Frequently Asked Questions

 

Why do I need a Website?

I’ve heard many small-business owners say they think they “should” get a Web site. They’re not quite sure what they will do with it, but they’ve been told they should have one. read more…

What do I have to do to get my site listed in search engines?

Nothing!

Eventually, every site gets visited and indexed by search engine ‘robots’, but if you want it done quickly, I will submit your site URL to Google. Google is by far the most popular search facility so getting listed there is your first priority.

Why do my colors look so different on my friend’s machine?

In print, Pantone swatches are commonly used to standardize colours. Pantone swatches show how a range of standard ink colours mix in various proportions and if those proportions of ink are mixed by the printer, you stand a pretty good chance of getting something like what you anticipated but not always. The same ink printed on different materials will not reflect light in quite the same way. Pantone 072 looks completely different on glossy and matt paper.

The color on a Web page are determined by mixing proportions of red, green and blue light inside the monitor. Unlike the standard ink colors, there are no standard red, green and blue light sources. The red, green and blue on one monitor is unlikely to be exactly the same as on another one, even if it’s the same model – and the colours change over time. Any color you mix from those non-standard ones is unlikely to match from one monitor to another although it is possible to get them closer by tweaking the proportions slightly.

What is the size limit for a Web page?

The short answer is, as small as possible. The size (byte count) of your page, including any images, determines how long it takes to download. The question really is, how long will people wait for the page to download and render? Obviously it depends on the speed of their connection. A computer on a 500k broadband line is going to download about ten times faster that one on a 56k dial-up. You don’t need to worry too much about the broadband users, it’s those folk using the 56k modems that you have to consider, there still are a lot of them. Research has shown that once you go over 10 seconds, people start to get fidgety and start moving off elsewhere. So, try to stay within the 50k/10 seconds mark.

What is the difference between POP and IMAP?

This video and the information below explains the difference between the two most common incoming email protocols, POP and IMAP.

POP stands for Post Office Protocol, and was designed as a simple way to access a remote email server. The most recent version is POP 3, and is supported by virtually all email clients and servers.

POP works by downloading your emails from your provider’s mail server, and then marking them for deletion there. This means you can only ever read those email messages in that email client, on that computer. You will not be able to access any previously downloaded emails from any other device, or with any other email client, or through webmail.

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol, and was designed specifically to eliminate the limitations of POP.

IMAP allows you to access your emails from any client, and any device, and webmail login at any time, until you delete them. You are always seeing the same emails, no matter how you access your provider’s server.

Since your email is stored on the provider’s server and not locally, you may run into email storage limits, when using IMAP.

How do I set up my email account?

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