Choosing a Web Host

Web hosting can be a confusing to pick, hard to migrate away from, and a pain to deal with if you don’t know what you’re looking for. I’ve been trying to find a simple way to explain these concepts to clients and found that iThemes does an excellent job with their short eBook How to Pick Web Hosting Without A Computer Science Degree. It’s short, concise, and to the point. (I read it in about 1/2 an hour.)

For starters, web hosting is very simply defined as space you rent, own, or lease on a server computer. So, when someone enters your domain name into the browser, the domain name directs them to your website located on the server. (It’s more complicated than that, but that may be a whole separate blog post.) Continue reading

MyFHA Website Form Redesign

I worked with a Back-end Web Developer on this project. While I designed and built the form, he integrated it and checked on submissions to the database. Working side-by-side meant we could each focus on the tasks we’re best at and get this form ready for users.

The client does regular A/B Testing, so he has a good amount of statistics to back up what works for his forms and what causes users to drop off. We were given the following requirements:

  1. It takes too long to fill out the form and it is hard to navigate.
  2. The form looks outdated.
  3. The client was worried the new form wouldn’t look like the rest of the website.

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"DNS Services" Domain Name Scam

DNS Services scam example bill

Credit: jptechnical.com

One of my clients emailed me today asking where a bill came from. It was for $65 to renew their domain name. She said the company who sent the bill was “DNS Services.” I did some research for her and noticed a few things:

  • When I looked up to see where the domain name was registered, it wasn’t to “DNS Services.”
  • Her domain name didn’t expire until August 2014. While companies try to give you plenty of time to renew your domain name, they don’t usually contact you two years ahead of time.
  • The name in itself is fishy, it would be like me naming my business “Web Design.” (How unique would that be?)
  • A Google search regarding this piece of mail I came across this DNS Services Scam article. I asked if it resembled the mail she received and she said, “That is exactly what the bill looks like! Thank you! I will shred it.”

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Darrah’s Towing | Cedar Rapids, Iowa Website Design

Carmela, the owner of Darrah’s Towing, came to me about updating her website. She felt the website was outdated, didn’t represent the business well, and was frustrated with not being able to get website updates done easily. In order to come up with a new website she would be happy with, we focused on the problems first. Continue reading

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