What is DNS?

The Domain Name System (DNS) is defined by Wikipedia as:

a hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed for the purpose of locating computer services and devices worldwide. By providing a worldwide, distributed keyword-based redirection service, the Domain Name System is an essential component of the functionality of the Internet.”

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WordPress Website Highlight: www.christinetrischuk.com

Webnames.ca launched a web design service with small business in mind last year called FastTrack. FastTrack web design service, provides a professional website, built quickly and affordably. This program has been a huge success and we wanted to highlight some of our FastTrack clients.

The month, we dive into christinetrischuk.com. We asked Christine Trischuk a few questions regarding her experience with Webnames.ca and how things have been since working with Webnames.ca.

Christine Trischuk is a businesswoman, networker, volunteer and looks to make a difference in her community.

christinetrischuk.pngHow important is your website to your business? What does it do for you?

The value in having my website is multifaceted, as I use it for business and personal use. In business, I am continuously trying to keep clients and colleagues abreast of all the projects that I am working on, and that may be of interest to them. On a personal level, the website has given me an outlet to express myself through my blog, and more web presence to talk about my charitable work. I have been able to create and define an online identity that links the two together, for those who have previously only known one side of me.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

Investing in a new website is essentially investing in myself, and my personal brand. I didn’t want an “ad based” format that was going to look cheap and distracting to my viewer. I originally started a website with Webnames.ca under their “Web Builder” platform, and after a year, we had the decision to have it upgraded to a WordPress format. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

When choosing a company to work on your site what factors came in to play?

I wanted to work with a company that was local and cared about their customers and meeting their needs. From the start of the process, I was impressed with the standards and the time that was invested in my project. I was contacted via email and phone, and the personal aspect to the transaction made me want to refer their services on.

Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames.ca. How was the process? Did everything go as expected? Were there any surprises?

The process with Webnames.ca couldn’t have gone any better. The process was completely smooth, and I had customer service support through the entire process. I had to reconfirm a detail before the site went live, and the team responded to my emailed concerns immediately and efficiently, to ensure that I was happy and satisfied with the results.

Did you learn anything new by going through this process? If yes, what was it?

I learned the value in staying connected to the world. Through my website I can control the tone and personal ambiance around details and topics associated with me. I blog on topics that I find relevant to me, and have enjoyed the writing experience.

Has your new website had any effect on your business, either day to day or overall? If so, please explain.

The website since its launch has had a huge impact on myself personally and professionally. It has brought me more business, more contacts and a broader reach to an audience that I didn’t realize I had. It has also made me more conscious of my personal brand and how I can display my values to the world.

Is social media integrated with your website? If yes, why do you think it’s important to you and your business?

Social media is integrated with my website. The importance is linking to further mediums where I connect and interact with my audience. Since the launch of the website and connecting social media, my Twitter followers and Facebook fans have grown every day.

How easy has it been for you to manage your site and keep it up to date?

The training that I received from Webnames.ca was fantastic. I had an informative training session on WordPress with Sean before the site went live, and he was quick to answer all of my questions and make sure that I was comfortable navigating the site and able to upload new content to keep it current.

What would you tell someone who was considering working with Webnames.ca on their new website?

That the money that they spend with Webnames.ca on their new site would be money well spent.

Want a quick and simple approach to building your website? Learn more about FastTrack, our web design service.

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WordPress Website Highlight: evolveexecutivecoaching.com

Webnames.ca launched a web design service with small business in mind last year called FastTrack. FastTrack web design provides a professional website, built quickly and affordably. This
program has been a huge success and we wanted to highlight some of our
FastTrack clients.
 
As Karin Wills from Evolve Executive Coaching says: “…The product was professional…the process was user friendly…the budget was truly cost effective…my experience was much smoother than expected…I am definitely a happy client…”.

This month we look at evolveexecutivecoaching.com. We asked Karin Wills, founder of Evolve Executive Coaching, a few questions about her experience with Webnames.ca and how things have been since working with us.
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Karin Wills works with executives to improve accountability, engagement and productivity. She identifies results based solutions specific to leadership needs.

How important is your website to your business? What does it do for you?

My website is very important to my business as it provides a place for executives and emerging leaders to discover what products and services we offer, pick up some leadership tips, locate articles of interest, contact me to arrange an exploratory session or ask a general question. It offers links to related resources that also may be of interest to anyone considering a coach to help them accelerate their success.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

Websites provide many benefits to the business and to potential clients-they have replaced the yellow pages, offer helpful information to people searching for a vendor or service provider and can be updated quickly to stay current.

