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Crazy Domains PH integrates Dragonpay into their system

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 23 June 2017
Got no credit card or PayPal account? No problem! Crazy Domains PH now accepts Dragonpay, taking cash payments for online transactions. A...

Crazy Domains PH integrates Dragonpay into their system

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 23 June 2017

Got no credit card or PayPal account? No problem! Crazy Domains PH now accepts Dragonpay, taking cash payments for online transactions.

Addressing increasing demand for more payment options, Crazy Domains have as a result integrated this unique and flexible payment solution into our system. In addition to all the usual methods, this provides a new option to customers.

Since Dragonpay is an online payment solution, it is a very handy channel for processing transactions to pay for the goods and services you purchase online.

Because in developing countries like the Philippines, the use of credit cards is less common, this is a great alternative. Fully integrated into payment systems, customers can now send payments at their own convenience through the following methods:

Online Banking with Dragonpay

This secure and convenient method allows you to pay in real time online using your debit card account. Just as much as any credit card ever could, Dragonpay supports many major banks in the Philippines: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, RCBC Savings, Unionbank, UCPB, Chinabank, PNB, and EastWest Bank. More banks will follow in the future.

Most of all, to assure the safe transmission of your valuable data from your browser to their server, Dragonpay uses secure socket layer (SSL) technology. This is the encryption technology used by all financial institutions around the world. Dragonpay does not store your banking ID and password. Online banking transaction costs PHP 10.00.

Over-the-Counter Bank

With this method, you can walk in to a branch in any supported bank. The banks that currently support this method are: BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, Chinabank, EastWest Bank, Land Bank, Maybank, PNB, Security Bank, UCPB, and Unionbank. Over-the-counter bank transaction costs PHP 15.00.

Over-the-Counter Non-Banks

Furthermore, you can also walk in to non-bank outlet to do your transactions. Bayad Center, LBC, SM Payment Counters, Robinsons Department Store, Cebuana Lhuillier and M.Lhuillier are all supported, with branches nationwide. Dragonpay supports mobile transactions as well through Globe GCash and BPI BanKO. Over-the-counter non-bank transaction costs PHP 15.00.

In all transactions, Dragonpay monitors account activities and sends an electronic notification to a merchant once a deposit/payment has been processed.



Make Yo' Mama Proud!

By Nicolo Nasol | Tuesday, 13 June 2017

May is a flourishing month, not only for Crazy Domains, but also for the winners of the company's Make Yo' Mama Proud! website building contest for Mother's Day. It is the company's first online website building contest.

Celebrating Mother's Day

The contest was in celebration of Mother's Day. Open-themed, entry styles range from gallery-style webpages, through one-page dedication sites, biographies, to almost absolutely everything under the sun. But the goal was clear: to create a website to make their mothers proud. That is what the contest was all about. Between May 12 and June 2, 28 people entered the contest. They launched wonderful, heartwarming, and most of all, expertly creative websites - all explore the .ASIA website builder's potential in their own way. Using storytelling, slideshows, and other different methods, the participants showcased their website building skills.

To enter the contest, participants had to first register their own free .ASIA web address and then use the user-friendly website builder to design their webpages. The participants were only to use the .ASIA website builder, with no third-party programs allowed in the contest. The criteria for the winners was: originality 30%, creativity 25%, relevance 25%, and engagement 20%.

Winners

After a long and tight deliberation, the victors are decided.

Grand prize (10,000 PhP and Online Startup package)

Alfie Pogado, loveourmoms.asia.

The 1st runner-up (5,000 PhP)

Jessa Mae Gestoso, worldstoughestjob.asia.

The 2nd runner up (2,000 PhP)

Lucky Arriesgado, lovemymom.asia.

Their mothers must be very proud of them, and it seems like they must similarly be proud of their mothers to produce such amazing work. Check out their respective websites and be amazed! You can also visit us on Facebook and check the other participants' awesome works as well.

The Make Yo' Mama Proud! awarding ceremony is June 13, 2017, at the Dreamscape Networks office in Cebu.



Web design's top 5 trends for 2017

By Jorisse G | Friday, 2 June 2017

Web design in 2017 is all about delivering a personalised, highly interactive and altogether relevant experience for users.

One size no longer fits all, and design trends are evolving. Check out the rapidly rising web design trends to follow to get your website performing for top user experience.

1

Virtual reality and full screen video

Exciting virtual reality (VR) announcements abound in 2017, and the trend continues its significant impact on web design.

