We are pleased to announce that, after a lengthy and extensive testing process, Crazy Domains cPanel hosting now supports PHP 7.
This is part of our commitment to use only the latest technology and industry-leading standards in our hosting solutions. While prior versions of PHP will still be supported, the introduction of PHP 7 gives some important upgrades to developers who use our services.
If you would like to read a highly technical description of the new features introduced in PHP 7, we recommend the PHP documentation, which can be found here.
For a slightly less technical discussion of PHP 7, click here.
Here are some questions that might be troubling you.
1. Will my website still work?
Yes, it will. All the versions of PHP that we supported before are still available.
If you would like to migrate from an older version, we suggest this documentation.
2. What is PHP?
PHP is a scripting language that was designed for web development and is most often used for this purpose. It can also function as a general programming language. It helps people build dynamic websites – ones that have functionality beyond just displaying text and images.
3. I don't understand. What does all of this mean?
Programming languages are evolving constantly with the needs of the web. The newer versions can patch security holes, introduce new functions, and make things run faster. However, with existing server code, they sometimes create problems. That's why things needed to be tested a lot before we rolled out PHP 7 support.
This is only really important for web developers, though. If you have a site that's built with WordPress, any of the other applications that we offer, or with our Website or eShop Builder, you don't have to change anything. Just continue, safe in the knowledge that we're continuing in our efforts to be the best.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
We discussed previously Everything You Need to Know About Website Building - that aside from building it yourself from the raw code or paying a web designer you could also use our drag-and-drop Site Builder.
There is another option you need to know about: Wordpress.
Step one: Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org?
You've registered your amazing new web domain for your website, and got your web hosting. To make your site you have decided that the best option for you is to use Wordpress with your hosting. But, wait: you've seen the option to "install" Wordpress. What does this mean? How is this different to Wordpress.com?
The simplest explanation is that on wordpress.com you can have your blog or website for free, ending wordpress.com, but it has limited support for themes and restricted plugins.
Wordpress.org is self-hosted, meaning you pay for your own web domain and hosting, and are responsible for your own site maintenance, but you also get greater support for themes, and more freedom with plugins. There are many more features and advantages than just those, too.
Wordpress.org: you're not alone
Installing wordpress.org doesn't mean you have to design your website from scratch.
You aren't on your own, with the themes available to you, you are able to customise your site as little - or as much - as you like.
Many people start with a standard free theme, before moving on to premium options, and then as they become more experienced and learn to do more, start customising their themes and design, and designing their own template.
A big difference between using Wordpress.com and installing Wordpress software for yourself is the responsibility.
Where Wordpress.com is free to use (with some exceptions) and comes with the benefits of automatic updates, backups and spam protection, when you install Wordpress you take these on for yourself.
But, just like Spider-Man, with great responsibility comes great power: including the power to add jQuery elements and edit the PHP code.
The question of how professional you would like your site to look is an important one to consider.
With a site on Wordpress.com at the most basic level you are limited to a web address ending .wordpress.com, you're fairly limited with design, and have ads on your site.
If you're setting up a blog or a website dedicated to LOLcats and Doge memes, this might be just what you need, and you don't need to look any further.
On the other hand, if you're setting up a website for yourself as a professional, for your startup, or for a bigger business, give serious consideration to the right look.
You already get the importance of the right domain name, and the advantages of new domains when it comes to getting the name you really want. For a fee, you can get this on Wordpress.com.
But when you consider what a visitor to your website sees, what do they think? Do you look like a business that should be taken seriously?
Installing Wordpress software is crazy easy to do, and it gives you the advantages of using Wordpress with complete control. Including the best tools to look completely professional.
Pros and Cons
If weighing up the pros and cons has you wondering why Wordpress at all, it's worth recapping some of the main points.
Wordpress is quick and simple to install
Wordpress comes with thousands of templates and designs, ready to use, and easy to change
Wordpress is easy to use and learn, with support available via forums
Wordpress is mobile-friendly, and endorsed by Google, giving you a basic advantage in search
- Embedded media
Wordpress makes it simple to embed different types of media - whether it's music, photos or video
If you are self-hosting your website, and want that middle ground between making it all yourself from the ground up and using our drag-and-drop Website Builder, you can't go wrong with installing Wordpress.
A very small man can cast a very large shadow.
- Tyrion Lannister
With Game of Thrones back on our screens, and the books back off our shelves so we can say "That's not what happened!" there's a lot to talk about George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. Like in the last episode with [spoiler - redacted] or who can forget [spoiler - redacted]. That was definitely surprising!
