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Who’s visiting your EverWeb website?

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

We’ve add the ability to easily check your visitor stats within your EverWeb client area (EverWeb + Hosting accounts only).

Without any configuration or installation on your end you can now see;

  1. How many visitors your website is getting
  2. Where your visitors come from (search engines, other websites, etc…)
  3. Where in the world your visitors are located
  4. Your top visited pages
  5. How your visitor count changes month over month
  6. Plus a lot more

To view your website stats simply follow these steps;

  1. Login to your client area
  2. Click the ‘Services’ tab and then ‘My Services’
  3. You will see a list of your services with us. Click the table row you want to check (most customers will have one hosting service listed)
  4. On the next page, press the ‘Metrics’ button near the bottom of the page

These stats will give you a very interesting overview of how your website is being used, who’s┬ávisiting your site and where your most popular pages.

If you’re looking for even more stats, EverWeb integrates very easily with Google Analytics. Remember, Google Analytics is very powerful with lots of features and may be overwhelming at first.

How To Set Up A Mobile Friendly iWeb Site

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

More and more users accessing the internet via their mobile devices. As a result it is important for the user experience that the webpages they browse look good on their hand-held devices. The video tutorial below will show you how you can create a mobile friendly version of your iWeb website. Users visiting your website on an iPhone or Android device will automatically be redirected to the mobile version of your website. Be sure to use the sample code for setting up the redirect:

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can create a mobile version of your iWeb website, so that users visiting your site on an iPhone or Android will be directed to your mobile friendly website.

In order to follow this tutorial completely, you must have a RAGE Web Hosting account. You can sign up for a hosting account ragesw.com/hosting

You will also need iWeb SEO Tool, or SEIntelligence, which are two applications offered by RAGE Software that allow you to add search engine optimization features to your website.

Our first step in the process will be to setup the address for the mobile site. If you have paid attention in the past to the addresses of websites you have visited on your phone, you may have noticed that typing in facebook.com for example, will turn into m.facebook.com – In this case, M represents mobile.

Now we must set it up so that your address will turn into something similar. The first thing you need to do is login to cPanel. Your cPanel login information was sent to you in your RAGE Web Hosting: New Account Information email. When you are logged in click on the icon that reads Subdomains.

In the Subdomain text field, type in mobile just like you see here. You will notice that your mobile URL will now be the combination of this subdomain plus your domain. So in my case, it will be mobile.ragesw.net. Just a quick note, if you have multiple domains on your account, you can click this drop down menu to select the domain you want to use for the mobile site. You will notice that the Document Root field will automatically be filled with www/mobile. Take note of that because we will be using it later on in the video.

The next thing we are going to do is prepare our mobile sites in iWeb. What we will do is create a new site by going to File and selecting New Site. Since we want our mobile site to be mobile friendly, our best option is to choose the blank page. Now, I’m just going to get rid of this text box, and then disable the navigation menu. This is done by clicking on Inspector, and clicking on the Page tab, and unchecking the options to Include this page in the navigation menu, and DIsplay navigation menu. The reason we do this is because since we want to ensure mobile friendliness, we basically want a blank page and none of the page defaults from iWeb.

With the inspector window still opened to the Page tab, click on the Layout button, and change content width to 300 pixels. This is going to create a mobile size canvas for us to create our mobile sites on. Repeat this for all of the mobile pages you are going to make.

Now you can design a more mobile friendly version of your website. This can include images that are smaller in file size, and larger more compact text. It might be a good idea to visit some mobile friendly websites on your phone so you can get a better idea of how to design your mobile site. One tip is to always include a link to view your full site. A way to do this is to just create a text box that says View Full Site, highlight the text, open the Inspector window, go to the hyperlink tab, click to enable as hyperlink, and type in the non-mobile link for this respective page.

When you are done creating your Mobile friendly site, you will need to publish it. The important thing here is to publish the mobile site to that new subdomain that we just created.

So if you are using iWeb 09, you will go to the publish page by clicking on the site name, and select Publish to FTP server from the drop down menu. Customize the site name and contact email to your liking.

Input your server address, username, and password. In the Directory/Path field, type in the location of your subdomain, which if you remember from earlier, was www/mobile.

