I got a call today from someone who sounded like they were calling from India saying he was calling to help me with my Microsoft driver issues. I asked him if he worked for Microsoft and he said yes. I told him I did not have any issues with my Microsoft software or drivers. I asked him if he could give me a number for Microsoft so I could call and confirm who he was. He said I can give you all of that information when you are at your computer.
I said no thanks and told him not to call me back.
Below, 800notes.com reports that this number belongs to TigerDirect – If this is they type of BS that Tiger Direct is engaged in to try and sell products or services, I’ll be sure to never purchase from them.
You can report this number and similar scam callers to the FTC at: report the numbers to the federal trade commissions at 877-382-4357
RE: hoax Microsoft windows security calls
First it was Craigslist asking for your phone number to verify your account. Today while trying to set up a Flickr account using a new Yahoo email address, they wanted my cell phone number to authenticate my account. I would have no problem giving them my business phone number, but I don’t care to give Yahoo my cell phone number to verify my email account. I had already given them my recovery email address. So now, I will need to find a work-around possibly purchasing a disposable phone just so I can verify a new Yahoo email address for business use.
So this begs the question…why does Yahoo only want a mobile number vs. any other number?
See Craigslist Phone Verification for conversation regarding CL’s requiring a phone number for verification
Pointing a subdomain to another server or URL is not difficult when you have the right information. WHM or Web Host Manager is somewhat different in its functionality. While some server configs will have you enter the entire subdomain for the CNAME (subdomain.somedomainname.com) WHM manager only requires the subdomain with no trailing dot. When entering the destination or host (somedomain.com.) you end with a trailing dot. See the example below:
It was pretty frustrating to only find information from 2009 with no actual screenshots. If this has been helpful in helping you point or redirect your subdomain via CNAME to another URL or domain, please comment below and share this page.
WHM Subdomain Redirect Notes
For a WHM subdomain redirect to work properly, there can be no other records for the subdomain…only the CNAME record. If you used the subdomain feature in cPanel, it will create an A record. Make sure there are no other records present other than your CNAME records for the redirect or pointing to another server.
Special Thanks to Net Access Corporation in NJ for their help in solving this issue with me. NAC.net I have been a dedicated server client with Net Access Corporation for 12-13 years and cannot say enough good things about their service. If you are looking for a rock solid data center to host your dedicated machine(s), give Net Access Corporation an opportunity to earn your business.
Recently, while helping a few new clients with some of their Internet marketing, I was astounded that none of them knew anything about where or who had control of their web hosting and domain name(s).
One client had several domains registered by a partner who registered the domains under Domains By Proxy, a Godaddy company that does private registrations. They could not confirm that the partner had indeed registered the domains or any recourse to try and obtain them easily.
One of my most recent clients had hired a web development company to help them set up their online presence and they registered all of their domains using Godaddy’s Domains By Proxy service. Unless their is a specific reason for keeping your registration information private, there is no reason for a business to do this. Matt Cutts of Google has stated that private domain registrations raise a red flag with Google.
Is Your Business Web Hosting at Risk?
The client had no idea where his site was hosted…he thought that because it was registered through Godaddy, that it was hosted with them. After contacting the web development company, they informed me that another person was responsible for web hosting and that person was unavailable until Monday to provide login information to the domain’s web hosting account.
Reducing Business Web Hosting Risk
It is imperative that business owners have full disclosure on their domain names and web hosting. I’ve always adhered to the “If I get hit by a school bus” philosophy…If something were to happen to me or my company, does my client have enough information to have someone else take the reigns with regard to managing web hosting or domain registrations.
Here’s a quick list of questions or information a business owner should have with regard to their web hosting and domain registrations:
Domain Name Registrations
- Where is my domain(s) registered?
- Do I have login information for my web hosting account?
- Was the domain registration set up in my company’s name ?(If you let someone else register a domain name in their name, you don’t technically own it as the registrant)
- How long was my domain(s) registered for?