Something you might not have realised when engrossed in the battles of Westeros is how much the characters of Game of Thrones can be like getting your small business online. Don't believe me? Consider this...
If you're an entrepreneur or a small business, you're not unlike Tyrion in a lot of ways. Small, scrappy and a force to be reckoned with! Like Tyrion, to make it as a small business you have to be quick, intelligent, and agile where more established businesses aren't. You don't necessarily have the resources of bigger companies, that's why Crazy Domains makes it easy for you to be a mighty force to be reckoned with.
When you can get a unique web address and web hosting for just a few dollars, we've got your back when you're up against some powerful competitors.
Brienne of Tarth
As a knight, Brienne defies expectations while also embodying the persona of the loyal knight. Your website also needs protection, from a knight, of sorts...
Every day, hackers are looking for security holes in websites that could help them to confidential documents, customer information, financial reports – even passwords and transaction data. Luckily, your website doesn't have to face the world alone. Site Protection and Site Scanner identifies malware and security vulnerabilities on your website that could potentially allow a hacker to steal information, vandalise your site, infect your customers, or cause your site to be blacklisted with Google.
Fully automated scans act as a knight for your website, protecting it while you sleep and while you are busy running your business. Don't you feel safer already?
What would Game of Thrones be without dragons? Probably just a song of ice. Dragons can be terrifying, if you're not the mother of dragons, and when you're a small business the idea of setting up a website on your own can every bit as scary as a fire-breathing dragon. Stay with me on this.
It doesn't need to be scary – just like Danerys flies Drogon – you can brave your website. Every domain name registered with Crazy Domains comes with a free website builder, making it Crazy Easy to get a great-looking website online in minutes. Need more help? Enlist our trusty website design services, where your very own dragon (OK, it's not a dragon, it's a designer) will work on a custom website design to promote your small business, products and services.
When its created for your brand and promoted to your target market, there's no need to be afraid of getting a website any more. If Danerys can survive fire and tame dragons, you can get a website online, no sweat.
Poor Jon Snow, always being told that he knows nothing. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn't matter how great your website is if your customers know nothing about your small business.
Luckily, this is quick and crazy easy to resolve. The first thing you need to know about is Traffic Booster, that checks your website for important SEO factors and policies that can affect your website ranking, including keywords, broken links, page tiles and more – giving you an easy-to-understand report about what to improve. Next, your website gets submitted to search engines including Google, Yahoo, and Bing.
Need more? Look no further than local search ads. Our Google-certified search ad team will work with you to create compelling ads and easily target the right audience for your business. There will be no excuse for them to know nothing about you now, with ads being displayed to visitors in your targeted geographic area, and according to defined interests.
Worried you might know nothing yourself? Try Web Analytics, to learn how your different marketing channels work together to bring visitors to your site.
One of the things Arya is learning in her training is to become no-one: and without a domain name, no-one is effectively who you will be online. If people need a business or service, the first thing they do is look online, or ask a friend. If you don't have a domain name that's relevant and easy to remember, you might as well be anonymous – because nobody looks in the phonebook any more.
Sometimes, however, like Arya you want to be anonymous: that's where domain privacy can help you and your business.
When you register a web address, all your informations is submitted to the WhoIs domain search database, a list of every domain currently registered in the world. If you want to avoid unsolicited phone calls and emails from unscrupulous individuals who target and sell this information, Crazy Domains offers Domain Privacy Protection through our official partner, Private Registry Authority. And you don't even have to be an assassin to get it.
It's so fast to get a website for you small business and crazy easy to be successful, you can be online before you've even finished downloading the latest episode.
After getting a mortgage and having a baby, your first website is a big step and a major life decision.
There's also more myths and misconceptions mixed up in the matter than it's possible to list. Luckily for you, we're here to discredit, debunk and disarm them – so let's take a look at the biggest myths about getting a website, and sort the fact from the fiction.
Getting a website is expensive
Not True! If all you need is a domain and hosting, you can get your website online for only a few dollars a month.
Your web address doesn't need to cost more than a sandwich, and however you slice it you can get fast, reliable hosting – including your own email! – for less per month than you'd pay for a coffee.
Even if you're having a gourmet sandwich and an extra espresso shot in your coffee, the truth is a web address is not expensive, not even a little bit.
You need to know computer programming to design a website
This is so far from the truth it's up there with the Loch Ness Monster sighted in the river Thames.
Knowledge of front or back-end web design is no barrier to a website.
