HTTP vs. HTTPS – Help search engines see your site as secure

HTTP, or hypertext transfer protocol, is the way a Web server communicates with browsers like Internet Explorer® and Mozilla Firefox®. HTTP lets visitors view a site and send information back to the Web server.

HTTPS, hypertext transfer protocol secure, is HTTP through a secured connection. Communications through an HTTPS server are encrypted by a secure certificate known as an SSL. The encryption prevents third-parties from eavesdropping on communications to and from the server.

An SSL certificate keeps you and your customers safe by protecting the information that’s flowing to and from your website. It encrypts names, addresses, passwords, account and credit card numbers and more so hackers and other online criminals can’t read them.

improving your site’s ranking by External Links

What is SEO, and why is it important?

If you want people to find your site, you need to get it listed with search engines. SEO is the process of making your website more “friendly” for search engines, which helps them categorize it and display it in relevant search results. Optimizing your site can improve its organic search result ranking, making your business easier to find when potential customers search for products and services related to your business.

Spiders representing the Internet’s search engines regularly crawl the World Wide Web to look for websites and other content to add to the search engines’ databases. They follow the hyperlinks that connect websites on the Internet.

When analyzing your site’s external links to websites, search engines will attempt to determine the relative importance of the originating sites. This means that if an originating site offers similar or related content to the one it is pointing to, the link will receive a higher rating than if the content was entirely unrelated. As well, an originating site may be ranked based on the links that are pointing to it, and hence the importance of those links.

You can improve your site’s ranking by linking to relative and highly-ranked quality sites.

Note: In some cases, owning a premium keyword domain name can increase click-through rates on ads, SERP listings and improve your site’s ranking.

Do I need Rich Snippets for my website?

A rich snippet is HTML code that is placed on web pages that ‘marks up’ the page to provide Google and other search engines with explicit pieces of information about the theme and content of any given page. This snippet code isn’t necessarily visible on a page viewed in a browser. They sit in the HTML code ‘behind’ the page content. When used correctly, the contents of your rich snippets appear in the search results along with the title and description of the page.

It can be difficult to set yourself apart from the rest of the world when it comes to your search engine ranking. Incorporating rich snippet code into your website gives your search results a unique look, and shows the relative content from your site right in the search results. This can increase click-thru rates dramatically.

Rich Snippets are small previews of relevant information on your website that display in the search results when someone does a search. Rich snippets tell the search engines more about your website and what content you have on your pages. When the search engines return a list of relevant results, your rich snippet information will appear and give them a preview of what they can expect to see on your site.

Here are a few examples of rich snippets and what they display:

  1. Authorship — Displays the author’s name, picture, and a link to more articles written by them.
  2. Local Business — Displays address and phone number of your business.
  3. Events — Displays time, title, and location of your event in search results.
  4. Video search — Displays a thumbnail preview of your video in search results.

By adding rich snippets to your website, you are helping search engines deliver more relevant results and making your results stand out. When viewing search results, a visitor can instantly see why your website was included.

Adding rich snippet code to your website increases traffic and lowers bounce rates because visitors already know what to expect when they reach your website. It’s a great way to set yourself apart on the search results and increase traffic to your website.

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Don’t Do It!

What is SEO, and why is it important?

If you want people to find your site, you need to get it listed with search engines. SEO is the process of making your website more “friendly” for search engines, which helps them categorize it and display it in relevant search results. Optimizing your site can improve its organic search result ranking, making your business easier to find when potential customers search for products and services related to your business.

Don’t Do It!

Search engines have become very important to the way people use the Web. Of course that means there’s a lot of value to getting in front of all of those millions of potential visitors.

Unfortunately, some people try to manipulate search results, create spam, and try to game the system to make money.

Search engines, however, are very good at detecting and penalizing sites that employ manipulative techniques.

