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Using HTTPS Leads to Better Website Performance

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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Four Obscure But Useful WordPress Plugins

by Marko from Support

On a daily basis, we receive calls from customers asking about WordPress and a good portion of these questions are focused on useful plugins.

With millions of different plugins available on WordPress and thousands of popular plugins, I could have easily created a comprehensive list that included an SEO plugin like Yoast or a great and free form generator like Contact 7, but these plugins have already been reviewed and included in a number of review sites.

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Moving from Web Builder to WordPress: Kaminsky and Co.

In 2011, Webnames.ca launched our latest WordPress web design
service called FastTrack. FastTrack was designed with small businesses
in mind and aimed at fulfilling the needs of our customers while still
making it affordable.

One of the things we did when we introduced
this product was to transition some of our Web Builder clients (a legacy product) to a WordPress website.

A client who we had the pleasure to work with was Kaminsky and Co.
In order to determine how to best meet the needs of Kaminsky and Company, we
asked them a couple of questions about what they wanted to
get out of their new website and any current issues they had with their
old one. (Before on the left, after on the right – below).

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http://www.kaminskyco.com/: From Web Builder to WordPress

Issues:

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Summer Domain Sale: $4.99 .BIZ Domain Names

The summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to register your business name online! Webnames.ca is having a domain sale on .BIZ domain names!

Why .BIZ?

Get the domain name you want – With the popularity of .COM, it can be difficult to get the exact name that you want. .BIZ offers more opportunities to get a unique domain name that will really work for your business. You can finally register that domain name you’ve always wanted like VancouverCraftBeer.BIZ or CanadianEntrepreneurs.BIZ.

Differentiate yourself – If you’re starting a new business, let people know about you with a .BIZ domain name, it sets you apart from the Internet’s vast crowd of .COMs. Do you have a new specialty bacon restaurant or maybe you just love bacon? Consider getting TimeForBacon.BIZ, it’s unique, available and makes your business more memorable! Plus, it’s a catchy name too.   

Protect your brand – If you already have a .COM or another domain extension, registering a .BIZ domain name is still a good idea. Protecting your name across varied extensions means that others can’t infringe on your name and take away business from your brand. Ensure that your customers never get lost by forwarding your .BIZ domain to your main website, for maximum exposure.

Internationalized Domain Names – Communicate with customers and website visitors in their own language. Protect and enhance your brand in multiple languages globally. Poutiné.BIZ anyone?

Register your .BIZ domain name and make sure to enter WNBIZSALE in the shopping cart!

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Moving from Web Builder to WordPress: Elm Children’s Centre

In 2011, Webnames.ca launched our latest WordPress web design service called FastTrack. FastTrack was designed with small businesses in mind and aimed at fulfilling the needs of our customers while still making it affordable.

One of the things we did when we introduced this product was to transition some of our Web Builder clients (Web Builder is a legacy product) to our FastTrack web design program.

A client who we had the pleasure to work with was Elm Children’s Centre. In order to determine how to best meet the needs of Elm Children’s Centre, we asked them a couple of questions about what they wanted to get out of their new website and any current issues they had with their old one.

See the before and after below!

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http://www.elmchildren.ca: From Web Builder to FastTrack

Issues:

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Potential Security Threat to WordPress – Update your Password!

The seedy underbelly of the Internet is at it again. This time, their target is WordPress, with the aim of taking control over such websites for the proliferation of spam, the hosting of phishing websites – or both. To facilitate such an attack, a massive and well-connected botnet has been assembled, consisting of some 90,000 compromised computers and websites.  These unwitting participants will have been programmed to attempt access to hundreds of thousands of WordPress installations across the globe (not only at Webnames.ca) through the administrator login and weak login passwords.

While Webnames is taking precautionary measures to limit the impact of the actual login attempts (referred to as brute-force attacks, which when especially voluminous form a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS)), any WordPress installation which utilizes an easily guessed password is now, more than ever, at serious risk of becoming compromised.

Protection from this risk is as simple as utilizing a complex password.

A complex password can come at the cost of some convenience; however the convenience factor pales in comparison to the cost of losing your entire website.

What constitutes a weak password is subjective, however if your current password favors convenience or simplicity, then it should be considered weak. Passwords containing sequential numbers, owner names, usernames, domain names, addresses etc. or one of 500 easily guessed passwords , are all easy fodder for a compromised computer (ala the aforementioned botnet) to systematically guess – it is simply a matter of time.

We strongly encourage all WordPress website owners to update their passwords – either directly or with the assistance of a trusted party. We have provided instructions on our website and are happy to assist customers with this update.

Please contact our Customer Support team at 1 866 221-7878 or support@webnames.ca

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Moving from Web Builder to WordPress – Embrun Florist

Many Webnames.ca customers are still on our legacy product, Web Builder which was a great tool to get online quickly. The tool has since been discontinued and replaced with two great website building options, Web Presence Builder, available with our Advantage web hosting plans or FastTrack, a professionally designed website, built with WordPress.
 