When choosing a company to work on your site what factors came in to play?

I was looking for one place to purchase my domain name, host my site, create and help to manage my site, and to offer some training and ongoing support. I also like to work with local business when possible.

Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames. How was the process? Did everything go as expected? Were there any surprises?

The surprise about working with Webnames was how easy the process was. Everyone I talked to through the process was so helpful and pleasant to work with. The product was professional and I have had very positive feedback from people who have visited the site. I also very much appreciated how user friendly the process was from the tips and templates to help create content and choose a template through to learning how to make easy updates myself. And of course for the budget conscious, it was truly cost effective.

Did you learn anything new by going through this process? If yes, what was it?

I learned about using WordPress, enough that I can make some updates on my own and to know when to get help. I also learned a lot about how to create content for a website that is specific to my business-the tips and templates provided made a real difference to how quickly I was able to create my content and choose a template.

Has your new website had any effect on your business, either day to day or overall? If so, please explain.

It is too early for me to answer this question – it has only been a little less than two months. I think that different types of businesses will have faster or slower response times depending on what you are selling. I do know that I am getting very positive feedback from many of my connections. I expect this information to be available in a few months though. At this point I know the content, appeal and ease of use of the site is well received.

Is social media integrated with your website? If yes, why do you think it’s important to you and your business?

Yes, I have included LinkedIn and Twitter, as I am active in both those networks. Social Media is a very nice way to offer more information about how I work,what I am interested in, what new information I am keeping up to date with, new resources I share, and additional ways to connect with me. Social Media offers a more rounded view of ones professional knowledge as well as each network offers different ways of sharing information.

How easy has it been for you to manage your site and keep it up to date? What would you tell someone who is considering working with Webnames.ca on their new website?

So far, it has been much easier to manage my site than I expected. I am already planning to add some new things, ideas that came to me after ‘living’ with it for a little while and asking others what else they would like to see there. I already tell people looking to create their new site to consider Webnames – I know my experience was much smoother than expected – I am definitely a happy client.

Want a quick and simple approach to building your website? Learn more about FastTrack, our web design service.

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New gTLD Highlight: .CONSTRUCTION the best place to BUILD an online presence

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc.) and we’re getting a lot great feedback from our customers!

These new extensions are a huge opportunity for all businesses and individuals. The possibilities are huge!
 
This week, we head down to the .CONSTRUCTION site and detail its uses and benefits to users and visitors.

.CONSTRUCTION will distinguish itself as the online home for the construction industry and all construction related information. With over 100,000 construction companies in Canada, .CONSTRUCTION will act as an identification tool for companies and act a form of directory for visitors. Companies will now have a simplified online identity and provide an added sense of security for visitors. Visitors will now have an easier time finding which construction company they want to work with and ensure that they are working with a credible organization.

Benefits of a .CONSTRUCTION domain name

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Happy Holidays! 2012 Year in Review at Webnames.ca

Another Great Year at Webnames.ca in 2012

A message from our President:

Webnames.ca had another extremely productive year with key product launches and upgrades. We continue to live our core values to “amaze every customer with exceptional service”, maintaining an average under one minute response time in our contact centre.

We continue to be very active in our community and “make a positive difference” through sponsorships, serving on boards like the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, Small Business BC, Small Business Roundtable of BC and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs as well as speaking at numerous events and mentoring startups and other entrepreneurs. I’m proud of all our achievements in 2012 and thank our highly dedicated and engaged team for all they do.

Most of all, I thank our valued clients for putting your trust in us and for your support. On behalf of everyone here at Webnames.ca we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and much success in 2013.

Here are some of these highlight at Webnames.ca in 2012.

-Cybele Negris, Webnames.ca President

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WordPress Website Highlight: imperialspaces.ca

Last year Webnames launched a web design service with small business in mind, called FastTrack. FastTrack
provides a professional website, built quickly (typically 8-10 business
days) and affordably. The program has been a huge success and we wanted
to highlight some of the great websites that have been coming out of
this program.

This month we’re looking at imperialspaces.ca.
We asked Helene Imperial, the owner of Imperial Spaces a few questions about Imperial_spaces2
the company’s website, and how things have been going for the company
since working with Webnames.

Please describe your business in 25 words or less.

