Can you tell me more about registering a domain name and web host?
A domain name is what people type in when they want to visit your website. It is one part name and one part generic top-level domain (gTLD) or country code top-level domain (ccTLD).
Registering your name with a gTLD or a ccTLD may depend on your market. To learn more, read: List of Internet top-level domains.
Create domain names up to 63 characters. Have several options ready in case your first choice in unavailable. Registering your domain name should be done through an accredited registrar. Visit InterNIC: The Accredited Registrar Directory to find out if your domain name registrar, such as Go Daddy, is accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
A web host is an organization you pay (usually monthly), to host your website content. It is common for organizations to offer domain name registration and web hosting as a bundled package. However, you can use a different organization for each.
Registering with a web host can feel overwhelming. Confirm that the web host offers features you need now, and ones that allow you to grow. A good way to confirm if a web hosting organization is legitimate is to look them up in the WHOIS directory and read online reviews.
Pointing Your Domain Name to Your Web Host
Your domain name will need to be pointed to your web host if you opt to have a different organization for each, to ensure that when people type in your domain name they are directed to your website (Web host).
This process involves entering your web host server information into your domain name registrar's settings. Your domain name registrar will be able to provide you with additional assistance if required.
Using Your Domain Name
When you have a registered domain name and web host, you are ready to add a vanity URL to your dashboard.
What is HTTPS secure mode?
Hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) encrypts your information on the web so that it is not visible to those with advanced capabilities. This will help prevent unwanted onlookers who make their way into the unsecured network with the intention of gaining information or hijacking accounts.
Why is Hootsuite displaying a different time zone?
There are two reasons your Hootsuite dashboard could be displaying a different time zone from yours:
- The Hootsuite dashboard settings need updating.
- Your computer or mobile device settings need updating.
One or both of these solutions should resolve the difference in time zone.
What does, "This page contains both secure and nonsecure items" mean?
Attempting to view content with Internet Explorer 8 through Hootsuite from third-party websites which do not have HTTPS enabled by default (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo or Flickr) can cause the message, "This page contains both secure and non-secure items. Do you want to display the non-secure items?" to display.
Clicking Yes will allow the page to load, displaying mixed content, your Hootsuite session will still be secure but the non-secure content will remain public.
Why does Hootsuite shorten my RSS feed text?
Hootsuite appends the end of an RSS that exceeds the 140 Twitter character limit with an ow.ly link.
Configure your RSS feed to only send out the title of the webpage, so it won’t shorten the RSS.
When is my RSS feed checked for new content?
There are six intervals to select from in your RSS settings for the frequency the feed is checked for new posts. At each interval, Hootsuite publishes 1-5 new posts (depending on your settings) from the feed, newest first.
RSS feeds are checked at the top of the hours noted below. However, publishing of new content found will happen at some point within the hour. All times are in GMT.
- 24 hours: Midnight
- 12 hours: Midnight, Noon
- 6 hours: Midnight, 6am, Noon, 6pm
- 3 hours: Midnight, 3am, 6am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm
- 2 hours: Midnight, Noon, and all even hours
- 1 hour: Every hour