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So by now, many of you are probably overstimulated and inundated on a daily basis by a veritable word soup of fancy tech acronyms, initialisms and abbreviations such as LAN, WAN, ISP, HTTP and LOL, and for the most part, these are better left to the experts. However, we’d like to talk to you about a very important initialism to look out for when not only browsing but looking at hosting packages and options. In this newsletter, we’re going to tell you a little bit about SSL and its importance.
SSL and Hosting – A Quick Look.
So what’s SSL? It stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it is one of the most important lines of defence when it comes to creating a secure website. This technology ensures that all communication and network traffic between your browser and the web server is encrypted. Basically turning your emails into coded messages for the receiver’s eye only, like a spy movie, where the work is done for you.
But how does it encrypt? It does so through the verification of the identity of the web server using a digitally signed certificate. To put it simply, the web server upon which a website is hosted on has to have the right paperwork to get the SSL green light. To find out more about SSL, check out our Client Zone for an in-depth look. Now normally you’d have to pay a third party for an SSL certificate, but when hosting with us, we offer a free certificate, called ‘Let’s Encrypt SSL’.
And of course, we offer numerous hosting packages available to suit your needs, budget and requirements. Starting at R2 200 ex vat for a website with a hosting package, you are not only keeping all your web needs in one house, but you can also rest assured that your information travels through a secured server. For those curious about what hosting means, it simply refers to where your website is stored and made available to the internet or viewing. Therefore it makes sense to have both web design and hosting in the same company - faster changes and troubleshooting from both ends in one step.
Although do it yourself hosting services may seem more attractive, they do not offer the same personalised service as hosting with a local company - which not only allows for faster customer service but also faster changes. After all, in the age of the internet nothing travels faster than an error or mistake - just look at what content is viral right now.
Even if you already have a website and are looking for better hosting options, moving to our service is easy and carries more benefits than signing up with one of the many “build-your-own-factory-preset” services so often advertised. Simply reach out to us to talk about moving your website to our service and enjoy interaction with a dedicated team built around delivering exceptional customer service and technical support to keep your website running.
Let’s take a quick look at local vs international hosting as each does carry their own benefits. We can offer both packages, but advise an international hosting package for small company sites that do not require intensely fast browsing speeds.
Conversely, a local hosting package may be the best option if your website is packed with advanced features, high res images and video content. With better bandwidth and more storage, your website performs better on a local hosting package - because a buffering video is a one-way ticket away from your site. For further information about our services please feel free to contact us.