Monday, 28 October 2013

Introducing our Facebook page

Although we have had the Convallis Software Facebook page for quite a while now I really haven't used it to its full potential for our business. Since winning the social media book I am slowly putting some of the ideas into practice and am starting to see an increase in visitors - although I would still like for the 'Likes' to go up, but more things still need to be done.

I am hoping to continue to post useful articles related to technology, plus some useful pieces of information about what we get up to here at the office. I have also added a contact form, therefore if you have a question you would like to ask or just want to get in touch you can directly from the page.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Owning a Domain

These days it's pretty much taken as read that if you want a presence on the web you need your own domain. It's all very well for we IT experts to say that a customer needs a domain, but no use if the customer has no idea why. So the first question that needs to be answered is 'what is a domain'?

To answer that question we need to first understand how computers on the internet (or any network for that matter) 'talk' to each other, and more importantly how they find each other in the first place. Just as we do in the physical world, each computer has its own address which is typically made up of a 32 bit number known as the IP address. It is usually expressed in the following notation where each 'xxx' is an integer between 0 and 255.

That's all very well for computers to find each other but it isn't very memorable for we mere mortals, while I might remember the IP address of my own server I'm not going to remember the IP address of the Google web servers, for instance. That's where the domain name comes in, it is basically a human readable and memorable name for a given network. For instance '' is the web address of our companies web site, with '' being our companies domain name.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Competition Winner

I recently took part in a competition on Facebook organised by 500 Social Media Marketing Tips . It was a simple Like and Share a post competition, but as social media is something that I'm interested in I thought I would give it a go.

A few days later, much to my surprise I discovered I had won the competition and have now received my copy of the book. I've only read a little of it so far, but have already picked up a few useful hints and tips to improve my use of social media including Twitter and Facebook.

I'm so pleased to have something that will certainly prove useful to me now and in the future.

Does your business use Facebook and do you think that you have something to offer as a prize in a competition? It seems to be a very popular way of gaining 'Likes' and followers of your page and to get your business message out to a large amount of people.