We have had many of our Web Builder customers update their websites with the FastTrack WordPress web design
service in the last year, and we wanted to showcase their new sites!

Embrun Florist

A client who we had the pleasure to work with was Embrun Florist.
In order to determine how to best meet the needs of Embrun Florist, we asked them a couple of questions about what they wanted to
get out of their new website and any current issues they had with their
old one.

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http://www.embrunflorist.ca/: From Web Builder to FastTrack

Issues:

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WordPress Website Highlight: www.beansandbabes.ca

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.

This month, we take a look at beansandbabes.ca We asked Jordan, founder of Beans and Babes Cafe, a few questions about their experience with Webnames.ca and how things have been since working with us. Beans & Babes is the ultimate family restaurant and indoor playground.  The cafe features fresh, local ingredients, fantastic coffee and a welcoming environment for the whole family.
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How important is your website to your business? What does it do for you?

Our website is a critical tool in helping us place ourselves in the restaurant market. The clean, upscale design of our site tells potential customers what they can expect when they visit us, and the ease of navigation helps visitors discover our many great features.

Why did you decide to invest in a new website?

I was approached by Webnames.ca and offered an upgrade on our site design and hosting platform….the price was right.

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

My knowledge on web design and web hosting is very limited.  I was looking for a company to partner with to build a site that really reflected the identity of my company and provided me with enough input to ensure that our message wasn’t compromised.

Tell us a bit about your experience working with Webnames.ca. How was the process?

I was resistant to having Webnames.ca redesign my existing site because I really liked the site as it was.  I was incredibly surprised at the how well the re-design captured our identity and conveyed our corporate message.  Very pleasantly surprised.

Did you learn anything new by going through this process?

I learned how important a strong web presence is to the success of my business.  As soon as the new site went live, people mentioned how good it looked.  I didn’t realize how much web traffic we were actually getting.

Has your new website had any effect on your business?

Our website has drawn in people to the restaurant.  We offer many specialty menu items and having those listed on our website is a big draw for business.

Is social media integrated with your website? 

We have integrated social media into our website because our market is accustomed to up-to-the minute communications.  We use social media flash messages to bring people to the site for the longer message (and eventually to the restaurant).

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

The site features are super friendly and intuitive.  It makes it very easy to keep the site up-to-date.  There are no code-languages to learn, just point and click.

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

I have recommended Webnames.ca to a couple of friends, and will always share my Webnames.ca experience.

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: 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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New gTLD Highlight: .SPORTing a new look!

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 tons of great feedback from our customers!

This week, we’ll be looking at .SPORT and how the gTLD is great for sports clubs and sports enthusiasts worldwide.

.SPORT will be an ideal fit for any individual or organization involved in sports. With this specific gTLD, your visitors can easily identify what your website is targeted towards. From a fan-based website to major league sports clubs, having a .SPORT domain name will attract a lot of traffic. It will reach out to fans, businesses and international partners, bringing sports fans out in droves.

Benefits of a .SPORT domain name

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New gTLD Highlight: What is .BUSINESS?

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 of great feedback from our customers!

These new extensions are a huge opportunity for businesses and individuals. Think of the possibilities! You can be creative (YourNameAt.home), you can be industry minded (HotelName.hotel) and you can start protecting your brand names (YourBrand.inc or YourBrand.tech).

In order to showcase the benefits of these new extensions, we plan to highlight a new gTLD each week!

This week, we’re getting down to .BUSINESS, detailing the new gTLD’s potential uses and how it can benefit you.

.BUSINESS is a perfect fit for all profit-oriented organizations! Through this specific gTLD, your visitors are able to easily identify what you are all about, plus this new extension provides visitors an added sense of security when they go to your website.  Whether you are running a small startup or a large corporation, use .BUSINESS to attract customers to your business.

Benefits of a .BUSINESS domain name

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New gTLD Highlight: What is .BLOG?

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 of great feedback from our customers!

These new extensions are a huge opportunity for businesses and individuals. Think of the possibilities! You can be creative (YouNameAt.home), you can be industry minded (HotelName.hotel) and you can start protecting your brand names (YourBrand.inc or YourBrand.tech).

In order to showcase the benefits of these new extensions, we plan to highlight a new gTLD each week!

This week, we’ll talk about the .BLOG gTLD extension; detailing its potential uses and how it can benefit registrants for that specific domain space.

Since blogging allows people to voice out their opinions and ideas about anything, .BLOG will provide a dedicated space for bloggers. Under .BLOG, bloggers will be able to identify themselves to their readers before anyone even goes to their website. For example, food.blog would immediately let readers know the site is most likely a food blog, in the same way that horses.blog would let people know you are writing a blog about horses. 

Benefits of a .BLOG domain name

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