In the website URL field, make sure you type in your URL as http://mobile.yourdomain.com. In my case, I will type it in as http://mobile.ragesw.net

When you are all ready, click the Publish Site button to publish the site.

If you are using an older version of iWeb, publish this new mobile site like you would publish your regular site. The most important thing to remember is that you need to publish the site by putting www/mobile in the Directory Path field. If you forget to do this, it will not work, and you risk overwriting your original website, so do not forget about this step.

When the site has been published, you can visit it on your phone by going to mobile.yourdomain.com to make sure everything looks the way you want it to. If not, go back to iWeb and make your changes and then publish the site once again.

Once you are satisfied with the mobile version of your site, there is one last thing that needs to be done in order to make the phone know to send the user to the mobile version of your site.

Go to ragesw.com/blog. In the search field, type in web hosting tutorials, and select the result that reads RAGE Web Hosting Video Tutorials. The direct link to that page is this. On this page, locate and click on the link that reads Setting Up A Mobile Friendly iWeb Site.

On this page, you will see this link that reads “Be sure to use the sample code for setting up the redirect” Click on this link and copy the code that will appear on the page that follows.

Now, before we paste this code somewhere, I want you to first publish your main website from iWeb to a local folder on your hard drive. Then load that local folder into iWeb SEO Tool, or SEIntelligence, whichever program you use. In this example, I am using iWeb SEO Tool, but the same principle applies to SEIntelligence.

With your website loaded in the tool, paste the code that we just copied in the head code section of the Site Settings tab. Replace the URL which reads mobile.ragesw.net to your mobile URL. If you are using SEIntelligence, open the Site Settings tab, and paste the code in the Header Code/Google Analytics box. Also replace the mobile.ragesw.net URL with your mobile URL.

If you have another code in this box, such as Google Analytics, just paste this code above it. Then click on the Apply To Entire Site button.

 

Using Sparrow With Your RAGE Web Hosting E-mail Address

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Sparrow is a neat e-mail client that has gained much popularity over the last few months, especially since being bought out by Google. In the video below, you will learn how to easily setup Sparrow on your Mac to use with your e-mail address hosted with RAGE Web Hosting.

Video Transcript:

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to setup Sparrow for your RAGE Web Hosting email account. This tutorial assumes you have already setup your email address in cPanel. If you have not done that yet, please do so now and continue with this tutorial when you are finished.

The first thing we need to do is download Sparrow. This can be done at sparrowmailapp.com. Look for a button the says Sparrow for Mac. If the site looks different than what you see here, don’t worry, just find a button or link that either says Sparrow for Mac, or something similar to it. Once on the Sparrow for Mac page, find a Download button and click it to download. At the time of this tutorial, it is September 2012. You can either download a free version which has some ads in it, or pay the fee to download the non-ad version, whichever you prefer. Once downloaded and installed, launch Sparrow.

Upon initial launch, you should see a window that looks similar to this. Type in your e-mail addresses and password. This is the e-mail address and password that you setup in cPanel. For Port, leave as Auto, and then remove the Secure Connection check mark. Click on the Custom button so that we can enter custom details.

For server type, the default selection is IMAP. I recommend leaving that as your server type. Your server address will be mail.yourdomain.com So for example, since my domain is ragesw.net, my server address is mail.ragesw.net. When you are done, click the Next button.

On the next window, type in mail.yourdomain.com as the SMTP server. So since my domain is ragesw.net, I will type in mail.ragesw.net

For Port, make sure to put in 26 just like I am doing. Once again, remove the Secure connection check mark.

The other fields should already be filled in for you. If not, put a check in Use Authentication, and once again type in your e-mail address in the Login field and your password in the password field. Then click Next.

Sparrow is now setup for you and you can begin sending and receiving e-mails.

How To Transfer Multiple Domains To RAGE Web Hosting

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This instructional video is going to show you how to transfer more than one domain when signing up for RAGE Web Hosting.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

If you are signing up for RAGE Web Hosting for the first time, and you have multiple domains that you want to transfer over, follow these important steps.

First, click on the Sign Up Now button to be taken to the start of the signup process.

Next, select the second option for transferring your domain. Type in your domain, and select your domain’s extension from the drop down menu. Then click the Click to Continue button.