All the good domain names are already taken
To say the good names have all been taken is like saying the Mothman ate your baby. You can say it all you like, it doesn't make it true.
Even back before the domain name revolution (who can even remember those dark days any more?) when all you had to choose from was .com, .org, .net and some country-codes, the "good" names weren't all taken.
Now with hundreds of domains to choose from, the perfect domain is waiting for you. Be local with a city name like .melbourne, show your national pride with names like .wales, make it relevant to your profession with .photo, or find something generic like .space or .xyz.
It's too difficult
My Grandparents still refer to the radio as "the wireless" and believe myths about crocodiles living in the sewers, and even they don't find it difficult to get online.
It's not the 90s any more. Nobody should find it difficult to get a website.
Whether you want a simple domain & hosting set up, or need to get your business empire on the internet, it's crazy easy to do.
The absolute easiest way to get online is with a Crazy Domains package. From the online startup package to the ultimate empire package, you can get everything you need in one, neat bundle. It's so really, incredibly simple.
It takes too long
If you think getting a website online takes too long, then you probably also believe in the myth of bigfoot.
There (probably) isn't an undiscovered ape-man living in the woods, and getting a website online doesn't take a long time.
"Too long" is a very subjective term, and getting online can take as long as you want it to, but it's an outright myth that it needs to take more than just minutes.
It's incredibly fast to get your own website – a domain can be registered almost instantly, and a website can be designed in less time than it takes to conclude that anyone who thinks they've seen Bigfoot is likely to just be crazy.
If your business doesn't have a website, that means that when someone looks for you they are more likely to find a competitor – and your potential orders will go to a rival instead.
Half the money I spend on marketing is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.
- John Wanamaker
This quote, a favourite of marketing professionals everywhere, is as true now as it was when it was first spoken. Even though we have more ability than ever to accurately measure the results of our paid promotions, too many marketers rely on a combination of gut instinct and assumptions when deciding how they should appeal to people, where they should place ads and what they should look like.
One way you can get a better handle on your promotions (and this works offline just as well as it does online) is to use a coupon instead of a discount. These two options aren’t completely analogous, but a coupon gives you many of the psychological benefits of a discount while also giving you the chance to test a variety of placements and appeals.
Think of it this way:
If you use a regular discount on a good or service and somebody buys it, how do you know where this person came from? How did they learn about the promotion? Did they just find it accidentally and luck into getting the lower price?
If you use a coupon, you can answer these questions. You will, unlike John Wanamaker, be able to tell which half of the money you spend on marketing is wasted. You will be able to test a variety of different appeals, locations and designs to see what is most effective.
You will have the chance to track how much money you get back from your advertising efforts – and figure out where you’re spending too much and where you need to focus your efforts. If your coupon codes are different for different locations, this is as easy as collecting the data and viewing a spreadsheet.
This option is also available online if you use different coupon codes in different online locations. All you have to do is alter the banners or copy you use in different places to feature different active coupon codes. The possibilities are endless.
It’s just another way you can take more control over your offline and online promotional activities. Given the knowledge of how different places, appeals and design can bring in different return on investment, you’ll be able to approach your marketing efforts with new confidence and much more information.
Hosting comes in different shapes and sizes, from standard web hosting, to virtual private servers and email hosting.
Occasionally, these things can make the news for all the wrong reasons – or you can find that what you're paying for isn't exactly what you want or need. Let's take a look at the most popular types of hosting, and what you should know.
What is Web Hosting? I have a domain name, isn't that all I need?
Think of your domain name like your home's street address. You own the "address" for your home, but you still need to have the physical plot of land to build your house on. That plot of land is your web hosting.
We recently covered the 9 things you need to know before you choose a web host, but what can you expect from Crazy Domains Web Hosting? Take superior technology for a start!
Many providers use old HDD technology as standard – did you know that this technology has been around since the 1950s?!
Our Premium and Unlimited Hosting plans use Solid State Drive (SDD) storing your precious data in microchips, meaning there will be no delay in retrieving or writing data – greatly improving the access time, and with it your web site's speed.
Crazy Domains Hosting at a glance
- High performance – our SSD hosting serves data about 100 times faster than HDD
- Our network is monitored 24/7 allowing you to rest assured that your site is in the best hands
- Unlike other hosting providers, Crazy Domains retains a backup array for all web hosting accounts for 30 days
- Your website also can't be automatically deleted. In the event of serious policy violations, or a simple contract expiry, we will advise you in advance that your website will be suspended. It stays as suspended for 30 days before being removed from servers
What is the advantages of a Virtual Private Server?
