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7 Simple Strategies to Find a Great Business Name https://blog.webnames.ca/7-simple-strategies-to-find-a-great-business-name/ Thu, 04 Jul 2019 20:05:30 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17762 What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

So goes the eternally popular line from Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet. This statement seemed to hold true in those days. Ironically, many would disagree with Shakespeare today, for a name means and defines everything. Even “a girl who had no name”, chose to become “Arya Stark of Winterfell” in the end. (Surely, GOT fans would agree with this!)

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Is Your Website in Perfect Form to Convert Visitors? https://blog.webnames.ca/is-your-website-in-perfect-form/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:07:16 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17752 You’ve optimized your site content, so it’s driving decent search traffic. Check. You’re managing to get visitors to your website. Kudos. And, they have every intention of filling out that form for your white paper or signing up for your newsletter until they see this …

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Webnames Canada Day Sale, 2019 Edition: deals on .CA, mailboxes, hosting and SSL https://blog.webnames.ca/canadaday2019/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 18:55:08 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17724 It’s that time of year where we celebrate how awesome it is to be Canadian and leverage a bunch of well worn, and loved, symbols of Canadiana such as these …

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Should you enable Automatic Updates to WordPress on your WordPress Hosting? https://blog.webnames.ca/should-you-enable-automatic-updates-to-wordpress-on-your-wordpress-hosting/ Thu, 13 Jun 2019 20:21:04 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17696 Most WordPress Hosting solutions in the market include ‘automatic updates’ as part of their offering. Why then, are we even toying with the question of whether you should enable these automatic updates?

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Five Steps for Protecting your Business from Brandjacking https://blog.webnames.ca/five-steps-for-protecting-your-business-from-brandjacking/ Wed, 05 Jun 2019 20:02:16 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17680 Individual victim losses due to internet crime were greater than $1.4 billion in 2017, and those numbers continue to climb.  If you think you are well-protected from cybercrime, think again. It’s more than likely that you are overlooking important areas of vulnerability, such as your brand identity.  Today, your online reputation can make or break your business. Companies spend untold amounts of money on advertising and marketing but can get close-fisted when it comes to investing in their brand’s security.

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A powerful tool to find the best .CA domains coming up for release https://blog.webnames.ca/tbrrefresh/ Mon, 20 May 2019 17:04:11 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17667 Webnames’ TBR page gets a refresh to be more user-friendly

We’re happy to announce our new page for browsing TBR domains! But what are TBR domains? Read on for a little context. (If you’re already familiar with TBR, skip ahead to read about our improved UI.)

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Managed WordPress Hosting is Here (and your Website says “Thank You”) https://blog.webnames.ca/managed-wordpress-hosting-is-here-and-your-website-says-thank-you/ Thu, 02 May 2019 00:08:25 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17631 With so many of our customers using WordPress, we’re excited to introduce our new line of managed hosting plans designed specifically for WordPress users and their websites. Whether you use WordPress for a simple personal blog or are in the business of designing high-end websites for clients, our WordPress hosting offers improved performance, reduced maintenance, proactive security, and a host of powerful tools to help you create a beautiful website.

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Simple Tips to Increase WordPress Website Security Today https://blog.webnames.ca/simple-tips-to-increase-wordpress-website-security-today/ Thu, 25 Apr 2019 22:49:33 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17616 If you ran a store, would you leave it at night with the door unlocked? Would you choose not to get an alarm system or insurance? Not exactly a brilliant way to keep your merchandise safe. Yet, that’s what millions of people do when they manage WordPress sites without proper security systems in place and without regularly updating their plugins.

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5 Easy Steps for Building your Online Presence as an Entrepreneur https://blog.webnames.ca/5-easy-steps-for-building-your-online-presence-as-an-entrepreneur/ Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:14:20 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17644 One of the most common terms used by every business these days is ‘brand’—personal brand, the millennial brand, memorable brand… you get the picture.

The brand you build from day one will be your business’ identity and you will have a strong role to play in that. People will start associating that brand with you just like they do with Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and so many more. Most entrepreneurs get so engulfed in building their business that they do not give enough attention to building their own online presence – and these early decisions can be consequential to the success of your brand.

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What’s in a [New] Domain and How To Zero In on a Great One https://blog.webnames.ca/whats-in-a-new-domain-and-how-to-zero-in-on-a-great-one/ Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:43:51 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17602 Let’s say you owned a martial arts studio called Main Street Ninja and after searching these are the best domain names you can find: mainstreet-ninja.com or mainstreetninja.org. Which would you choose?

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.INC – The Definitive Domain Name for Business is Now Available https://blog.webnames.ca/inc-the-definitive-domain-registration-for-business-is-now-available/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 17:02:45 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17585 Millions of company names worldwide end with “.inc” and now there is a domain to match. The new .INC domain has officially launched and is available for Sunrise registration by trademark holders, with General Availability slated to begin on May 07, 2019.

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How to Choose the Right Domain Name for a Startup or Business https://blog.webnames.ca/how-to-choose-the-right-domain-name-for-your-startup-or-business/ Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:45:36 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17568 Your domain matters. It’s the foundation of your brand online. It will be referenced in everything you do including business cards, social media posts, digital and print advertising, signage, media coverage, and beyond. Getting the best domain that you possibly can from the beginning is one of the smartest marketing investments you will ever make – and understanding this at the start of your business journey will empower your brand for digital success.

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Has Impostor Syndrome Helped my Career? https://blog.webnames.ca/has-impostor-syndrome-helped-my-career/ Fri, 08 Mar 2019 19:33:15 +0000 https://blog.webnames.ca/?p=17540 In 2010, I received an email that informed me that I had been selected as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. My reaction was one of mixed emotions; I was honoured, elated, humbled yet a bit embarrassed. I didn’t think I deserved to win and honestly felt a bit of a fraud.

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