Domain Name Registration

Domain Name: What are they?

If you own a brick and mortar business that has never seen the digital world then you probably will have a big question mark plastered on your face if I mention domain name to you. An analogy between the brick and mortar shop and a digital shop might be easier to understand.

A brick and mortar shop normally have a shop name and it’s address so people can visit the shop. In the same manner a digital shop has a shop name as well as an address. The address of a digital shop is the domain name. This is the one that you type into your browser so people can visit your digital shop or website. This is how it will normally look on your browser:

Note that the website name or store name in most cases is the same as the domain name. However, this is not always true. Sometimes, the shop name is different from the domain name because the name of your choice is no longer available. It is recommended though, that your website or store name is the same as your domain name or at least similar to be consistent with your branding strategy.

Every domain name registered is unique.

Before you can register a domain name it will normally be checked automatically for availability. The whole system of domain name registration has it’s check and balance to ensure that there is no duplication. Domain name are normally charge per year and the price varying defending on the registrar you use or the type of domain that you purchase. Registering your domain name is the first step you will take to start your journey in setting up your business online.

Backup and Restore

Importance of Website Backup

The importance of website backup can never be underestimated especially for businesses that relies on emails, online orders and order processing to run their business. Having your business online has it’s benefits. Unfortunately, it also has its fair share of threats. Backing up serves as a fail safe that will safeguard your website against those threats if all else fails.

People makes mistakes.

This is one of the obvious reason why having a working backup for your website helps. Anybody can accidentally delete a wrong file or worse accidentally delete or uninstall your whole website. Having an updated backup will come in handy when retrieving lost files and data or restoring your whole website.

Updates are important for your website’s health. However, introducing it to your website or system can sometimes be unsuccessful.

Issues may arise. Thus, doing a backup before every update is important. This ensures that when this happens you will be able to restore or revert back to your old system.

If your website gets infected by virus or malware which can happen in any online system;

then having a backup that is updated and clean will help resolve the issue. This is very helpful in cases that the malware or virus was not eradicated and your website’s operation gets affected.

As business owners another reason that you should be vigilant with backing up is to ensure that; when hackers attack either your website or your hosting server then an updated backup that is stored remotely will be able to help your business website recover quickly.

Backing up your website does not really take a lot of time especially at this time and age.

Almost everything can be automated at a push of a button. As a business owner you don’t want to be in the position that you will have your website redone again from scratch. As the old adage goes; “Better safe than sorry.”