Imperial Spaces is a Vancouver, BC based home staging and styling company.  We help homeowners and realtors sell their property by making it attractive to buyers.

How important is your website to your business? What does it do for
you?

Our website is very important.  It helps us showcase who we are, our portfolio and shows how we can help homeowners.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

We invested in a new website to keep up to date with new technology and take advantage of social media.

When choosing a company to work on your site, what factors came into play?

Webnames built my original website it was easy to stay with them.

Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames. How was the process? Did everything go as expected? Were there any surprises?

It was an easy process.  Everything went as expected.  There were no surprises.

Did you learn anything new by going through this process? If yes, what was it?

We learned how to use WordPress and edit the site ourselves.

Has your new website had any effect on your business, either day to day or overall? If so, please explain.

Past clients who have seen the new website comment on how nice it looks.

Is social media integrated with your website? If yes, why do you think it’s important to you and your business?

Social media is integrated in our website.  It’s important to us as it enables us to reach more potential clients and raise awareness.

How easy has it been for you to manage your site and keep it up to date?

It has been easy to manage and edit the site.

What would you tell someone who was considering working with Webnames on their new website?

I would highly recommend Webnames.  Max was a great support!

Want a quick and simple approach to building your website? Learn more about FastTrack, one of our web design options.

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Celebrate Canada Day with $9 .CA Domain names!

Celebrate Canada with a new .CA domain name! This is a great opportunity to register the .CA version of your .COM domain and protect your brand, as well as register new names. The .CA domain name has become an important symbol of Canadian identity and presence.

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The $9 .CA promotion is running from July 3rd to July 13th only.

How do I register a .CA domain name?

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Customer Website Highlight: beinbalance.ca

Last year Webnames launched a web design service with small business in mind, called FastTrack. FastTrack provides a professional website, built quickly (typically 8-10 business days) and affordably. The program has been a huge success and we wanted to highlight some of the great websites that have been coming out of this program.

This month we’re looking at beinbalance.ca. We asked Kevin Essar, the owner of Be In Balance a few questions about the company’s website, and how things have been going for the company since working with Webnames.

Describe beinbalancescreencapyour business.

Be In Balance is “Bringing the Gift of Wellness to the World through natural and non-invasive products and services for your well-being, your home, and other areas of your life.”

How important is your website to your business? 

My website is an extremely important aspect of my business.  It provides a point-of-contact for people from across the street, city, province, country, and world to access the wellness products and services provided by Be In Balance.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

The first Webnames web builder website I purchased had limited functionality and was difficult to maintain.  As a result, updating the website became more of a chore and the information on the website became quickly outdated.  When Webnames upgraded their website product to FastTrack powered by WordPress, I decided to invest in a new website.  I was already familiar with WordPress, having started the Be In Balance Blog (www.BeInBalance.WordPress.com), and knew how easy it was to use.

When choosing a company to work on your site, what factors came in to play?

Being a home-based business, value-for-money is always something I assess before finalizing my decision.  Part of the value-for-money assessment includes customer support.  Having worked with Webnames previously, I already knew the quality customer service I would receive would be exceptional.

Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames.

My experience working with Webnames was easy.  I completed and submitted the application.  Webnames then produced a draft website for me to review.  After I provided feedback, the final website was published.  It was easy and stress free.  The only surprise for me was how ecstatic I was with the first draft of the website – Webnames was able to take the information from my application and turn it into a product which met (and even exceeded) my expectations.

Did you learn anything new by going through this process? 

I learned sometimes it is better to ‘out-source’ to the experts certain aspects of my business’ operations.

Has your new website had any effect on your business? 

My new website has given me a great portal where all customers can now be directed to access all products and services offered by Be In Balance.  It has helped me to develop a coordinated marketing strategy.

Is social media integrated with your website? 

Yes, social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, StumbleUpon, and WordPress are integrated with my website.  I believe social media is an extremely important part of a coordinated marketing strategy.

How easy has it been for you to manage your site and keep it up-to-date?

Since I already had a WordPress blog, I was familiar with the program.  This has made it extremely easy for me to manage my website.  Even if I had not been familiar with WordPress, making the switch from the previous program used to manage my first website would have been a huge improvement.

What would you tell someone who was considering working with Webnames on their new website?

Do it!

Want a quick and simple approach to building your website? Learn more about FastTrack, one of our web design options.

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Web Design Highlight: gastowntattoo.com

Webnames offers a great web design program called Essentials that was
introduced to give our customers a professional WordPress website built
quickly and affordably. The program also includes training to teach you
how to update your website on your own, ensuring it is always current
and up to date.

