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Top Free Web Tools for Small Businesses

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Google My Business - Google is the homepage of the Internet and there isn’t a better place to input your business information than Google. It’s free and it’s powerful - what more could you want? Set up your Google business page and update your company’s information, add pictures, descriptions, and show your reviews. If you’re not using Google My Business, you should start immediately.

Google Analytics - Add a simple code to your website and Google Analytics will provide helpful insights into how your visitors are behaving and who is coming to your website. Analytics will help you make decisions on website design and content changes, as well as plan for online ads.

Skype – This is your virtual conference room. Sign up for a free Skype account and break down the barriers between you and your next client. Host and attend meetings virtually while still remaining professional.

Hootsuite - Hootsuite is a great place to start managing your social media accounts and scheduling posts. It offers a free plan for individuals and you can include 3 social accounts before you’ll have to upgrade to a paid account. Simplify your social presence by managing all of your accounts from one Hootsuite dashboard.

Pixabay / Pexels – Visuals attract more clicks and likes, and good graphics are extremely important for social media and web marketing success. For free high-quality stock photos you can’t get any better than Pixabay.com and Pexels.com. They offer a seemingly endless supply of beautiful images that you can use on your website, social channels, and anywhere else you may need them.
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Tips for Securing a Memorable Domain Name for Your Business

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Make it Memorable

Make your domain name easy to remember and catchy so your customers can easily find your new website. Test out multiple names and even ask your friends if you need advice.

Keep it Short

Not only should your domain be memorable – it should be short and simple. Picking a long or confusing domain name could lead to people misspelling or mistyping your domain. For example, our domain is PSPinc.com which is an acronym for Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. With the shorter domain, it leaves very little room for errors.

Avoid Numbers and Characters

Try to avoid numbers, hyphens, and any other special characters. Not only do they make your domain more complex, they can often be forgotten when typing in domains.

Pick the Right Extension

There are plenty of domain extensions to choose from but make sure you pick the correct one for your domain. If you can’t find the domain you want, try changing your extension – you may be surprised! Some common extensions are: .com, .info, .org, .net, .biz.

Research

Do your research. Make sure the domain you want isn’t already taken and try to avoid picking a domain that’s similar to one that’s already in use, or just a few characters off. The last thing you want to do is confuse your customers if they end up on the wrong site.

Act Fast

The longer you wait to pick your new domain, the higher the chance of someone else buying it first. If you have a domain in mind check its availability on Dreamersi.
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What To Consider Before Choosing A Hosting Provider

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How do you know which hosting provider is right for you and your company? What are the key factors that will help you make the right decision? We’re here to help and give you a list of things to consider when choosing your next hosting provider. Let's start at the beginning.

What is hosting? A hosting company usually has their data center filled with computers called servers. Servers, similarly to your home computer, run their own operating systems and connect to the Internet. When paying for hosting, you’re paying to rent space on their servers – the company allows public access to the servers which is how people find your website online.

So what should you consider when choosing a hosting service?

Security

You should evaluate the security of their service to ensure it aligns with your needs. Some things to consider when looking at security are:

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) – You will be able to identify which sites have SSL by the locked padlock in the URL (often green colored) and with the use of HTTPS:// instead of HTTP://. SSL encrypts the path between the browser and server. If you run an e-commerce website or collect any user information on your website you'll want to have SSL. Learn more about it in our previous blog post!

Backups – To protect your website, you’ll want to routinely backup your site in case of accidents, hackers, a computer crash or other problems. Most hosting companies allow you to easily backup your website in the control panels. Backing up your data is critical in the event your computer is hacked or it does crash – you can still retain your important files and documents.

Server Maintenance – Conducting server maintenance is a standard practice for hosting companies. Check to see if your hosting company has a blog or published protocol of when/how they conduct maintenance. For example, PSPInc has a blog which we use to update our clients when we are conducting maintenance.

Types of Hosting

There are a few different types of hosting you need to know about. The first is “shared hosting,” which is the most popular option. Resources on one server are shared among multiple accounts. There may be a maximum amount of space you can use upon shared hosting but this is a more economical choice for most.

A “dedicated server” is a type of Internet hosting that allows clients to pay for their own server, which is not shared with anyone. This gives you full control over the server, and depending on the company, you may be able to decide which operating system and hardware are used. This is mainly used for websites with high volume traffic who need more hosting space.

And finally, “virtual private server (VPS) hosting” is a bit of a grey area that’s in-between shared and dedicated hosting. Although virtual private servers share physical hardware – they function more like dedicated servers. This will bring the cost of hosting down and allow you to control how much RAM (data storage) you are given without having to share that RAM with other accounts.

