Mission Accomplished

To all my visitors from Canada and around the world, Happy Canada Day!

At the beginning of the year, I posted three resolutions on my blog, one of which was to redesign my website and transfer it to a new host before Apple mothballed MobileMe. I’m pleased to announce that as of today, MobileMe no longer exists and yet I still have a presence on the Internet. Here’s a brief summary of the changes:

1) Site Creation: After trying 5 different programs intended for web design on a Mac, I went with Rapidweaver for its blend of professional-looking templates and options for under the hood modifications even by those with limited programming knowledge. An early favourite was Sandvox because of their attentive customer service and the number of templates that featured drop down menus. While I am extremely satisfied with Rapidweaver, Sandvox is a good option for people who want an iWeb experience with more design options.

2) Hosting: While enjoying a free year of hosting as MobileMe wound down, there was time to investigate Rapidweaver friendly web hosts. I went with RAGE web hosting for a number of reasons. First of all, they were already in my good books for their free iWeb SEO Tool that remedied a glaring need in iWeb for users who wanted their sites discoverable by search engines. Secondly, they are a Canadian based firm. Even though they bill in US funds, I like knowing that my .ca domain is being hosted in Canada. Thirdly, having the ability to prepay has allowed me to find hosting for $5 a month. Since my website has always been ad free, inexpensive hosting is important to me. As an added bonus, I have received excellent customer service in the form of quick replies and personalized e-mails.

3) Domain Registration: I switched from a .com to a .ca generic top-level domain primarily because the .ca gTLD allows private citizens to hide their addresses from WHOIS searches, whereas .com does not. I see no reason why that kind of information should be widely accessible, so why not keep it private if you can? So while the .ca domain makes me look more patriotic, there were more practical concerns at work.