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What Services are offered at Union Fire Web Design...

Many web design companies offer different aspects of web design and hosting. Union Fire Web Design offers everything you need to have your home on the web, update it, and get the word out about it. Below is a list of some of the services offered.

  • Web design and creation:  A custom site designed for your site, for you with your input, so you get what you want, not what we want. 
     
  • Web Site Updating: I have my laptop with me 24/7/365, and check my e-mail multiple times a day to make sure any updates you may have get done quickly.
     
  • Maintenance: Annual fee of $120.00, which comes out to $9.99 per month!  No where will you find someone that will not charge anywhere from $150-$175 per HOUR to update things on your site for you.  Keeping a site fresh is important, so sending new information to keep current with your business is important.  Your questions or updates will be handled quickly and professionally.
     
  • Domain Name Registration: Register your domain name for less than most of the other places out there offering this service. (www.yourname.com) We can also transfer your new web site to a Domain Name you already own.  Domain Name fees are $10.99 for .com and $11.99 per year for .org, plus get a year FREE when you transfer a current domain to Union Fire Web Design.
     
  • E-Mail addresses: Union Fire Web Design offers up to 100 free e-mail forwarding accounts per site.  For example, many people have an AOL or Hotmail account they check on a daily basis, and do not want additional e-mail accounts to check.  So, they ask for an e-mail account that will go to their regular account they check often.  Such as Smith@yourdomain.com will go to Smith@yahoo.com if they have a Yahoo account they check daily.  There is also a 100MB e-mail system on each account.  You can divide that up how ever you like, so maybe 10 people have a 10mb e-mail account which can be set up through Microsoft Outlook.  Additional e-mail accounts can be set up for a nominal fee such as 5 unlimited business e-mail accounts for $65.99 per year.
     
  • Web Hosting: The hosting charge starts as low as $120.00 per year, which comes out to only $9.99 per month.  If you already have a host, we can publish your new web site onto that host.  The annual fee is $120.00. 
     
  • Search Engine Submission: We can submit your website to search engines to help get the word out about your site.
     
  • An understanding of the fire service:
    I am an IAFF union fire fighter, and understand the importance of getting out information to your membership and to other locals.  I am committed to taking as much pride into your web site as I do to my own web site and local.
     
  • Anything Else: If there is anything else you would like information on, just fill out the information on: Contact Us Just click the following link to see all of what we have to offer: Services.

Google SSL Requirements article

Google Chrome To Flag Sites Without SSL Certificates and HTTPS as Insecure Over the course of the last two years, rumors have swirled over Google’s position concerning forcing the move to HTTPS encryption. Last year, Google began officially warning website owners that non HTTPS sites would incur consumer messaging that identified the site as non-secure. Google says SSL Certificates on Your Website Are Required. The exact “when’ and the “how,” however, have eluded site owners up until today. On February 8th, Google made clear its intentions to formally mark websites lacking SSL Certificates (the certificate which once installed on the website results in an HTTPS secure URL string) as insecure. Google has confirmed a date of “early July 2018” as the start date. They have also disclosed how they will alert web surfers of the non-HTTPS status, or not secure. Sites that remain on the HTTP non-secure protocol will be flagged with a warning in the URL bar of the surfer’s browser. The non-secure flag will be built into the release of Chrome 68, which will be ready for download in early July. Here’s an example, as posted per Google, of difference in URL optics between HTTP and HTTPS encryption websites:

Google HTTPS warning.

It is possible that the flag could stand out by use of the color red.

 

However, that remains an unconfirmed aspect. Officially, the image above represents Google’s current likely change. Google followed up this by stating that the web’s transition to HTTPS, which is also identified as “making the web safer,” by disclosing numbers supporting HTTPS growth and scale. HTTPS encryption growth shows that most site owners are taking Google’s warnings seriously.

 

However, it remains that a large group of site owners has been less than motivated to make the change. This adaptive lag is likely a result of confusion over what HTTPS encryption is, the annual cost associated with HTTPS encryption maintenance, and general laziness.

What Is An SSL Certificate?

 

An SSL certificate is a security certificate that once installed on a web server activates a secure connection between the browser the surfer is viewing the content on and the web server that the content is derived from initially. The website’s URL protocol will change from HTTP to HTTPS. Currently, a security padlock will also be present in the URL as a way to further signal the status of the website’s Google SSL certificate. SSL certificates help the web cut down on instances of cybercrime that are often performed through security loopholes in web browsers. If the connection between the surfer’s web browser and web server are not secure through an SSL connection, a moderately skilled hacker could seize information, such as credit card numbers, as it is being typed into a form on an unsecured website.

Why are Google SSL Requirements Important?

    •Establishes Trust and Builds Brand Power
    •Provides Encryption of Sensitive Information
    •Provides Authentication

Non HTTPS sites and Google SEO – Why You Need To Adapt

For site owners who have lagged on adapting their site to HTTPS encryption, time is indeed running out. Google does not necessarily admit that non-HTTPS encrypted sites are at a handicap in its infamous search algorithm. It is relatively safe to assume that a security warning on a website could lead to drastic fallout. For example, it could decrease the time consumers spend on the site, the bounce rate, and eventually, the click rate on the SERPs. All of these factors would contribute to decreased search engine rankings.

 

Google is not only the largest search directory in the world, but they also have the most used web browser online. In fact, Google Chrome is leaps and bounds more used than any other web browser, according to this month’s Stat Counter. Googles leading role in both search directory and browser use mean that they yield enormous power when it comes to changes such as flagging non-HTTPS sites.

 

 

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