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Setting up on a domain service with us here at Peters Web

Setting up a new domain registration with us here at Peters Web couldn't be more easy, here are some steps you can follow to ensure that you choose the right domain for you.....

1) Firstly enter your desired domain into our domain search bar, you will find this at the top of our homepage labelled It starts with a domain...

You will be redirected to our Register Domain page.

2) Once you have navigated to our domain registration page you will receive a notification at the top of the page informing you if the domain you have chosen is available. If the domain you have searched for is available to purchase click Add to Cart followed by Checkout.

If the domain you have searched for happens to be unavailable you will need to choose an alternative domain from the  Suggested Domains list. Once you have made your selection  click Add to Cart then select Checkout.

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3) Once you have selected to checkout you will be redirected through to our Domain Configuration page. Please fill in all of the required fields on this page with the relevant information, at the bottom of the page you will see some name servers displayed. Leave these as they are (ns1/ns2.petersweb.me.uk) unless you are hosting elsewhere. If you are new to name servers please read this article for more information.

Note:- Please check the WHOIS Opt Out box if you wish to keep your name and email address private (this would prevent these details from being visible if someone came across your domain entry during a domain search). Also, if you have purchased a domain entry other than .uk we are required to charge a fee of £3 per year for this option due to our own administration costs. 

If you have purchased a .com or a .net domain entry the WHOIS Opt Out will be replaced with an ID Protection option. 

4) Once you have filled in the relevant details you can select whether you would also like to purchase additional hosting. If you wish to purchase hosting along with your domain choice please select [No Hosting! Click to Add] at the top right hand corner of the page.

When you are satisfied with your details please select Continue.

5) For the final step you will be guided to our Review & Checkout page, please complete your transaction by following the Checkout link (in green at the right hand side of the page). 

Once you have arrived at our checkout please fill in the form with your details, if you are satisfied with your information select Complete Order at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email following the completion of your order.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Peters Web should you require any more guidance on this topic. You can contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) to our hosting department.

 

 

 

 

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Organise your emails with ease.....

What is that huge, never-ending, bottomless corner of the internet that must be checked every day (read: sometimes)? It's the tower of content that grows unchecked and before you know it - there's no more space left.

Yes you guessed it, its your email inbox......

Keeping on top of your inbox is a relatively simple process, the difficulties lie when your attention becomes diverted elsewhere and your emails slowly start to pile up. The next time you log in to check your emails you seem to have acquired a ton of them overnight (mostly junk mail) and its a struggle to find that important receipt or the email received only yesterday that you MUST reply to! Fortunately, as mentioned, there are steps you can take to help you keep your inbox well organised. A well organised inbox and mail system saves a lot of work further down the line as you can dig out specific emails as and when you need them. Please read on for a few hints and tips to help you get started: - 

Plus Addressing: -  First up we have 'Plus Addressing',  this one goes to the top of the list as we feel that this alone can have such a great impact on your inbox. An example of how Plus Addressing looks would be something like this 'peter+receipts@petersweb.me.uk'. When an email is sent to us using this email address we would receive the email as usual. Instead of receiving this mail into our inbox it would be diverted into a folder which we had setup previously named 'receipts' (if this folder didn't exist it would be created automatically to accommodate this email). The Plus Addressing system operates by firstly reading the recipient section of the email and ignoring the section after the '+'.  This function makes sure that the item is sent to the correct email address. The Plus Addressing system would then look at the section from the '+' on to '@',  if a folder existed within our inbox that corresponded with the folder stated after the '+' the mail item would be sent to the named folder rather than our inbox. This system is very useful if you are running a busy website and need to compartmentalise emails to various areas/departments. This can save valuable time further down the line  as you can head straight to a folder rather than trawling through your inbox. Plus Addressing also has the knock on effect of reducing the amount of mail that is captured by your general inbox, with less mail in your inbox its much easier to search through general mail that isn't re-directed to a folder. 

Don't Horde!:- We are all guilty of this one (even us here at Peters Web!). Delete unnecessary emails once you have opened them, an active inbox can gather mail quickly so its important to ensure that only important older emails and newly arrived emails take precedent. This process can become a lot more difficult if you are rushed and are short on time which leads us onto our next tip......

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 Create an 'email hour':- Put aside an hour every day (or every few days depending on the frequency of mail you receive) and dedicate it to solely checking your inbox, this helps to establish a routine and allows you to check your emails more thoroughly. Once you have carried out your actions (replying etc) delete any emails that have been dealt with. 

