Getting to Know (and Love) Your Website

Hello internet! We’re Up All Day Creative Solutions and today we would like to discuss Websites, and how well you know or don’t know your own. If we were to ask you right now where is your website being hosted? Or, where is you domain registered? Or, if you’re using a CMS? Would You know? And, if you do know these things do you have access to all of this information? It’s okay if you don’t know all this right now, a lot of people don’t, but you SHOULD and we’re going to help you with this handy-dandy website checklist.

Where is your Domain registered? This is your website’s address – your dot com, dot net, or dot whatever. The big name in domain registration is GoDaddy but there are plenty other as well. Do you have admin access to this account? If not, let’s get it! This is what you’ll need:

Domain Registrar:
Username:
Password:

Where is your website being hosted? Hosting is the space on the internet where your website lives. Usually it’s GoDaddy, HostGator, Network Solutions, or any number of companies that have the ability to host your website. Do you have admin access? If not, let’s get it! This is what you’ll need:

Hosting Company:
Username:
Password:

Are you using a CMS (Content Management System) to control the content on your site? If so, it could be WordPress, Laravel, Drupal, SquareSpace, or many others. Do you have admin access? If not, let’s get it! This is what you’ll need:

CMS login URL:
Username:
Password:

Is your website SSL certified? It should be! An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) adds the ‘s’ in your https. It’s like a contraceptive for your website and it protects it from mischief. Do you know where this is being generated and how it’s being kept active? This is something that needs to be renewed every so often, and if it’s not renewed in time it can cause some serious problems. Did you ever go to a website and get that dreaded “THIS WEBSITE MAY BE TRYING TO STEAL YOUR INFORMATION” warning? Yeah, that’s because they probably let their SSL expire. So please practice safe browsing and keep your website protected with an SSL, and KNOW where this is all being controlled.

These are just the basics and what we request whenever we need to work on a website. There are many other things you should know (and love) about your website, and we’ll hopefully help provide you some useful information with these posts. This is the first in a series so please stay tuned.