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August, 2020 Edition
What's in a Domain Name?

Your domain name identifies you online like your own name does in the real world. Without domain names, it would be difficult to navigate the internet. We would have to remember numbers such as to reach a specific website. This number represents an IP address (internet protocol address) assigned to a server or a computer. The selection of a domain name is an important decision. Your domain is essentially your address online.

Domain extensions such as .com, or .org are a critical part of your domain name. The gold standard is .com. It is the default website extension if the actual extension is unknown. Years ago, the extension did not play as important a role as it does today. It was more important to make sure your business name was part of your domain name. Today you should always use a .com extension whenever possible. Choose .net as a secondary option, or try .org if you run a non-profit.

Localized domain extensions are available that specify your location. It never hurts to have multiple domains pointing to your website, such as mywebsite.com and mywebsite.us. When directing multiple domains at one website, it is good practice to specify a canonical URL so your web developer can point search engines to the desired base or default URL for your website.

Keep domain names simple, so they can easily be remembered. Studies show that domain names with less than eight characters are optimal, but that may be difficult for some businesses. It is a guide to keep in mind when selecting a domain name or names for your website.

Keep track of your domain names and the expiry date. Renew domain names before they expire to avoid headaches. You don't want to jump through hoops to get your website back online.

Consider buying domain names that match your current domain. For example, if you own mywebsite.com, you may want to purchase mywebsite.net, along with mywebsite.us, if they are available.

The proper domain not only helps you drive business to your website, but it also helps with brand recognition offline.

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Denison Links

Denison Links has been updated and redesigned. The new website is responsive and can be viewed on most devices. The site features links to Denison area business websites, 100's of recipes, and family links that offer resources for all ages.

The home page offers a 7 day weather forecast, famous quotes, and a link to the Chamber & Development Event Calendar.

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  • I have to stop drinking coffee after midnight because the barista wants to go home.
  • "Don't worry, I'll hold your stuff. You just worry about making friends." - Cargo Shorts
  • There are books on potty training. But, if you can read, you really should've grasped the concept by now.
  • What idiot called it proposing and not kneel diamond.
  • If you feel yourself getting sawed in half, he's probably not a real magician.
  • I like when flies won't leave my car on long road trips. Have fun moving to Kansas, you tiny idiot.
  • My wife's signature move is asking me a question then turning on the faucet when I answer.
  • I'm running in a 0.0000005K run to raise awareness for laziness.
  • I can almost always tell if a movie doesn't use real dinosaurs.
  • You can tell kids you're friends with the President, they don't know.
  • I've never really enjoyed my surprise birthday parties because all I can think about is how good my friends are at lying to my face.
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Sweet Home 3D

According to the website, "Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design application that helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D."

You can download Sweet Home 3D or use it online. The program is free and open source. You draw the walls of your home then drag and drop furniture from a gallery organized by categories.

The intent of the program is to display a realistic rendering of a home interior.

Check out Sweet Home 3D here.

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