Why I don’t link my website to Facebook, YouTube or Twitter

The answer is simple. I do not link my website to any social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter because these social networks are not allowed in China. Unless a person use a Private Virtual Network (VPN) to gain access to these social networks, they are not going to be able to read and write to these popular networks.

Another reason that is closely related is that if I link my pages to these social networks, my website may possibly be banned in China. Even though I am promoting Website Design services, the links to these popular networks could cause a misunderstanding by the Chinese authorities and leads to a unnecessary “Page not found” appearance for people trying to view my website.

Do I personal have a Facebook page? Sure I do, and I mostly post photos of friends and myself having a good time here and there. So this is not about me against social networks nor am I biased against Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Since this website is about services that I offer to the companies and manufacturers located in China, I think it is good to be on the safe side.



Google Apps for Business not so smooth in China


Back in 2010, Google pulled out of China and redirected users to Google.com.hk. Since then it has been a not so smooth experience of using Google related apps within China. For example up till now, I have not been able to update my Google+ at all times when I am in China. Whether it is iOS or Android, the apps for business related to Google are not downloading.

On my website here, I have recommended using Gmail from Google. I personally have not much problems using Gmail in China. There are times when it just will not load on my desktop. On my iOs and Android devises, Gmail seems to be doing alright most of the time. On the business side, when I recommend users to get a 5USD per month per person mailbox from Google, it is hard to push through when the apps for business will not work when you need to demonstrate how to use them. Frustration sets in to say the least.

In China where lots of business cards have emails that are freely obtainable from 189.cn, 163.com, QQ mail box, hotmail, and others, it is not easy to recommend a company that has 20 office staff to pay 100USD per month just to use emails. Even recommending the basic email package from Zoho, which costs 2.5USD/month/user, is no easy task either.

The alternative is to host the client’s website with hosting services that includes simple webmails like squirrel mails etc. And then forward all emails from that webmail to their more popular email box. But the reply-to portion would be a little harder if not careful, then the user’s own email eg qq mail would become the sending email address.

I am looking at Outlook.com free email services that allows user to register their own domain name as the email address, eg, name@mydomain.com. Outlook allows up to 50 users to be registered under that one domain name. This is not a solution for companies that need more than 50 email addresses but could be an easy way out for companies that need only 50 email address for their staff.