December 10, 2009

Extreme Website Makeover – Robbin’s Wreaths

Hosting Nation has partnered with Oceanside Web TV to create Extreme Website Makeover.  The media group will be creating a total of five websites, each valued at $6000, over the next 6 months for businesses on Vancouver Island that have undergone exceptional circumstances trying to get their business online. Our first entrepreneur is Robbin’s Wreaths.  The small local business has […]
December 2, 2009

Ten Tell Tale Signs your Site is Sick

How do you know when it’s time to build a new website?  Most people wait until their current site stops working, but to me it’s like waiting for the engine on your car to seize before getting an oil change, or waiting to get really sick before going to a doctor.  Because we understand the need for a car and […]
November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving from Hosting Nation!

It’s a slow day here in the Parksville office, as many of our American clients are no doubt settling into a nice game of Football, basting the turkey or visiting with family.   With the quietness in the office, I felt it would be a good time to talk about some of the things we’re thankful for here at Hosting Nation, […]
October 16, 2009

Can I have that for less? Part Two

In Part One of “can I have that for less?” we explored some of the concepts behind the vendor-client relationship of web development services and how expectations can clash with reality when things aren’t spelled out in advance. In this part, we’re going to discuss some of the canned and affordable options available for non-existent and low budgets.  Custom design […]
September 23, 2009

Can I have that for less please?

There are no hard and fast rules for what a thing on the web should cost.   For instance, you can get a logo from starting at $19.00, yet Pepsi recently paid hundreds of millions for their new logo design (read the full 27 page brief explaining how Pepsi is at the center of the universe). Assuming that your budget […]
September 15, 2009

Reseller and Dedicated Hosting Plans are Live!

I’m very excited about the launch of our reseller and dedicated hosting plans, it marks a key step in our expansion and growth plans.  Normally, I might try and write a few thousand words extolling the virtues of our hosting plans.  This time, they’re just so darn good that the thousand words I get from this picture can do the […]
September 8, 2009

Roundup: SEO Tools for Joomla

While Joomla 1.5 has made some leaps in native SEO functionality from previous versions, the results of an SEO strategy for a Joomla site still depend largely on using third party applications to increase functions and control. Despite the challenges that I’ve had managing SEO for Joomla sites in the past, there are only three tools that I could find […]
August 27, 2009

Oh, so *that’s* why I’m friendless…

Fox News, in their ever unwavering impartiality, referred to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) as a profession ripe with scammers.  They infer that the SEO professional is a barricuda, a con artist, a fleecer, a flim- flammer, a hustler, a fraud, even a scammer or a shark. Well, the word they used was scammer, I added all the others.  Still, they […]
August 24, 2009

Client Profile – Leo Sawicki

Last week we completed a project for Leo Sawicki, Author and Life Management Consultant.  Leo has worked both as a children’s author, publishing books such as Anytime and Anywhere Stories; and working in business and community development with aboriginal communities and institutions across Canada. The scope of the project was to create a web site for Leo that would be […]
August 24, 2009

Tech Support Cheat Sheet – by XKCD

Upon discovering that we work with computers, most people think we can fix anything computer related and worse, that we have access to some sort of ancient repository of knowledge (previously memorized of course) to deal with any problem that arises, or that we learned it through years of grueling schoolwork and study.  It’s not true, as reported by XKCD.  […]