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Canvas Dreams Now Offering Business Consulting Services

Canvas Dreams, LLC is the parent company of Canvas Host. In 2013, we re-launched our brand as Canvas Host, to focus primarily on web hosting.

Since that time, many businesses have contacted us for assistance in a variety of areas.

It is a proven fact that many small businesses struggle through their first 5 years. We listened to you, and we’re thrilled to offer a range of new services designed to help your business!

As of August 1, 2018, Canvas Dreams LLC now offers business consulting services.

Our company has been in business for over 16 years, a Certified B Corporation for 7 years, and has been an Oregon Benefit Company since the designation was formed in 2014. We believe in balancing people, planet, and profit equally.

We have been where you are and have learned successful procedures to run efficient, sustainable systems. With more than 25 years’ experience in management and operations, our business experts can help you organize your business, creating efficient systems in human resources, inventory management, finance, and operations.

We feel that by making these consulting services available, we can better assist your company in its growth and stability.

Canvas Dreams is here to support you and help you make those dreams a reality.


Local Alignment as an Oregon Benefit Company

One of our operating principles is “supporting local”. To this extent, we have realigned our Oregon Benefit Company certification with a local Oregon-based company. This was a necessary and overdue decision, as the prior certifier (Green America) has lost credibility. With this new certification, we are better positioned to help and encourage other local businesses to do the same.

Two weeks ago, we completed and passed our final audit with Benefit Corporations for Good. The company, owned and operated by Tom Hering and Mary Anne Harmer, stands for the same principles of operation that we have built into the DNA of Canvas Host. Both Tom and Mary Anne have been at the forefront of the Oregon Benefit Company movement for many years, proving this through their recently published book, Putting Soul into Business.

At Canvas Host, we believe that supporting local is not only what it needed but what is important in our growth as a company and our transparency to our customers. If you would like to learn more about this process, requirements, or definitions, please contact us at csr@canvashost.com. We are always here to assist.


Tune-Ups For Your Website

Just like maintenance for your car, your website requires consistent tune-ups and care. By ignoring website maintenance and not taking care of outdated code, your website is vulnerable to attacks and hacks. Websites can and do breakdown just as easily as vehicles.

Over the past year, we have seen an increase in requests from companies that have needed assistance in updating their websites. Many times business owners have come to us not knowing what to do or where to start. Sometimes these fixes have been quick and sometimes we have suggested a full website rebuild due to the complexity of the deficiency. Overall, we will be 100% transparent in our professional assessment.

To simplify this further, we have created a simple maintenance program. This program will not only check your WordPress website for the latest plug ins and versions, but it will automatically back up your website to our off-site hosting facility in Bend, OR.

Were you also aware that by updating your website, you could also increase your Search Engine Optimization? If you are updating your content regularly, or even updating your code, SEO ranking can also increase.

For more information, please contact us at design@canvashost.com, or by calling 877.HOST.503.


Upcoming Domain TLD Price Increases

As a domain registrar, we try our best to maintain competitive, low prices for all top-level domains that we offer. Occasionally, price increases do occur.

We have been notified by various domain registries of upcoming price increases. While most of the increases affect less popular TLDs, .BIZ and .INFO are increasing, as well (in bold, below).

As a result, we are adjusting registration and renewal prices (quoted in USD) for the following TLDs, effective August 20, 2018. For our UK-based customers, GBP prices will be adjusted, accordingly.

TLD
Current Price/year ($ USD)
New Price/year ($ USD)
.BEST 99.95 124.95
.BIO 74.95 79.95
.BIZ
15.99 21.95
.BLUE 19.95 24.95
.CEO 99.95 124.95
.INFO
15.99
21.95
.PINK 19.95 21.95
.POKER 54.95 64.95
.PROMO 24.95 29.95
.PW 14.95 34.95
.RED 19.95 24.95
.SG 44.95 59.95
.SKI 49.95 59.95
.SPACE 14.95 29.95

For customers with domains registered under these TLDs, renewal prices will be automatically adjusted. Any renewal invoices you have already received at the current (soon to be former) prices will be honored.

Please let us know if you have any questions about these increases. We do appreciate your business!


Understanding SSL – Is Your Website Secure?

For the past 18 months, we’ve sent periodic announcements to customers about the need to secure their website with SSL. “Secure Socket Layer” is a technology available to all customers in our network. SSL is used to encrypt a browser session whenever it connects to your website. It is the most crucial step to protecting information that customers may be trying to send to you, such as credit card numbers, email addresses, or phone numbers.

As of July 1, 2018, most major website browsers (and even some operating systems) will start to alert a user when visiting a non-SSL website. Google, and other major search engines, are now penalizing non-SSL websites’ SEO rank. If website traffic is important to you, you absolutely need to move on installing SSL on your website.

The best way to tell if your website currently runs SSL, is to try to visit it at the full URL (website address), beginning with “https://”, such as “https://www.canvashost.com“. The “s” in “https” is your first clue. If your website shows up normally, and you see a green padlock appear in front of the URL, then your website has an active SSL certificate installed, and you’re all set!

If your website does not show up properly, or you are shown an error message that the site could not be loaded, then your website does not have an active SSL certificate installed. This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed.

One thing that Canvas Host does, which distinguishes us from our competition, is that we make free AutoSSL certificates available on most hosting plans. These certificates do not include a warranty against data breaches, and we do not recommend them for e-commerce or business websites. They also do not work in our PCI compliant environment. Still, for basic blogging, a free AutoSSL certificate is a simple way to run a successful and secure website in the eyes of search engines and browsers alike.

If you aren’t sure if your website is correctly configured, contact us at support@canvashost.com, and we’ll be happy to review your website. If you have SSL installed on the hosting account, but your website isn’t working properly, you may need to reconfigure some settings. At your request, our team can perform a complete review of the site, and convert it to work properly with SSL, starting at $200.

SSL is here to stay, and it’s important to keep your site secured, to protect not only your site’s operations, but your customer’s browsing experience as well.

Thank you,

David Anderson