This next page will show you that your domain is available. This is true because you selected to transfer your domain. Had you typed in a non-existent domain, it will tell you that the domain is not available for transfer.

Double check that your domain has been spelled correctly, and then click the Click to Continue button.

Now select your billing cycle, and any add-ons that you want to purchase. Since you are transferring multiple domains, you will need to select the option to Host 3 Additional domains so that you can host more than one domain on your account. If you plan on having more than 3 domains, then you will need to order two hosting accounts.

When you are done, click on the Add to Cart button.

Here is where you will need to enter the EPP or authorization code for your domain. You need this code in order for us to transfer your domain correctly. You can get this code from your account at your current registrar, or you can phone or email them and ask them for it. You will also need to unlock the domain in order for the transfer to be put through.

When you are done, click on the Update Cart button.

You will now see your total with your hosting package, your domain you are transferring, and any add-ons you have included. Now, in order to include those other domains you want to transfer, click on the Home button, and then type in your domain, and select the Transfer button. It should say that your domain is available to transfer. Double check the correct spelling of your domain and then click Add to Cart. You will then need to enter the EPP or Authorization code for this domain.

When you are done, scroll down and click Update Cart. You will notice your other domain has now been added to the order. Let’s do this process one more time. Click on the Home button, and then type in your domain. Then click the Transfer button. Double check your domain’s spelling, and click Add to Cart. Enter your domain’s EPP or Authorization code, and then click on Update Cart. All of your domains will now have been added to your cart, and you can now checkout.

iWeb Publishing Error – There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

A common error that users are experiencing when publishing from iWeb is the error communication with the FTP server. Typically, this error stems from a file on your site having an incorrect file name. This is a bug in iWeb that causes the error to appear and the site to not fully publish. This tutorial below will address this issue, and show you an alternative for publishing the entire site.

Video Transcript

If you publish your site from iWeb, and receive an error message that says “There was an error communicating with the FTP server. Try again later, or check with your service provider”, you most likely have a file on your site that does not contain a proper file name, and is giving iWeb a hard time with publishing. This is a bug in iWeb, and because of this, you will not be able to publish your site through iWeb and many other FTP clients.

Unfortunately, we are not told which file or files are causing this, so locating the issue to remove it can be difficult.

Luckily, iWeb SEO Tool is able to handle this issue and can publish the site as is. I will show this by publishing this exact same website that gave me this error.

First, I will publish the site to a local folder.

Now I will launch iWeb SEO Tool, and load the folder that I just published from iWeb.

Next, I will click on the Publish button and enter my FTP details. I keep my FTP details bookmarked in iWeb SEO Tool, so all I need to do is click on the FTP account and all my information will appear. You can do this also by first filling out your FTP information and then clicking this plus sign down here.

So now I will click on the Upload button and publish my site. I will fast forward through the publish so that you can see at the end, my site has been published successfully, and I received no error message like I received in iWeb.

I just want to remind everyone that iWeb SEO Tool is free for any RAGE Web Hosting user who is signed up for at least one year, so if you are looking to use iWeb SEO Tool to help publish your site, I highly encourage taking advantage of the free iWeb SEO Tool promotion as well.

iWeb SEO Tool Update Fixes iWeb Publishing Errors

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

As MobileMe is being discontinued in less than 2 weeks, many users are discovering that publishing their website to an FTP server sometimes produces cryptic errors that prevent your website from being published.

This is actually a bug in iWeb, and in most FTP publishing tools. Fortunately we have fixed this publishing bug and included it in our newest release of iWeb SEO Tool.

Now you can make sure your website lives on once MobileMe goes away on June 30th.

Plus, iWeb SEO Tool is free for users who have signed up to our iWeb Web Hosting for a year or more. Make sure your iWeb sites work perfectly with our iWeb Web Hosting and iWeb SEO Tool.

MobileMe to RAGE Web Hosting Sign Up Wizard

Friday, April 13th, 2012

 

Please select the option that best fits your situation:

1. I currently do not have my own domain name.

2. I already have my own domain name.

How to remove your web.me.com (MobileMe) address from Google

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

After switching from MobileMe to a real web hosting service many users are finding that their web.me.com website is still appearing in Google, and often higher than their new website.

