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As we grow as a company what we have to say grows too, so we start here. We’ll be discussing some of the common features of the internet, things you should be wary of, what you need to do and more importantly we’ll do our best to just give good advice…

We promise that we’ll always tell you the truth, even when it doesn’t reflect as well on us, we’ll work hard to deliver relevant and clever content (i’m not promising entertaining, as I’m afraid, web design, and hosting isn’t always an entertaining topic, but we’ll do our best.

So on with the show!

5 Reasons to get a Domain Name!

I come across a lot of people using Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook.com or other public email addresses for their business, and although its not wrong, a lot of companies don’t think it looks right, even if you use companyname@gmail.com… why not use companyname.com or companyname.co.uk

Its simple and easy to do this, and you don’t have to leave your old address behind! Let us run you through the top 10 reason to get a domain name for your business.

1. Easy to remember and cheap!

If they shop with you, buy food with you, there’s a good chance they know your business name, why confuse your customers with companyname@gmail.com when you can have info@companyname.com, its just simpler! For well-known top-level domains, for example, .com, you spend maximum £15 per year for registering your domain with a good domain registrar.

2. Reliability and effectiveness

Whoever you pay to host your site and domain have a responsibility to look after your site and keep it running! A website offline is a missed opportunity for business.

 

3. Ability to retain ranking and traffic

When you have your own domain, you can move out to better web hosting (web host is where you keep your site or blog content to show on internet) without worrying about ranking and traffic to your site. On the contrary, with free domain name, if you move from one to another, you lose visitors to your new site.

4. Your own domain is an effective tool to brand yourself

In the event that you need to show your own work on internet, owning your domain name is the most sensible way. For instance, in the event that you are an artist, designer (fashion, architecture), writer, photographer or any individual who needs to show potential employers your awesome work, your own domain name will act like a business card to them. With it, you give them the idea of professionalism and credibility.

 

5. Purchase before somebody else buys the domain name

It will be very much regretting that at some point you decide to buy your favourite domain name and find out that it is already taken.

What’s more, once anybody purchases your favourable domain name, it will be no more available to you to purchase as new domain (unless the domain is for sale). The worse part, he/she makes the domain name either well-known or potentially more regrettable. But, you cannot do anything.

Therefore, act before someone else has the domain name and use it for his/her advantage.

If you make the decision to own your domain name, congratulations come and purchase it at https://solblu.uk!

Can WannaCry infect Linxu, and my website?

With all the attacks on the NHS and other large companies across the world, we wanted to update you on some of the details of what can be affected. 88% of the world currently uses Windows, this means that hackers have the best chance of making a profit attacking this system, Mac and the others take up the remaining 12% of the Operating Systems.

Most web servers use Linux, and since wannacry affects CVE-2017-0146 and CVE-2017-0147 which is the NSA leak exploit which was released by Shadow Broker almost 3 weeks ago, both of which are only Windows exploits. If someone is using ‘wine’ on Linux can also be affected but only within the ‘wine’ section of the system.

It takes advantage of an SMB exploit.

There are 2 paths that can help you protect yourself.

  1. Make this domain available to your environment. http://www.iuqerfsodp9ifjaposdfjhgosurijfaewrwergwea.com The wannacry uses this to detect if the environment is running under analysis or not. This domain was a unregistered domain until researchers realized. They made it and purchased to domain to stop the spreading. On registering the ransomware thinks it is running under sandbox and hence stops
  2. Download the patch officially release by Microsoft. Following is the link.

WannaCry: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msrc/2017/05/12/customer-guidance-for-wannacrypt-attacks/

SMB patch: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS17-010

Concluding: WannaCry is the ransomware affects only Windows systems.

Therefore if you’re on Windows Hosting you can be affected if they haven’t patched the server correct, if you have a VPS on Windows, make sure its fully updated to protect your data.

And always backup your files somewhere else

Find out more at https://solblu.uk

The Art of Building Your Brand through Web Design

A brand in the most common sense is just a symbol; the symbol that represents something significant.  In terms of company branding, this symbol represents the characteristic, experience, integrity and professionalism of the association.  This can be done by using a consistent logo, phrase, and image and sound on a variety of platforms that people interact with.  Branding is an integral part of your business growth online.  They can capture the interest of the consumers and keep their loyalty intact.  However, it is a complicated process that is executed in various types of media from the logo design, store decoration, print, and TV advertisement.  This process can also be executed with your web design.

Elements of Brand Building

Brand building highly matters on companies for several reasons.  If you are building your website, these elements on your web design will make you stand out from the competition.

Colour

Picking the ideal colour palette is crucial in brand building.  If you think that it is just for aesthetic appeal, then you are mistaken.  Colour has the power to trigger various sensations and emotions that allows them to associate it to characteristic and things.  For instance, red has the capacity to boost respiration and increase the pulse rate; it is often associated with excitement passion, power and energy which are why it is a common colour utilised in the entertainment web design such as iflix.  Shades of green symbolise health, money, profit, environment and nature.

Character

Infusing your web design with a personality and characteristic can help you convey the things that your company stands for.  If your company is about safety, stability, security or reliability, character can help you define your branding.  Find a character that your target audience can associate with.  You may use anthropomorphic elements such as the blue bird of Twitter.  Blue bird may appear differently, but you can still easily associate them to Twitter.

Emotion

Emotion would be another essential element that you can use on your web design.  The element of your website should not be limited to the aesthetic element but also on the emotion that you want to convey.  Analyse the design of the Studio 7 and how they utilise vivid and glowing shade to make their brand exciting and overflowing with emotion.

Consistency

Consistency has an important role when you want to improve business with your website.  Consistency will be contingent upon your choices on the elements mentioned above.  This will guarantee that your website will evoke uniformity.

Finally, you also have to consider the size and the placement of the logo on your web design.  The upper-left space of your website will be the conventional position of the logo.  Make sure that it will be big enough that it will be the first thing that your visitors will notice when they are directed to your website.