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Website Hosting Pitfalls

Website Hosting Pitfalls

Know the purpose of your domain or website At Host Africa, we have seen that having a website is no recipe for success. Some companies only have a web domain so that their email address corresponds to the company name. This a very valid reason to have a domain and better than having a website misrepresenting […]

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Hand Coding HTML – a case for

Hand Coding HTML – a case for

Do people still do hand coding? People do hand coding, but mostly either on large projects or in boutique design houses. Tools such as WordPress, RVSitebuilder and many other content management systems (CMS)  frameworks may be great for getting a site up quickly, but 90% of the sites end up looking like clones. What are the […]

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Troubleshooting website issues

Troubleshooting website issues

Basic troubleshooting methodology At Host Africa, we believe that troubleshooting must be structured to be useful. I find the best method is the “Macro to Micro” approach. This means that you verify the correctness and functionality of the largest factors involved in the issue first as, without these, the problem will not resolve. This is a […]

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ALL non-https sites marked ‘not secure’ from 1 July 1018

ALL non-https sites marked ‘not secure’ from 1 July 1018

Why is Google forcing SSL Google has been pushing webmasters to make the change to non-secure websites a for years now – including hinting at small rankings boost to further incentivize the shift. 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default. Undoubtedly, Google loves its users and therefore, is coming up with […]

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Host Africa Website Builder – our great new product

Host Africa Website Builder – our great new product

Here is a great new product that many of our customers have been waiting for. Host Africa’s new Website Builder is a great way to build a really good looking website at a fraction of the cost that it would usually be. See a DEMO here!  Using this great tool you can even IMPORT your site! […]

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What should you pay for website design?

What should you pay for website design?

Website design pricing is one of those almost intangible things that is as hard to pin down as the answer to the age-old question “How long is a piece of string?”. We can, however, give a few pointers and guidelines on what a reasonable pricing structure “should” look like.   A basic brochure website A website with […]

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A short guide to designing faster websites

A short guide to designing faster websites

Designing a website and then expecting your site to speed up by throwing more resources such as CPU and bandwidth at it will never work. The main reason is that many people are still on slow connections or have low data caps. This means that they will only ever visit your site once. If a […]

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FTP – Resolving “Failed to retrieve directory listing”

FTP – Resolving “Failed to retrieve directory listing”

Although this is aimed at Filezilla clients, the principles will work for any other FTP client as well. FTP Symptoms You enter all the detail from Host Africa, click on “connect” and ……. connection is successful, but no file listing appears or you get an error “Failed to retrieve directory listing” Why ? Lets have […]

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4 .htaccess tips and tricks for your website

4 .htaccess tips and tricks for your website

The .htaccess file is one of the most important pieces of your website. It’s used in conjunction with the Apache Web Server software to execute or disable features offered by the software. By design, it’s both a blessing and a curse depending on how you set up the file. Unless you’ve created a website from […]

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