New Year’s Resolutions for the Web

January 8, 2013

Happy New Year. We hope you find these New Year’s Resolutions for the Web beneficial.

1. Create a Website Inventory

Domain Name(s) (eg, yikesinc.com)

  • Who is your domain name registrar? This is the company that registers your domain name(s) (eg, Network Solutions, Register.com, GoDaddy).
  • When does it expire?
  • Do you have the account login information?
  • Who controls it? Check to see who is listed as the owner, administrative and technical contacts.

You can find helpful information at whois.domaintools.com.

Hosting

  • Who hosts your website? (eg, what company stores and serves you website, such as Rackspace, inMotion, CanvasDreams)
  • Do you have all login/account information?
  • What hosting package are you using?
  • When is your hosting renewal date?

List of Technologies

  • For example, does your site use WordPress? Custom PHP? ColdFusion?
  • Are you using Paypal, Salesforce, an eCommerce solution?
  • Do you send out an enewsletter (Mailchimp, Vertical Response, Constant Contact)?

2. Review Site Security and Design

  • Are you using old technology? For example, is your WordPress up-to-date?
  • Is your site secure by today’s web standards? Do you use any security features or plugins?
  • Does your site look contemporary?  Do you need a redesign or a site make-over?

3. Maintenance

  • When was the last time you backed-up your databases and content?
  • Have you updated you sitemap recently?
  • Have you reviewed your site for SEO purposes?
  • Is your site viewable on mobile and tablet devices?

4. Make a Social Media Plan for 2013

  • What Social Media do you currently use? (eg, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest)
  • Do you think you are using Social Media in the best ways for your company or organization?
  • Do you have a schedule for updating your Social Media?
  • Is your branding consistent across you Social Media profiles?

5. Secure Your Password(s)

When was the last time you changed any of your passwords? Currently guidelines suggest a password of at least 10 characters with a combination of the following:

  • Lower case letters
  • Upper case letters
  • Numbers
  • Special Characters

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