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Why now is the time to add SSL to your website

Google have announced that by the end of this month (January 2017) they will display in the address bar of their Chrome browser if a site is insecure. At the moment they just have an information symbol (‘i’ in a circle) but that will have ‘Not secure’ added to it.

So, what does that mean? Whenever you view a website it’s content is transferred from the server to your browser. This can be intercepted during that transfer. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is where the data is encrypted when it leaves the server and decrypted again by the browser just before displaying it. If anyone tries to intercept it along its journey they won’t see anything meaningful.

Banks have been using this for many years but it was always something regular sites didn’t need. Also, in the past it was accepted that the process of encrypting and decrypting would make the site slower.

Now Google is driving forward the desire for all sites to use this method. The good news is it’s nowhere near as costly as it used to be.

If you have your site hosted with us, get in touch to discuss having SSL installed so you won’t be affected by this change.

Google will be giving mobile websites priority soon

Some will remember a post last year which talked about Google requiring sites to be mobile friendly (read it here). Well, it looks like they are soon to take it another step and go with a mobile-first index soon. So far they’ve always gone with desktop websites but this change will mean if your website… Continue Reading

Websites need to be mobile friendly

A couple of months ago, Google announced they are going to change their algorithms to give priority to mobile-friendly websites when searching on a mobile device. They are implementing this in just 10 days time (April 21st, 2015). I have to say that I don’t agree with their thinking on this. I feel that the… Continue Reading

.UK domains now available

The day has finally arrived. Nominet, the UK domain governing body, has released the .uk domain extension (top level domain) for registration. This new TLD looks to be the ideal one for any UK individual, company or organisation and will likely become the most used, overtaking the .co.uk eventually. There are a few things you… Continue Reading

I’ve been told that someone wants to buy similar domains to my own

A number of clients have contacted us because they’ve received an email from an unrecognised company saying that they’ve been approached and asked to register some domains similar to theirs. For example, we would receive an email saying that we are being given notice that a request for site-street.jp, site-street.es, site-street.fr, etc. are wanted by… Continue Reading

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