Essentials has been a huge success this year, and
a number of fantastic websites have been produced. We wanted to
highlight some of the customers we’ve been working with and get an
inside look at their experience and what having a new website has done
for their business.

This month we’re looking at www.gastowntattoo.com.
We asked the Owner of Gastown Tattoo Parlour, Ed Miller, a few questions about his site and how things are
going for him since completing his website with Webnames.

We are a custom tattoo and body piercing shop located in the Gastown neighborhood of Vancouver, B.C.
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How important is your website to your business? What does it do for you?

Our website has been an essential part of our business from day one. It provides us with a platform to showcase our services and products and helps distinguish us from our competition. Most of our customers book appointments only after they have perused our website. Quite simply, it is our primary marketing tool.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

We needed a website that would help capture what we are all about and drive traffic to our shop.

When choosing a company to work on your site what factors came in to play?

We wanted to go with a company that could provide us with a customizable web site that we could then manage ourselves. We chose Webnames largely because of the value they offered in their package and the one on one training and support they provided.
 
Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames. How was the process? Did everything go as expected? Were there any surprises?

I cannot say enough positives about our experience working with Webnames. The team moved quickly through the project in order to accomplish our desired deadline but did not leave out any of the details we had discussed. During the initial consultation, the staff were very thorough in figuring out what exactly our goals of the website were. I had the opportunity to go through the consultation and tutorial process with Hannah who did an amazing job at teaching me how to make changes/additions to the website in addition to better familiarizing me with Google analytics so that I could effectively monitor my website’s future performance. I was surprised at how much I learned during this time.
 
Did you learn anything new by going through this process? If yes, what was it?

I learned how to effectively manage my website on a regular basis. In the past I would spend a lot of money paying someone else to make changes. Because of this, I would often just not bother to update my site.

Has your new website had any effect on your business, either day to day or overall? If so, please explain.

Currently we get anywhere from 200-300 hits on our website per day. We get numerous emails every single day through our contact form on our website. We are constantly receiving compliments from our customers about our website saying that is one of the main reasons they decided to go with us.

Is social media integrated with your website? If yes, why do you think it’s important to you and your business?

We have integrated social media with our website. Facebook and Twitter are linked to our site and both have been instrumental in helping our business grow.

How easy has it been for you to manage your site and keep it up to date?

Well let’s just say we update parts of our site almost daily and it only takes minutes.

What would you tell someone who was considering working with Webnames on their new website?

I would say dooooooo it! I have worked with other web developers in the past and was never anywhere as pleased with the final product as what I got with Webnames. They offer a lot of bang for your buck. A lot of website developers promise a lot but these guys actually deliver on their promises.

Thinking about starting a website for your business or redoing your current site? Learn more about Essentials, one of our web design options. Limited time pricing of $1895 for Essentials will end after May 31st, 2012, get started before that time to save over $500 on your website.

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$8.50 Domain Sale – 5 Days Only!

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Take advantage of this great price for Spring! Check if your domain name is available. Get your .INFO, .NET, or .ORG for just $8.50 when you use the spring promo code: SPRING850 at checkout. This sale is only available until Friday, April 13th.

This promotion is available for all new, 1 year registrations on .INFO, .NET, or .ORG domain names, retail accounts only.

Take advantage of this great price for Spring! To check for your domain name’s availability click here.

Want your domain name free? Try Webnames.ca  100% Canadian Web Hosting.

If you need any further assistance you can call us at 1-866-221-7878 or email support@webnames.ca

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Customer Highlight: wavepointconsulting.ca

Last year Webnames launched a web design service with small business in mind, called FastTrack. FastTrack provides a professional website, built quickly (typically 8-10 business days) and affordably. The program has been a huge success and we wanted to highlight some of the great websites that have been coming out of this program.

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Ten Reasons to Love Webnames Email

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With Webnames email we have made it easy to associate your domain name with your email. We see thousands of businesses that have a website with their domain name and then use email from their service provider (ex. yourname@yahoo.ca). By using your own domain name for your email you can get a very easy to remember email address like firstname@companyname.ca for example. Every time you send an email it reinforces your company’s name and promotes your brand while making you and your business look more professional. Even if you are committed to using your third party email, you should consider using email forwarding to point your sales@yourdomain.ca or joe@yourdomain.ca email alias to your current email.

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