Data Transfer
Web Hosting

Moving Websites

Our lives this year have very much become about moving websites from one web host to another. As we mentioned in our previous post we’re spending the year changing our web hosting provider and this is involving meticulously moving our clients’ websites from one server to another.

It’s turning out to be an all-consuming task, but you know what … we’re getting pretty good at it. After the first few goes we identified a few areas that need careful attention and are confident that we’ve got everything covered. We have created a procedure to follow each time which makes the whole process nice and straightforward for us and nothing gets missed.

If you have been thinking about moving hosts but have been scared that it will be too difficult, give us a shout and see what we can do to help.

Web Servers
Web Hosting

Big Year for Webfooted Designs

We’re making some important changes to our web hosting service this year at Webfooted Designs.

Over the last year or so we’ve noticed a deterioration in the levels of service we’ve been getting from one of our existing web hosts. They had started out as one of the good ones, being an independent UK-based company. But they’ve now been bought out by one of the larger companies and we feel that they’ve taken their eye off the ball as far as quality of service goes.

So, we have done our research, taken some advice, and selected a new web hosting provider. We’re really excited about our new web hosting service. It offers much improved speed and a server setup which is designed for WordPress-based websites. And, we can now offer SSL Certificates as part of our standard web hosting fee instead of as an added extra.

Over the course of the coming year we are gradually moving the websites we host over to the new service. If you’re an existing client you can expect to hear from us to discuss how this affects you. Or if you are a new client you can expect to go straight onto our new improved hosting service.

If are looking to get a new website built and like the idea of your web hosting being provided as part of the service, drop us a line today!

Security
Web Hosting

SSL Certificates and You

SSL certificates provide additional security for your website and are becoming essential to have.

We explain SSL certificates and how they affect you and your website below.

SSL Certificates

Due to changes in how current web technology treats websites it is becoming increasingly important for websites to have additional security applied.

The additional security is called an SSL Certificate and encrypts any data transmitted. You can identify sites with SSL Certificates as follows:

  1. Green padlock icon in your browser’s address bar
  2. The site address begins with https:// (rather than http://)

SSL certificate as shown in FirefoxThe image to the right shows how this appears in the web browser Firefox for the main BBC website.

In particular, Google is pushing for all websites to use SSL Certificates, and we understand that not having one can have a negative impact on your search engine ranking. Google are also reinforcing this with their web browser Chrome. As of October 2017 Chrome will flag up any forms on a non-SSL website as insecure.

Previously we have only recommended SSL Certificates where sensitive data such as credit card details are collected directly on your website (which is the case for a lot of e-commerce websites). Although we feel that Google is forcing a significant change on website owners, we can’t deny the importance of Google and want to highlight the issue to enable you to make an informed decision.

Please contact us at info@webfooteddesigns.co.uk if you would like to review the impact of these changes on your website and to get pricing for setting up your website to work with SSL.