Free SSL Certificates via “Let’s Encrypt”

Today, security and privacy is more important than ever and because of that, more and more are choosing to encrypt their website traffic using SSL Certificates. We are very pleased to announce that all of our fully-managed shared hosting servers now provide access to FREE “Let’s Encrypt” SSL Certificates.

What is “Let’s Encrypt”?

“Let’s Encrypt” is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. They provide FREE SSL Certificates using a quick and easy process that anyone can take advantage of. TrevNet Media servers are now fully ready to take advantage of this.

How does “Let’s Encrypt” compare to Commercial (paid) SSL Certificates?

From a technical perspective, “Let’s Encrypt” certificates and Commercial SSL Certificates achieve almost the same thing. There are, however, some significant differences you need to be aware of:

Commercial SSL Certificates

  • Commercial SSL Certificates are offered by a trusted CA like Comodo, GoDaddy, etc that provide all types of SSL Certificates.
  • You can also claim for warranty in case of misuse or data-breach.
  • They offer 24×7 online supports via email, chat or call.
  • Recommended for large or Ecommerce Websites.
  • Comes with trust seal/site seal
  • Every SSL comes with warranty (start from $10,000)

“Let’s Encrypt” SSL Certificates

  • “Let’s Encrypt” is a free and open certificate authority that offer Free SSL Certificates for 90 days.
  • Our servers will automatically renew these certificates for you.
  • You can secure your basic website only, but if you deal with online transactions, then it may not be sufficient enough to protect your website. However, “Woo Commerce” (The #1 Ecommerce WordPress Plugin) does recommend it.
  • Apart from this, the free certificate does not offer any warranty in case of misuse or data-breach.

In short; if you want a quick and easy way of getting your website SSL secured for privacy or security reasons, “Let’s Encrypt” is a fantastic FREE option for you. If you are an online retailer, or otherwise require the security, warranty, and support of a commercial certificate, this may be a better option for you.

Great for SEO (Search Engine Optimization)!

About two years ago, Google announced that they were using HTTPS as a “lightweight” ranking signal. If your search rank is really important to the success of your business, switching to HTTPS should help.

What About Certificate Renewals?

We have a process that runs every night to take care of this. It checks the validity of all “Let’s Encrypt” certificates, renews expired certificates, and attempts to issue new certificates for new sub-domains. The process is fully transparent and automated.

What Do I Need To Do Now?

If you’d like to keep your Commercial SSL Certificate, then there is nothing to worry about; business as usual.

If you are a current TrevNet Full Service Hosting customer and you’d like to take advantage of a “Let’s Encrypt” FREE SSL Certificate on your site, contact us to get started.



HUGE Google Changes – Is your site ready?

responsive devicesStarting today, April 21, 2015 Google will be making a HUGE algorithm change that will affect all mobile searches.

The new change outranks both Panda and Penguin in terms of scale according to Google’s Webmaster Trends analyst Zineb Ait Bahajji. It is predicted to affect 40% of  all websites. If you haven’t felt the effects of this change, you will soon!

Whether you have a website, landing page or blog, you WILL be affected by this change. The question is…are you ready for it?

We have been preaching about keeping your website up to date for quite some time. Check out our blog post back in 2013 explaining some of the benefits of keeping your site fresh and new.

mobilegeddenThe change will only take about a week to complete and is so significant that April 21st is being referred to by several names including mobilegeddon, mobilepocalyse, mopocalypse or mobocalypse!

The end isn’t [that] near! The best way to figure out whether your site will reap the benefits of this algorithm change (or if you will be penalized after the update), is to analyze your site and Google was generous enough to provide the link for a simple test:

If your site is mobile-friendly, congratulations! You won’t fall victim to these apocalyptic changes. However, if your site doesn’t meet these mobile-friendly standards, it’s time for an update!

Not to worry, we’ve got you covered – contact us by phone, email, telegraph or carrier pigeon and we will be more than happy to get your site up to par.

slide01-imagesThe best way to ensure your site won’t be affected, is to make your site Responsive. Responsive design is the process of creating a single web site that has the ability to adjust its layout, based on the size and orientation of the users display as well as the browser it is being viewed on. Simply meaning, your website “responds” to the device it’s being displayed on for optimal viewing.

We’ve been doing responsive design for a while now, check out some of our favorites:

Aqui Cal-Mex
Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation
Amy Dixon Fitness
Jonathon D Fischer Foundation

Or check out our portfolio for more examples.

Don’t wait until you are no longer competitive in your search rankings. Contact us – we’ve got your back!

Website Launch: Aqui Cal-Mex

My my my Aqui, don’t you look fabulous! It’s our pleasure to announce the launch of Aqui’s new website. Working with our client we wanted to come up with a design that’s soothing, fresh, artistic, and, of course, eye catching. We were given the challenge of keeping the original logo, colors and background images from their old site, and we built up from there. The final result was a very happy client and another design we’re proud to add to our portfolio.

