Monthly: November 2010

How WordPress helps your search engine ranking

Wordpress has excellent search engine optimization tactics automatically built into its platform. It creates search engine-friendly URLs and headlines, allows you to easily manipulate image tags and descriptions, and provides great content organization so your site can be indexed quickly and efficiently. That's just a few things that Wordpress does well when it comes to search engines. Wordpress creates keyword-rich URL strings A URL string is the address at which that particular page resides. For instance, the URL string for this page is: http://blueskydesigns.blueskycolorado.net/2010/09/17/how-wordpress-helps-your-search-engine-ranking. You want your individual page URLS to be very keyword-rich. The search engines love that! You might have

How email works: the basics

Most people know how to use email but don't really understand how it works, so sometimes emails mysteriously disappear from the server and you're left scratching your head. Here's the basics of how emails work. Your email is hosted on an email server, which is separate from the server that hosts your website, in most cases. Your email server has a name for incoming mail and outgoing mail. For instance, it might look like this: Incoming: mail.yourdomainname.com Outgoing: mail.yourdomainname.com These are the settings you need to set up an email account in your email program, such as Outlook. You can have a POP account

Who should host my website?

I can't tell you how many times I've received phone calls from people who had a website but could no longer access it because they could not get a response out of their web designer. The top three problems usually are: The web company registered the domain name using their account and the business owner's name is no where on the domain registration. This is a real problem. Many web designers register a client's domain name on the client's behalf, but never put the client's name anywhere on the registration. This means the client has absolutely no control over the domain