Beware of Domain Name Expiration Notices

I received in the mail a notification of one of my domains expiring. The title said ‘Domain Name Expiration Notice’. Now you might think that this is normal getting a domain renewal form in the mail. But what you don’t know is it isn’t from the company I host with! The title is deceiving, in this fast paced world people see the title, see the form and think they have to provide their credit card to renew their domain. But if you don’t take the time to read the letter, you will miss the line:

“As a courtesy to domain name holders, we are sending you this notification of the domain name registration that is due to expire in the next few months. When you SWITCH TODAY (there it is) to xxxxxxxxx, you can take advantage of our best savings.”

Further down in the letter it does state in bold “This notice is not a bill, it is rather an easy means of payment should you decide to switch your domain name registration…”. ¬†This company is a little more straightforward with what their intention is… to take your domain name from your current host. Some letters sound much more vague so you aren’t quite sure if it is a real renewal form or not.

I have received many calls and emails from clients of mine who tell me they have received such a letter and I just tell them to ignore it.

So if you don’t recognize the name of the company sending you a Domain Name Expiration Notice, then it probably isn’t yours. Call your web developer first and check with them. Chances are it isn’t your hosting provider.

* Your provider will most likely send you emails a month in advance reminding you to renew.

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Is SharePoint a Good Platform for Building a Public-Facing Business Web Site?

I was wondering this morning if Sharepoint was something I should learn how to use for developing websites…. I got my answer… basically no! Sharepoint is used for corporations etc that have a large IT staff and the funds for customization. The author then went on to say that WORDPRESS is an excellent platform and listed all of the companies that use it for their public facing websites… including… wait for it…. Microsoft, the owner of Sharepoint! So it’s always good to realize what you specialize in has been validated by major corporations ūüôā So I will Keep On Trucking!

For the full article read: https://www.zubairalexander.com/blog/is-sharepoint-a-good-platform-for-building-a-public-facing-business-web-site/

Hutchesson Appraisals

Hutchesson Appraisals is a leading provider of residential and resort appraisal services specializing in Wasaga Beach, Blue Mountains, Collingwood and southern Georgian Bay. For more information visit hutchessonappraisals.com

Services provided: Hosting, Website design, Google Search, Google Recaptcha.

Jack Pady Marine Inc.

Jack Pady Marine

Jack Pady Marine is one of Canada’s widely recognized yacht sales and brokerage firms. The sale of pre-owned power and sailboats has always been a major part of Jack Pady Marine. For more info visit jackpadymarine.com.

Wanna Web Design provided the following services: Website design, Google Search, Google Recaptcha, Google My Business.

VR Plumbing Inc.

VR Plumbing Inc. servicing Bradford, Innisfil, Newmarket and the GTA.

Just revamped their website August 2020. They now are focusing on in floor radiant heating and Commercial Plumbing.

Contact Form 7 Plugin

One of my favourite Contact Form plugins for WordPress is Contact Form 7. It’s easy to use, easy to set up and only requires a copy/paste of code into any page or widget and it works. I have tried a few of the other forms and find they are more time consuming and difficult to set up. I usually delete the plugin and install Contact Form 7 instead. My tried and true form plugin.

This isn’t a step-by-step how to set up the contact form, there is really good documentation that goes along with it. What I would like to point out is that some email providers block all WordPress emails as spam and go directly to the junk folder. I even set up rules that allowed any email from the WordPress website to be routed to the inbox but to no avail.

In comes Flamingo Plugin to the rescue. This plugin will take a copy of the Contact form entered and submitted and stores it on your website in the dashboard. You can sign in, click Flamingo in the left hand menu and see a list of all contact forms sent out of the website. If you have Google Recaptcha installed on the Contact Form 7 plugin, it will separate real forms from what Google believes is Spam.

This is a handy backup for you if you miss checking your Spam folder.

Sturrock Construction

Rock Excavating website

Just completed the website for Sturrock Construction.

Sturrock Construction is a professional excavating company based in Grey Highlands, serving Grey and Bruce County communities.  They work commonly with local municipalities, residential and commercial sectors providing multiple excavation services such as trenching, grading, site preparation, backfilling, septic and sewer repair, and hydrovac excavation.

Visit Sturrock Construction for more information.