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author: Jennifer

In a move that got everyone in the industry buzzing, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) had finalized its decision to relax rules on permitting the introduction of new Internet domain names. What is even more earth shattering is that, for the first time ever, they are allowing registration for addresses that are entirely in a non-English language! This comes at the heel of increasing demand for new domain names as prime online real estate is hard to come by these days. Moreover, with Internet usage expanding into all parts of the world that don't speak English, this is indeed a very logical development.

We are obviously ecstatic to receive this piece of news as we understand the frustration of discovering your perfect domain name has been taken by another website. Soon, we can provide you with more choices and freedom! In the near future (possibly next year), we will start to see top-level domain names like .nyc or .bank or .fashion popping up around the Internet. These new endings can make your website much more memorable to your visitors and become a great catchy promotional tool. It also creates a whole new creative outlet for you to express yourself

With ICANN's new guidelines, it would make it easier for companies and groups to propose new domain suffixes, instead of following the previous process, where bids can take years to be approved.  Having said that, it is not without limitations. Anyone can object an approval on the grounds of racial discrimination, trademark conflicts, or other terms with an offensive connotation. Moreover, to recover the $20 million expense it incurred for this undertaking, ICANN would need to charge approximately US $100,000 for each name. Definitely not pocket change for the majority of us.

Even though the benefits associated with this new process are very appealing, there are still a lot of wrinkles to be ironed out in this new change to the online landscape.  This includes how politically taboo terms will be judged and the issue of censorship. And on a more humourous note, ICANN may also run into the problem of “word warp”. This is when a word is spelled exactly the same in one language, but has a completely different meaning in each language. For example, .pet would make a great  address for a pet store ecommerce site in English. However, translated into French and you got yourself a domain name meaning “fart”. So, if you do decide to submit a new domain name in the future, please make sure you have done your research on the word and its possible meaning.

Like we have mentioned above (aside from the possible embarrassing moments), while this is a great opportunity for those of you who are in need of a innovative domain name, there's still some way to go before this procedure will be smoothly running. But in the meantime, you can still register a new domain address with Doteasy for the affordable price of $25.00/yr!

Posted By Doteasy

author: Ling, Kathy

When trying to figure out how much bandwidth your website needs, the rule of thumb is:

[total size of website] x [number of visitors/month] = monthly bandwidth consumption

So, based on this formula, there are only two ways to reduce bandwidth consumption, either by the total size of website or by the number of visitors.

Since the purpose of having a website is to be seen by more people, reducing the number of visitors will not be a good meansure for minimizing bandwidth consumption. That leaves reducing total website size.

So what can you do to reduce the size of your website?

1. Keep pages simple, limit rich web content

Rich web content (ie. images, flash, audio, video) is a good way to make your website more attractive, but these files burn out bandwidth fast. If you need to include all those rich content on your website, consider offloading onto different servers (ie. third-party storage sites).

2. Limit downloadable files

Music files, .PDF files, flash or video files will consume most of your bandwidth allowance by just a handful of visitors.

3. Cleanup Your Codes

Many HTML pages contain unnecessary stuff: unneeded spaces, meta tags, tags, default values and elements. All these will make your web pages bigger without serving any real purpose.

Classic examples:

  • Image border – by default, images do not have borders. So adding the extra border="0" code is unnecessary.
  • Comments – many designers like to insert comments in their codes. It does make the file easy to manage later on, but try to keep comments short.

    <--! Footer --> instead of <--! This is the Footer and it contains links, banners… -->

Also, use a code validator to make sure your codes are as clean as possible.

Try these ones:

4. External CSS and Javascript

Make CSS and Javascript external whenever possible. This will reduce HTML file sizes as well make your website easier to manage.

5. Optimize images

Stick with GIFs and JPEGs. JPEG is best for images with gradients or glows. GIF is best for flat or simple images with one-color areas, such as logos. PNG is another format you can use.

