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Your domain is incredibly valuable property.

We at Solia Media often register and maintain domains for our clients, as their agents. Sometimes our clients control their own domains, and we make the necessary configuration changes to point web or email traffic to our servers.

Unless the domain owner chooses to pay for domain privacy, the domain owner can be identified through public searches. Some entities send official-looking documents or emails to domain owners, which warn of impending renewals or otherwise warn the domain owner of the need to take certain action. The domain owner is thus induced to send money unecessarily. In some cases, that money is just gone. In other circumstances, the documentation is really designed to authorize the transfer of the domain at a premium price.

Per Wiki: "Domain slamming (also known as unauthorized transfers or domain name registration scams) is a scam in which the offending domain name registrar attempts to trick domain owners into switching from their existing registrar to theirs, under the pretense that the customer is simply renewing their subscription to their current register."

An example of a solicitation attempt to induce the owner to transfer the domain follows. If you have any questions about the effect of a communication you may receive, please just call Solia Media at 678-750-0240 or Toll Free 877-930-7496.

DomainSlam

logoReagan Financial Planning, LLC is an independent fee-only financial planning & education firm devoted to helping families, individuals and small businesses reach their financial & life goals. Solia's website is responsive, has a unique design for navigation, offers forms and information for the visitor.

ErnstSolia is honored to have been chosen to create an updated website for Ernst Concrete. Ernst has been in business for 65 years and is Metro Atlanta’s concrete expert. It has 7 locations, competitive prices and award-winning work. Ernst Concrete is fourth-generation family-owned company believes customer service is the highest priority. Ernst specializes in specifically designed mixes that best serve your particular project. Whether you are a commercial or residential contractor, or a homeowner in need of some good, honest advice Ernst is there to help. Please visit Ernst's new website for more information.

Accessible Websitesby Solia legal staff:

The federal and local governments began years back to implement statutes and regulations that were designed to ensure that people with disabilities could participate in life activities to the highest level reasonably possible. You see these implemented in handicapped access ramps, regulations regarding the width of hallways and doorways to ensure wheelchair access and other steps that until recently, were primarily directed to physical access.

Well, as we all know, digital access is now of significant importance. The government is looking to implement rules regarding website accessibility for disabled people.
 
Presently nobody knows for sure what the final rules will look like or what type and size entities will be covered. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) have been developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of proving a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally. WCAG is a private web consortium that creates standards. The federal government has not actually adopted them and nobody knows what entities will be covered. Even the vast majority of FEDERAL websites have not adopted WCAG standards.
 
Some of the things that advocates for the disabled are arguing for would cost a great deal and would impose some hardship on smaller businesses. Whether those will be in the regulations, or apply to smaller businesses or just large ones remains to be seen. So a lot of website owners are holding off spending large sums until they know what they must do.
 
It's pretty likely that when the rules come out, firms will have a year or more likely two years to bring their websites into compliance.
 
We think our clients should start now. The good news is that Solia sites built on current code have an existing infrastructure that will allow us to implement changes more efficiently than if the core code was outdated. Many of our clients have asked us to begin to update their sites and implement WCAG standards. Our updated sites allow those with visual disabilities to have text read back to them, use standard keys to increase or decrease text size and change color to high contrast or other combinations of color that are easier for the disabled. Law or no law, it's just good business to accommodate the disabled.
 
If you would like for us to begin implementing steps now, just let us know.

Sophia Meral Chapar is special projects manager at Solia Media - top web developer in GeorgiaWhy You Need a Dynamic Website - by Sophia Chapar, Solia Special Projects

 

Background: Static Sites

In the early days of the Internet, people created web pages by using a language known as “Hypertext markup language” or HTML.

A developer would type up content in HTML, and a browser, installed on the visitor’s computer, would access that content and display it as the HTML directed. The web page was a static thing, like a painting. The content was fixed, and the formating controlled by the HTML.

So, an early website might display, “Welcome to Bob’s Hardware” by virtue of a developer typing those precise words and placing HTML instructions at the beginning and end of that phrase to cause the browser to display that as bold.

 

Dynamic Website and Server-Side Processing

The type of websites Solia designs work as follows.  There are almost no true static pages.

Rather a modern website include more “dynamic” functions. Basically that means the website does a lot more than display content.  It performs many functions that alter the appearance of the site to respond to what the viewer is doing and what the viewer requests.

So instead of the programmer typing “Welcome to Bob’s Hardware”, the programmer will create code that says display a welcome message with the name of the website, and if it’s in a title, please bold it. If the website name is changed, the title will automatically update.

Most people use dynamic CMS’s daily. If a visitor to CNN’s website asks to see a list of content concerning France that was published in 2007, the PHP on the website’s server executes that request, then retrieves the result from a database on the server and displays it to the visitor. Basically, the site changes depending upon the instructions given to it. The code looks to the database, finds the content that meets the criteria given by the visitor, and displays it on a page generated by the CMS itself.

While it would have been possible to create a static HTML page with a list of certain articles concerning France created in 2007 and linking to them, and create another page for 2008 articles, etc., that would be prohibitive from a time and complexity standpoint. The designer or site owner would have to create an infinite number of static pages for every country, every year and so on.

A current website creates and displays content as it is instructed, using the server’s CPU and then sends the result to the visitor.

How is that done? Dynamic sites are built on a software core that uses languages that actually execute code. JavaScript, PHP and Perl are three of the most commonly-used programming languages on the Internet. They are used by websites to carry out more complicated operations.

Programs written in JavaScript run in the web browser itself, so if your website has a JavaScript program, the program will be automatically fetched by your visitor's browser and executed on his/her computer. PHP and Perl programs, on the other hand, run on the computer where your website is located, that is, on your web host's computer. After the PHP or Perl program does what it needs to do, it sends the result to the visitor's web browser, which merely displays the results.

Otherwise, from the point of view of a layperson, there is little difference between the languages such as PHP and Perl. The differences are like the differences between French, English, Chinese or some other human language. Each computer language has its own strengths and weaknesses and that’s why we include many of them in our designs.

 

Advantages of a Content Management Site

We at Solia develop Content Management Sites that are powerful and dynamic. The functions which those sites can perform are many and valuable.

As an example, for some organizations we provide a membership facility where people can log into the site, and access certain information. We build sites that can transmit and process invoices.

All of our sites provide a feedback form so that visitors can contact them. Our sites allow for visitors to subscribe to newsletters. The site actually transmits newsletters and maintains a record of visitor interaction with those mailings. Our web commerce sites allow visitors to browse products, filter them, and buy them. The site does many other things like calculates sale tax based upon the buyer’s address, and keeps a record for the customer which allows the customer to review his or her history.

A huge benefit is that the client can create content easily, and the content will be stored and displayed by the instructions previously coded into it by the developer (that’s us!). The client therefore does NOT need to know any code, or style the content every time new content is created. Our clients can manage of their content. Those that do not have the time can and often do hire us to manage that content, but many others handle almost all of the content creation and editing.

All these things are possible with dynamic content management type websites and a combination of HTML, PHP and other languages.

If you need to update your website, please contact us at Solia.

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