**Guide Updated on Jun 8th, 2012.
The most common issue that I run into with Godaddy is their email system. For the lowest service you are only allowed to send out 250 emails a day, each email is considered a "Relay SMTP sent email". Once you go past that, well you can't send out email again until it resets sometime in the evening. Another common issue is not being able to receive emails, and various pop3 and imap issues.
So to summarize what this article is about, it's how to switch over to a much better email server, which is Google Apps Standard which is free to use and easy to setup, effectively getting rid of Godaddys email relay problem and various issues with email receiving problems. I promise this fix does not mess with with php email script, such as WordPress sending out user confirmation emails.
Here is the walk through – Complete with pictures. This is very easy to do just takes a small amount of time.
So lets start from the beginning. Registration
- Sign up for Google Apps Free Standard Addition – Link Updated on 5-29-09
- Put in your domain Name – No you are not transferring your domain, this is just branding your email address to your website example – firstname.lastname@example.org. You don't have to fill in the organization info unless you really want to
Time To start with the Tutorial
The E-commerce team at Howbits.com is now offering our professional e-commerce traffic to customer conversion service.
We have had so many people ask questions related to why their website is not efficient or productive and why traffic is low with no purchases. This has lead the team at Howbits.com to go to people's website and find fundamental errors and flaws within the website in graphic design, programming and on-site SEO.
In response to the demand we are now offering our “De-Junkit” service to help our followers from around the world with their websites. This service has been offered at a nominal fee on Fiverr for a few months now and the response has been amazing, so we have decided to expand this service and offer more in-depth tips and advice than the fiverr gig which offers a quick 10 tips and nothing else.
A few hours ago one of my zencart e-commerce websites was hacked and a new re-directing virus code was added to the website. After a bit of research I found out that this little redirecting malicious code has been causing problems on numerous other websites around the internet, mainly e-commerce websites.
So I thought I would do a post to help out other webmasters that might be dealing with this little piece of annoying code. (more…)
I am a business consultant for e-commerce websites for over 7 years now. I can tell you with certainty that obtaining traffic to your website is easy to do, the hard part is converting that traffic into customers and clients. I would like to share some unique tips that can improve your website's conversion rate.
This first tip is often overlooked and goes unnoticed. The tip is quite simple. If you do not offer any discount codes or coupon codes or vouchers do not display the box for possible customers to input these codes in your cart or checkout area.
I have seen time and time again, customers, leaving the checkout area to go surf the Internet for coupon codes. Some of the more aggressive shoppers have even contacted the website owner for coupon codes, going as far as to cancel their order and wait until there are coupon codes available before purchasing. (more…)
It is well known in the seo world that if you change your meta tags two things can happen. Number 1, It can takes weeks for Google and other search engines to update your new titles and descriptions and during that time. Number 2, it is possible to lose all ranking until search engines update their website information (Note: this only occurs if search engines think the website is a new website with different content).
Through a lot of years of doing Search engine optimization I have learned the fastest way to get Google to update your websites information with the shortest possible wait time. The trick is very easy to do, you just resubmit your sitemaps(or submit your sitemap for the first time.. for people who have not made a sitemap) in Google webmaster and Bing Webmaster.
If you do not already have a webmaster account, then go to http://www.google.com/webmasters/ and create an account. Once you create an account and login and then go through the website verification processes, you will see a list of websites you have added to the webmaster website. (more…)
Thought I would share this email communication I had with one of my clients.
It is an indicator of how confusing it is for people to understand exactly what social networking is, how it can perform for them and what it can do for them, in conjunction with other web marketing tools available today and the escalating curve of what can be done in the future.
But is social networking or link building viable and is it necessary for every website after traffic and ultimately customers?
“We still haven’t received the check we need to pay for link building and I’m still not convinced it’s doing much good. The numbers / graphs I run don’t show its effectiveness and last year the backlink building ranking position was guaranteed but this year they don’t. I’ve been interviewing social marketers to see if there is a better way to spend our money. We’ll see”
I was hoping to get some time to go over this with you and explain how things work with social networking. I am going to save you a lot of brain damage and money which is a result of talking and working with social marketers.
I have interviewed over a hundred or more social networking “gurus” and builders in the last 6 months, trying to find one that actually had an idea of what social networking is and one that didn't charge huge fees for little return. (more…)
Just a brief run down on how attributes work in Zencart.
Note: I am going to be using a website that has multiple option name and values for the following examples. The website is Tastycravings.net which sales Gourmet Chocolates.
You have an Option Name Manager, an Option value Manager and then the Attribute Controller. All these are located in the catalog drop down in the admin area.
If you have low end, cheap hosting package, then the simple answer is, go with right sidebars.
If you have a high end host then it doesn’t matter, but I still recommend going with a right sidebar. Scroll down to see why I recommend using right sidebars for a blog, without the technical reasons.
Technical reason for using right sidebars, instead of left sidebars.
When browsers are loading up a website they process coding from top to bottom.
On a typical website, the first area loaded is the Header or the top area. Then afterwards it loads the body of the website, then the footer.
The body area is typically programmed as a large box, with several small boxes inside of it which are programmed using Tables or CSS.
Typical body coding forces a browser to load up the left sidebar box, then the content box, and then the right sidebar box. After the rightbar is loaded, then the footer area is loaded and displayed. (more…)
Wp-Widget-Cache is designed to work with WP Super Cache or Hyper Cache. It increases the efficiency of the caching mods, while lowering database queries.
Wp-Widget-Cache – Does what the name says it does. It will cache your widgets. Super cache and hyper cache, waste a lot of time caching widgets for every single static page they create. This mod will cache the entire widget area of your website while reducing SQL queries and give you total control over the cache time of your widgets. The author of the mod does a good job of explaining the need for this mod. (more…)