Archive for the ‘Best Practices’ Category

End of Year Web Activities – Update the Information on Your Web Pages

Monday, December 26th, 2005

After you have checked your domain name, take a look at these items on your Web site. Are they as up to date as they can be?

  • Are all the Links working?
  • Has the Copyright Date been updated? What about the Page Last Updated date at the bottom of your pages?
  • Have you added your Q1 Workshops, Seminars and Events? Removed the Q4 events?
  • What’s the date on the latest Newsletter?
  • Do Job Postings need to removed/added?
  • Does the label “NEW” – need to be removed from an item that was posted 4 months ago?
  • Is the list of Associates and Affiliations current?
  • Does your bio say “20 years experience”? Does that need to change to over 20 years?
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End of Year Web Activities – Protecting Your Domain Name

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

It is the end of the year. Many of us are writing our 2006 Marketing Plans and updating our Business Plans. We know that there must be some activities to do with regard to our Web sites – but – what?

First and foremost, protect your domain name.

  1. Go to www.networksolutions.com
  2. Click on the WHOIS link on the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Enter your domain name in the “enter a search term” box.
  4. The WHOIS Search Results page will display.
  5. Scroll down to see the information on file for your company. It is very important that all of the contact information be correct. Check especially, e-mail addresses and street addresses.

If the information is correct, great, you can focus on other aspects of your Web site maintenance. If the information is incorrect, fix it as soon as you are able. If you do not have the resources to fix it, send me an e-mail with the correct information and I will update the information.

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Domain Names, Registrars, and Records

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

I am posting this today because in the few short days I have been back from vacation, I have had reason to view the records of 6 or 7 domain names. I found that 47% of them contain outdated information. For your own protection, it is critical that your domain name registration record be kept current.

Most important is to check that a company employee is listed as the Registrant and that the e-mail and street addresses associated with the Registrant are accurate and active. Registrars recognize the Registrant as the “owner of record” and will only communicate with that person about the domain name.

To check the validity of your domain name record:

  1. Click this link to WHOIS
  2. Enter your domain name (yourwebsite.com) in the search box and click the Search button
  3. The WHOIS Search Results Screen will display the information on file

If your record is outdated, contact the Registrant and ask them to update it.

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