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Excedeo has been serving the San Diego area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Web Hosting

Simply put web hosting is basically renting a place to hold your website, either an existing one or very commonly a new one created with tools provided by the web hosting company.  Web hosting companies own large server farms and lease space on those servers to companies and individuals to host their websites.  Beyond just providing bandwidth and storage on the physical servers they provide a wide variety of services such as website builder tools, domain name services (DNS), content management systems (CMS), shopping carts, security certificates (SSL), and many others.  So what should you look for in a hosting company?  Most importantly you should look for company that can help you understand and utilize all of the different services they offer.

One of the primary services is a website builder tool.  The website builders are useful for people who have little to no knowledge of coding languages such as HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS.  If you are planning on using their website builder you may want to consider what is the ease of use and how much control do you have over the site.  These two things are usually inverse of each other.  The easier the tool is to use the less control you may have, tools that give you the most control tend to be more complicated.  What templates and themes do they offer?  I am sure you have noticed that a lot of websites these days are looking very similar to each other.  This is because so many people are using the same templates or templates that are very similar to each other. There are benefits on either side though, having a standardized look that people are familiar and comfortable with vs being different, original, and standing out from the crowd.

How much storage space are you going to get, how many different pages and/or sites are you allowed, and what is the bandwidth.  Bandwidth is basically the volume of people that can use your website at the same time and the amount of information you can send back and forth with them.  DNS, which stands for Domain Name Service, is another commonly offered service.  It is like the yellow pages of the internet.  In order to request a web page you have to know its address.  DNS is what converts those friendly website names, like mygreatsite.com to a numerical address.  Most hosting companies will provide you with a free address but it will be something like mygreatsite.theHostingProviderName.com.  But they will also help you register your own unique name.

The types of services offered is growing all the time adding to the importance of working with a provider that will help you through the process, not simply sign you up and leave you to figure it all out on your own.

If you are considering hosting a new website or maybe replacing an older outdated site please contact us.  We provide all of the services mentioned above and many more including Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and social media services.  At Excedeo we are proud to offer a comprehensive web consulting service.

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Are Connected Employees More Valuable?

b2ap3_thumbnail_connected_employees_value_400.jpgWhenever you hire a new employee, you essentially incorporate their social network into the networking reach of your business. With this reality in mind (along with the measurable influence of an employee's use of social media) you have to ask yourself, "Is a connected employee more valuable than a non-connected employee?"

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Smartphones and Human Productivity Part 1/2: Networking

b2ap3_thumbnail_social_networking_smartphone_400.jpgWhat kind of phone do you have? Or rather, what kind of person does your phone have? With people relying on constant connectivity and constant communication, do devices have an interface for constant productivity, or is it just a constant distraction? Do all these outstanding new gadgets have the kind of value business professionals claim they do?

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Social Media as a Business Communications Tool

b2ap3_thumbnail_ftygwg400.jpgIn its infancy, social media was adopted by teenagers and used to share personal opinions. Many businesses took their sweet time adopting social media as part of their marketing strategy, supposing it to be a fad. Now that social media has grown up, almost every business has a social media presence, yet many companies still ban its use in the workplace.

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