Aqui Cal-Mex New Website

More About Aqui

Aqui is uniquely known for their natural, wild, organic menu, and let’s not forget their “feet tingling” Industrial Strength Margaritas™, Swirls™ and new Martini Swirls™. Starting back in 1994, A renowned chef, known for creating innovative inspired California cuisine, and an experienced fast food operator joined together. The fast food operator gave the chef a simple challenge: “Create fine dining food using the flavors of the Southwest, Asia, California and Latin America. We will match the food with gorgeous decor and fill the place with art. Then, we’ll add order-at-the counter service to make it hassle free. And above all, we will make it affordable.”

And on April 11, 1994, the first Aqui Cal-Mex restaurant was introduced in Willow Glen. In all, Aqui now has four locations in the San Jose Area. Each has its own unique flavor, with one of a kind custom artwork from local artists.

about the Development and Design

The bulk of what makes this project great is its foundation. We worked very closely with the team at Aqui Cal-Mex to come up with a design both unique and appealing to their taste. At Aqui, it’s all about the spectacular food, and we had to make that front and center. Every page at has a unique design tailored to the content for the given page. We wanted to make sure visiting the website was just as much of an experience as it is when you visit one of the Aqui locations to grab a bite to eat.


Developing Aqui was an absolute blast! The team here loved the opportunity to actually taste the food while we were developing the site. There’s nothing quiet like coding a food menu for Aqui while eating the food at the same time. Don’t worry, we keep our keyboards clean here at TrevNet. One of the challenges for coding this website was giving each page that fresh look, so as you’re browsing the website, you don’t get bored. We were able to do this and still deliver the content the customer may be looking for when visiting the site.

aqui-jump-toWhile we’re on the topic of the menu pages at Aqui Cal-Mex, let’s point out some of the features here. We know the menu can seem intimidating, especially when you’re not sure what to get! So we added a “jump to” menu button that lets you go right to a specific type of food on the menu.


We’ve got a multi-column menu with nice clean text in an organized list. Thanks to WordPress, we were able to easily set up this page so the team at Aqui Cal-Mex could keep it up to date. You can be sure that any time you visit the website to look at the menu, you’ll see the latest and greatest!

One of the pages we had a lot of fun developing was the Experience Aqui page. This page is an interactive design that allows you to navigate the site in a different kind of way. Simply mouse over over the pictures and get a quick textual description, click it and it will take you to the specific page!

aqui-locationsWhen you’re ready to head over to one of the Aqui Cal-Mex Locations, check out the location page. We absolutely love the Google Maps integration with the page. On this page, you can click on each location to get more information, or just use the map at the top. If you need to see what the restaurant hours are or maybe some extra information when finding it, clicking on the location will show a modal with more information.


It’s Mobile Ready!


A large portion of the traffic at the Aqui website is coming from a mobile platform. Whether that be from your phone or a tablet, we wanted to make sure the website looked great! The whole site was developed to be a responsive design, which means the website and its content will adapt to the size of the display and render only what’s needed, depending on the platform. For Aqui Cal-Max, we really had the ability to be innovative with with the website on a mobile platform like the iOS or Android powered smart phones. We created a pull out (via tap) sidebar menu that lets anyone easily browse the site.

In Closing

One of the perks we had experienced when designing for this client is the delicious food they provided us as inspiration for their site. Ever since, we’ve been hooked. If you haven’t been to Aqui yet I suggest you add it to your list of places to try; it really is an experience you have to try for yourself. After many visits we have never been disappointed. With fresh food, affordable prices and an amazing atmosphere, now accompanied with a awesome new website – Aqui is going places!

Website Launch: Pelvic Pain Rehab

Voilà! After the culmination of a lot of planning, design, and coding we are proud to present Pelvic Pain Rehab’s new website!

Pelvic Pain Rehab

More About The Company

What started as a Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center in San Francisco in 2006, Pelvic Pain Rehab has now opened their doors in three locations in San Francisco, Berkeley, and Los Gatos. One of the things that make their clinics unique, is that as physical therapists they focus solely on the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle muscles.

The PHRC team are also committed to educating the medical community and the public about pelvic health. Toward that end, Liz, Stephanie and Marcy are frequent speakers on the topic of pelvic floor physical therapy at different events around the globe.

In addition to their regular speaking engagements, organizational activities, and community outreach, the PHRC staff writes an award-winning weekly blog where they tackle a variety of issues related to pelvic health and rehab.

