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    How to move and rearrange WooCommerce product fields and displays

    Posted on November 17, 2020

    Last week I found an amazing tool that allows for rearrangement of WooCommerce product pages. It’s often a stumbling block encountered when designing a new website – a client asking for something that isn’t technically feasible – until now! (more…)

    Posted by Andrew Waterhouse

    How to prevent your site being attacked

    Posted on November 12, 2020

    There are plenty of threats out there on the web, from phishing scams to malware, but the threat doesn’t stop when you have your own website. With WordPress powering over 455 million websites today, it can be a prime target for criminals seeking to wreak havoc and earn some money on the side. (more…)

    Posted by Andrew Waterhouse

    Facebook’s new web hosting service – what’s the catch?

    Posted on October 28, 2020

    Facebook has announced plans to launch a new website hosting service – for free.

    The social media giant has been working hard as of late to increase its appeal for business customers – last week, I wrote about its expansion into the world of ecommerce with new business tools for WhatsApp. The announcement of a hosting service, however, is perhaps the most significant of its newly planned developments.

    Facebook released a statement on the new hosting service on its blog:

    “Businesses have varying technology needs and want choice in the companies they work with to host and manage customer communications, particularly with remote work increasing. Which is why over the coming months, we plan to expand our partnerships with business solution providers we’ve worked with over the last two years.”

    In a statement released by TechCrunch, Facebook also announced that the new hosting service would be free, setting itself as a rival to existing platforms like GoDaddy and Wix. With its name established worldwide, its huge data centre collection and its vast experience in online infrastructure, many businesses may find this new service an enticing option.

    Now, it’s true – a free website indeed sounds like a great deal. However, there are a number of reasons why businesses should proceed with caution and steer away from this road. The most alarming reason of all is that you would be handing over control of your online business to a company notorious for changing its algorithms at the drop of a hat.

    This has been seen many times before with Facebook Pages. Around 2013/14, its algorithm infamously changed, leaving pages around the world seeing a dramatic decrease in organic engagement. Nowadays, with further algorithm changes, pages with thousands of likes struggle to reach even 10% of their followers without the aid of paid ads. This has also been seen on its Instagram platform, with many ‘influencers’ and businesses struggling to get engagement on their content.

    What’s to stop Facebook doing the same with this new website hosting service? Nothing!

    At first, this likely wouldn’t be the case. In fact, many business owners may have a great experience with the platform and see high volumes of traffic to their website. However, once the platform becomes in widespread use, there is every likelihood that Facebook will introduce paid features around a similar time to an algorithm change, with those who choose to only use the free features seeing no business coming in.

    At Engage Web, we won’t be taking this risk with our clients, and strongly advise businesses to invest in quality, time-tested platforms like WordPress for their online business. If you’re in need of an effective website, or website hosting, that will set you up to bring in business, contact our team today.

    Posted by Emily Jones

    What can go wrong when moving to a new web hosting company?

    Posted on June 11, 2019

    When you decide to move your website from one hosting company to another, there are so many ways it can all go wrong, it’s almost impossible to list them all. In the last 20 or so years in this industry, however, I (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    Does it matter where you host your website?

    Posted on February 12, 2019

    I saw the usual question about website hosting posed in a recent chat group on WhatsApp. I’ve long since given up answering questions like this on Facebook, as the vast majority of people who ask for website hosting recommendations are really looking for the cheapest option. As ‘the cheapest’ isn’t something I’m interested in, my recommendations for the best one for their needs is often ignored.

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    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    Help! My domain name expired and someone else registered it!

    Posted on November 27, 2018

    For anyone running a business online, it’s one of the most frightening things that can happen. Let’s imagine that you, for whatever reason, forget to renew your domain name and someone else registers it from under you.

    What do (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    How to protect your website against a DDoS attack

    Posted on September 21, 2018

    You might think there’s no such thing as ‘too many visitors’ to a website. How can you have too many? It’s not like a physical shop, where you have a maximum capacity for health and safety reasons. However there is such a thing as too many, and it could come at any moment – especially if you have a particularly (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson

    How long after a domain expires does it become available?

    Posted on May 10, 2018

    As someone who has been registering domain names for over 20 years, I have a fair bit of experience buying, renewing, releasing and transferring domains. Over the years, little has changed with the technical aspects of registering domains, but (more…)

    Posted by Darren Jamieson
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