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All About Web Sites, Hosting and Domain Names

If you’re new to the world of websites, here’s the basics of what you need to know about the various pieces that make up the ownership of a website.

The InterWeb

Domain Names

The first, and most important part of the whole web site system is the domain name, such as google.com or cnn.com. This domain name is your on-line identity. It is obtained from an official internet domain name registering company, such as Network Solutions, Register.com, or GoDaddy. You can change your web site, move to different web servers all you want and people can still get to you the same way they always have. This is because the domain name is configured to point to the current web server. Besides your web identity, it also serves as your email identity.

The domain name needs to be legally owned and ultimately controlled by the person or business it is for. It is common to delegate tasks related to the name (like making sure it points to your web server and making sure the renewal fee gets paid) but you, the owner, have the final say in who get these jobs. When Element Engage does a web site for someone just getting an on-line presence, we often obtain the name for them. But make sure the ownership is in the client’s name and that they understand how to take care of it.

Cost is around $15 per year per name. You can find much cheaper prices around, but keep in mind the extreme importance of the domain name. It’s very important that you trust the registering company and have the ability to control the name yourself. Losing control of your domain name means losing control of your web site.

Web Hosting

The second part is the web host. This is the physical computer server on which your web site lives. Basically, the domain name is set to point to this server. It can be located anywhere in the world. The server is always on and always connected to the net. There are different types of servers with different features, but they all serve the same basic purpose of sending out your pages to people who ask for them.

Cost generally depends on the size of your web site, the amount of traffic you get and the features you require. However, cost for very similar services range from one provider to the other quite a bit.

Element Engage utilizes high performance web servers located in reliable data centers within the United States. These servers run Unix, or Linux, operating system with Apache web server software. This type of web server is the most secure, most reliable, and most common available today.

Web Sites

The third part is the web site. This is the group of files that are located on the web server. This is what you see on your screen, so not too much explanation is required. There are mainly two different types of sites; static and dynamic.

Static sites are traditional sites that simply show pages with information on them. There may also be simple animations and forms to fill out. The content on static sites needs to be put in place by someone with a fair amount of technical ability, like a webmaster.

Dynamic sites, like WordPress, are sites where the pages are assembled on the server depending on what the user requests. They are typically used for sites where company staff members frequently change content or for sites that offer interactivity, like blogs and forums, where the visitors themselves can make content appear on the pages. For many dynamic sites, once the webmaster puts the web site into action, changes may be made by delegated people via a Content Management System. This allows a non-technical person to do most of the web site maintenance, thus saving on webmaster costs. Predictably, static sites are cheaper than dynamic sites to implement. But, depending on how often the site will be updated, dynamic sites may be cheaper in the long run.

Either type of site can be very effective in getting your message across to the visitor. Dynamic sites are generally more search engine friendly, faster and more reliable. However, even though dynamic sites allow a world of opportunity, they require continual watching and software version updates to remain stable and secure.

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Move Your Etsy Store to a New System

Logo-1Had enough of selling on Etsy? Element Engage can help you migrate your Etsy Store to your own website. I’ve developed migration scripts that help make this daunting task go quickly.

I’ll move your Etsy store to a WordPress-based E-Commerce website. You’ll be able to manage your products, orders and complete website content all by yourself, and with much more flexibility and less restrictions.

Save money on listing and transaction fees. Let me migrate your Etsy store to your own website using your own domain name.

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Installing Final Cut Studio 5.1 on Newer Rosetta-less Intel Macs

Can’t Install Final Cut Studio 5.1 on OSX Mavericks, Mountain Lion, or Lion?

Mac-Installer-PackageHope this quick post helps somebody. Because the newer Intel Macs no longer have Rosetta installed (a program used to run older PowerPC apps), you cannot install Final Cut Studio 5.1 using the normal installation method because the installer is a PowerPC application and is no longer supported. FCP will run fine on your Intel Mac, but the installer will not. To get around this, use Terminal to install the suite from the command line.

*Be sure you have a good current backup. This process requires some risk. Also, be sure you know the admin password for your Mac.

  1. Open Terminal by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
  2. In the Terminal box, type cd /, which means change directory to the root. This makes sure you are at the top level of the directories.
  3. Now type ls. This will return a list of the directories. Make sure you see the one called Volumes.
  4. Now put in your first Final Cut Studio 5.1 disc, this should be Final Cut Pro.
  5. Copy and paste the first command in the list below into the Terminal box at the prompt.
  6. Terminal will now ask you for your password. Type it in and hit return.
  7. You should hear the DVD drive spin up and the installer will begin. Let it go until Terminal prompts you that the process is complete. If you’re quick with the disc switching, you may not have top run the next command.
  8. Put the next disc in and run the next command. Rinse and repeat.

