One of the many features that you get with your hosting with Like Rock is an ability to have multiple MySQL databases. MySQL is one of the most popular databases used, especially when using PHP to create a dynamic website. If you're not familiar with how to create or modify a MySQL database, follow the steps on this video tutorial to get started now:
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Although most people associate websites with businesses whether they be restaurants, IT related companies, e-commerce stores, etc. or even personal sites like an online resume or some place on the web to store family pictures or mailing lists with their own domain and email address, more and more people are looking to boost traffic to their physical home by showcasing their home via a website. A website of your home is a great investment for someone looking to provide more information than a generic real estate agents site that usually has only a few pictures and some generic descriptions about the square footage, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. Here are five tips to help you get a website that could help sell your home even faster:
- Create a domain name that is the same or very similar to your physical address.
By keeping the domain for the website of your home the same as your physical address, the search engines will pick up the site and your site will list higher up when others are searching for information on your home.
- Keep the information clear and precise.
It's important to understand that this isn't the platform to necessarily try unique and new web design tricks. You want your home to be the focal point of the site, not your amazing web development skills. Keep the navigation simple without being overwhelming. Provide as many details as possible about the home, the property, the neighborhood, the amenities, nearby schools, etc. Think about what made you love your home when you bought and try to convey that same feeling when describing your home.
- Pictures, pictures, pictures.
When my wife and I were looking for our home, we would always look at homes that had real pictures. The more pictures the home had, the more likely we were to look at the detailed listing. Take pictures on a bright sunny day so your pictures don't look dark. Take pictures of the outside - front and back. Take pictures of every room, even if they are the same size! Give the pictures some dimension by including furniture as part of the picture (but make sure the room is the focus, not your furniture, however awesome it may be). This is the website of your home, so showcase every aspect of it. Most importantly, make sure to clean before clicking away!
- When you see it
Even though we live in a digital age, almost no one is willing to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars without ever physically checking out your house. The next best thing to lots of pictures is an in-person visit. Provide information on open houses that you may be holding and/or when is a good time for buyers to come and take a look around.
- Contact information
No use in putting up the site or trying to sell your home if it is hard to get in touch with you. Make sure to have a phone number, email address and even an online form to let potential buyers contact you. It only takes one interested buyer to seal the deal.
Follow these five steps to help boost the traffic to your home. Since most home buying experiences start online, a well built website of your home that provides all the key information will surely inform buyers more about your home than the others they may be interested which will hopefully help you close on your next home sooner. If you want help setting up a website quickly, don't hesitate to contact us. Like Rock can get a website of your home up and running within a day or two in most cases. If you are just looking to host your site until your home is sold, check out our no-contract packages that beat the prices of many other contract based hosting plans.
Most of us have probably come across the "bundle everything and save" campaigns and though there are some that truly do make sense to do, sometimes the convenience of one bill is not worth the lack of service or features that bundled packages come with. We often find clients that have their hosting with their long distance company who get extremely few features on their hosting accounts for the convenience of one bill that it makes us cringe on what the big companies are getting away with. In today's hosting community a simple hosting plan should not cost more than a few dollars a month. Though a lot of companies will tie you down with a long-term contract (don't get us started on that!), the cost of getting hosting through a company that focus primarily on serving your website is almost always more affordable than what you can get when combining the service with your long distance or Internet service company. It's also important to note that a dedicated hosting company is going to do everything they can to ensure that you get great hosting service, that's not always the case with companies where the focus is not your online presence. So check your bills and compare how you can save by splitting up your service instead of combining them.
If you are paying more then a few dollars for hosting, try Like Rock out. You won't be disappointed.
When it comes down to it, the password you use to get access to our site or your email is extremely crucial. A lot of sites require that passwords meet certain criteria to access the content on them, but it's also important for you to keep passwords you use to access your site as secure as possible. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when selecting a password:
- Mix capital and lower case letters
- Use numbers and special characters
- Try to use passwords that are more than 8 characters
- Don't use sequential numbers or letters of the alphabet or the keyboard. Eg. Stay away from 1234, asdf, abcd, etc. type of patterns.
- Use a passphrase instead of just a password. By using a phrase, you can get a longer password which when combined with the other tips will help ensure a secure password.
Over at the Lifehacker website, they did a great article with an infographic that showed several tips to use and also some very interesting statistics about passwords. Stay cyber-safe with a strong password!
Previously we had provided information on how to setup your email address for your domain via cPanel. You can log in to cPanel and also use the "Mail Client Configuration" option to automatically setup Outlook for you. If however, you would like to set it up manually, this post will help you in configuring Microsoft Outlook so you can easily send and receive emails. Knowing these settings is also helpful in case you are trying to troubleshoot why emails are not being sent or received. This post assumes you have already installed a working version of Microsoft Outlook 2010.
- First things first, start up Outlook!
- Now, click on File at the very top of the left of the application, then Info and the Add account button. See image below for reference:
- On the screen that pops up next, select "Manually configure server settings or additional server types" and click Next. We recommend this options so you can specify the exact settings the server is expecting. Also, this gives you a better understanding of what information to use in case you have to change account information.
