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New Project: Belgrave Rotary

I joined the Rotary Club of Belgrave earlier this year and they didn’t have a website. Didn’t… they do now!  Took me about 3 or 4 nights to put it together but it’s now kept updated with events, speakers and other activities.

If you belong to a Rotary Club that needs a website, or perhaps a rebuild, why not get in touch with me?

You can check out the site at www.belgraverotary.com

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New site: Burstruct

A construction company that handles some really interesting projects in the Melbourne area.  I was really impressed with the work they showed me through their photographs. You will be too. You can visit them at www.burstruct.com.au.

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Introducing website maintenance

Although it should be a ‘given’ many clients may not realise that I provide website maintenance on a regular basis, as well as all the other things relating to setting up a site.

If you have a site built in WordPress it is going to need regular maintenance.  Some clients choose to do this themselves and others either forget, or just don’t have time for it, or are worried they’ll do the wrong thing.

For peace of mind I can manage all the updates, upgrades, checks, backups, etc that is needed to be done to your site on a regular basis.

I have three different monthly packages available and you are not locked into a contract. You can choose to cancel and take over the role yourself any time.

To find out more about my website maintenance program, please visit my Maintenance page for more details and to sign up.

Retaining ownership of your domain

Over the weekend I received emails from two clients, concerned about their websites and domains.

For one their website wasn’t visible and a quick check with http://whois.melbourneit.com.au/ showed me that their domain had expired last week. So the website wasn’t lost but with the domain not being active, the site was no longer visible. So important that domains are renewed by the due date. If I am your domain registrar, I do not have control over this either – late payment means it expires.

The other had been receiving emails to say their domain was due to expire but they weren’t sure how to renew it.

When you own some real estate on the web, it’s very, very important that you have on record the following information:

  • A list of the domains you own and when they are due for renewal (Aussie domains are bi-annual, and other domains are annual).
  • Login access to your domains – are they with different domain registries or with the one?
  • Know who your domain registrar is so that you don’t get duped by fake emails.
  • A record of when your web hosting is due and with whom.
  • Login access to your web hosting account.

While these type of things may feel like they are beyond some of you, it is so important that you have this information stored safely away so that your web host, or someone else you trust that has the relevant knowledge, can assist you when there is the need. Claiming back a domain that has expired is costly (often around $80USD to get it back while during the grace period) but if someone else has bought it you will have lost it entirely.

On the point of domain registries above – I recommend you shift all your domains to the one registry. That way you don’t lose track of what you have and where they are, and you’re less likely to get tricked into renewing your domain with another service – just because they say you need to. I do provide domain registration services at http://domains.acs-webhosting.com if you have that need.

If considering purchasing hosting or email services, please do contact me first to discuss so that I can explain the different options available to you.