Design and Development


When PHRC approached us, they were not new to the online scene and knew what they wanted. They already had a successful blog and needed a revamped website to go with it. The design had to be unique, show off their personality, and really leave a lasting impression. On top of all that, they wanted it in WordPress so they could easily manage their website content and navigation structure, while also having the capability to manage their blog seamlessly on the same platform. Their existing website had so much content, it made it easy for us to learn about their company and get a feel for what kind of website they needed. So, we had all this content, a blog, and a great story; this left us with one choice – dive in head first!

menusWe ended up creating a large navigation and a dual slider. We don’t often need to develop a 3-tier drop-down menu, but when we finished, it looked great! We designed and developed a multi-sectional slider as well. One section had images with text; the other, videos. It’s important to keep your home page always evolving and growing as your company does, so we gave them the ability to manage this content quickly and effectively. The next important issue for PHRC was making sure their clients knew where to schedule an appointment, so we made sure this was highlighted on every page.

The team at Pelvic Pain Rehabilitation Center understood the importance of a strong social media presence and wanted it integrated with their website. We integrated their facebook and twitter feeds right on their home page! You’ll find it on their blog, their homepage, and any page in-between that people may want to read and share with their friends. With social integration, calendar events, recent blog posts, and easy-to-manage home page content, we’ve made it easy to keep their home page up to date on a daily basis.

Responsive Design


The folks at PHRC wanted to make sure their website was easy to use regardless of what mobile platform their readers might be using. We set them up with a responsive design. This means every page of their custom website design will automatically adapt to the user’s window size. We went through each page and optimized it for mobile platforms. The result was great and seeing it all come together on the hand-held devices is truly rewarding.

In Closing

PHRC (as well as TrevNet Media) were very pleased with the final results of this design. Keeping a steady flow of communication between their staff and our team greatly helped in making PHRC’s vision a reality. With a fresh new look and feel to show off their talented company, you can expect to see and hear a lot more of Pelvic Pain Rehab in the future.

Website Launch: Gagliardi Insurance Services

We’ve rolled out with another one! This website has been designed for a great company who provides a mix of specialty insurance coverage for almost any venue you can imagine. Gagliardi Insurance Services was a lot of fun to work with. They maintained high energy and excellent communication throughout the whole design process. We definitely look forward to working with them in the future.


about Gagliardi Insurance Services

G.I.S. offers a wide range of sports & entertainment insurance products that are available to both clients and brokers. With over 20 years of experience in their industry, they have built insurance programs designed to cater to sports & entertainment organizations complete insurance needs. Their Combative Sports program has also been very successful, having insured countless events across the board. From your local gym wrestling events to the Pay-Per-View televised boxing events in Las Vegas, Gagliardi has been there, and will be there for you, providing the coverages and limits you need.

Development Process

application-downloadsHere is another WordPress powered website we developed. Gagliardi wanted the ability to fully manage their website, its content and navigational structure. They also needed a blog, which they didn’t have with their old website. They needed the ability to add their (PDF) application downloads relevant to each page in the quickest, simplest way possible. The applications are listed in the sidebar as well as on the Apply Now page, which is updated automatically as new applications are updated.


We had a chance to explore some new types of design with this one. We wanted a really big in-your-face interactive home page to show off what Gagliardi does. We came up with a dynamic slider that expanded with the whole page and placed text on top of each slide. The three columns on the home page are actually tabular that expand when you mouse over them. We used the Basic jQuery Slider plugin for the slider and the rest was custom coded.

Gagliardi’s Online Application System

insurance_applicationsUp until Gagliardi had our team of highly trained monkeys behind them, they had all of their customers print, fill out, and fax back in their application submissions. Needless to say, they came to us for a solution and we were able to get them a fully featured online application system.

You can now sign up and fill out their “Youth Football” application online. The entire process has been digitized. We took their 15 page print out application and converted it into an interactive step-by-step online guide. We had to come up with a system that would allow people to fill out the application in multiple passes. Once an account is registered, the user can login again at any time and resume their online application from where they left off.


Since the applications are so long, we really wanted to hold the hand of the end user while they filled it out. We worked very closely with the team behind Gagliardi to fine tune their online application forms. It was important that their clients found the registration process simple and easy to use.


Throughout the process of filling out the online application, there are dozens of tool tips and hints to help the user along the way. One of the biggest problems with doing a large application like this without the help of an application system is doing the math yourself. This takes time for employees to check, recheck, confirm, and then finally hand off to the client for approval. We wanted to circumvent this whole process by doing the math right in front of the user while they’re filling out the application. As the user moves through each step and fills out the form, the numerical data is calculated on the fly. When the application is completed, a copy is sent to both parties.


Over the next few months, we will be integrating all of their online applications with this new system. We were able to provide Gagliardi with a fully featured administration system to manage all of the submitted applications and interact with them. The success with this system has already been shown as their clients use it and we are grateful for the opportunity to provide such a tool.

Final Thoughts

It’s always nice to build a website and fulfill the vision of our clients down to the last detail. The smooth design process and great communication we had with them only further demonstrates the kind of company they are. We know their new site will provide them many exciting new opportunities with clients and brokers. We’re excited to work with them in the future as their website and online application grows with their company.

Please feel free to share with us your thoughts of the design and leave a comment below.