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) partition single physical servers into isolated virtual private servers, with each looking and behaving like a networked server system, complete with its own users, processes, and file systems.
VPS is different and more advanced than your standard web hosting, allowing multiple applications to be isolated from one another within the same container, which is dedicated to one customer.
What safeguards does VPS have?
You may have heard stories and read reports of unfortunate web hosting providers accidentally deleting customer data. How do you know your data is safe with our VPS?
- Your VPS can't be deleted without human approval. There are no automated scripts that could delete your website, they can only be manually deleted.
- All servers need to be shut down before they can be deleted, giving an extra level of peace of mind for you.
- Snapshots, a read-only copy of your data set taken at a point in time, are kept so that in the event of failure, we can “roll back" the VPS to any day in the last 7 days
Why get Email Hosting?
If you read the recent post 5 ways having your own email address pays for itself you don't need telling how having your own professional email address means that your emails are more likely to be delivered and less likely to be marked as spam.
There are other advantages, too, such as thinking about the future. If you use a free web based email provider, do you know if they will still be around in 5 years? More to the point, will you still want to be using it?
You might have an email address that you think is funny, or for your nickname, or just for a provider you think is cool. But while some sites like AOL and Hotmail have lost popularity, what is popular today might not be tomorrow. And what you think is a good name today might not be so great when you need to apply for a job, or when you ask customers to contact your business.
On the other hand, your name, or your business name, is less likely to change – or to be a source of embarrassment for you.
From a technical perspective, Email Hosting is a smart decision, providing you with the latest spam and antivirus technology, as well as being hosted on a word-class cloud storage network and coming with 24/7 tech support.
Got all you need?
An unlimited web hosting plan can be yours from less than $10/mo! Or if you're on a budget, you can spend less than a fiver a month – you'd struggle to get a large coffee for that in Sydney.
If you're not sure what hosting plan is right for you, or just need more information, we have staff available to take your questions 24/7 with email, telephone and live chat options available!
Update: 05/05/16 This Crazy sale has now ended, but make sure you're on our mailing list to hear about our latest special offers!
.COM.AU is the original, best and biggest selling web address for Australia. And for a limited time only it's also just $9.90!*
This special offer won't last forever, so here are five great reasons to register a COM.AU name today:
.COM.AU is only $9.90*!
For a limited time this domain is less than ten bucks! We're confident you won't find another offer like it across this great southern land.
With some domains running into hundreds of dollars, or more, you can get your COM.AU website name for less than the price of a pint. There’s not many times you can say that.
Research has consistently shown that Aussies trust .au websites.
The 2015 AusRegistry survey reported two-thirds of respondents were more likely to trust a website ending with .au.
This means you're more likely to have customers providing you with accurate personal information that you use to best serve their needs. It's a win for everyone.
Despite the ever-increasing market of new names, more Australians than ever before prefer .au domains over generic alternatives.
Two-thirds of customers who hold .COM.AU names are doing so because it's the most popular domain type in Australia and/or best represents Australian organisations.
At last count, more than 3 million .au domains have been registered – placing .COM.AU firmly within the top 10 of all country codes globally by volume.
.COM.AU domains are protected by a number of security measures designed to safeguard Australian internet users, and preserve the integrity of the Australian Internet landscape.
If you have a .COM.AU domain, let us know in the comments what attracted to you it over any other. If you don't have one, it's crazy easy to do and now better value than ever!
* $9.90 Min 2 yr registration, total cost $19.80. Applies to new domain registrations only, max registration 2 years.
After 45 days, 1080 hours, and nearly 500 competition entries, the Crazy Sydney Experiences competition is now finished!
Thank you to everyone who registered, renewed or transferred their .SYDNEY web domain to enter the competition to win some of the best experiences money can buy in the iconic city of Sydney.
The lucky winners of our 12 wonderful Crazy Sydney Experiences have now been chosen and contacted…
Announcing the winners
The winners are:
Training from International Wing Chung Academy:
Tandem Skydive with Sydney Skydivers:
Weekend Climb Gift Certificate with BridgeClimb Sydney:
Annual VIP Pass for Luna Park Sydney:
$150 Dining Voucher for The Deck Sydney:
- P. Zamani - piano.sydney
$100 Voucher for Sydney Fish Market:
- P. Conlon - hardwood.sydney
Family voucher for Café Purrfection cat café:
- S. Hilton - ridersrestbnb.sydney
Stay tuned for more
If you weren't a winner this time, never fear – stay tuned for more exciting competitions coming in the near future.