- This is where you will specify the details that will enable Outlook to send and receive emails.
- Your Name - This should be the name you want shown when sending email. eg. John Smith
- E-mail Address - This should be the email address you are setting up. eg. email@example.com
- Account Type - You can leave this as POP3 which will download the emails from server the to your computer or change it to IMAP which will keep the email on the server and your computer synchronized. We would recommend using POP that way you can keep your email stored locally on your computer for quick access.
- Incoming mail server - This is the name of the server that will be used to request new messages. For Like Rock customers, this is easy to remember as it's always mail.yourdomain.com. eg. mail.likerock.com
- Outgoing mail server - This is the name of the server that will be used to send messages. Again we make it easy to remember as it's always mail.yourdomain.com. eg. mail.likerock.com. Please note that some ISPs require that you send email through their servers as they may block Port 25, in which can you will need to specify your ISPs Outgoing/SMTP Server address.
- User Name - In most instances this will be your full email address. eg. firstname.lastname@example.org. If your cPanel username is the same as your email address, then you can use just your username.
- Password - This is the password you setup for the email account
- Since Like Rock uses authentication for Outgoing mail as well, you'll need to specify Outlook to provide your email credentials when sending email as well. You can set that up under "More settings".
- Click on the Outgoing Server tab and check the box for "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication". By default, the "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" should be checked already. If it's not, check it.
- Click OK
- Click Next and Finish and you're done!
Setting up your own email address is easy with the well established interface provided by cPanel. At Like Rock we've been using cPanel for over 9 years and have found the web hosting platform to be extremely stable. Infact most web hosting companies use cPanel for their account management, though sometimes they do update the look and feel to match the look and feel of their main site.
If you've had a hosting account before, you're probably familiar with the interface, but in the event that you're not clear or need a refresher, just follow these steps to creating your email address for your domain.
- First things first, you have to login to your control panel (cPanel). You can login via http://cpanel.yourdomain.com or http://yourdomain.com/cpanel. Replace your domain with your own domain name.
- Once logged in, click on the icon labeled "Email Accounts". It'll look something like this:
- On the next page, you'll see a form that looks like this:
- Fill out the fields on the form with the following information:
- Email: The first part of the email address you want to create. eg. john
- Password: Enter a password that is hard to guess using a mix of upper case, lower case, numbers and special characters. Alternatively you can use the "Password Generator" button to generate a password as well. Be careful though, if you do use the generator, make sure to memorize it so that you don't lock yourself out of our email.
- Password (again): Now repeat the password to make sure there weren't any typos, etc. If you use the password generator, it'll pre-fill both passwords for you.
- Mailbox Quota: This is the amount of space that you want to have your email account use. Remember the space used by email left on the server count towards your web quota. Ofcourse if you are on our unlimited plan, that is a non-issue for you.
- Once you have filled out all the information, click on the Create Account button.
- That's it! You've just created an email address for your domain.
- You can now access your email via the web by going to http://webmail.yourdomain.com/ or http://yourdomain.com/webmail or setup an email application like Outlook or Thunderbird to receive email.
Now that you're all setup with your email, why not drop us a line to say hello!
Did you know that when transferring a domain to LikeRock, you have to ensure that the domain is not locked at the current registrar? Most registrars will have some variation of the following steps available for you to follow:
- Login to your current registrars (where your domain is registered) website
- Request your authorization code also known as a transfer key.
- Make sure to unlock your domain.
- Once you have your authorization code and have unlocked the domain, sign up for your account with Like Rock and provide the authorization code during sign up. Already have an account with us? Click on the Hosting / Domain >> Add / Transfer Domain option and submit your transfer request.
- Once we transfer process is kicked off, an approval email is sent to the domain owner (you) to confirm that you want to transfer the domain to another registrar.
- If you click on the "Approve" link in the email, the transfer request is sent to your existing registrar to release the domain.
- And that's it! The process can be as quick as 6-12hrs, though sometimes it can take a week. However, on average you're looking at about 24-48hrs for the entire process.
Too much mumbo-jumbo to transfer your domain? Don't worry we do this for a living, so send us your account information at your registrar and we can take care of the entire process for you! We'll even guide you through the process if you have any questions. Sign up now to take advantage of our service!
There are several web applications like Joomla, WordPress, Drupal, etc. that require you to know what version of PHP is installed or available by your hosting provider. If you've ever wondered how to find out, here is a quick tip on getting the info you need:
- Create a new file with a .php extension. Eg. phpinfo.php
- Next place the following in the file:
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<?php phpinfo(); ?>
- Upload the file to you the document root directory, usually called www or public_html
- Pull up your page in the browser. Eg. http://www.yourdomain.com/phpinfo.php
- You should see a lot of relevant information about what version of PHP is installed along with which extensions, etc.
That's it! If you have any questions or problems, let us know, we'll try to be as helpful as possible.