Leading VR's trend is Google and its Daydream headset. There are many practical uses for VR tech, and opportunities for integrating it in everyday life, so expect to see more of it along with 360º video on web design.

Many businesses have optimised their apps with video, which provide users with a more immersive experience, especially when it comes to how-to’s or to illustrate how relevant the product or service is for the customer.

2

Minimalist approaches: bold font and white space

More and more designers are using bolder fonts, with less content made up of impactful sentences along with clever use of white space. The minimalist trend lives on.

The reasoning is when a user browses the website, instead of getting distracted by too many design elements, they see the outstanding statements in bold fonts. User attention is then immediately caught. The landing page is designed to create a pop.

3

Vibrant colors and gradients

Social media platform Instagram has introduced the use of bright colours and gradient patterns to improve stories in pictures and showcase a heightened kind of lifestyle. This trend is catching on across websites as well, which gives pages a distinctly vintage yet fresh feel at the same time.

4

Interactive bots for engagement

Bots have less of an impact on web design when it comes to the visual side, but it does influence designers on how they think about creating the website. AI bots have become more realistic and complicated, allowing companies to offer instant and automated sales and communication.

The customised customer support provides businesses with a huge shift in conversational interface. Brands will be able to express different characterisations of the business persona, adding a more human and personal touch in approaching customers.

5

High quality photography

TThe use of obvious stock photography reduces trust. Some pictures can even be completely ignored, which is bad news for design and for the business. Authentic photography is offered by countless sites online, with beautiful, high quality images. The era of cheesy stock photography could be nearing its end for web design.

One thing to keep in mind is that images that feature real people are more attractive for visitors. This gives you a bigger chance for conversion. Candid and original images are in demand, providing relatable, real moments captured from life rather than lifeless, polished pictures that are clearly posed. Authentic photography will help brands tell their visual story more effectively on their website.

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Fulfilling the latest trends of web design will not be complete without an awesome web hosting service. Fully managed WordPress Hosting for businesses handles the technical details effectively and out of the way – so you can focus on building the website of your dreams.

Dedicated WordPress web hosting is readily purchased, making the experience easier with full management of set-up, configuration, maintenance and support. Enjoy blazingly fast speed and topnotch security. Sit back and relax – and design your website, worry-free.



The top benefits of cloud computing for small business

By Jorisse G | Friday, 26 May 2017

Hosted services offered over the web operate under the general term cloud computing. It applies to the online services you use to send emails, edit your documents, and stream films or TV shows. Services that offer listening to music, playing games online, and storing files and images also fall in the category.

Cloud computing at a glance

According to a study by the IDC, 50% of information technology will transition to the cloud within 5-10 years. Furthermore, 60% of businesses already make use of cloud-based IT for operations. Meanwhile, 82% of companies are also planning for a multi-cloud strategy.

More importantly, cloud computing offers many more advantages for small businesses. Check out the top five benefits here.

1

Time-saving services

Cloud computing features self-service delivery for different types of workloads and needs. Any service can be available on-demand. Companies no longer need to maintain in-house IT staff or manage physical computer resources.

According to TSG, 45% of companies that use private cloud solution have enjoyed significant reduction of the time it takes to install applications. This time-saving feature enables companies to enjoy faster processes and improve productivity for employees.

2

Flexibility

One of the biggest benefits offered by cloud computing is its flexibility. People on your team can access files and information anywhere, and on any device. This is especially important in a highly mobile world.

Many companies now offer flexible working arrangements, such as remote workers and telecommuting. With cloud computing, these employees can access work files even when they are not in the office. This makes it easier for them to work wherever they are.

For small business owners, it's easier for them to easily manage their operations while on the move.

3

Lower costs with pay per use

Cloud computing decreases the need for physical space, power usage and IT resources. As a result, there is a lower need for installation, maintenance, upgrades and costs for support and hardware.

Users only pay for the workloads and resources they use with cloud-based resources. There is no need to buy software anymore. You no longer need to pay for someone or a team to update or install the software, manage email or file servers or run backups.

4

Improved collaboration

Teams in different locations all over the globe can readily collaborate on projects without needing to actually meet. Easy sharing and real time updates on files are available. More things will get done with web conferencing for meetings.

Cloud-based applications can also be accessed on common web browsers at any time. Users across the company can adopt to the applications without the need for intensive training.

5

Enhanced security

The strict security standards required by ISO increase safety for cloud solutions. As a result, risks are reduced when it comes to loss of devices with confidential information. You can also remotely wipe sensitive data from lost gadgets so nobody else can access them. Hacker threats are also reduced.

