August 11, 2009

Google Image Search is not a Repository – Where to Find Rights Free Images

It’s not all business all the time.  It’s mostly business around here at Hosting Nation but when you’ve been at it all day, sometimes you need to unwind with something light and funny. The sites I browse when I’m kicking back and defragging range in theme and content though most of them are funny in one way or another.  Humour […]
July 14, 2009

How Not to Build and Market Your Website

Yep, that’s right – I said how NOT to build your website.  You’ve probably all read dozens of posts, articles, columns and even other blogs on what you should do to sign and market your site on the web. Well, on I found a striking example of a site that’s doing essentially everything wrong.  Wrong navigation, wrong design and […]
July 13, 2009

Best of the Web, July 2009

I spend a lot of time not just working on our own websites and projects, but also looking at what the current trends are in design, development, programming and marketing.  There’s a definite rift between what has buzz, what the early adopters have grokked on to and what has actually made the effective transition to popular usage and while I […]
July 10, 2009

Becoming a Professional Freelance Designer

So you want to be a freelance designer?  Why wouldn’t you.  As a freelancer you get all the glory.  You set your own hours and your own rates.  There’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, and the light is so very bright. To be a freelancer is to sleep til 10am, to work til 2pm and spend lazy […]
July 9, 2009

The Enlightened Stupid Marketer

Another gem I couldn’t resist.  If your marketing firm says things like ‘leverage technology to maximize results’, you should run.  Run far, far away. httpv:// Marketing isn’t buzz words, and it isn’t a secret, and it isn’t carrying a Blackberry.  It isn’t using words like synergy, or dashboard, or KPI. Generally, marketing is a slog.  It’s a lot of writing, […]
July 9, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different…

I had to re-post this article I read on  Marketing articles are usually so dry, so it’s nice to see a unique take on marketing your business that incorporates a bit of humour alongside some practical marketing advice for small businesses.  Plus, I love Monty Python. 20 Business Lessons Learned from Monty Python. Makes me wonder what other comedic […]
June 24, 2009

Hosting Nation 2.0

I cringed as I wrote the title for this post.  I’m not an advocate of using the 2.0 moniker to describe new versions of things.  I’d say I’m the opposite, staunchly opposed to the usage of jargon or catchphrases used solely for capturing buzz-hungry traffic. Having said that, the usage of  “anything 2.0”  as a tag is a common method […]
June 9, 2009

Client Profile – Sushi Ichi

We recently set up hosting and completed a site for Sushi Ichi in Parksville.  It was an exciting project for us, not because the details were particularly complex or because they wanted something robust and scalable.  To the contrary, the owners wanted something simple and light.  Basically a place to showcase their menu and display contact information.   An online business […]
May 29, 2009

Series One of Hosting Nation Fantastico Tutorials is Live!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our first in a series of video tutorials on installing the FREE applications and software that come with your shared hosting account using Fantastico. There are over 10 tutorials in series one including: Advanced Poll Account Lab Plus 4Images Gallery Crafty Syntax Live Help b2Evolution Coppermine Photo Galley Moodle Mambo Help Center Live […]
April 6, 2009

All Your Search are Belong to Us – 70,000 + Search Engines, Search Engine Tools and Resources

SEO (search engine optimization for those of you who prefer the long tail) is an art often compared to voodoo.  It’s complex, there’s a lot to do, there are no actual rules (unless you count Google’s rules, which many people do).  Adding to the mystery are the monikers of “White Hat”, “Black Hat” or “Grey Hat”.  Nobody really spells out […]