Archive for August, 2010

If Your Website Isn’t Built Right - From The Start

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

One of my very favorite reasons for preferring a website over a printed brochure for advertising your business is that it is easy to fix mistakes and typos. Once a brochure is printed, you have an expensive reprint in order to fix mistakes. The thing about a website is that it needs to be tested after completion. The links need to be tested and especially all forms and interactive items that communicate to/from your users. When filling out the form make sure that it gets to you in the way it should. If it is in email, make sure you get it. If it is in a database, make sure it caches it. Also, when filling out the form, make sure the form has all the fields that you want or need on it and that the information filled out in the fields comes through to you. When a web master finishes building your site, it is time to check everything. Don’t wait until a user calls and asks if you got the message from your website.

It is also important to check your forms months and years after being built. One problem that can happen is your web server could block the very email from your site and, where you once received the email, it may be down and blocking it. The only way a link will break is if the place you are sending it to has been taken down. Read more…

Is Moving Your Website Like Moving Furniture; One Place to Another

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Believe it or not, moving an old website can be as easy as moving furniture, however, most new sites have ties to their host. This is one reason you want to be particular about which host you chose. When a site is all content, images, and Flash with no forms, it should be easy to move, but it also can depend on how it was built. If the file extension is .html or htm, it could be as easy as downloading the site via FTP(File Transfer Protocol) to your computer and uploading the site to the new host via FTP. Below are a few items to consider when attempting to move a website:

  1. If your extension is .asp and you move it to a server that supports php, the site will not work properly and vica versa.
  2. If you have databases, they will have to be downloaded separately and recreated on the new host.
  3. If your site is created on a template that belongs to the host, it may mean you can not move your site at all. You will have to copy and paste all content to another template or create a real website.
  4. If it is a template like Wordpress that was uploaded to your host, you will need to download it via FTP and upload it to the new host via FTP. Also, do a dump of the database and upload that to the database area.
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