Customer Support

Support is something that can often be overlooked, but if an issue arises, you’ll want an experienced team behind you. People can visit your website at any time so you’ll want a company with 24/7 customer support for their servers. Most companies will offer phone, email, or chat support.
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Emerging Markets in Digital Money Transactions

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In a way, we all have virtual money in our pocket – our debit cards and credit cards. With smart phones, we’ve taken it even further with things like Apple Pay and PayPal. Bank wire transfers are another way to make digital transactions. The fact is, we can make transactions all day long and not touch a dollar bill.

The exchange and transaction of money today is done mainly via:

(1) physical currency in bills and coins
(2) using checks and debit cards
(3) credit cards
(4) digital wallet / payment apps

Apple Pay and Google Pay are among the transaction apps used more and more every day. To compete with these emerging transaction platforms (which don’t necessarily go through banks), some banks are aligning with companies like Zelle (www.zelllepay.com). Banks need transactions to make money, so you’ll see them breaking through the market with new technology of their own.

It’s a good lesson for businesses of all sizes to be aware and adaptable. We don’t know what technology will survive to become “de facto,” and even when something becomes mainstream, you never know when some new technology will pop up to replace it. Even our currency is evolving, as we’ve shared in previous blogs about cryptocurrency and bitcoin technology. It’s been suggested bitcoins are more of an investment option versus a cash stream option in today’s world, but you never know how that concept will change.

Being aware of what is trending in technology and adapting to what’s popular in our culture is important for all of us to succeed.
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The Technology that Legitimizes Bitcoin Currency

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Bitcoin is probably the most commonly-known cryptocurrency today. Unlike US dollars, bitcoin doesn’t have government regulations or banks to back it up. Instead, it uses peer-to-peer technology to legitimize its credibility in a virtual world. Without government or banks, the fees are kept to a minimum, but bitcoin’s value is volatile if you wish to trade and exchange it for other government-issued currencies. To understand better, you might find it helpful to read our first two blogs on bitcoins and cryptocurrency.

When it comes to our money, a central server prevents fraud and double spending. For cryptocurrency, however, a server doesn’t exist, instead there is a peer network of computers around the world that receive a complete history of all transactions, and thus a balance of every account. Every bitcoin unit is accounted for, and every peer in the network must have matching transactions.

The technology requires what is called bitcoin mining. The transactions must be validated and confirmed, and to do so, bitcoin miners do the calculations and confirm the transactions are valid, afterward adding the information to the database. This information creates what is called a blockchain -- a history of transactions. Bitcoin miners are rewarded with bitcoins if they are the first to calculate the validity of the transaction.

In 2018, the reward for successfully mining a block is 12.5 coins, which is equivalent to about $100,000 depending on the bitcoin trade price!
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31st Anniversary!

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31st Anniversary!
Today is our 31st Anniversary! Looking back over the years, we are so thankful for all the relationships that we've built with our customers. And we hope to continue growing as we serve you. Thank you for your support!
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Cryptocurrency: Are Bitcoins the Wave of the Future?

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Bitcoin is a kind of virtual currency, existing in the digital world. If you read our previous blog comparing bitcoins to gold coins, it’ll help you understand. A bitcoin is a type of “cryptocurrency.” What is cryptocurrency, you ask? Let’s dissect the word.

As you may already know, the word crypto comes from cryptography. Cryptography comes from an ancient Greek word, “kryptos,” which means “hidden” and “secret.” Cryptography is the practice of making plain text and communication unreadable through “encryption” and then reversing it back to plain text through a process called “decryption.”

Cryptocurrency, therefore, is a digital currency where encryption is used to regulate the generation of currency so it doesn’t get out of control. The concept is similar to that of our federal government regulating the amount of dollars it prints.

The most famous cryptocurrency today is bitcoin, invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, an elusive figure whom not much is known about today. Bitcoin is digital money that you can buy, store, and transfer without needing a central bank. Instead, computers around the world verify the units of bitcoins in order to prevent double spending.

The bitcoin market has increased in recent years and is said to be worth the equivalent of a half trillion US dollars. If you're curious, Wikipedia put together a great visual showing where all currency, physical and digital, falls within the bounds of regulated and unregulated status, which we've published above.
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FULL-SERVICE SOFTWARE COMPANY PSPINC ACQUIRES WEB HOSTING & DESIGN FIRM YOURHOST

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Company Furthers Strong Growth
Momentum with 7th Acquisition in 13 Years


Web Hosting, Web Design and Marketing Services
Enhanced as PSPInc Continues to Expand Client Base Worldwide


Bellevue, Wash., July 2, 2018 – Award-winning internet company Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. (PSPInc) today announced its acquisition of California-based web hosting and design company YourHost.