Cloud service providers regularly update offers. Customers get the most up to date technology possible. The suppliers themselves maintain the systems and update them when new features roll out.

With the rise of the cloud computing trend, small businesses can create websites and power up online influence. There are many benefits to enjoy, which makes the cloud an unmissable opportunity for companies.



7 things to consider before starting an online business

By Nicolo Nasol | Friday, 19 May 2017

You see things in a different light. You are brimming with priceless and precious ideas that you want to pursue, say for instance, starting an online business.

You excitedly and hurriedly scribble down your ideas to paper, lest you lose even a fragment of your ideas.

Basically, that is how the "inspiration of an idea" works — that famous "aha" moment where thoughts seem to flow easily and endlessly. Millions of businesses are born that way. But does this "moment of inspiration" represent everything? Answer: it does not. In fact, it's not even the real beginning.

The truth is, ideas amount to nothing unless you act upon them. You can take notes for hours and have a bunch of ideas written down, but all that will go nowhere unless you work out a master plan for which you will lay the blueprint of your business.

Businesses do not actually begin until you work out a plan, like listing things you have to consider before starting it, a checklist, if you like.

Great ideas for online businesses give you a certain high, but it will soon dawn on you there are things you have to consider before starting an online business. This here is the real work.

Here's 7 things you should take note of:

1

Timing

Is this the best moment for you to start an online business? Are you ready for the time, effort, and money it will take for you to go on with your business idea? It's important that you consider this above all else. Do not start unless you are prepared to give it your full focus and dedication.

2

People

Do you already have the specific people to work with to make your business successful? (Definitely, no man is an island, especially when it comes to business.) For starters, these "colleagues" can be your friends with the right skills and expertise, that you can trust, and who are willing to commit with you.

3

Business

Is this the right type of business for you? Will it be able to sustain itself in the long run? To evaluate this, I suggest you discuss this with the team you have. Brainstorm, survey, and do market research. See the latest trends and map out various strategies.

4

Naming

Do you have a brand name that clicks? A brand name is important in any business. How your brand name appears in the market can decide whether your business goes on or not. The name is simply among your prime tools in building your business. Come up with a catchy brand name — preferably relevant to your line of business — that will evoke great first impressions from your audience.

5

Audience

Do you have a plan on how to connect with your audience? For online businesses, social media is undoubtedly the best way to connect with people. Do your best to establish yourself on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

6

Strategy

Do you have sufficient marketing strategies to hand? It's no easy thing to thrive in business when the competition is tight. You have to think of ways to stand out and outwit your competitors. You should have a database of customers and enough data to work with. You will be needing data before you can work out a strategy.

7

Preparation

Are you prepared to go all through? Consider that there will be mistakes, which can be disheartening, especially at the beginning, but never despair and give up. It takes commitment and determination to work with all the way and learn. It will get better if you're constantly learning.



Hassle-free Business Registration starts at Crazy Domains

By Jorisse G | Friday, 12 May 2017

Crazy Domains is offering a new unique and invaluable service for small businesses in Australia. Introducing Business Registration: a service designed to provide a hassle-free registration process for SMB.

The Benefits of .AU registration

The popularity of .AU in the Australian business community is unparalleled. But the lack of an ABN can hinder some customers when it comes to getting their website online.

The governing body for .AU, auDA, requires COM.AU and .NET.AU domain customers to be an Australian registered businesses. An Australian Business Number or Australian Company Number are just two of the easiest ways to attain eligibility for the domain.

The Business Registration service includes registration of ABN/ACN, Business Name and GST. This would be especially useful for businesses looking to establish a strong online presence with a dedicated .COM.AU or .NET.AU web address.

With Business Registration at Crazy Domains, customers have a one-stop option to quickly set themselves up online.

Crazy easy setup with Business Registration

Business Registration will initially be available to customers within the domain registration process. The service will furthermore be offered as a separate product for customers looking to establish their own business online, fast.

Customers can also enjoy VIP Express Processing option, which enables urgent fast tracking of business registration.

Mark Evans, CEO of Dreamscape Networks, said:

Imagine you're registering your domain name, email & web hosting – then realise you can't secure your preferred web address with a .AU domain, because you don't have an ABN yet. Business Registration makes it easy and painless to get everything a business needs to set themselves up online.
Instead of customers having to go away to register their ABN somewhere else, they can do it with us, because Crazy Domains' dedicated business registration team will take care of the registration. Once complete the customer can easily get the web domain of their choice.

Business Registration makes it Crazy easy and painless for customers to set themselves up online. This means they won't have to go somewhere else to register their ABN. Everything can just be done at Crazy Domains.

