Jan 31

MobileMe’s days are numbered, and many of you have been inquiring about what will be happening to your website. Plain and simple, you need a new web host. My advice to you is don’t procrastinate, get this done as soon as possible. You will be thankful you did later on. Here is a quick video tutorial that will show you how to transfer your site from MobileMe to a real web hosting company. If anyone has any further questions, just let me know and I will do my best to help out.

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As we inch closer and closer to the final days of MobileMe, many iWeb users should now be looking for a real hosting company to host their websites for them. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to easily move your website from MobileMe to a real web host.

The first thing you will need to do is sign up for hosting. To do this, go to ragesw.com and click on Web Hosting. Then click on the Sign Up Now button. In this first step, you can either register a new domain name if you do not already have one, or you can transfer your domain over to RAGE Web Hosting. If you are not familiar with what a domain is, google.com, and apple.com are both domains.

So if you want to register a new domain, type in the name in the first box under the Register a new domain option. You can also select the extension for the domain by clicking on this drop down menu.

If you are transferring a domain, click on the second option to transfer existing domain to RAGE Web Hosting and  type in your domain. When you are all done, click the Click to Continue button. You should see the domain you typed, and the Status reading Available. Then click the Click to Continue button.

On the next page, you will see some information about the services you will be getting. The drop down menu next to Billing Cycle will allow you to select how long you want to sign up to hosting for.

You can read through the remaining configurable options and check off anything else that you want to add to your order. When you are done, click on the Update Cart button.

On the next page, you will need to enter your EPP code. An EPP code, or authorization code, is a security code that verifies that you are the actual owner of the domain you are trying to transfer.

You can obtain this code by logging into your account where you purchased your domain from. You should be able to find the code by browsing around, or you can e-mail your current registrar and ask them to give you the code, and to also unlock your domain so you can transfer it.

Once you obtain the code, simply key it in and click on Update Cart. From there you will be able to checkout and order your hosting.

A few notes on some of the things I just mentioned. Firstly, I didn’t show the process for people who are just buying a new domain. That is because it is very straight forward and you won’t need any help with it. Second, if you are having trouble obtaining your EPP code, you can just e-mail RAGE Web Hosting and they will help you get it.

After you have signed up, you will receive your signup e-mails from RAGE Web Hosting. In one of those e-mails, you will see an e-mail that looks similar to this one. These are the FTP login details. All we need to do with these is plug them into the corresponding fields on the iWeb publish page. It’s always a good idea to click the Test Connection button to ensure you copied and pasted everything correctly. If you transferred your domain, make sure to follow the instructions in the Domain Name Details section of the e-mail, as you will need to update your name servers to indicate that RAGE Web Hosting is hosting your site as well as housing it.

And that’s it. Once you publish your site, you can then visit your website on your new web host.

Jan 18

Having a website doesn’t mean your responsibilities end with creating a nice site that is easy for users to navigate through, and hopefully purchase something, or call you to buy your products or services. A majority of the time, users coming to your site will not buy something, or will not make that phone call. But some users might like what they see and are curious to learn more in the future. Keeping these users close by is important and could eventually lead to that sale. Colllecting those user’s e-mail addresses is almost as important as collecting their money.

So for iWeb users, what is an easy way for you to do this? MailShoot, a mailing list manager by RAGE Software makes it really easy for iWeb users to collect e-mail addresses from their website visitors. In MailShoot, you can send out e-mails to your entire mailing list, or certain segments of your list. RAGE Software just released an update to MailShoot recently and the user interface has become very easy to work with.

Watch this video tutorial to see how to add the signup form to your site in iWeb.

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Jan 10

By now, you have most likely heard of Google’s social networking platform known as Google Plus. But what you might now have noticed yet is that Google Plus can influence what a user sees in the search results.

Let’s use an example to illustrate this. Phillip and Joffrey are friends on Google Plus. Phillip is searching for a laptop to buy online. He finally finds a site (after much shopping around) and decides to place an order. When Phillip’s laptop arrives, he is so happy with the quality, speed, and service of the website that he decides to go back to Google, and he locates the exact same site in a search result, and clicks on the little Plus 1 button next to the URL.

Just like linking to a site, Phillip has essentially voted for, or recommended this website. A few months later, Joffrey is looking for a laptop too. During his Google search, he is now seeing the exact same site that Phillip purchased from. But this site now appears higher in the search results for Joffrey, and even tells him that his pal Phillip recommends this website. Joffrey clicks on the link, likes what he sees and buys a laptop from the site. This all happened because Phillip recommended a site, and without the two even communicating really, Joffrey saw that website and made a purchase.

So what does this mean for you? Well, your iWeb sites can also be recommended by people, not just in the search result, but on the actual site as well. This is a no brainer, and a must-do for all website owners. Luckily, adding a Google Plus button to an iWeb site is pretty easy. Watch the video below to learn how to do it. I highly recommend everyone with an iWeb site to do this. Even if you don’t think Google Plus is popular now, you will thank me later!

Jan 04

iWeb websites are made with many images and other heavy media objects. This causes the site to load fairly slow in a user’s browser (if you haven’t noticed this yet, load an iWeb site in a browser and you will see).

The problem with this is that the internet has become so fast that people’s patience has decreased. Google has even stated that the speed at which a site loads is now taken into consideration when ranking a website.

This poses a problem for virtually all iWeb websites. An extremely large majority of iWeb sites will load much slower than the average website. You can even check your site’s loading time if you have a Google Webmaster Tools account.

So how do we fix this problem? The solution is actually a lot easier than you might think. An application called WebCrusher allows you to simply drag and drop your website folder, click one button and have your entire iWeb website ‘optimized’ to load significantly faster in a web browser.

I have embedded a quick video tutorial below which will show you how easy it is to use WebCrusher on an iWeb website. I highly recommend this application for all iWeb users. Personally, I hate waiting for a site to load, and I have been guilty in the past of clicking the back button just because a site loaded slowly.

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