Web hosting

  • What to do when your website brings up a ‘Your connection is not private’ error

    If you haven’t moved to running your website over a secure connection with an SSL certificate yet now is well past time. Without this your visitors will get errors, search engines will rank your site lower and the security of your information might be at risk.

    A ‘your connection is not secure’ error can mean a number of things…

    1. You don’t have an SSL certificate

    For the reasons mentioned above, you need to get one 🙂

    What to do

    Talk to your web host and get a certificate set up on your web hosting account.


    If you have a certificate and everything…

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  • Free SSL certificates for our premium hosting clients

    In 2017 we’ll be setting up SSL certificates for all of our premium* web hosting customers’ sites and changing things over so they use encrypted https connections

    What does that mean?

    Short answer

    People visiting these websites will see https and a padlock or ‘secure’ message in the address bar of their browser.

    Longer answer

    When you visit a website your web browser and the web server hosting the site talk to each other and exchange information.

    Browser: Hello. I’m checking out your page. Nice. Can I have the header image please?
    Server: Certainly, here you go.
    Browser: Thanks. I’d like to log in now please.
    Server (slightly suspiciously):…

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    • Oct 22, 2016

    What’s the deal with WordPress upgrades?

    Oct 22, 2016

    TL;DR version: if we host your website we deal with all upgrades for you.

    From time to time you may have noticed info in your WordPress admin dashboard about upgrades – ever wondered what that’s all about?

    What are upgrades?

    Upgrades fix bugs and security vulnerabilities and sometimes add new bells and whistles. There are so many nasty people out there that it’s essential to keep everything running your website up to date because otherwise it may be at risk.

    What type of upgrades are we talking about?

    There are upgrades to WordPress itself and to the plugins that add extra functionality to your site.

    WordPress upgrades

    Major…

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    • Feb 10, 2016

    A guide to migrating your email to G Suite (Google Apps)

    Feb 10, 2016

    Update October 2016: Google Apps is now called G Suite


    Google Apps for Work G Suite is Google’s business grade suite of tools and is a good choice for dedicated email hosting. Splitting your web and email hosting using Google Apps for email gives you

    • 30gb of storage per account
    • the ability to access your emails through any web browser, through mobile apps, and in some cases through your existing desktop email program
    • access to Google’s full range of tools including Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Docs and more, all ad-free
    • phone and email support 24/7

    Read more about Google Apps Email →

    At time of writing…

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    • Dec 12, 2015

    What’s the difference between web hosting and email hosting?

    Dec 12, 2015

    I’m often asked to explain the difference between web and email hosting.

    Web hosting is server space where your website lives. When someone types yourdomainname.com into their web browser the elders of the internet direct their browser to a web server and your website is served to them.

    Email hosting is server space where your emails are stored. When someone sends an email to you@yourdomainname.com the elders of the email world send it to an email server and it’s stored there for you to look at.

    Together or apart?

    Traditionally smaller businesses had their web and email hosting on the same server, while larger organisations  had them split between dedicated web and email servers. Splitting the services…

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