The dedicated registration team will be on hand to take care of the setup process. Plus, support is available 24/7, aimed at best-in-world service.

Get started! Find more simple and innovative online solutions for online business at CrazyDomains.com.



Does your website need an insurance policy?

By James C | Friday, 5 May 2017

The truth is, it is almost frighteningly easy to lose a website.

If you aren't confident in what you are doing, you could delete a critical file by mistake and not be able to use your website.

Have you thought about security? An Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec found that nearly 50% of cyber-attacks targeted Australian small businesses, but less than 40% of SMB consider hacking to be a major concern. If your website was hacked, could it be recovered?

It doesn't even have to be a malicious attack, a virus accidentally picked up could infect your site and take you offline. Downtime can very costly.

Hopefully, you're appreciating how quickly your site could be affected. If you are a small or medium-sized business, could you afford to be offline for a day? Or even for a few hours? Very few can.

Help is at hand. Crazy Domains have partnered with industry leaders Dropsuite to bring Site Backup to our customers. The best part is that this can be applied to not only as an add‐on to your exisiting website hosting, but it is also available to new customers.

SMB are often the hardest impacted by website data loss, so the site backup solution is designed as a electronic insurance policy for your website, doggedly guarding against what can be very costly downtime or loss of data.

We have all experienced losing work that hasn't been saved or backed up. Think about times when you are hit with a blue screen of death just as you are finishing an important report, or a power failure brings an early end to the big presentation you needed for the next day.

Losing your website can be a disaster

By using Site Backup, the automation of updates means you don't have to remember to back up your website manually. It works like an insurance policy.

If anything goes wrong with your website, like a cyber attack or a virus infection, you know that you're covered, with the team at Crazy Domains are on hand 24/7 to help you out.

There's no need to lose sleep worrying about what could happen, you can instead get back to doing what you are good at, and focus on growing your business.

Site Backup is aimed at users with little or no IT knowledge, who often lack a dedicated IT department or technical staff, and yet rely on continued profitability and uninterrupted revenue.

Website Encryption

All files are encrypted with Military Grade AES 256 bit encryption — ensuring data is safe and secure according to the highest professional standards. The Cloud backup product is able for websites built with Wordpress, Magento, Joomla, TYPO3, Drupal, MODX and other website assembly platforms.

In addition, the product is able to backup databases types, including MySQL (with or without SSH over tunnel), MS‐SQL, MongoDB and PostgreSQL.



Fact Check now available in Google Search and News around the world

By Jorisse G | Friday, 28 April 2017

Every minute, 2.3 million searches occur on Google. That means there are over 100,000,000,000 Google searches every single month. And still, the demand for more high quality information continues. Businesses and contributors continue to invest time and effort to engage using Google search pages.

The availability of information also means that the amount of content people have access to can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, many of these are designed to spread false or misleading data, either as clickbait or a more malicious type of misinformation. These are widely shared over social media and quickly go viral, making it hard for people to know the real facts.

Fortunately, Google has taken steps to invalidate unsupported information through Fact Check.

Verified news on search results

Google announced last October that they have partnered with Jigsaw to start allowing publishers to tag Google News stories with Fact Check. This was offered in a few countries, with the label indicating that the information in the article has been fact-checked by news publishers and other relevant organisations.

This means that when you conduct a search on Google, the results that will show are credible, with fact checks for one or more claims. The information will be clearly displayed on the results page. The snippet will provide facts on the claim, as well as the person who made the claim and the subsequent fact check of the specific claim.

Fact Check now available everywhere

The company evaluated feedback from users and publishers both, leading to their decision to make Fact Check available everywhere in Google News. This has been further expanded into Search in all languages globally.

However, this won't be available for each search result. Furthermore, different conclusions may be reached by different publishers who checked the same claim. These are presented so the user can make more informed rulings about the information.

Even with different conclusions, Google still thinks that the feature will help people understand the consensus on a specific claim. In addition, users will also get information on the things reliable sources agree on.

Google is working on making fact checks more visible on search results pages. The company believes this will help people to more easily review and evaluate the information they are presented with, leading them to make their own knowledgeable opinions.

With information overload and the spread of inaccurate news, Fact Check helps the Information Age get one step closer to a fake news-free web.



Dispelling the SEO Mythology

By Jorisse G | Friday, 21 April 2017

SEO is something that can make or break your site. With so many websites vying for customer attention online, many people turn to questionable tactics just to get better ranking.

