Backing Up Your Website To Your Own Computer
Why it is a good practice.
If you have a reputable hosting plan (and there is no reason to think you don’t) the company you rent your server from should perform regular backups of your site. That being said, I believe it is also a great idea to have backups of your entire website and database on your own pc, computer, external hard drive, cloud or flash drive. If there is fallout with your hosting provider, or, heaven forbid, they go out of business, you have a full backup of your website to migrate or deploy on a new server or with a new hosting company. Back up your website to your personal computer. It just makes good sense.
How to do your own website backups.
To do your own website backups you need access to your server via FTP (file transfer protocol) and to your database, via whichever control panel you are using, usually Linux or Microsoft. There are plenty of tutorials on the Internet to walk you through it. You could also hire someone or have the person that built the website do it for you. It’s worth the investment.
If nothing else it will give you piece of mind.
Glens Falls Outsourcing Websites?
It’s true. I kid you not.
I was doing a Google search to see how my own websites are ranking and I stumbled on what looked like a new web design agency in Glens Falls. I had to place a link here to prove a point. This not something new but what struck me was how I, myself, got sucked in to taking a look. The outfit is out of Panama and at first glance they look like a legitimate local website. But they are not. I did the research.
Why would anyone in the Glens Falls area in their right mind have a website outsourced to Panama of all places?
How could you trust your hard earned money to an outfit that is so far away? What if they are fake? Who would you call if your site crashed? Who would you negotiate with if you weren’t happy with their work? Would you drive down there and talk to the owner?
Of course this is a ruse, like many others I’ve seen.
Some build websites and some are just a middleman, as is the case here. I’ve seen enough carnage that outsourcing has done to the job markets in the good ole USA to stay away from this kind of thing. I’ve seen how Walmart has enslaved workers and lowered our entire standard of living.
But there seems to be some hope on the horizon.
More people seem to be catching on and are at least making an attempt to buy local – and American Made – if possible. If you have a beef with Click Du Jour LLC – you are probably going to be talking to me – the owner. Or you’ll come to my home office or I will travel to yours. Hopefully, all will go smoothly and we’ll be able to work things out by phone or email. Please folks. Buy local and Made in the USA whenever possible. And now I shall step down from my soapbox.
Content is King – An Important Website Goal
Content is king. This may be the most important factor in how the search engines rank your website. It’s also perhaps the most overlooked.
The quality of what is written on the pages of your site carry a lot of clout.
If you can say something unique or different than your competition, the Boogle and Ging ( see how I did that ? kidding ) Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask robots that continually scan the trillions of websites in the universe will take notice.
If you can maintain a blog that continually adds new content, you are going to get results. You can spend all kinds of do re mi ( moola, cashola, monage, money ) on advertising and social marketing, but if what your website has to say is boilerplate, your SEO ranking will suffer. Unlock the potential of your website with content.
Click Du Jour LLC Website Design
Serving Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Lake George
and the Southern Adirondack Regions of Upstate New York.
Parallax Websites are taking off big time.
A parallax website appears to be one super large image filling the entire site. Information appears as you scroll down the page. Scrolling can seemingly take forever depending on the website. The background moves at a slower speed giving the site sort of a three dimensional effect.
Saratoga Parallax Website Design
Although the look can be very cool the design does have drawbacks.
It’s harder to perform SEO, it’s not always compatible with mobile devices and it can slow down the speed or site load times. There is also the issue of compatibility with older browsers. Are you willing to sacrifice potential visitors to have the latest high tech website. It means taking a more in depth look at your demographics.
I’m working on one now and am looking forward to showing it off in the near future. I will give you my inside take on this new website trend or phenomenon.
“Parallax is a displacement or difference in the apparent position of an object viewed along two different lines of sight, and is measured by the angle or semi-angle of inclination between those two lines. The term is derived from the Greek word parallaxis, meaning alteration.”
“The apparent displacement or the difference in apparent direction of an object as seen from two different points not on a straight line with the object; especially : the angular difference in direction of a celestial body as measured from two points on the earth’s orbit.”
Update – August 24th, 2015:
Well, as you can see, I took the plunge and updated the Click Du Jour website to a SEMI-parallax theme. So far I am pleased with it. I’m happy to report that it is mobile-friendly and loads pretty fast. I am also diggin’ the way it looks. I used a header photo I took of the Amtrak Christmas Train pulling in to the Whitehall, New York train station. It is an annual affair sponsored by Toys for Tots. So, now I am officially an expert on the new parallax theme layout. Bring it on peeps. Bring it on.