Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need to host a website?
Hosting provides a home for your Website 24/7/365, where it can be maintained, secured, updated and accessed by multiple users simultaneously via the World Wide Web. Simply put, it is the act of renting space on a remote server. Without hosting, your website is nothing but a bunch of files stored on a CD in your desk drawer for no one to see.
Why is my site not listed in Google, Yahoo, and other search engines?
When building a website there are several things which must be done in order to fully optimize your site for the web: this is referred to as Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Search engines care very little about how much your site costs, or how pretty it is. What they do care about is relevant content and excellence in programming. The sites that gain prominence on the search engines are those that are relevant to their markets, rich in content and promote usability for the end user. For more information on how to get your site where it needs to be, visit www.searchenginewatch.com or feel free to contact us.
What is a database?
A database is a collection of digital records stored in a computer in a systematic way, so that a computer program can consult it to answer questions. For better retrieval and sorting, each record is usually organized as a set of data elements (facts). The items retrieved in answer to queries become information that can be used to make decisions. The computer program used to manage and query a database is known as a database management system (DBMS). The properties and design of database systems is included in the study of information science. Open source DBMS's include MySQL, Postgres, and BerkleyDB. Commercial DBMS's include Oracle, DB2, Sybase, Informix, and Microsoft SQL.
Are there other ways to advertise my website, besides search engines?
Yes. If your target market is local, it would make sense to look at media targeted to your specific geographic reach.
How do I know if I'm getting visitors to my website?
It's smart to keep track of your web traffic: unlike rush hour, this traffic is desirable. There is software that can measure how many visitors come to your site, where they come from, how long they stay, where they travel to within your site etc... Your hosting company can implement this feature for you.
How do I upload my site information on my own?
Just login to your website using the user name and password that we setup for you and you will be able to make almost any change you want on your website. Depending on the product that you purchase from us, you will be able to make changes such as adding your own web-page, upload your own designs, change the color of your web site, edit the event calendar on your website, upload pictures and documents to your website etc.
What if you guys go out of business?
Good question. Many of our customers come to us as a result of their previous website provider closing their doors. After all, who ever thought Eaton's or Massey Ferguson would go out of business? In short, things change and to provide our customers with added comfort, we happily provide them with their entire website on CD-ROM. What this means is that they can take their original website if need be and transfer it to another server/company.
How long does it take to complete a website?
A website is never truly finished. Professional and well maintained websites always require changes and updates. With that being said, we can usually go live with a site within 4-6 weeks after being hired to design it; perhaps even faster if the stars are aligned and we receive all of the necessary text and graphic information in a timely manner.
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