Added on November 9, 2020
You may or may not be wondering what DKIM and SPF DNS records are and why they are important. In short, these 2 records provide validity to your email address and help to ensure your messages land in someone's inbox and not in spam / junk folders.
DKIM stands for DomainKeys Identified Mail. A DKIM record needs to be created for each domain you send email from and this ensures that emails are not altered in transit between the sending and receiving servers. The receiving server is able to look at and verify your DKIM record to determine that your emails are not junk / spam.
SPF stands for Sender Policy Framework. Setting up an SPF record helps to prevent malicious persons from using your domain to send unauthorized (malicious) emails, also called email spoofing. The SPF protocol is used as one of the standard methods to fight against spam. Some email recipients strictly require SPF. If you haven’t published an SPF record for your domain, your email can be marked as spam or even worse the email will bounce. If an email is sent through an unauthorized mail server, the email can be marked as spam. Having a properly set up SPF record will improve your email deliverability and will help to protect your domain against malicious emails sent on behalf of your domain.
If your hosting account uses cPanel (all Evolve Hosting accounts do), you can quickly create both of these records without the need for any technical knowledge. All new accounts create with us have these records created automatically. If you are unsure, reach out to our tech support and we can take care of this within a few minutes for you.
You may also read more here from cPanel: https://docs.cpanel.net/cpanel/email/email-deliverability-in-cpanel/
Added on August 26, 2020
Making sure your website loads fast is very important when it comes to visitor retention and satisfaction. One easy way to help increase speed is to compress your images which makes them load faster across all devices. Fortunately, this is very easy to do and doesn't cost any more than a little bit of your time. There are several free websites including:
https://wordpress.org/plugins/tiny-compress-images/ (for Wordpress users)
Get started today and give your website a much needed speed boost!
Added on June 18, 2019
A brief overview of a few different FTP programs you can use to help build your websites with.
FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is an important component to running a website. An FTP program is the way you move files from your local computer to a web server. Thankfully, there are great options for free software along with paid options. To get you started, we're going to highlight a few of the options available.
FileZilla is a very popular choice for 90-95% of website owners. The software is free to download for Windows and Mac.
CyberDuck is free for Windows and mac and allows you to connect to many different types of servers including your web hosting server, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and many more. Download a copy and give it a try to see if it fits your needs.
WinSCP is a popular SFTP / FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Copy files between a local computer and remote servers using FTP, FTPS, SCP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 file transfer protocols.
Transmit is a powerful program and happens to be the one we use and prefer. Transmit is fast and it's designed to transfer more than files between your computer and web server. It has integrations with Amazon S3 storage, Box, Google Drive, Drop Box and more.