Getting a New Business off the Ground in 2016 – Is a Website Builder a Good Idea or Not?

It seems that 2016 will be the year of the start-up, 2015 was an exceptional year for many new businesses getting off the ground and already two weeks into 2016 it looks like we will see an even bigger push with small businesses being launched at an even more aggressive pace.
Budgets are often tight for small business start-ups and unless you have some significant financial backing getting online can be even more of a challenge.

This is where website builder platforms come into their own offering a cost effective solution to getting online and they offer tremendous choice for small businesses. However, is the website builder product all it’s cracked up to be, could you start a business with one?
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Facebook Announces New Data Centre and New Jobs in Ireland

The social network will increase its Irish workforce to close to 1,000

Facebook has submitted plans to build a new data centre in Co. Meath, this will be the company’s fifth such facility and it is due to be powered solely through renewable energy.

There will be 40 new full time jobs, while hundreds of other jobs will be created during the construction phase.

The social media giant recently moved into a bigger office space in Dublin’s docklands where it employs over 900 people, this centre will be located near Clonee.
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Google’s New Algorithm Makes Mobile Site Friendly Feature A Must!

Google has announced that as of April 21st, mobile-friendliness will be a part of the search engine giant’s algorithm for determining result page rankings. In response to the growing number of internet users conducting searches with mobile devices, Google intends to improve user experience by favoring sites that are optimally structured for viewing on a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. According to the official Google WebMaster’s blog, websites will earn a mobile-friendly tag beneath their SERP listing if they don’t require the use of horizontal scrolling, rely on mobile-compatible software, don’t require use of the zoom function, and have easily clickable links.

To meet these criteria, existing websites must be specifically outfitted for mobile viewing. Websites of all sizes, from e-commerce, to small business, to blogging sites, should take this algorithmic change seriously, this change will directly impact a site’s ranking. Not only will Google be less favorable to sites that aren’t mobile friendly, user experience is hindered when sites aren’t compatible, hurting site traffic and ranking even further.
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We Are Totally Supportive of ‘Safer Internet Day 2015’….Are You?


Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially among children and young people across the world.

Safer Internet Day 2015 will be celebrated on Tuesday 10 February 2015, with the strapline, once again, of “Let’s create a better internet together” following the success of last year’s campaign.

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Sorry We’ve Not Been Here for a While…

Yes I know what you’re saying, why bother visiting this website, there’s no articles or comments! Well we’re about to change that by bringing you some news and latest info from the world of hosting and websites…

Well what’s new? The cloud is certainly here to stay and as we look around it’s being utilised in all sorts of ways from apps to banking, from backup to monitoring. Even everyday stuff is utilising the cloud. Take for example building a website, well now you can use the cloud! There are load of great tools and widgets that can be found that use the cloud to great effect. One area that is really taking off is cloud website builder, the ability for non technical girls like myself to build their own website. Now I don’t have to worry about programming or all that techie stuff, just use my artistic talents to build great looking sites…

Let me know of any other great cloud enabled technologies that you’ve come across…

Language Selection

Rather than the usual language selection (e.g English, Spanish, French) we are talking here about scripting language. When you are looking at creating a new website, selecting your scripting language before you start is one of the most important things to consider.

Some of the factors that can sway your thoughts one way or another are :
1. Ok, you get a web design company to do the website build.
2. Which programming languages you yourself are familiar with.
3. Past experience of web design builds.
4. Repository of code that will assist you in speeding up the completion of the build.
5. You are using an out of the box package that is written in a specific language.
6. Cost of hosting.
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Linux or Windows Hosting?

Your interested in purchasing hosting, you have a great business venture or personal website that you would like to release upon the public. After a short while searching for hosting online you quickly become confused…

What are all the options about?

Why would I ever choose a Linux cPanel hosting account, I use windows 7 at home surely I need a windows hosting account?

Hopefully the following information will help you to remove some of the confusion.
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Domain Registration Guide

If you are new to the idea of domain registration and hosting hopefully this article with clear a few things up.

1. What is a domain name?
A domain name is an address that browsers use to access websites, e.g my domain name on this site is “” the domain name is made up of two parts, the first part “hostingxl” is the unique identification of your domain name. The second part “.com” is called a tld (Top Level Domain).

2. Which TLD should I choose?
My advice is that if the .com of your choice is available then go for that as the .com domain TLD is the most commonly recognized. However, it can also be beneficial to register a country specific TLD (e.g is a UK TLD); This helps search engines like Google to geographically target searchers searching in your country.

3. Should I just register my business name?
Not necessarily, registering a business name is good for brand building but not necessarily good for search results. Since Google Caffeine has been released Google has placed more weight on the domain names that contain the search term. Therefore it is beneficial to register domain names that include the main search term for your subject. Like for instance if you were setting up a website for a dentist in London you could check availability of the domain “” or “”.