All of the websites Web Design Auckland designs and develops are hosted on our secure reliable SSL servers in Auckland. Your website has daily backups online and in our Auckland studio so there is no fear of loss of data. Our secure SSL Certificates are updated annually and our web sites are all tested to ensure they are fully secure.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard technology for ensuring an internet connection is secure, so when sensitive data is sent from one system to another it is scrambled in transit and can't be intercepted by hackers reading and modifying information and personal details.
Today's websites require more stringent security to protect you from hackers and to ensure that contact forms and booking forms are encrypted while in transit and all data sent between the web server and the browser remains private. This secure encryption prevents your private information such as emails, phone numbers and credit cards from getting into the wrong hands. The way to check whether your site is using SSL hosting is to see if the address bar at the top of your window uses a tiny closed padlock icon . Clicking the padlock will show whether your connection is fully secure and whether your certificate is valid.
Another reason why using an encrypted server for your web hosting is so important is that Google won't rank your site in their search engine unless it is fully secure - using HTTPS with a valid SSL Secure Certificate is now essential.
A standard SSL Secure Certificate is now included in your hosting package, but if you want a ComodoSSL secure certificate that identifies you as the website owner, it will require a separate annual fee and you must have a dedicated IP Address. Most small business websites will not require this more expensive option and will opt for cheaper shared hosting which provides all the basic features and technical support.
HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. It is a more secure version of HTTP. The 'S' indicates it is secure.
A shared hosting service is much more affordable than other web hosting options, like dedicated server hosting with unique IP addresses. Almost all of our clients do not want the far more expensive dedicated hosting service option. The downside of shared hosting is when there is a lot of web traffic going through the server at the same time, which may result in slower loading speeds. We make sure however that all our website coding and images are optimised for speed, and that our servers are well maintained with updated PHP and MySQL.