It Takes Two to Tango = Effective Website Design

It Takes Two to Tango = Effective Website Design

It Takes Two to Tango = Effective Website Design

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Effective Website Design

Designing a good effective website takes a collaborative effort.  It is important to hire a good website developer that will design a site that looks modern, clean and is easy to navigate, but also has powerful SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and shows up well on mobile devices but also remember designing this website is a two-way street.

As a website designer we need help from the new owner of the website to supply much needed documents such as the text for each of the pages and photographs and videos. Without them the designer is stuck from moving forward. We need this information in a timely fashion.

Whatever the timeline is decided upon from the start needs to be followed because a web designer is setting aside a certain amount of time to complete the work by a prescribed date.  We also will turn away work if we do not think we can complete the work on your new site by the deadline.

Efficient Website Design

I also know sometimes that new clients bite off more than we can chew. You may not know all that building this website will in tale. You also my struggle on how to write out information in an appealing coherent way that prospective clients may find informative and want to hire you and your business.

Creative Website Design

It also may take longer to track down photographs or video’s that we have in our minds eye we want used. A learning curve will have to be considered for blogs in your new website.

You need to have a moment of clarity with your website designer on a realistic time frame to have this all accomplished by.

If you are struggling with certain aspects of this timeline, have a line of communication open with them be it email, phone or text messaging. Let us know what is happening and what hurdles you must scale.

As a web developer we are here to help. We know how daunting all this may seem.

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Start out slow if this your first website mountain or even if you have done this before. Complete certain key pieces of the website first and then move on to the next part or section. Do not have so many pages half done.

Completing one part at a time will give you and the designer a sense of a completion and confident on moving on to the next part. Use a visual mind map so you have a visual sense of what is happening and what is connected and why.

This keeps the spaghetti monster from attacking our minds from the complexity of what we are dealing with.

If you have any questions or you felt you are ready to embark on this new online adventure, please contact me by email or phone with any questions. We are here to help your vision come to life. 

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SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?

Sometimes things come down from up on high and we either ignore it or do not really think it’s a BIG deal or important.

This issue of a SSL Certificate is BIG and getting bigger every day.

SSL certificates were once used to keep information safe on websites that sold goods directly and Google wanted people to enter at their own risk with a warning at front of the menu bar.

That has all changed now.

They are now being used to keep ALL website safe.

SSL Certificate

This 1st image is what a website looks like on Firefox in the browser bar. The green lock signifies that it is safe website. If you look close you can see next to the green lock is the letters https://. If the website does not have a certificate it will be missing the “s” or look like this: http://. The “s” stands for secure.

Secure Sockets Layer

What really is an SSL Certificate?

They are what is known as a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, sometimes called digital certificates. They are used to establish an encrypted connection between a browser or user’s computer and a server or website.

The SSL connection protects sensitive data, such as credit card information, exchanged during each visit, which is called a session, from being intercepted from non-authorized parties.

Secure Sockets Layer

This 2nd image is what a website looks like on Google Chrome in the browser bar. Just a bit different but very much the same.

That all makes sense if money is flowing through a website between buy and seller. We want that level of protection which is good thing.

Google is now requiring that ALL website have this level of security when they did not require it in the past.

They began to in-force a certain amount of leverage about this issue at the start of 2018 but now at the start of June they are tightening the screws further.

Not only will there be a warning that the website you are entering does not have protection in the form of a SSL Certificate and that you are entering at your own risk but your website will be ranked much lower in search engines results.

SSL Certificate for Websites

This image is what is called Encoded Certificate Signing Request. You have to have this first to start the ball rolling. You then send it over to the SSL Certificate maker and then they make sure you are the owner of the website by sending you a email that is on the account at the hosting company that your website is hosted by.  

Making Your Website Safe

In the modern age when security has become a major issue this is one way that Google and other search engines are trying to get back some control of security.

SSL Certificates are not cheap and can be purchased in two year increments.

Most hosting companies where your website is hosted sell them or have some kind of deal because you host with them that is built in to the hosting account.

They usually give you the first year Free but after that you will have to pay for it.

Making your website safe

Connecting you’re your SSL Certificate is a bit of a complicated matter.

There is a process to go through to connect the certificate and many hosting companies do this automatically when you buy it from them but for a hefty price.

I do this for all my websites that I design to make sure everything is working the way it should.

Sometimes people hire me to clean up a website or to do monthly website maintenance so I include it in the price to make sure they are safe.    

Services

Secure Sockets Layer. SSL Certificate for Websites

Best Website.Solutions is a custom Website and Graphic Art design company located in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

602-672-9654

John@BestWebsite.Solutions

SSL Certificate A BIG Deal for Websites?. SSL Certificate

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