This happens because your web.me.com website has been around longer and your new website has the exact same content. Google is not likely to show two websites with the exact same content so you need to make sure you do this as quickly as possible once you move to a real web hosting service.

1) The first thing you are going to want to do is create an XML Sitemap for your new website. You can do this very easily with Sitemap Automator. Follow the instructions for publishing and verifying your website with Google Webmaster Tools (Hint: We have video tutorials on the above page that explains how to do this step by step.)

2) Delete the content from your web.me.com website. You can do this by mounting your iDisk in the Finder (or longing in to your iDisk at http://www.me.com) and going to the Web/Sites/ directory. Delete the contents in this directory.

2a) Advanced: Instead of deleting your content in step 2, you can also use a meta refresh with a refresh rate of 0 to redirect traffic from your web.me.com website to your new website. If you have set up your new website with our Web Hosting services we can help you with this. Otherwise you will need to contact your web hosting company.

3) The changes will not be reflected immediately. If you did step 2 above and you do a search for your website the web.me.com address will still appear in search results for about a week but will go to a non-existing page. If you did step 2a above your web.me.com page will still appear in search engines but will redirect to your new website. Eventually your new site will start to rank higher than your web.me.com page and your web.me.com page will be removed from Google’s search results.

4) Bonus: If you want to completely remove your web.me.com website from Google and other search engines as quickly as possible you need to create a robots.txt files that disallows search engines from indexing your website. To do this create a plain text file called robots.txt and enter the following code exactly as shown below in it;


User-agent: *
Disallow: /

Then put this robots.txt file on your iDisk in the Web/Sites/ directory. Again, if you are using our web hosting services we can do this for you. Otherwise you will need to contact your current web hosting provider.

That’s it for moving your iWeb website from MobileMe to a real web hosting service. Don’t worry, even though Apple has discontinued MobileMe, iWeb will continue to work for a long time as long as you have it installed on your computer. If you are looking to optimize your iWeb site for Google and other search engines, take a look at our iWeb search engine optimization training courses.

How To Password Protect Individual Pages On An iWeb Website

Friday, February 10th, 2012

With MobileMe, users were able to password protect their entire iWeb websites. Now that MobileMe is being discontinued, users need to find a new option for password protecting their sites. One of the biggest drawbacks to MobileMe’s password protection is that users must password protect the entire site, and not just individual pages. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can password protect individual pages on your site. This demonstration uses RAGE Web Hosting so be sure you have your cPanel username and password handy.

If you have yet to sign up to RAGE Web Hosting, you can do so now and follow along with the tutorial. If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know.

Video Transcript:

If you have a subscription to MobileMe, you are able to password protect your entire iWeb website. You weren’t able to password protect individual pages, but rather the entire website would need to be password protected. But now that MobileMe is being discontinued, this feature will no longer be an option for users. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can password protect individual pages on your website, and even create multiple usernames and passwords for those pages.

In order to do this and follow along with the tutorial, your website must be hosted with RAGE Web Hosting. You can sign up for hosting at ragesw.com

Another few restrictions to this that I want to mention is that we’re going to be creating a new page, which means that if you already have your page created, you will either need to re-create it, or copy and paste the content over to the new page. That is going to depend on the current setup of your page, but I have a feeling most of you will be copy and paste the content.

Another restriction is that this won’t work as well with a blog, or a podcast page.

One last restriction that I will mention is that we’re going to need to create links to the password protected page as opposed to having it being automatically placed in our navigation menu like other iWeb pages.

Okay so now that we’ve discussed those, let’s get right to it. First open up your website in iWeb. Click on the Add Page button, and select the My Albums page from the White website template. The default name for this page will by My Albums, but let’s rename it to something different. You can name it whatever you want, but I am going to name it login. This name will appear in the URL so make sure whatever you choose, you don’t mind other people seeing it.

The next thing we’ll do, is disable almost everything on this page. Our goal is to have this page be a blank white page. So you can highlight everything on the page, and hit the delete key. You will notice some things disappear while others remain.

The next thing we’ll need to do is click on the Inspector button and click on the Photos tab. Then deselect the option to Allow visitors to subscribe. This will get rid of the Subscribe button. Then with the Inspector window still open, click on the page tab and deselect the options to Include page in navigation menu, as well as Display navigation menu. This will take this page out of your main navigation menu, and also take away the navigation menu from this page which is exactly what we want.

