It may sound like a silly question, but do you own your domain name? The simple answer is, if your domain name is not registered under your name, you don't own it.

You may have paid someone for the service to create a website for you, but that doesn't mean you paid for internet real estate or intelectual property (your domain name).  There are companies who's business model is to keep you as a customer for a very long time, similar to buying a multi-yearserivce contract from a cell phone provider.


Who does this?

There are two types of companies who's business practice is to own domain names.  Small Web Design Companies and all-in-one services - Software as a Service Companies (SquareSpace, Web.com and Wix).

Software as a Service (SaaS) Companies - There are companies that promise a free domain names with the promise of money back guarantee of building a website. In the fine print you won't own your domain name when/if you choose to leave the company like SquareSpace. They are also much more affordable than hiring a custom designer. but when you don't buy your domain name directly from them, the price will go up.

Small Web Design Companies & Freelancers - There web designers that offer discounted web design rates if you're looking at the low-end of prices (under $1,000) where the web designer.  Sometimes these companies will legitimately purchase the domain name without knowing the full implications to your business, these companies commonly go out of business or move to different (niche) industries which can result in your domain name being lost.

As a savvy business owner it's important to understand what you're paying for.
 

Are you paying for a service or the internet real estate?


Why does this practice continue to thrive?
 

The main reason why this practice thrives is because people let it happen. I believe most companies will not stay in business longer than a few years. The companies that are most susceptible to these marketing practices who are not totally committed to investing in their website. A free domain name may seem like a good price, but it comes with the long term cost of not being able to grow your business. Likewise, working with a web developer who might be charging low price to develop might see the long term benefit.


How to avoid this?
 

Find with a reputable custom Web Development or Web Design company. There are no incentives for these companies to manage domain names.

You can further protect your intellectual property, if you don't have a name picked out, by not making the decision on the domain name You can purchase this later.  In other words, you don't let someone else make this decision for you.

If you already have a domain name picked, then purchase it now. Later you decide how to design it and where you want it hosted, domain names are relatively in expensive, so you can buy it now with the intention of building it later on. You will also protect your domain name from being snagged by someone else.

Check to see if your domain name is available.


How to check if you own your domain name?

If you're not sure if you own your domain name, or you haven't checked. I recommend you check this by doing a quick search using DomainTools.com or DownDoggy.com WhoIs and lookup your domain.

Who do you see listed as an Admin Contact?

Your Admin Contact information should look similarly to this example. Most importantly, if you do not see your full name and email address here. You do not own your domain name.

 

 

The simple answer is Yes!

Here's a list of free Joomla blogs extensions and some commercial ones:

http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/content-a-news/blog

With Joomla, you get the best of all worlds. Joomla is a CMS Platform where as other softwares like Wordpress are good for a single task. Joomla has about 3000+ ways of doing things. If you just need a blog then I would suggest stick with the other software, no sense in overkill. If you want your website to have the option of doing more than a blog then you should use Joomla. Your Joomla blog can be extended to incorporate more things like photogallery, contact form, user management, ecommerce, etc that you may have not considered with an ordinary blog.

Comparing Joomla and Wordpress is not fair to Worpress, because Joomla is much more than just a blog software. Wordpress can't compete with the versitility of Joomla.

 

Here are two of my favorite free Joomla blogging extensions

corePHP Wordpress Integration with Joomla 1.5 (free)

It basically takes everything that is good with Joomla and makes it better with Wordpress

Smart Blog (free)

  • Registered user can add post/comments and manage
  • Admin can manage the posts/comments of all user.
  • upport SEF urls.
  • Module will help to view latest post[Number of posts can be managed from admin]
  • Search plugin will search blog component
  • Added html editor for add/edit Posts/comments
  • New layout design
  • added Blogger page for view blogger details and blogger posts

 

 

It's very easy to upload and link your PDF to your Joomla site, you can also add Word documents, txt files, mp3s, and whatever else you can think of. Here's how you do it.

  1. Make sure you're editing an article in your Joomla Article Manager.
  2. Highlight and select the text you want to link, click on the "Insert/Edit Link" icon, a new window will open. JoomlaFCK Link
  3. Click the "Browse Server" button, a new window will open.
  4. In the new window click "Browse," find your file, and click the "Upload" button.
  5. Select the file you've just uploaded, the window will close.
  6. Lastly click the "Ok" to confirm the file you've selected.

You're done!

Here's how you'll find Finding Archived Projects in ProjectFork 2.x. It's right in front of you, it's just on the "PROJECTS" page.

1. Go to "Projects" in the main menu.
2. In the Sub Menu for  "Projects" on the same line as "New, Copy, Archive, & Delete" look all the way to the right and you'll see a search box and a dropdown that says FILTER.
3. To view all ARCHIVED projects, selected ARCHIVED from the dropdown and click OK.

 

 

Just a heads on a point I want to reiterate from yesterday. Use the “Save” or “Cancel” button when accessing Joomla to properly close something in Joomla. There is a security feature that prevents people from editing the same content at the same time. If you should ever notice content is locked out and you suspect no one is editing it, you can use the “Global Check-in” option in the “Tools” menu in the backend.

 

Sometimes it’s unavoidable that you accidently lock someone out of content. You should be aware of this.

 

If you notice you used the back button instead of properly closing or saving, then open the item again, and save it.