As a result of the acquisition, premier provider of quality and affordable web service offerings PSPInc will grow its current client base of more than 40,000 customers worldwide further, while continuing to offer YourHost’s complementary e-commerce support, hosting solutions, Internet, virtual/shared hosting, LIVE streaming, and domain registration services.

“As our company continues to expand we’re thrilled about our latest acquisition of YourHost. With a ‘client first’ mentally, we strive to make it easy for companies of all sizes to create and maintain a digital ecosystem to help them do business—and this acquisition will further enhance our efforts to do so,” said Mayumi Nakamura, PSPinc CEO.

“As a result of our acquisition, YourHost’s customers can expect to continue receiving the same great customer-centric service they have become accustomed to, and we look forward to offering them even more services to be successful online,” continued Nakamura.

“As the CEO and one of the founders of YourHost.com, I am pleased to be able to pass the torch to PSPinc, a similar grass-roots company who focuses above all on the client needs,” said YourHost CEO Eric Kirkhuff. “It’s rare to find a company like PSPinc that can integrate with YourHost.com and retain a similar vision which is the true definition of a ‘symbiotic relationship’ in caring for the customer we worked so hard to acquire and maintain.”

With a focus on helping businesses succeed online, PSPInc and its sister company Dreamersi provide all the digital tools needed to run businesses of all sizes and in all industries, from online websites to web hosting, email accounts, custom hosting and e-commerce tools. The acquisition of YourHost represents the company’s 7th acquisition in 13 years.

About PSPinc: PSPinc was founded in 1987 by Ken Uchikura, who at that time was developing software out of a room in his apartment on Mercer Island, WA. Three decades later, PSPinc has grown into a full-service software company offering web hosting, web design, and marketing solutions. Headquartered in Bellevue, WA, PSPinc houses 50 employees with two additional offices in California. More than 40,000 companies worldwide trust them for websites, email, and online services.

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Bitcoins vs. Real Coins: The Rising Popularity of Virtual Money

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Everything around us is becoming more virtual - virtual reality, virtual communities, virtual secretaries, virtual machines, virtual golf, virtual memory, even virtual currency. You might have heard the term “bitcoin” which is a form of virtual trading currency growing in popularity. Even though some people are making a lot of money with bitcoins, many people are still baffled as to what it is, so in the next few blogs we’ll go over bitcoin technology in more detail.

A bitcoin isn’t the same as your credit card. Your credit card is a means to make a digital transaction of government-regulated currency. A bitcoin is de-regulated virtual currency whose value fluctuates with demand and open-market bidding, similar to the stock market exchange. Think of it like owning a gold coin. The bank can’t put a set value on a gold coin like they do our currency. But it can still be bought, sold or traded for goods or services like cash.

A bitcoin isn’t a digital transaction of real money, it’s literally “virtual money” that can only be used within a virtual framework. Even though Monopoly money is a tangible thing, it still works as a parallel example of money that is only good for buying things within the framework of the Monopoly game. Another good example is when you use virtual money in an online game to purchase things like special powers or avatars.

Bitcoins work like these examples, they’re only bought and sold in a virtual world. But unlike play money, they have real monetary value attached to them. We’ll go deeper in our next blog.
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Implement Procedures for your New Privacy Policy

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Updating and publishing your privacy policy, and putting more security measures into place are all necessary things a business should do to protect its customers’ sensitive data. But words without action don’t mean much. And that shiny new privacy policy won’t do much unless we’re holding our employees accountable to follow the security procedures. If you really care about your customers, you must follow through with your promises, and here are some important tips to make that happen:

1) Design a business process for your products and services. Even if the process seems common place, you shouldn’t assume everyone thinks like you do, especially in today’s diverse population. Your values and your common sense may not seem so common to everyone else. Think about what makes the most sense to protect your customers’ data – not only on your computers, but offline as well.

2) Write down the process, which then becomes your ‘employee procedures.’ These new procedures should be published and shared with your staff. Keep them consistent across the board and all departments so there is no confusion. Make sure they are in line with your core values as well.

3) Assign a person to be responsible for the new employee procedures. Policies and procedures on a piece of paper mean nothing until they are carried out. The person you put in charge (maybe it’s you) needs to make sure every employee understands the procedures how you envision it, and quality controls the business process.

4) Test and audit the process. Even with a point person in charge to keep the staff accountable, sometimes there are breaks in the system. That’s just life. Test your process and procedures, announced or unannounced (even better!). When you plan a test, it’s easier to pay attention to where the breaks are, at what point in the process, and make the appropriate fixes.

5) Prepare an emergency protocol. Even if you think you have the perfect procedures and process in place, accidents happen, and hackers are getting smarter. What would you do if your client data gets breached? Have an emergency plan in place and protocol for notifying your customers. Be honest and transparent about the issues, and have a plan to go forward.
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