In the end, all that you should see is the empty photo album that says Drag Albums here. If you see more than this, then you may have done something incorrectly.

Our next step is to add the page that will be password protected. Click on the Add Page button, and select Movie. You can choose this page from any of the templates. Make sure that this page is located below and slightly to the right of the page we just modified before. It should look like mine. This indicates that this page is going to be in my login page’s directory.

You can name this page whatever you want as well. This is the page that users will access once they type in the username and password you have provided the with.

We’re almost done in iWeb. So far, we’ve made our blank page, and our page that will be password protected. But now, how will our users know where to login? This is completely optional, but we can now make a login link. To do this, click on the Text Box button and type in some anchor text for your login link. Next, highlight the text and click on the Inspector button. Then click on the Link tab, and select Enable as hyperlink. Then select One of my pages from the drop down menu, and select your password protected page. Note, this is not the blank page, which for me is called login, but is the page beneath the login page which is called sign-in. Now I’ll just place the text box where I want it to go on my site, and then I will copy the text box. I am copying it because I want to place it on every page on my site. To do this, I am just going to click on each page and paste the text box.

Now we’re done with iWeb and onto our last step, which is to make the Login directory password protected.

When you signed up with RAGE Web Hosting, you were given access to what is known as cPanel. When you have logged into cPanel, scroll down to where it says Security and click on Password Protect Directories. In the pop up window, leave Web Root as the selected option, and click the Go button. You should now see various files and folders. My website is called Jeremy’s Golf Shop so I will click on the tiny folder image right next to that. If you don’t have a folder for your website, you can skip this step and continue with us on the next step.

Once in the folder, we will see all of the folders associated with our websites. Now we must click on the folder name that we want to make password protected. So we know I want to password protect the Login page so I will click on it.

To enable the password protection, check the box that reads Password protect this directory. Then give the protected directory a name and click Save. If you ever want to remove the password protection from this page, just uncheck the option to password protect the directory.

Now we can create usernames and passwords by filling out the fields in the Create User section. You can create multiple usernames and passwords that you can give out to different individuals or organizations. When you are done creating your users, click on the Add/Modify authorized user button. We can now visit our websites and test the password protection.

Click on the link for the page that you password protected, and a popup window prompting a username and password should appear. Type in a correct username and password, and you can now access that page. If you click cancel, you will be told that you are not authorized to view the page.

Confused? Need Help? No Problem!

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

You Need Help? Here We Are!

Many of our customers use Apple’s website building program called iWeb. We speak to many of these users on a daily basis, and a very common thing we hear from them is “I am brand new to all of this, where do I begin? How can I use your company to make my life easier?”

If this sounds like you, then read the remainder of this article. We will cover the basics of our products/services and how each of them can really benefit you. The level of difficulty for all of our software is low. We have training videos for absolutely everything, so no need to worry about being in over your head.

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1. So someone has told you that you need to change your title tag. Not sure what that is? Our FREE SEO For iWeb Walkthrough Video Course will teach you everything you need to know about making your iWeb site more search engine friendly.

2. Google can’t find your site? This is not surprising. Use Sitemap Automator to get your site listed in all major search engines.

3. Have you noticed that your iWeb site loads slow? Your customers have noticed too! Slow loading sites means users clicking the back button. Use WebCrusher to drastically improve your website’s loading time.

4. Website visitors don’t always buy right away, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested. Collect user’s e-mail addresses with MailShoot. Easily add a mailing list sign up form to an iWeb website. It really is so easy.

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5. When you try to rank for certain keywords on your site, you’ll need to monitor where you stand on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Use SERank to easily check your rankings for multiple keywords in multiple search engines.

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Let’s Not Forget Hosting

Here at RAGE Software, we pride ourselves on being your businesses one-stop-shop for everything your website needs. We encourage all iWeb users to switch to our web hosting. We also take pride in our excellent customer service and exceptional iWeb knowledge – a feat no other web hosting company claims to have. Your website is important to you, and you are important to us. When you switch to our web hosting, you will not be disappointed.

We hope this article gives you a better understanding of what we do, and how we are able to help your website succeed. If you have any inquirers please don’t hesitate to e-mail us.