Final Cut Studio 5.1 Terminal Installation Command List

Disc 1) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Final Cut Studio/Installer/Final Cut Studio.mpkg -target /

Disc 2 ) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Live Type Media 1/Installer/LiveTypeMedia1.mpkg -target /

Disc 3) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Apple Loops for Soundtrack Pro/Installer/AppleLoopsforSoundtrackPro.mpkg -target /

Disc 4a) sudo installer -package /Volumes/DVD Studio Pro.mpkg/Installer/DVDStudioPro4.mpkg -target /
Disc 4b) sudo installer -package /Volumes/DVD Studio Pro.mpkg/Installer/DSPContent.mpkg -target /

Disc 5) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Live Type Media 2/Installer/LiveTypeMedia2A.pkg -target /

Disc 6a) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Motion/Installer/Motion.mpkg -target /
Disc 6b) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Motion/Installer/MotionContent.mpkg -target /
Disc 6c) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Motion/Extras/Motion HD Templates.pkg -target /

Disc 7) sudo installer -package /Volumes/Soundtrack Pro/Installer/SoundtrackPro.mpkg -target /

Have a Different Version?

This process will work for other FCP and OSX versions too, but some changes may be needed to the Volume name and installer file package names.

sudo installer -package /Volumes/ … Volume Name … /Installer/ … Installer Package Name … .mpkg -target /

 

Hopefully, this little bit of info will make someones day.

Mitch

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Ice Fishing Videography

A few weeks ago I got the chance to get behind the camera again and shoot some of the video for Tom Zenanko and his TV Show / Website Ice Fishing Today. It’s hard work, but a lot of fun. When I shoot, I don’t get to fish much, usually. But getting out there and seeing some great fishermen in action is a real treat. Nothing like a ringside education.

Here’s the result of the first of a two-day shoot; Crappie Paradise. The second day’s work is still coming and I will post that when I can.

IFT_Show_Crappie_Paradise

If you ask where I was I’ll have to say I have no idea. It was a private lake and we walked a long way to get there, on about 6″ of ice pulling some heavy gear.

I’m usually just the web guy and video editor, I haven’t shot since the first season. After which I questioned my talent and physical abilities for this career path. However, after watching three seasons of me NOT shooting it and playing arm-chair camera man I thought I’d give it another try. Watch and see for yourself. I know what I did wrong. I’d love to hear your comments.

Mitch

 

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Web Analytics Explained – Understanding Your Website’s Effectiveness

With each website that Element Engage provides hosting for, we provide an email report detailing your current website’s traffic statistics using the StatCounter service. This is generally sent each week, but can be sent daily or monthly as well. These reports are critical for website owners and managers to know what their websites traffic is, and the visitors it consists of. Although we cannot know who specifically is visiting our site from these stats, we can still learn a lot about them. Heres a breakdown of what everything means. The examples are from an older version of the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fames website. Continue reading Web Analytics Explained – Understanding Your Website’s Effectiveness

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Unexpected Audio On Your Website Why You Should Rethink Having That Auto-Play Music or Sales Pitch

SallySally was at work. The job was boring and the piles of boring work heaped upon her never seemed to end. She decided a little break was in order. She logged onto her Facebook account, even though that was not looked upon well with her employer. Among the usual status updates and friend activities she noticed a link to a website that looked like it might be interesting. She clicked on it and was immediately greeted with music. It was loud, for she had recently watched a training video related to her work. Panic overcame her as she scrambled to turn off the sound, but it was too late. The boss peered over the edge of her cubicle wall and she knew she was in big trouble.

Jim was a skinny guy. He was sitting in his favorite chair in the living room one evening, laptop in lap, surfing the web. His wife wouldnt be considered skinny, but Continue reading Unexpected Audio On Your Website Why You Should Rethink Having That Auto-Play Music or Sales Pitch

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If You Build It, Will They Come?

Search Engine OptimizationYour snazzy new website is all done and now you’re ready for that inevitable flood of traffic to come knock down your door. It’s an awesome website, sporting a modern look, fancy features and lots of great information. People are sure to be impressed. After all, for what you paid to have it built, it better, right? Right! But nobody will be impressed until they see it. And that’s the real hard part when it comes to a new online presence. Continue reading If You Build It, Will They Come?

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My Little Buddy Rootkit.Bubnix

My Little Buddy Rootkit.BubnixAnyone who is computer savvy inevitably is approached with the question; “Will you fix my computer?” Generally it causes an inner groan for us all. I’m not in the computer repair business, so I don’t consider myself as an expert on the subject. But I’ve had a lot of experience with PCs and Macs, so when a friend of family member makes the request I almost always agree. I don’t charge for the help, except for my expenses. I know there are good folks out there who are trying to make a living at computer repair, but it’s tough to say no to someone who works hard just to pay the bills each month. Having your computer go down these days is almost as bad as having car trouble. Continue reading My Little Buddy Rootkit.Bubnix