And don’t forget, as well as iconic .SYDNEY there are new web addresses for cities all over the world – from Europe to Asia, Africa, North America and Australia, waiting for you to make your mark.
Thank you to .SYDNEY ambassadors
A big thank you goes out to all our Crazy Sydney Experiences prize providers:
- International Wing Chun Academy kungfu.SYDNEY
- BridgeClimb Sydney bridgeclimb.SYDNEY
- Luna Park lunapark.SYDNEY
- The Deck thedeck.SYDNEY
- Sydney Fish Market fishmarket.SYDNEY
- Café Purrfection cat café family cafepurrfection.SYDNEY
- Sydney Skydivers skydive.SYDNEY
It's 2016, as everyone loves to remind us.
Yet there are still too many businesses who are struggling with sites that look like they were designed in 1999. What looked state of the art then is shameful now.
That's too bad, because there are so many ways to create a site that looks great without breaking the bank. Let's look at a couple of them and see if we can bring the world into the 21st century.
There are so many of these out there, with lots of them available for free. That's free. As in, no money. That's enough to sway a lot of people.
And they work great for simple portfolio sites. People in the creative professions really only need a site that displays some text and pictures, loads quickly and looks good on all devices. Plus, they're usually broke.
That's where HTML templates can help you. They have the downside of requiring some knowledge of HTML and CSS to personalise, but you can't beat the price tag.
But not everybody can get by with such a minimal site. Luckily, there are more options.
The basic versions of these are also free, but there's a catch in that – if you want to seriously personalise your site or add a lot of extra functionality, these are often packaged as extras. People work hard on these, so it makes sense that you should pay for them.
Let's break down how much it can cost to have a site that's professional and personalised on WordPress (not including hosting and the domain, which are only a small part of the cost):
|Plugins for added functionality (marketing, ecommerce, etc…):||Some of these are subscription-based, so it turns into a long-term expense.|
So the yearly total could easily add up to a couple of hundred dollars. Pretty pricy for a free site, but for a lot of people this is a very manageable expense.
Best of all?
Prices start at less than five dollars per month. You can get a site that will look great on all devices, has a lot of functionality and includes most of the bells and whistles for an amount of money that's probably in your couch cushions. Well, maybe not literally, but you get the idea.
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.
Why you need a personalised email address
Email is one of the things that everybody expects to be free. With the great number of free email platforms, a lot of people wonder why on earth they should spend money to create their own email address – beyond the vanity of having their own name behind the dot, of course.
There are five main reasons why a branded email address that uses your domain name is absolutely essential. Let’s take a look at them.
Branding your communications
With an email address that includes your domain, every message you send turns into a link to your site. It gives your site more exposure and reminds people who you are and, by extension, what you do.
Every time someone sees an email from email@example.com, they might be reminded of who you are. If they see one from firstname.lastname@example.org, then they’ll remember what and where your business is. Sending emails from a free email account advertises the service you’re using. Sending it from your domain advertises your site.
If the people who receive your emails see that they were sent from a free email address, that makes it looks like you’re not taking things seriously. It seems as though you haven’t even invested the small amount of time and money that it takes to create a professional email address.
This even exists on the level of spam-blocking technology. Which brings us to our next point:
Increase delivery and open rates
If you try to send mass emails from a free account, you’ll immediately see the difference. Emails from free accounts are more likely to be flagged as spam – understandably, as spammers are less likely to spend money on creating emails addresses that end up getting banned or shut down.
Your emails bounce back more and fail to be delivered – if you’re even allowed to send them.
In fact, Gmail had so many problems with this that they banned mass mailings from their account, limiting you to 500 per day. Mass mailings from standard free addresses are simply not possible.
No ads or data mining
A lot of free email services pay for themselves by including ads. There’s nothing wrong with this in principle, but a lot of people dislike the fact that the content of their emails are often mined for data that are used to target ads to them.
Remember – if it’s free to you and it costs money to someone, then you’re not the customer, you’re the product. Now, nobody’s saying that Google or Yahoo are interested in stealing the recipe for biscuits that your bakery is working on. However, many business owners don’t like the idea that their private communications are being algorithmically analysed for keywords that are used to target ads at you.
The fact is that free services are all monetised. It’s just that you’re not their customer. Their customer is the person who buys ads to show you. Naturally these free services will do what they need to in order to keep their customers happy.
If you’re not using a professional email address, you’re probably throwing money away.
We talked about how easy it to set up your own email on this blog before. Check it out if you want to make sure.