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20 Apr

Google is changing – are you Google mobile friendly?

Website template on multiple devicesFrom Wednesday the way Google ranks websites in searches from mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets will change.

The new rankings will favour “Google mobile friendly” websites. Google will still rank desktop only sites but they will be ranked lower than their mobile counterparts.

Digital strategist Ewan Watt, or roi.com.au, believes these changes could disadvantage the majority of Australian companies, considering 66 per cent of the nation’s websites weren’t optimised for mobile devices.

The changes not only affect small to medium-sized companies.

Roi.com.au analysis shows 51.5 per cent of ASX 200-listed companies, including Domino’s Pizza, Coca-Cola Amatil and BHP Billiton, do not have mobile-friendly sites and, consequently, will fall in Google search rankings.

A website design needs to be responsive without redirecting to separately hosted mobile site, common mistakes seen are  content not scaling properly for a mobile device separate versions of the desktop and mobile site in operation with different content.

What can you do?

The fastest way to take your website mobile is by implementing one of our hosting packages starting at just $2/month. Get us to design a site for you and be optimised for mobile. Your site will automatically render to suit the users device. Whether it’s a PC, phone or tablet.

Want us to design a site for you?

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19 Apr

ABS: Australian business slow with online stores

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We’ve all heard it, global e-commerce is taking over and is the ruin of traditional bricks and mortar business. In reality it’s not about ruin it’s about opportunity. An opportunity to evolve, improve your business model, reduce costs and reach a far wider customer base than you’ve ever dreamt possible with a simple online store.

While 91.9% of Australian businesses had internet access, less than half (44.6%) had an online presence. ( Australian Bureau of Statistics )

If your business doesn’t have an online presence, how can you expect your business to compete and survive?

The hurdles small businesses see in establishing an online presence are

  • Setup Cost – Seriously? At just $29 per month for our corporate hosting package you get an online store ready to add your new shopping cart site.
  • It’s too hard – All around the world literally millions of businesses small and large are embracing e-commerce. Increasing sales, improving their profit margins, opening up to a global customer base. If it really was hard would so many others be doing it?

So in retail we can adapt or die. Take e-commerce as a brilliant opportunity and run with it or sit back and watch the business dwindle and complain about the other people that seized the opportunity.

Which retailer are you?

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08 Apr

How to setup an email account on your iPhone

It’s easy to set up email for a BlueGorilla hosted account on your iPhone. Every BlueGorilla hosting account comes with email services built in for your hosted domain.

  1. The first thing you need to do is make sure that the email address exists in your hosting account. If it doesn’t, go ahead and create it in your control panel first.
  2. Now, on your iPhone, locate and press the settings icon. This will open a Settings screen, where you will select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”. Under Accounts, select Add Account. Choose Other.
  3. On the new screen, select the Add Mail Account bar.
  4. The New Account window will open, and you will need to enter the Name, Email address, and Email Password of the new email account that is being added. The Description line will fill in automatically, but you can change that description if you would like. When you are done, press the Next button in the upper right corner.
  5. In the next screen, make sure the IMAP option is selected.
  6. Next you will need to enter your Incoming Mail Server settings. Enter the Host name, (which is usually mail.yourdomain.com.au), the User Name which is the full email address, and the User’s Password.
  7. Now you need to fill in the information for the Outgoing Mail Server. Which will be the same as the incoming server settings.
  8. When you’re finished, press the Next button in the upper right corner. Now press Save.

The account should now be set up and be added to the Accounts list.

To check your mail, press the Mail icon, and then select the email account that has just been set up. Any email in the account should then be displayed, and you can click on the header to read it.

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06 Apr

How to choose a domain name

These are a few of the things you should look at when you are trying to choose your Domain Name. As you probably already know, a domain name is a quick and easy way for someone to find your website on the Internet. Without a domain name, people would have to remember a series of numbers, or your IP address, and enter that to locate your site.

One of the first things to think about when choosing a domain name is even though they can be hundred of characters in length, the shorter the better. Domain names can contain letters, numbers, and hyphens. You should avoid using hyphens if possible, because sometimes they make it hard to communicate your address to other people, and an easy understanding is very important. One drawback to shorter is that a lot of the shorter names are already taken, so your first choice may already be in use. You may have to add to it, or make some small changes to find a short name that is available.

You will also need to decide what top-level domain (TLD) or domain extension to use for your domain. There are many choices, such as .com, .net, .org, and so on. Recently, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) who oversees all of this added several new TLD’s, like .biz, and .museum. The TLD doesn’t matter much anymore, so you can use whichever sounds best and is available. If the .com of your choice is taken, maybe the .net version is available.

When selecting your domain, if you are operating a business website, you want it to reflect something about your products or type of business. For example, if your business is Joes Online Store, but your main product is blue widgets, your domain should be something to show that, like bluewidgets.net, or joesbluewidgets.com. People shopping for blue widgets will find you that way when they do a search. (It does take a long time and some effort to make yourself visible in a search unless your product is very unique and/or one-of-a-kind. That is called “search engine optimization”) If you just use joesonlinestore.com as your domain, unless people know your name already you will be hard to find.