Use 'Boomerang' email scheduler:- Boomerang is a plugin that can be used in conjunction with your gmail email account. Boomerang operates as an email scheduler and will send out predetermined responses at set times during the day. This is of great use if you are on the go and need to regularly respond. There is also an email tracker function incorporated into the software that will remind you regularly about emails you have sent out that haven;'t been responded to. Follow this link (http://www.boomeranggmail.com/l/email-follow-up-software.html to read more and to download the software.

Answer 'tough' emails first:- This seems an odd statement doesn't it? What constitutes a 'tough' email? We all receive those emails which we put off as the reply may end up being resource or time consuming. Make a point of dealing with these emails first when going through your inbox. You will get a boost from getting these emails resolved before everything else and the rest of your to do list will feel a lot more manageable!

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As always the list above is short, there are many other steps you can take when working with your inbox to ensure that you keep on top of your workload. A well managed inbox and email system saves lots of stress further down the line and allows you to have more time taking care of other aspects of the running of your website.

If you have any questions regarding this topic and would like to speak around it further please contact us via a support ticket (open a ticket) with our hosting department and we will get back to you as soon as possible

 

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What makes us great here at Peters Web?

We were inspired to write this article following a chance discussion we had with a friend of ours – the friend in question was looking into purchasing web hosting for a small hobby style website. The basis of the discussion was centred on what qualities we (firstly from the perspective of a consumer/client and secondly, as web hosts ourselves) would look for in an ideal web hosting provider. To cut a relatively long story short everything we spoke about boiled down to 4 key areas: -

1)      Security: - The client must feel that their website is secure, regularly backed up and the hosting platform is supported with the latest in virus/bug protection software.

2)      Loading Up/Running Speeds: - Isn’t it annoying when you are short of time and the page you are trying to access takes forever to load up? Or during navigation it seems to take a lifetime to move from page to page?

3)      What am I actually getting for my money? : - Am I buying the right package for my needs? In terms of information is the web host transparent in what they offer and how they deliver their service to their clients?

4)      Customer Care: - If something goes wrong or I’m unsure of something is there someone who can help me out? Is that person easy to contact and can they troubleshoot quickly? Do I feel at ease when communicating with my host provider?

This was a great reflective exercise for us at Peters Web, originally we were motivated to start up our company due to dissatisfaction with our previous hosting providers. Looking back the root of our unhappiness was in the four points above – our web host fell short within all of these areas!

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When we first started out (myself and a friend started up a family history website – www.familyhistory4beginners.com if you are interested in taking a look) we changed our host provider every year due to standards starting high then slipping over time. We felt that there was always a lack of loyalty on the side of the host provider which reflected in how we were treated as clients, going forward we wanted to create a hosting provider that we would choose to use ourselves. I was approached by two colleagues around this time for advice about the running of their websites and securing a reliable web host. This marked our first foray into the world of web hosting…… 

From the beginning we adhered to a strict set of values, we would keep our organisation small and we would always focus on the needs of our clients. To allow us to do this we started by making our service available to purchase at any time which allowed potential clients to acquire our services at a time that suited them best and to be online within one hour of purchase. From here we developed our organisation on several fronts, producing a service that featured the latest in security protection whilst always keeping an eye on developments we could use to further speed up the delivery of data to our clients. Lastly we placed transparency above all else, we provide exactly what we advertise with no hidden extras.

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At present we provide a super-fast, streamlined service aimed at everyone from small scale bloggers up to more commercial ventures. We have switched to the use of Litespeed web server – x3 times faster than our previous Apache server (Apache is still used as standard by the majority of hosting providers) and use Cloudflare as a content distribution network – this ensures that content is loaded quickly from a server that is guaranteed to be close to the location of each client. As an extra feature we also have Cloudflare available as a plugin for all of our clients so they can use the service for their own ventures. As well as our superior service we provide full support personalised to each client and aim to resolve any issue within an absolute maximum of 24 hours (although this is usually much less!).  As a final note we are proud to say that at present our network has 99% uptime, meaning that you never have to worry about your website being offline. Here’s a link to our live uptime – uptime.petersweb.me.uk

 If you have read this article and have any queries we are always delighted to chat, contact us via a support ticket to our hosting department (open a ticket) we are always happy to discuss all things web!

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