Get an SSL Certificate free with any of our 4tify Hosting packages
As of July 2017, 4tify Hosting now includes shared SSL certificate FREE when you choose to host your site with us.
SSL certificates are quickly becoming the norm for any hosted websites. Google now favours websites that use SSL certificates and uses them to improve a sites ‘ranking signal’. That means, even if your site doesn’t collect private information it can benefit from having an SSL certificate free of charge.
So what is an SSL Certificate?
Effectively, an SSL certificate (which stands for Secure Socket Layer) provides a digital key in the form of a small data file. This file digitally encrypts the data you send between your computer and a server. That means personal details and credit card information are safe from hackers and eavesdroppers who try to steal your information.
It works by sending a public ‘key’ to your browser which is then used to encrypt any information you send to the website’s server and then ‘unlocked’ using the certificates secret ‘key’.
Visually, when installed on a website’s server it activates the padlock icon in your browsers URL bar and shows up as a https protocol.
Read this article from Elegant Themes for more information about SSL certificates and what the difference between a free certificate or premium one is. It also contains instructions on how you can add your own free certificate to your website. A word of caution though, you may need to ‘get-your-geek-on’.
In other news, we’ve recently upgraded some of our server software, in particular switching to a more recent and stable version of MySQL and PHP. Currently sites are running on MySQL 5.6 and PHP 5.6 but will eventually be upgraded to MariaDB 10.0 or later and PHP 7.0.
If that all sounds a little too much you should definitely consider hosting your site with us. We can take care of things like site security, backups and general maintenance.
Don’t forget that if your site needs a spruce up to check out our design partner Paraph. By choosing Paraph and 4tify for your site’s design and hosting you only have one number to call for any site related issues.