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The End of .TC Domains

March 24, 2014, 10:18 am

RIP .TCIf you live in Northern Michigan, you may have noticed the use of .TC for local domains. Many companies decided to purchase these domains and use them to reference an easy way to remember "Traverse City".  In reality, the .TC domain is the Internet country code for Turks and Caicos Islands. 

In 2013 a major dispute arose between AdamsNames, who used to run the .TC registry, and Meridian, the company who currently runs the registry. 

AdamsNames accused Meridian of attempting to hijack the registry, and is now warning the public against registering domain names with them. The dispute was documented on some domain name blogs in early 2013.

National Cherry Festival Gets Fresh Look for 2014

March 12, 2014, 10:06 am

Although the countdown to the Cherry Festival has been ticking since July of last year. It somehow seems  closer and more relevant as the snow begins to melt and the first signs of Spring have erupted. 

113 days left. 

In the office this morning, talks of tent beer (drinking beer in a tent) were brought up. How we miss the festivals and activities and most of all one of our favorite summer events, The National Cherry Festival. 

Luckily for us, we get a taste of summer and cherries, working with the festival all year long. Whether it's providing event registration for the Leapin' Leprechaun or working on the website throughout the off season. 

New Domain Ownership Rules

February 27, 2014, 2:50 pm

New rules for owning a domain name now require involvement from the domain owner.

Thaw of the Dead - Byte Gets Zombiefied

February 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

Thaw of the Dead Are you a zombie fan? Do you love movies? Have you run in the Traverse City Zombie Run?  If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, then you need to get involved in the Thaw of the Dead project! 

Our friends at  The Treefort Collective are creating a short zombie film which a special Northern Michigan twist. You've never seen zombies like this before, frostbitten, freezing and sure to delight even the biggest zombie fan!  With a whole crew of special effects artists and local talent, Thaw of the Dead will be filmed entirely in the Grand Traverse  Region and even feature some of your favorite hang outs (Hint: The Cheese Shanty).

Customer Spotlight : Safety By Design

February 3, 2014, 3:20 pm

Safety By Design Logo

Safety by Design, LLC is consulting firm with an emphasis on providing Safety, Health and Environmental support to the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, and General Industry both on land and offshore. Their main office is located in Kalkaska, MI and they recently opened a second location in Dover, OH. 

Safety By Design came to Byte looking for a custom-designed website that was consistent with their print and marketing materials. They gave us business cards, photos and pamphlets, which are very helpful for our designer to ensure consistent branding.  We also discussed important elements that should be featured on the homepage. As you can see, they requested a large image of their main location with an editable text box, contact form and homepage text. 

Change to DNS for Better Stability

January 30, 2014, 3:05 pm

A few of our customers were affected by a Denial of Service (DoS) attack on December 17th. The DoS attack was not directed against Byte Productions, but toward the domain name servers of the domain registrar that we use: Tucows/OpenSRS.

Domain name servers (DNS) are what points your domain name to a webserver as well as pointing your email routing records to the appropriate email servers. This attack, which lasted about 8 hours, effectively made entire websites unreachable.  Tucows/OpenSRS reports that they manage about 14 million domain names, so this had the potential to be a pretty large hit to the internet as a whole.

Domain name servers are something that have been targeted often with DoS attacks.  About a year ago we saw Godaddy, an even bigger DNS provider, go down for about 16 hours.   In our case, Tucows mitigated the problem in about 8. 

2014 Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Marathon

December 2, 2013, 11:48 am

Bayshore Marathon Although it isn't even 2014 yet, registration for the 2014 Bayshore Marathon is upon us! 

This past Sunday, 2600 runners used our byteEvents Online Event Registration System to sign up for the Traverse City Track Club Bayshore Half Marathon taking place on Saturday, May 24, 2014. 

Registration opened at 9 am and within 40 minutes they reached capacity. This popular running event is a favorite amongst many locals and out-of-towners. 2014 will show a new challenge as the half marathon course has been changed

If you missed registration over the holiday weekend, don't worry! Registration for the 10K and full marathon will open this Sunday, December 8th at 9 am. You can sign up at  

Cyber Monday Deal 2013

November 26, 2013, 3:48 pm

In Honor of Cyber Monday, we are offering 10% off a small business website created at bytePages! 

Just use promo code: CYBERMON13
(Offer valid from now until 11:59 PM 12/2/13)

bytePages websites are great for any business looking to get on-line fast. These templates-based sites can be customized and updated by YOU at any time. 

Our team will help you create a great branded look and assist you will four (4) pages of content population! 

Providing Superior Customer Service

November 6, 2013, 1:29 pm

Used Car Dealer I've found that many businesses claim to provide "the best customer service in town" in radio, print or online advertising. This claim to fame is used by banks, car dealerships or even mortgage brokers. But, when was the last time you've heard a web company pride themselves on providing excellent customer service? 

I've realized in the technology industry, many companies can get away with not properly assisting customers. I feel, it's because they think they don't have much to lose after the initial sale of a website or online marketing services. Many rely on smoke and mirrors and perhaps empty promises of project completion dates. This to me, is the entirely wrong way of doing businesses.

October Company Outing

October 9, 2013, 2:28 pm

Disc GolfingIf you haven't heard, the Byte team has been very passionate about disc golfing lately.

If you ever happen to drive down Cherry Bend Road in Traverse City around 12:30pm, you will most likely see some of the crew tossing some discs around in the Cherry Bend Community Park. We've been extremely fotunate to have great weather into October and everyone seems to enjoy getting outside at lunch.

Last Friday, we traveled over to Maple City for the much-anticipated disc golf company outing.  The friendly competition was at the Myles Kimmerly, 18-hole disc golf course. 

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