This has resulted in many SEO horror stories, giving birth to myths that are widely circulated. These can be very misleading, especially for businesses still gauging where they belong in the SEO game.

So to help you get started, below are the top five myths on SEO, debunked.

SEO is a one-off thing

Too often businesses fall into the trap of thinking that SEO should be done once, and allowed to gather results on its own over time. The truth is, patience is something you need with SEO, especially because good results are not readily there. It's something you need to continue working on for a long time.

Maintaining SEO efforts is crucial because of link rot, evolution of search engine algorithms and updates, continuous competition, outdated content and the publishing of new pages, plus many more factors.

Keywords are no longer relevant

The Hummingbird update from Google essentially replaced keywords with topics and concepts, making keyword targeting unessential. In this day and age, keyword research has become less straightforward, but it is still a very important aspect of your strategy.

Updates have meant that keyword research has extended beyond manual activity, becoming more complex in nature. Google has not openly declared keywords to be unimportant now, but just remember that the search engine has evolved to become more understanding, taking into consideration relevant concepts and context in addition to search phrases.

Link building is dead

It's something that's been repeated lots of times. Google is against link building for SEO, as laid out in the search engine's Webmaster guidelines. In it, links that purportedly try to influence the ranking of a site in search results can be pinned down as part of a link scheme, which violates Google's Webmaster guidelines.

The idea is that sites should acquire natural growth over time, especially if rules for great content are followed. But in a world where everyone is doing link building, it's easy to get left behind.

Despite what Google says, links are still influential when it comes to rankings, the most important aspect of your SEO strategy. Aim for high quality links from reliable sources. Make sure that you check what kind of links work best in your industry. Do your research by looking at the link profiles of your big competitors.

SEO is built on tricks and clicks

There is good SEO, and then there is bad. Bad SEO consists of manipulative tactics or "tricks" that get sites penalised. Often, bad tactics, such as putting more keywords in title tags, are what managers think SEO should be. This leads to the thinking that SEO is all about tricks to get people to click more.

Real, quality SEO contributes to the organisation of content, making the browsing experience better. This includes content that is more visible for prospects and search engines as well as content that improve accessibility through user experience and site structure.

SEO is all about sharing fresh content with the right audience, improving exposure and getting more traffic for business.

"SEO is unnecessary for my business"

Some businesses may think that SEO is irrelevant when it comes to their industry, but when it comes to the web, if you want to be seen, SEO is what you need. With billions of web searches each month, you need to get found easily if you want to do more business over the internet.

Some markets may have minimal search usage, but just remember that the world has become even more connected than before, especially with the rise of mobile in the business world. Use market research to make sure you understand your industry and where you can start building your influence.

With these SEO myths debunked, you can start focusing on the right efforts to get seen online. Make sure to stay away from these misconceptions to avoid falling into the darker aspects of SEO.



Australian businesses – invest in your website and get a tax break!

By Jorisse G | Friday, 14 April 2017

Until June 2017, small businesses in Australia can enjoy immediate tax deduction when purchasing any individual asset costing less than $20,000. This has temporarily replaced the previous threshold of $1,000.

Time to take a break!

The price limit applies for each individual item and can be applied as many items as owners wish. All businesses that qualify under the definition of small business entities are eligible for the tax break. This means businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $2 million.

The small business tax break is the perfect opportunity for startups to invest in their websites, especially when it comes to services that improve online presence.

Invest in your website – your key to online

Websites are the key to online influence, the virtual business card that customers will want to look at to find the services and products they need.

You need a powerful website with the right domain name, with professional, responsive design, fresh and relevant content, good navigability and user experience, top security, plus SEO for more visibility.

The best news is, you get all of that and more with Crazy Domains' Ultimate Empire package. Plus, funding it gets even easier using interest-free payments with zipPay.

When you're starting out and don't know where to begin getting your business online, time is money. Save time and more than $600 getting your domain, hosting, email marketing, website builder and more all at once, in one crazy easy package.

Time is money. Save both!

zipPay lets you spread your payments in easy installments that you fulfill at your own convenience. With interest-free payment, you can purchase all the services you need, right away, and manage the cost.

Small businesses and startups can often struggle with cash flow, and finding investment funds can be difficult. But with zipPay, there's no need for big upfront payments. Just use your zipPay account when you shop at Crazy Domains!

Here at Crazy Domains, we understand that time is money. This is why we have made it simple and affordable to get online.

Claim your tax deducation, spread your payments and get online today. Get your Ultimate Empire website package and instantly enjoy the benefits! Pay now with zipPay!