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Web-Based vs. Desktop: What Email Client Should I Choose?

There are a lot of email clients out there Web-Based vs. Desktop: What Email Client Should I Choose?

There are a lot of email clients out there. In case we just lost you, an email client is what you use to check your email

Some are web-based meaning you can access them through a web browser such Chrome, Firebox, or even Internet Explorer (though we wouldn’t recommend that).   The most common examples would be Gmail, Y-mail (or Yahoo Mail), and Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail).

Other email clients are desktop based.   That means you have a program installed on your computer that you use to access your email.  The only one we see businesses using currently is Microsoft Outlook. While they used to be the norm, desktop email applications are considerably less popular than they once were.

And for good reason.

Since the program is installed on a single computer, all of your email is on that computer.  Accessing it from another computer or getting it to your smartphone can range from tricky to impossible depending on your tech abilities.  Unless you’re still wielding one of those old school Blackberry phones.  Those did great with Outlook.

Sometimes, just getting the email to your main computer can be a problem.  Outlook operates differently (and more complexly) than, say, Gmail.  Because of this, we have seen countless businesses running into errors with Outlook.

  • – New emails not showing up
  • – Sent emails being returned
  • – Users getting logged out
  • – Users not being able to sign in
  • – Etc.

There are a lot of email clients out there Web-Based vs. Desktop: What Email Client Should I Choose?

If we got a dollar for every Outlook-related issue we’ve run into, the entire Radiate Digital team could probably retire.  That’s why we strongly recommend clients use web-based clients.  They’re easier, the more adaptable, and these days, they can do just about everything Outlook can do and in some cases, more.

Perks of Web-Based Email

See, there was a time where programs like Outlook were superior because they could hold multiple emails accounts, they could store and organize contacts better, and they had very useful calendars.

But email clients like Gmail have all of that now.  What’s even better is they can easily sync all of those things to your phone so your phone clients and email clients become one.  Your phone calendar and your email calendar are the same too.

I remember the first time someone sent an email invite for an event and a reminder popped up on my phone a few days later.  I didn’t have to set or save anything.  My phone just knew that I had an event because of the email.

There are a lot of email clients out there Web-Based vs. Desktop: What Email Client Should I Choose?

Programs like Outlook come from a time when people had one device where they checked their email.  Things have changed drastically since then.

Are there instances where Outlook still might be the best choice for someone?  Yes.  But those instances are few and far between.  And they’re only going to become more rare.

But All of My Stuff is In Outlook

Change can seem difficult.  We get that.  You have to relearn how to use it.  All of your information is in the old system.  But those shouldn’t be enough to hold you back from switching over.

Web-based clients are actually much simpler to use.  And for our clients, we’re always here to help and answer questions.  As for contacts, events, old emails, etc., all of that can be ported over from Outlook to your new email account.

That way, everything is there just as you remembered it.

So what’s holding you back from going with a web-based client?  We’re not exaggerating when we say that about 80-90% of our clients’ email issues have involved Microsoft Outlook.

That is why we personally recommend web-based email clients over desktop email every time.  It’s can do all of the same things with fewer headaches.

What’s Our Favorite Email Client?

That’s an easy one.  Gmail.

What’s so great about Gmail?  We’ll answer that in our next blog post.  Come back next week to see why we think Gmail is the bee’s knees.

Do people still say bee’s knees?  Do bee’s even have knees?  What email client do you use?  Feel free to share answers to any of these questions below.  We’d love to discuss them with you.

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Six Outdated Features that Really Shouldn’t Be on Your Website

 trends from decades past are constantly making comebacks Six Outdated Features that Really Shouldn’t Be on Your WebsiteIn the world of fashion, trends from decades past are constantly making comebacks.

In the world of web design, what’s from the past should really stay in the past. Because if we’re truly being honest, we’d really love to forget some things that were trendy when personal and professional websites started popping up left and right.

That being said, it’s safe to say some websites are still using a few outdated trends that we’d classify as cringe-worthy.

To make sure your website doesn’t fall into this category, here’s our list of features that shouldn’t go live when your new website does.

Intro Pages

Or, animated intro pages to be exact.

Your audience is looking to interact with you in as few clicks as possible. So, most people find intro pages to be an annoying waste of their time.

Additionally, people with a slower connection speed or who are connecting to your website from a mobile device will have a hard time loading this page.

Background Music

This is most often seen from photography websites. It might seem like a nice personal touch but, the majority of internet browsing audiences finds background music annoying.

 trends from decades past are constantly making comebacks Six Outdated Features that Really Shouldn’t Be on Your Website

First, what you play can conflict with the tastes of your audience, second it can compete with what is playing on the user’s own device, and lastly it really slows down the load speed of your website.

Bright Text on Dark Backgrounds

While this trend may not be more than a decade old, just remember back to how long it took your eyes to adjust back to a normal screen after reading blocks of brightly colored text on a dark screen. None of us really want that kind of eye strain again.

 trends from decades past are constantly making comebacks Six Outdated Features that Really Shouldn’t Be on Your WebsitePlus, nothing screams early Myspace days like white or neon text on a black background.

