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We provide some free tutorials and downloadable guides to help you with your web site development

Use our guides to help you plan and build your website, market your website to increase traffic, and make website improvements using visitor data.

Choosing a Domain Name

Deciding on the right domain name for your website is a very personal thing but can be more tricky than you'd expect.
Plus there are a number of factors to take into consideration:

Is the website name for personal or business use?
Business's should consider what web name their competition is using.
Once registered there is no changing your mind unless you buy another domain.
You will be limited to what domains are available.

If a domain is registered it isn't available to use, but it may be available with a different domain extension. For example yourdomain.co.uk may be in use but yourdomain.net may not be. If you are considering using a domain that is registered by someone else in another domain extension; then be sure that you are not in the same trade as the other(s).
For example if you run johnsmiths barbers then you don't really want to have johnsmithsbarbers.net if johnsmithsbarbers.co.uk is a barbers shop in another nearby town.
It pays to think about it and choose wisely. You should ideally be looking for a domain that is easy to remember and easy to type in, plus at the same time reflect some aspect of your trade or business name. Chat with friends about your name choices, they have a view on it that you have missed.
Sometimes you can obtain a unregistered domain or make a domain look clearer by hyphenating it, like: john-smiths-barbers.co.uk. This may give you more domain choices and seem easier to read but a hyphen in the name can sometimes be difficult to pass on verbally. If someone was saying they was looking at a website would they remember to mention the separating hyphen? We don't mean to say doesn't ever use it, just be aware that while it may appear visually strong it lacks verbal power. It is just something to think about and consider. After all a recommendation to johnsmithbarbers.com is no good to you if your website is john-smith-barbers.com
You should also try to keep the domain name part relatively short, where possible under 15 characters. People are more likely to remember it and get it right, it will also fit more neatly on your stationary. johnsmithssecondhandfurnituresuppliers.co.uk may say very well what your about but would you really want that domain? People will probably struggle to recall it correctly plus the chances of a typo error being made in there are huge!

A word about domain extentions

.co.uk and .org.uk are popular domain extentions that are UK based. These are perfectly suitable for a UK business trading locally. They are cheaper to buy, the registration periods are longer (2 yrs) and are easier to transfer if needed.

.com .net and .org are the most widely used global domains and more typically US domain name extentions in origin. They are often considered the more desirable extension choice and there is nothing to prevent you from using these extention types anywhere. In fact if you're trading a bit further afield and maybe have some overseas clients then they may be more suitable - but not essential.
In real terms global domains cost more to register, having half the registration life of UK domains and can be problematic to transfer. They also attracted a transfer in fee in most cases.

Transferring a domain name

Over half of all transfers fail: This is a topic well worth a read if you are transferring your domain.
Why does the transfer fail? The vast majority of the time it is down to user error.

Unfortunatly we see this issue day in day out and it can cause some delays in your domain transfer being sucessful. When you transfer your domain there is some actions you need to take prior or at the time the transfer being put through.
We can not do anything to assist in this part and you and/or your existing domain registrar will need to make some important setting changes to your domain.

Global and uk.com Domains

The authorising for the Transferring of Global Domains is done by email, so before you start the transfer you must ensure that the current administration contact email address for the domain is valid and that the person receiving email at that address knows that they must respond to emails about the transfer.
The administration contact will receive an email from the relevant registrant body with instructions on how to confirm the transfer.
Once confirmed it will take between 24 hours and 7 days to become active depending on your current provider. Please check with them in the first instance.
HostPost may also receive another email from the current registrar containing instructions to authorise the transfer away from them.

The Nameservers with IP addresses (if needed) to set your domain to for transfer are:

  • ns.mainnameserver.com 79.170.40.2
  • ns2.mainnameserver.com 79.170.40.3

Please note that .com, .net, .org, .info, .name and .biz domain names cannot be transferred within 60 days of registration or 60 days of expiry.

UK Domains

To transfer your UK Domain; .co.uk .org.uk .me.uk You will have to change the IPS tag of the domain is being released to:
EXTEND
Depending on your current provider you may be able to do this yourself through a Control Panel or you may have to ask your provider to do it for you.
It is free to transfer your domain into (and out of) HostPost but your provider may impose a charge to transfer out. UK Domain transfers are general very quick to process, usually in a matter of hours.

If you experience any problems with your transfer or have any questions about moving domains then please contact us for help

Domain Locked. If you find your domain is locked which some hosts do, you will probably have to contact them to get it unlocked. Locking a domain is just a way of attempted to retain business by making it seem complicated to move. A good host will let you have full control over your own domain - after all it belongs to you!

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Planning your website

This guide covers the planning stages of building your website including: identifying your target audience, choosing a domain name and hosting, developing site maps and wire frames, and conducting competitor research.

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Building your website (HTML & CSS)

This guide will introduce you to the concepts behind building a website, including looking at available software, using HTML & CSS and writing a basic web page.

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Marketing your website

This guide provides practical online and offline marketing ideas to help you drive traffic to your site. Areas covered include search engine optimisation (SEO), pay per click (PPC) advertising, affiliate marketing, directories, email marketing, advertising networks, social media, PR, and print advertising.

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Improving your website

This guide will introduce you to the methods, tools and resources available for you to analyse your website. Find out how to collect and use data from web analytics, heat maps, user feedback and testing & optimisation to improve your website.

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