Most people use monitors that have a resolution of 72dpi so there really is no need to use images with resolution higher than that.

Resize large images and/or use thumbnails. While the majority of the web uses a 1024x768 resolution, there is still a percentage of visitors using older, smaller monitors which have a maximum display resolution of 640x480. To make sure images do not run off the edges of any browser, I like to keep my images at 600px or less.

Use an image editor to crop unnecessary parts, create smaller versions or create thumbnails.

6. Keeps scripts efficient

Some scripts are known to consume a lot of resources. Try to use scripts that are more effective and efficient. Also, keep in mind that static pages are better than dynamic ones because static pages can be cached.

For example, if you are running WordPress, consider the WP Super Cache plugin.

Always make sure to deactivate any plugins or extensions you are not using.

7. Host news feeds externally

Consider services such as FeedBurner. This can save a large amount of bandwidth if RSS feeds are a popular feature on your website.

There are many great websites on the Internet that offers useful resources:



While 20GB (Doteasy Ultra Hosting) is certainly enough for most medium to large websites, if your website is exceptionally popular and you need more than 20GB of traffic a month, you might want to consider the unmetered bandwidth of the Doteasy Unlimited Hosting plan.

"Unmetered" means your bandwidth consumption is measured for statistics purposes only. You are allowed to use as much traffic as the network supports. For an extra couple dollars a month, this plan offers a peace of mind, especially when you just launched a new marketing campaign and are expecting a bit more than usual visitor traffic.

Posted By Doteasy

author: Jennifer

Historically, males tend to indulge in more expensive hobbies. For example, cars, aviation, golf, and beer drinking. So if buying a brand new Ferrari, splurging on a golf vacation down in Florida, or throwing an all out party is not within your budget for this year's Father's Day celebration, then have I got good news for you. How about something that can combine all of Dad's hobbies in one place, something that cannot be canceled because of rain, and best of all, won't require you to break your little piggy bank?

Too good to be true? Think again.

This Father's Day, get Dad the perfect gift with a personalized domain name and a ready-to-go Doteasy hosting package!

For as little as $25/year, Dad can enjoy countless hours designing a website that is devoted to his beloved hobby. Whatever he is into, he can now connect with fellow car enthusiasts (or golf fanatics or party animals...) from all over the world, using Doteasy's free Forum and Blog Applications! He can also share pictures of his interests and show off his beautiful family (that's you) on the Doteasy Hosted Gallery. Even if Dad is new to the internet, don't worry because our Website Creator will walk him through everything he needs to know about starting a site.

So don't disappoint Dad with another tie this year. Surf over to and sign up for a personalized domain name! Keep in mind that Father's Day is just a few days away!

Posted By Doteasy

authpr: Kathy

There are many options available when it comes to sharing your photos online. There are flash photo galleries (ie. SimpleViewer), open-source gallery scripts (ie. Coppermine and Plogger) and third-party hosted galleries (ie. Flickr and Smugmug).

Each of these has their own pros and cons and most often your choice is based on the following considerations:

1. Do you have the time and knowledge to install and configure the script and edit any HTML/CSS/PHP codes so that the gallery behaves the way you want it to?

2. Does it matter if your photo gallery is on a third-party website that has links and ads plastered all over it?

3. Are you familiar with Flash or XML-editing?

But did you know that there is a simple photo gallery solution that can give you the pros of the above options but doesn’t require Flash, scripting or database skills and most importantly, it is on your own Doteasy no-ad website?

The Doteasy Hosted Gallery is the newest member of the Doteasy Hosted Applications family. It is similar to the Doteasy Hosted Forum and Blog whom many of you have tried and fell in love with. The Hosted Gallery is a simple, one-click installation, no scripting or database, easy-to-use photo gallery solution from Doteasy.

Go ahead and activate your free Doteasy Hosted Gallery through Member Zone today. The gallery tutorial will be available very shortly.




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