Ridiculous Fonts

Choosing a bad font can almost be as detrimental to your reader’s eyes as using bright text colors on a dark background. We suggest staying away from outdated fonts such as Comic Sans, Papyrus and those extremely curvy cursive typefaces that no one can read anyway.

Gif Animations

We still laugh at silly .gif animations, and heck, we share them with our friends when they’re really funny. But, using them as part of your website will not only make your website look outdated, but they’ll make your load speeds feel outdated, too.

 trends from decades past are constantly making comebacks Six Outdated Features that Really Shouldn’t Be on Your Website

Stock Photos

Everyone has used a stock photo at one time or another. The key here is to not use super obvious stock photos that are being used all over the Internet.

Better yet, don’t use them at all and host a photo shoot to take new, exciting and fitting images for your website.

A Final Note

Lastly, we’d like to leave you with the perfect example website (yes, it’s still a live website) of what not to do for your new site.

At the time (in the mid-90s), we’re sure this website was costly to make and right on trend. Thankfully, those trends are ones we’re leaving in the past. You can take a look at it here.

What outdated features do you still see on the internet?  What’s your least favorite thing to see on a website?  Share below!

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Domain Names 101

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Domain.  Web address.  URL.  That thing you type in that starts with ‘www’.

These terms are often used interchangeably, but when it comes to getting people to your website, it starts with the domain.  In the eyes of the internet, the domain is the name of your website.

Google.com

Wikipedia.org

Radiatedigital.com

When someone says ‘domain’ or ‘domain name’, this is what they’re referring to.  Another term you may hear associated with domain is DNS which stands for Domain Name System.  For the sake of keeping this post as simple as possible, we won’t get into that today.

Here are the three things you need to know about domains.

1. They must be unique.  

Much like the Highlander, there can only be one Google.com

2. They must be registered.  

How else would domain names be tracked?

3. They must be hosted.

Domain hosting is different from website hosting.  Website hosting is where all your sites content, pictures, code, etc. are stored.  Your domain is separate and must be hosted somewhere that does domain hosting.

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How You Create and Manage a Domain

It starts with choosing a name.  Seeing as there are around 200 million registered domains, finding one that you like and works for your brand can be tricky.  Like I said, they have to be unique, so if someone has the domain you want, you can either attempt to buy it from them or come up with something else.

It’s worth mentioning that .com, .org, etc. all indicate different domain names.  So puppies.com and puppies.org are two different domain names.

How do you find what domains are taken and available?

Any domain hosting site will be able to tell you if a domain name is available or not.  Usually, if the domain you want is taken, websites will suggest similar domain names that are available.  Finding the domain that works best for you can be a little tricky, but with a little creativity, you can usually come up with something.

Once you find an available domain you like, you purchase it and register it to your name.  Generally, the purchasing includes a year of domain hosting.

How much does a domain cost?

Most domains will run you $7-$15 a year to buy and host.  If you’re purchasing a previously registered domain from someone else, they can get very costly.  The domain vacationrentals.com sold for $35 million in 2007!

But you probably won’t be making deals like that so…

What happens once I buy a domain?

Once you have your domain, it’s yours to use as you wish.  If you’ve had a website built, your domain needs to be pointed at the servers your website is hosted on.  This is a step we usually take care of for our clients.

Whatever you do, just don’t let your domain expire.  Seriously.

DO NOT LET YOUR DOMAIN EXPIRE!

Like I said, domains have to be hosted.  That means an ongoing hosting fee has to be paid for them.  If this hosting isn’t renewed or the payment is missed, you can lose your domain, and it can be sold to someone else.

Where can I buy a domain?

There are a lot of websites that offer domain registration and hosting services.  The most popular would probably be GoDaddy.com, and personally, that’s the one we recommend to everyone.

Why do we recommend GoDaddy?  Because we have never had an issue domains hosted on GoDaddy, and we have handled a lot of domains in our day.

They’re cheap, efficient, helpful,  and they do a great job of reminding you when your domain is coming up for renewal.  It’s who we use for all of our domains, and it’s who we suggest for all of our clients.

Domain Management Services

To keep things simple, we offer domain management to our clients.  What does that mean?  The domain is still registered in their name, and they still still pay for the hosting.

However, we make sure the domain is working, that it’s pointing where it should, and most importantly, that it gets renewed on time.

We’ve ran into a lot of issues of clients’ sites going down because they didn’t renew their domain or because it was attached to an expired credit card.  Recently, we even had a case where the service that hosted a client’s domain was discontinued, and they were no longer able to access it.

In other words, they had no idea where their domain was.

That’s why (among other reasons) we offer to manage domains.

What if my domain is already hosted somewhere?

If you already have your domain hosted somewhere and would like us to manage it for you, it can easily be transferred.

Closing Thoughts on Domains

Your domain is a big deal.  It’s not only your business’s address in the world wide web, but it’s also the name people identify with you.

So choose a good one.  And don’t lose track of it.

Do you have any further questions about domains?  Please share them below and we’ll answer them!