Website Hosting and Maintenance

Logo Design Concept for the Illiana Artists.

Logo Design Concept for the Illiana Artists.

The first meeting of the Illiana Artists took place this past Monday evening. Although the website committee presented a summer-long study and proposal, the member vote was unanimous to follow through with my plans for a new logo and site redesign. My benchmark was the Website Grader Report which is a handy measurement tool for SEO and marketing effectiveness for web developers.

During the summer I redesigned my business site MBP Graphic Design and began the process of directory link submissions. I found I was able to increase my website grade from 10 percent on February 10, 2009 to a grade of 76 percent as of September 19, 2009. Increasing my current website grade to 90 percent is my goal and has become increasingly difficult as the percentage improves.

My first hurdle in website maintenance has been migrating the website to a new web hosting company. The organization’s site has gone through unusual circumstances since May 2009. Our hosting company had gone out of business and our site was down for nearly a month before we were transferred to an internal division within the company. The registrar and administrative records have become complicated with changes in name and contact information needing to be updated and has created some conflict in transferring of the site.

My biggest concern for web hosting is 24-hour customer support, help articles and an easy to navigate control panel. I decided to switch our hosting company to as I have found their service to be consistent and user-friendly. The Illiana Artists domain is set to expire on September 20, 2009 and required quick decision making in order to move the website transfer along smoothly. I am currently 4 days into the transfer process with an approval pending.

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