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05/04/2017

Choosing a domain name

One of the first things you’ll be asked by any web development company is “what’s the domain name”? If you already have one, then the answer is easy enough. If you’re starting a new project however, it’s worth putting some serious thought in before committing. Here’s a quick checklist to go down when choosing: Common Sense – Make sure it’s easy to remember, not too long and also doesn’t spell something rude when the words are butted up against each other (trust me we’ve seen it before). You have to remember people will type the domain in and you will have to give it to people over the phone. If it includes lots of dashes and letters this could become a nightmare. Capitals – These make […]
02/03/2017

What SSL is and why it’s important

If you’re not that interested in web hosting (and you probably aren’t) then you might not know what SSL is and why it is now becoming more important to have it activated for your site. What is it? SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. There, now you understand it all we can move on! 🙂 All that this actually means is that when you browse to a site with SSL enabled any information that is sent or received is sent over an encrypted link. In addition, your web browser and the web host can identify each other to ensure the data is coming from the correct source. So essentially, if the data gets intercepted between you and the website host the information will be of […]
07/11/2016

Get your site on the Google Index

Okay, so you’ve spent the last few months building and developing your fancy new website. Now you’ve launched it, you need the visitors to start flocking. As I’m sure you’re aware the best way to do this is to come up on Google’s when people search for you. Now getting to the top of Google for specific keywords can be a bit of black art and there are SEO experts out there who can help with this. But sometimes it just isn’t necessary; if you have a well built website which features content that people are going to be interested in, you might pop to the top of Google without too much work. First things first though, we need to make sure Google knows you exist. So […]
03/10/2016

Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

Have you ever tried to load an article from search results on your mobile phone whilst relying on 3G or even 2G? It can often end in wildly shaking your phone in the air and ultimately being presented with a broken and nonfunctional half loaded site. Accelerated Mobile Pages aim to improve this and help web articles load up to 10 times faster on mobiles. Added benefits are that the quicker loading increases battery life and that the user can simple swipe to the next article. To allow a page to load instantly, AMP restricts what you can do with the web page. It loads a stripped down version of a page favouring function over form. AMP pages look like a very minimal version of normal web […]
10/08/2016

What is a CDN?

If you are an EngineRoom customer you might have noticed in our hosting details that your site is set up on a CDN as standard. In this article we will go some way to explaining exactly what a CDN is and how it works. If you’re not particularly interested with the ins and outs, put simply they are a fantastic way to speed up your website and to ensure it can handle large amounts of traffic. If, like us, you want to dig in the technical details and know exactly how they work then read on.   What is a CDN? CDN is short for Content Delivery Network and is a network of servers that deliver cached static content to the visitors of your website based […]