Also consider your geographic target market. It may cost you $2 less per year to register a .com over a .com.au. However this small addition to the domain name communicates to your audience that you are an established Australian business. Giving your customers confidence that they are dealing with a local entity can make their decision to purchase or contact you so much easier.

So, the key points of domain name selection are to keep it short, keep it simple and make it mean something relating to the purpose of your business. You can have more than one domain name pointing to the same website, in fact this may help.

Your domain name is an extension of your brand and at just $12 per annum for a .com.au domain it’s one of the most cost effective ways to promote your business and present it in a professional manner.

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05 Apr

How to access your BlueGorilla Webmail

There are two ways to access your webmail on BlueGorilla. The quickest and easiest way to access webmail without first logging into cPanel by simply typing the following into your browser:”http://yourdomain.com:2095 ”

(replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name.)

You’ll be asked for your username and password

Your username is your full email address. eg john@bluegorilla.com.au

If you don’t know your email password you’re in trouble. Send us a support ticket and we’ll get you sorted out.

Once you’ve logged in you’ll be greeted with the following page

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You have three choices for webmail. Our personal favourite is Roundcube which we use all the time. You’ll also note there’s a few other options available to you as well. Allowing you to change your password, forward emails to another address, configure a mail client ( the program you use to collect your email ) and lots more.

Accessing webmail from cPanel

This tutorial will teach you how to use webmail from within cPanel. This tutorial will assume that you are logged into your cPanel. If you are having trouble doing that, please see the tutorial named “How to Login to cPanel”.

On your main cPanel page, scroll down to the section named Mail, and click on the Webmail icon. This will take you to the main Web Mail page. Click on the icon called Go To Webmail Login. You will find three webmail programs to choose from. You can select from Neomail, Horde or SquirrelMail. This tutorial will look at SquirrelMail. All three programs are very similar in how they process mail.

Click the SquirrelMail icon. This will take you to the main screen of your account, and shows you the contents of the main Inbox.

In the top menu, you will find a button called Options. Click on the button, and it will take you to a screen where you are given several options for configuring the way your webmail displays for you. Some of the options include Folder Preferences, Display Preferences, Personal Information, and others.

Next to Options, you will find Folders. Clicking that tab takes you to a screen where you can create folders and subfolders to organize and store email messages. You can also rename and delete folders in this area. You can create as many folders and subfolders as you wish, whatever meets your needs. They will display in the left hand column.

The next item in the menu is Addresses. Click on the link, and it will take you to the SquirrelMail Personal Address Book which you can use to store commonly used email addresses. After filling in the blanks, click on the Add address button, and the contact will be added to your address book.

Next up is Compose. This is the Link to select to send an email. After clicking the link, you will get a blank email form. To send it to someone whose address is in your Personal Address Book, click on the Addresses button, and select the person, or people you wish to send the email to. There are check boxes to indicate whether they should be put in the To line, or the Cc (Carbon copy) line, or Bcc (Blind carbon copy) field. Once you choose a name, and select a field, click the Use Addresses button. This takes you back to the email blank, where your recipient is automatically inserted into the field you selected. Now fill in the rest of the details, such as Subject and Enter the email message in the large box. Scroll down and click the send button. That completes the composing and sending of an email message.

To view your messages, look at the left hand column. If the Inbox is highlighted, it will have a number after it. That is the number of messages you have in your box. Click on Inbox, and open it up. Your messages will be listed by who sent them, date sent, and subject. If the message is junk, and you wish to delete it, click in the small check box in front of the message. Then Click the Delete button. To move a message to a different folder, mark the check box in front of the message. Go up the pull-down menu and select the folder you wish to move the message into. Then click on the Move button.

When you are finished with Webmail you should always exit by signing out. The link to Sign Out is in the upper right corner. This will take you to a confirmation screen that will verify that you have signed out of Webmail. This is the end of the tutorial. You now know how to use Webmail, specifically SquirrelMail. You can now return to your main cPanel page. Remember, you do not have to login to cPanel to access your webmail, you can access it by using “http://yourdomain.com/webmail/” (replace “your domain” with your actual domain name) in your browser.

You can now exit cPanel by closing your browser, or by using the Logout button in the upper right corner. Remember, if you are using a public computer, ALWAYS Logout of cPanel before closing due to security reasons.

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04 Apr

BlueGorilla Supporting Australian Racing

BlueGorilla is continuing it’s support of Australian motorcycle racing this year with four riders at international, national, and state level getting our support for 2015

Jed Metcher

In 2015 Jed Metcher FIM Superstock 600 Championship winner of 2011 joins forces with PR Racing on board their Kawasaki ZX-10 for the 12 round 2015 MCE British Superbike series. Jed dedicates much of his spare time in supporting others and is an amazing role model for all young racers. We wish him all the best for 2015 and beyond.

Check out Jed’s website

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Callum Alderson

Racing in the Australasian Superbike Championship in the Race Center Supersport team on a YRD Yamaha Supported YZFR6.

Check out Cal’s website

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Jay Presepio

Racing in the Australasian Superbike Championship in the Race Center Supersport team on a YRD Yamaha Supported YZFR6.

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Ben Alderson

Bens goal in 2015 is to be elevated to B grade juniors through Regional and State title events prior to moving into seniors in 2016.

Check out Ben’s website

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