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SiteTips: A New Website Series from ProductiveIT

Posted by on Friday, July 05, 2013

What is SiteTips?

SiteTips is a series that we'll be creating weekly that concentrates on some of the common features that clients can use to make their business better. It'll usually be a short video (<3 minutes), but will occasionally include an article.

The Inaugural Video: Editing a Page

We've gotten numerous calls about this feature, and it's one of the most common things that you'll be doing in Online Business Suite. So, we want to show you the easiest ways to do this. The video walks you through each step, and explains what it is.

SiteTips: Edit a Page in OBS from Taylor Daughtry with ProductiveIT on Vimeo.

The plan right now is to publish these occasionally on some of the most common questions and features that we work with for most clients. Got a suggestion that we should cover? Email us and we might cover it for you!


Domain Name verse Hosting of Website

Posted by on Thursday, March 21, 2013

One of the frequent questions we get by new clients is the difference between a domain name and the actual hosting of the website. Most people would think that these two items are one in the same, when actually they are two separate items of your website.

The domain name is just the “name” of the website you are using (productiveit.com), and you can have several “names” going to the same site (productiveit.com, productiveitllc.com, productiveit.net).

Your website hosting is the actual server location that your site files, tools and database are located.

For instance, your home might be called a home, house and estate—all different “names” for one building—but your house is always one building in one location. You can move your home’s contents from one building to another, and it will still be called your home, house and estate, but be at a different location. The same applies for moving your website content to a new host.

Productive I.T. can host your website home and decorate it how you like. We can move your content for you and give your web presence a new home with us. Call us today and we can walk you through how the process works!


What's in a .Com?

Posted by on Thursday, June 23, 2011

The internet is about to become a much more expressive (and confusing) place. Starting next year, the "internet overlords" at ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) announced that it will allow companies (not individuals or sole proprietorships) to register for a variety of "personalized" TLDs (top level domains).

The Cost of Ownership
Currently there are over 250 TLDs (including gTLD and ccTLD), some of which you're familiar with like .com, .org, .gov, and .edu. This announcement from ICANN means that companies will now be able to create their own TLD-- for instance .mcdonalds or .nike. This novelty won't come cheap, however, as PCMag.com reports that "applicants must pay a $185,000 evaluation fee, with $5,000 upfront... maybe even more." Mashable adds that there will be an "annual fee of $25,000." 

Domain Names
A breakdown of the current, 280 TLDs (via ICANN)

Regarding the news Rod Beckstrom, president and CEO of ICANN, stated that “ICANN has opened the Internet’s addressing system to the limitless possibilities of the human imagination. No one can predict where this historic decision will take us.”

I've got a few ideas for Beckstrom, but most of them result in TLDs becoming extinct and/or irrelevant. In addition to the recent ICANN, .CO (http://www.cointernet.co/) has been leading the charge for it's TLD since last summer and Dashworlds' (http://www.dashworlds.com/) unique (and free) "dashcom" domains already offer enough lawsuits-waiting-to-happen and confusion.


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