Choosing a Not-Com Domain Name to Set Your Business Apart

Dothomes_Blog_2728_1200x600In the early days of the internet, IP addresses—long strings of numbers separated by periods—were used to identify websites. As more and more people took to the internet, a simpler, easier method of finding a website was designed: domain names. When the first domain names were released around 1985, website owners could choose from .com, .net, and .org.

Since that time, those top-level domain extensions have remained popular, making it hard for new businesses to find great, unclaimed domain names. Luckily, recognizing the continually growing demand for domain names, new possibilities were (and continue to be) introduced. Businesses can now choose one of the original .com, .net, or .org domain extensions or one of the newer ones which include but aren’t limited to .site, .biz, .blog, .services, .ltd, .online, .town, and (perfect for the real estate industry) .homes. Continue reading

Google Defines the True Meaning of “Mobile-Friendly” Websites

HDC_Google_Defines_the_True_Meaning_of_“Mobile-Friendly”_Websites_2037-3A recent Google survey uncovered that 72 percent of mobile users say that it’s important for a website to be mobile friendly. Unfortunately, 96 percent have visited a site that doesn’t work well on their device. Furthermore, mobile users are five times more likely to abandon the task they are trying to complete if the site isn’t optimized for mobile use, with 79 percent saying they will go back to search and try to find another site that  meets their needs.

With mobile Internet usage growing more and more every year, it’s no surprise that the term “mobile friendly” has become synonymous with the world of website design. While it may seem like a cut and dry concept to most, the meaning of “mobile friendly” can vary from person to person. Well, Google has officially set their standards for the true meaning of “mobile friendly” and not only does it determine how valuable a website will be for consumers, but it also plays a big part in how high a site will rank within their search results. Continue reading

4 Reasons to Upgrade Your Website in 2014

Ninety-six percent of millennial homebuyers report using the Internet during their home search, and 20% are searching via their mobile device. Millennials now make up about 54% of all buyers in the market and are highly dependent on technology to do just about everything. It’s important to showcase your services, credentials, properties, and content with eye-catching visuals and innovative tools that are valuable to buyers. The cornerstone of that online strategy is your website. Here are four things your website needs to convert buyers and sellers into leads and maximize your business. Continue reading

Red Hot Widgets to Enhance Your Web Site

Looking for a way to easily connect and engage with more clients and prospects? Homes.com knows that being a real estate professional, although very rewarding, can sometimes be a bit demanding. As your partner in this fast paced industry we strive to provide tools that make your job as a real estate professional easier.

If you haven’t already, consider adding Homes.com Widgets to your website or blog, so that you can stop worrying about the little things and get back to the job that you love! Whether you want to enhance your listing exposure or provide your clients with an easy way to calculate their mortgage, Homes.com “has an app for that!” Continue reading