- If my business partnership breaks up, who owns the domain? Think about this before you let someone arbitrarily register a domain for you.
One last tip on domain registrations; make sure your domain is registered with a major registrar such as Godaddy, Network Solutions, or Register.com – Network Solutions and Register.com have been around since the advent of domain registrations to the public.
- Where is my domain hosted?
- What type of machine is my site hosted on? (Windows or Some flavor or Linux)
- How many websites are on the machine my website will be hosted on?
- How much bandwidth does my web hosting server have? (typically a 10mb or 100mb connection)
- What is the IP address?
- Do I have login access to my domain? (request it)
- Is my domain name hosted in the United States? If you are a small business working primarily with local clientele there is no reason your website should be hosted on the other side of the planet even if it saves you $5 bucks a month.
A good web hosting provider will be in a major data-center with redundant power and Internet backbone connections.
Adhere to some of these tips and you can ensure that your domain registrations and web hosting are trouble free. If you are a small business and have questions about web hosting or domain registrations, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.
Do you use WordPress Plugins? Read Below
If you use WordPress plugins like I do then take a few minutes to read this article. I spend thousands of dollars each year on WordPress Plugins to add different types of functionality to my WP sites.
The other day when I went to pull up this site, this is what I saw below:
A question plugin I had installed broke my site due to a plugin licensing dependency. This is not the first time this has happened to me, and the irony is that when your WordPress plugins crash due to a licensing dependency, most of the time you won’t be able to find the developer or they hide behind so many domains and email addresses that it’s a major pain and time-waster to get the issue resolved. Read More…
I’ve recently started using Freelancer.com to complete small programming projects and was pleasantly surprised when I first started using the site after several years of using Scriptlance.com which they acquired. My first project went amazing! The code shop I worked with in India did a spectacular job on a clone site I had them develop…I thought I found a group of programmers that I could start to develop a long-term business relationship with, but it crashed and burned. After coming up with a second round of project for them the bid on first, they vanished for over a week. After presenting them with the new projects, they promised quotes, but never delivered and then they just stopped communicating with me.
Freelancer.com Review Continued
With six more projects to complete, I developed the project specs, diagrams, etc. to help articulate what I had in mind and put them to bid on Freelancer.com – Before selecting a programmer, I always ask if they completely understand the project requirements and if they have any additional questions before I award the project. Most say no…we completely understand your specifications…we are ready to go!
After two weeks of working with five programmers on 6 projects, it appears three are going to crash and burn…I’ll have lost some project development time, money from a few released milestones, and will have to then re-post my projects and again select another programmer. I believe their are some great programmers on Freelancer.com, but there are many dead beats as well which ruins the whole experience of working with virtual help.
Freelancer.com Review Summary
I believe I’ve found one programmer here in the US through Freelancer.com who I hope will turn out to be someone I can work with and count on long-term to help with my specific programming requirements. Here are a few of my personal recommendations for selecting and working with Freelancers. These same ideas can apply to any of the other outsourcing websites as well:
- Make sure you articulate specific requirements for project. Don’t leave anything vague or to the imagination….unless you are looking for someone to have creative license on your project(s)
- Never, Never, Never release a milestone until you have something tangible to show for. Make milestone release very specific (ex: rough draft of website template, screen shot of db design, etc.)
- Ask for references that you can call or email with regard to specific projects
- Make sure programmer(s) portfolio has specific examples similar to what you are looking for and belong to some of the references they provide. I’ve checked many portfolios and projects that were concepts for the programmer and were deleted or had an expired domain when I went to look at them.
- If you find a good programmer, don’t abuse them by asking for unlimited modifications or changes….they need to make a living as well.
Freelancer.com Review Conclusion:
Freelancer.com can be a great place to find resources for project outsourcing. Put in the extra time to articulate everything to the T and use your due diligence to thoroughly review bidders before making your final decision. Don’t be afraid to to ask about project completion rates or negative comments. In the same fashion, don’t accept at face value a programmer’s rave reviews.
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