Here are examples of things you should not try to do:

  • Keyword Stuffing — Keyword stuffing refers to identifying valuable search terms, and then shoving those search terms into your content or meta keywords tag as many times as possible, even when the keyword has no relevance to the content of the site.
  • Hidden Content — Hidden content is the technique of displaying content to the search engines that the users don’t see, such as additional keyword phrases. Typically examples include using CSS to display the content way off the viewable area of the page, hiding the displayed content with CSS, or displaying the content in the same color as the background (ie: white text on white background).
  • Link Farms — The importance of links has prompted people to swap links with as many sites as they can find, including sites that are not relevant. Some webmasters create multiple sites of low-value content exclusively for the purposes of interlinking those pages.
  • Buying Links — Some people pay for links on other sites just to try and raise their search engine scores. This method is different than a sponsored link, or an advertisement, as they usually try and pay for these links to display in online content like natural links without any labeling that the link was paid for.
  • Make Pages Just for Search Engines — Some people get so wrapped up in the search engines that they forget all about their users. If a page is over-engineered for the search engines, to the point that it loses value for the users, the users are not going to want to spend much time on your page. Even if they land on your site, they’ll go elsewhere for their business.

What’s the worst that can happen?

The search engines have a lot of very smart people and have gotten very good at detecting and penalizing sites that use manipulative techniques, like those outlined above. Don’t try to outsmart the search engines. In some cases your site can disappear from the search engines for months, if not years, depending on the severity of the offense. The best advice is to stay within Google’s webmaster guidelines and build your SEO strategy around sound principles, like having great content and proper meta tags. Remember, the search engine doesn’t have to rank you for anything!

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Do I Need a Dedicated IP Address for My Website?

Most shared hosting users have little need for a dedicated IP address. However, a dedicated IP address does provide certain advantages.

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Generally speaking, a dedicated IP allows you to:

  • View your website via its IP address.
  • Access your accounts by FTP or the Web when the domain name is otherwise inaccessible, such as during domain name propagation periods.
  • Set up SSL protection on your website

NOTE: Our SSL certificates include a dedicated hosting IP, so you do not need to purchase a dedicated IP credit separately if you are adding a certificate to your site on your shared hosting account.

you can easily create a sitemap!

What is a Sitemap?

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A sitemap informs search engines that individual pages on your site are new or updated and are available for crawling. The sitemap protocol consists of an XML file that includes your website URLs and three other optional pieces of information for each page:

  • How often the URL is updated.
  • The last time the URL was updated.
  • A priority of the URL relative to the other pages on the site.

Sitemaps help ensure all new and difficult-to-find pages are indexed quickly and completely, and are particularly useful for websites that are difficult for search engines to crawl and index effectively. Your website benefits from applying a sitemap if it:

  • Is modified frequently.
  • Uses Javascript of Flash® for navigation or content display.
  • Contains a large database or archive of pages that may be accessible only through a search function.

NOTE: Using a sitemap does not ensure that search engines will pick up every page of your site, but it does provide hints for search engines to more intelligently crawl your site.

Using the Sitemap Manager in the Hosting Control Panel, you can easily create a sitemap for your primary domain, subdomains, or aliased domains to automatically point search engines directly at domains in your Shared Hosting account. For more information, see Working with Sitemaps in the Hosting Control Panel.

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“.htaccess” – What is .htaccess?

Using .htaccess files lets you control the behavior of your web site or a specific directory on your site. For example, if you place an .htaccess file in your root directory, it will affect your entire site (www.coolexample.com). If you place it in a /content directory, it will only affect that directory (www.coolexample.com/content).

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.htaccess works on our Linux servers.

Using an .htaccess file, you can:

  • Customize the Error pages for your site.
  • Protect your site with a password.
  • Enable server-side includes.
  • Deny access to your site based on IP.
  • Change your default directory page (index.html).
  • Redirect visitors to another page.
  • Prevent directory listing.
  • Add MIME types.

NOTE: Make sure you create an .htaccess file using a plain text editor that doesn’t use word wrap. Some editors (such as MS Word or Notepad with Word Wrap enabled) will insert special ASCII codes to signify a line break. Your .htaccess file will not work if it has these special characters in it.

.htaccess files are a simple ASCII text file with the name .htaccess. It is not an extension like .html or .txt. The entire file name is .htaccess. For more information on how to set up .htaccess files, visit Apache’s website.

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Attract new customers.

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Get the name you really want.

These domains are all brand new, so your chances of getting the web address you really want are better than they’ve been in years. And by that, we mean decades.

Make it memorable.

Now that part of your website description is contained in the domain extension – Brighton.CAFE, for example – many web addresses will be shorter overall. And shorter is always easier for customers to remember.

Expand your footprint online.

You now have more options to register multiple domains that apply to you –.PHOTOGRAPHY, .PHOTOS and .CAMERA for example – then forward your new domains to your existing website or use them to create new sites. The more points of access you open to your business online, the more shoppers will find you.

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