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Website Design General News

Secure Websites Now Mandated - Well Sort Of...

gdu ssl http optIts been quite a while back, three years or so actually, since Google announced it wanted the web world to be entirely served via the HTTPS protocol. And as we probably know a company as large as Google, that has such a massive influence on the web, so big that it is difficult for even the most knowledgeable person to measure its impact. Rock on a few years and we find news everywhere that if sites are not served under a SSL certificate (Secure Socket Layer) they are likely to be lowered in search results. To the general public that might not seem like a big deal, but believe us, its as massive as their check book balance as it could possibly affect 60-80% of the worlds websites and how they are found via search.

Up until recently the main reasons websites did not go the HTTPS route were,

  • It was expensive to install and maintain.
  • It hurt ones search rankings.
  • It was very difficult to implement.
  • It wasn't necessary.

So what really is HTTPS and SSL?...well that are not just two more acronyms that techies like that is for sure.

  • HTTPS – Stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. What it means for a website is all communication is encrypted, so any data or information sent to and from a website is secure.
  • SSL – Is all about a Secure Socket Layer. What is that really? It is the standard technology in the form of a certificate, used to make a website HTTPS.

So basically if one wants to encrypt data on your website and go along with Google’s recommendations, a SSL certificate needs to be installed on the server where the website resides. Till now  I am sure most have become aware all e-commerce websites that take credit card transactions have become secure (hopefully), banks, private portals, utility companies etc. We know about it them right?

However along with them the standard is now for everyone's security, so Google wants to see HTTPS on a website if it allows anything like this,

  • Allow users to create an account or sign in to one.
  • Submit a contact form or information form of any kind.
  • Sign up for a newsletter or some other offer.
  • Search for something on your website.
  • Enter any personal information, even a just zip code.

So with this groundswell of debate behind the scenes, Google earlier this year started lowering the position of websites if they were not HTTPS. As website developers and with Search Engine Optimization becoming an increasing part of our business offerings, we commenced working on plans to make this available to not only our new clients but also all our current ones, in a way that is affordable, and relatively easy to implement. We are pleased to say we are near completion of that project and having installed the HTTPS protocol on several websites including our own, and are ready to comply with Googles wishes.

To see how we can make your website secure, please visit our HTTP - SSL Certificates Page

Georgia Down Under Joins Habersham County Chamber

habersham_chamberHere at Georgia Down Under we are pleased to announce our new membership of Habersham County Chamber of Commerce.

We are so pleased with the welcome we have received by the Chamber, its members and the Habersham County Chamber Board and we look forward to many years of website designing, email marketing and website hosting with small and medium sized businesses throughout Habersham County.. We honestly and genuinely look forward to helping you take your business to the next level and harness the world of online media marketing.

So if its anything online, think Georgia Dowin Under.

Georgia Down Under Joins White County Chamber

We are pleased to announce we are the newest member of the White County Chamber of Commerce who's main office is located in Cleveland Georgia. The welcome and professional assistance we received at the Chamber's offices was greatly appreciated. Georgia Down Under looks forward to working with the many other thriving businesses in White County and look forward to assisting the community with website design and development products and services.

Wayne Kraska
Owner - Georgia Down Under Website Design

Georgia Down Under Spreads North

We are pleased to announce Georgia Down Under has further expanded its reach in North Georgia for website design, website hosting and email marketing services. Now based in Clermont Georgia in north of Gainesville, we are able to personally assist clients with website design and online marketing needs in both White County and Habersham County and cities like, Clermont GA, Cleveland GA, Clarkesville GA, Cornelia GA and of course the Gainesville Georgia areas. Of course we still remain able to quickly access locations like Alpharetta, Cumming, Dawsonville and others along the GA 400 corridor.

We are very excited about this more northerly location, the opportunities it will bring for us and our valued clients and that it will allow a wider reach for Georgia Down Under Website Design Services. Of course when a client is located elsewhere we can still arrange mutually agreeable appointments for consultations

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