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.


Sources:
https://www.quora.com/
https://webmasters.googleblog.com/


 

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:

 

https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/

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!

Are you sick of spam? We’re reducing email spam now!

Trademark300dpiThis week we are rolling out some new updates to our mail server which will help reduce the amount of spam being received by our customers. We’ve recently noticed an increase in spam over the last few months and decided to take action. This update will include a new settings panel in cPanel called “MailScanner Configuration”; here you can fine-tune how you want to handle a message when it is detected as possible spam. We went ahead and configured this for you and you should already be seeing a reduction in the amount of spam received.

You may start to see some emails come in that start with {spam?} or {Disarmed} but this is just the new spam blocking system working. You can delete these emails if they are spam or treat them as you would a normal message. If you have any specific questions or would like us to make some changes to your account, please contact us or open a support ticket.

We are always striving to improve the quality of service at TrevNet Media – and no one hates spam email as much as we do!

The Year of the Hack!

Some are calling 2013 “The Year Of The Hack”; it’s more important than ever to take the necessary steps to ensure your site is secure. Since 2008, almost half a million WP sites have been reportedly hacked and this number is sure to rise as WordPress gains more in popularity. Close to 19% of the world’s websites are powered by WordPress. By not keeping all of the plug-ins and themes associated with your site up to date, you could be potentially leaving it vulnerable to an attack.

Tips to reduce the risk of being hacked:

  • Keep software and all plug-ins updated
  • Remove all plug-in and add-ons not in use
  • Make security a priority when choosing a web hosting company
  • Use proper file permissions on your server
  • Use strong, varied passwords and don’t store them locally
  • Regularly scan your PC for malware

We are in an era where everywhere you turn, you hear stories of the latest hack, and it’s no secret that WordPress has received plenty of bad publicity regarding the topic. Recently, stories about hackers laying a massive, global siege on WordPress sites across the Internet have been everywhere. The main focus of these hacks was exploiting the default “admin” accounts and over 90,000+ IP addresses were involved in the attack. From this, companies scramble with their tail between their legs trying to patch up the security holes they swore never existed.

It should be made a general rule when owning a WordPress site to continuously stay current on the latest updates. Hacking aside, there are several additional benefits to keeping your website fresh and up to date. To put it another way, think about a car; you know the over-all cost of maintenance it is far less than fixing a problem should it occur. Keeping your website up to date, like your car, will be far less expensive in the long run and will give you more “mileage” out of your site.

Inspiring Work Spaces

Shirts

This past week we had a contest across multiple social media channels asking people to submit pictures of their offices, work spaces, or simply the view from their perspective while working. In turn, the prize for the most “liked” picture would be an amazing custom designed TrevNet T-shirt.

We had some great responses from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Not only did we see pictures of your average indoor offices but we saw perspectives from military personnel, work-from-home professionals and some pretty creative perspective shots.

We are glad the winner wasn’t left up to us because it would have been hard to choose the best one. To give you an idea what amazing entries we had, check out all the submissions below:

Looking at all these offices got us thinking. You all need to decorate! Inspiration is hard to find so we figured we would help you out with some inspiration. Here are some great office spaces we found that would make anyone want to redesign:

And the Winner Is:

After a week of submissions, and 7 days of waiting (wait, a week is 7 days, right?)…the picture with the most likes, shares, comments (and views, but really – likes are the only thing that count here) is – drum roll please – Justin Willemsen!! Justin’s photo was posted to Facebook so, Justin, we will be contacting you via FB to get your information and send you your prize. Check out Justin’s amazing photo below; what an awesome shot. You got skillz, son.Justin

And Just because we are feeling super generous…

The picture with the second most likes will also be getting a prize! At a very close second, The Cupertino Soap Company Posted their work space view on Instagram and received quite a few likes. Check out how creative they got:

cupertinosoap

Thank you to everyone who sent us their photos, it was awesome to see how everyone works, what inspires people and just how different everyone’s work environments are.

What is your ideal work space look like? It’s not too late to send us a photo or drop us a comment. Keep an eye out for our next freebie; what would you like to see next?