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It's time to move your website over to HTTPS

Rob Miles - Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Starting October 2017, Google Chrome (version 62) will show a 'NOT SECURE' warning when users enter text in a form unless the pages are served over HTTPS.

The new warning is part of a long term plan by Google to mark all pages served over HTTP as 'not secure'.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure – this is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol used when data is transferred between your browser and the server that hosts the website you are visiting. In the case of HTTPS, all the communication between your browser and the website you are visiting is encrypted.

This means that all data exchanged, like personal data you are filling into a webform, the information you are getting when opening up your Member only webpage, and so on is encrypted at one end (the browser or the server), sent across the Internet and decrypted at the other end, thus making it unusable for a potential attacker that might intercept it.

Why move to HTTPS?

  • Avoid the 'not secure' message and help protect users' data.
  • Various search engines have recently started favouring HTTPS enabled websites when displaying websearch results.
  • HTTPS enabled websites are regarded as more trustworthy for visitors.

Why now?

Adobe only recently announced that you can install SSL certificates for private domains managed by Business Catalyst. In order to enable the secure connection, an SSL certificate is used.

Is my website HTTPS-ready?

If your email or DNS records are hosted by Business Catalyst, then yes. If your email or DNS records are hosted externally then it's slightly more complex as we'll will first need to switch to the internal DNS system. We can handle this for you so please ask if you're not sure.

How do I get started?

If you care about your Business Catalyst site and your site visitors, it's time to move forward or get left behind. Please email design@milesdesign.com.au with any questions or to get started.

Offer is available for Business Catalyst websites hosted by Miles Design only.

Announcing a great new service MaintainMy.Website

Rob Miles - Friday, July 08, 2016


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latest BC websites launched

Rob Miles - Monday, May 16, 2011

We've been busy over the past few months launching some fantastic new Business Catalyst websites. From design & web development through to web development only, we have implemented feature-rich websites that enable clients to manage their own website content, send email marketing campaigns, sell products, publish latest news & events and much more. Click on the images below to launch the websites.


 

5 key benefits of migrating to a web-based CMS

Rob Miles - Sunday, June 06, 2010

1. Synchronisation

With an online CMS such as Business Catalyst, the website files exist only online therefore you don't need to worry about who's got the latest version of the website locally on their computer. Without a CMS, if we were to make any changes to your website, we would need to download the latest version of the website from the web, make any changes and then upload those changes. After we do this, if you don't download the latest version from the web to replace your local copies, then any changes you make and upload will be using outdated pages (and vice versa).

2. Convenience

Updates can be made from any computer at any time, you just need a web browser. The Business Catalyst basic plan comes with 1 admin user login, however multiple logins can be purchased if simultaneous logins are preferred.

3. Advanced built-in analytics

As well as a weekly summary email, advanced analytics similar to Google Analytics are built-in to Business Catalyst. It also includes detailed reporting of every type of content including most popular pages, news announcements, downloadable items, etc. No separate login is required for a 3rd party website and you receive a weekly summary email.

4. Ease of updates

The Microsoft Word style WYSIWYG editor in Business Catalyst is really easy to use. And there's an Archive & Rollback feature for every webpage and template just in case. Adding pictures is easy and you can even resize images to the right size using the built-in image manager.

5. Trackable downloads

The literature module in Business Catalyst allows you to upload PDF, MS Word, Audio and other files and make those files available for users to download. Download rates of each literature item is recorded and can be reported on.

I hope you found this article useful. To find out more about Business Catalyst, please visit this page or contact us for an obligation-free quote.

creating a Google-friendly website

Rob Miles - Friday, May 07, 2010

Today I'd like to share with you some tips for creating a Google-friendly website taken from Google's own Webmaster guidelines. You can access the original article here. I hope you find these useful.

things to do

Give visitors the information they're looking for

Provide high-quality content on your pages, especially your homepage. This is the single most important thing to do. If your pages contain useful information, their content will attract many visitors and entice webmasters to link to your site. In creating a helpful, information-rich site, write pages that clearly and accurately describe your topic. Think about the words users would type to find your pages and include those words on your site.

Make sure that other sites link to yours

Links help our crawlers find your site and can give your site greater visibility in our search results. When returning results for a search, Google uses sophisticated text-matching techniques to display pages that are both important and relevant to each search. Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote by page A for page B. Votes cast by pages that are themselves "important" weigh more heavily and help to make other pages "important."

Keep in mind that our algorithms can distinguish natural links from unnatural links. Natural links to your site develop as part of the dynamic nature of the web when other sites find your content valuable and think it would be helpful for their visitors. Unnatural links to your site are placed there specifically to make your site look more popular to search engines. Some of these types of links (such as link schemes and doorway pages) are covered in our webmaster guidelines.

Only natural links are useful for the indexing and ranking of your site.

Make your site easily accessible

Build your site with a logical link structure. Every page should be reachable from at least one static text link.

Use a text browser, such as Lynx, to examine your site. Most spiders see your site much as Lynx would. If features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Adobe Flash keep you from seeing your entire site in a text browser, then spiders may have trouble crawling it.

things to avoid

Don't fill your page with lists of keywords, attempt to "cloak" pages, or put up "crawler only" pages. If your site contains pages, links, or text that you don't intend visitors to see, Google considers those links and pages deceptive and may ignore your site.

Don't feel obligated to purchase a search engine optimization service. Some companies claim to "guarantee" high ranking for your site in Google's search results. While legitimate consulting firms can improve your site's flow and content, others employ deceptive tactics in an attempt to fool search engines. Be careful; if your domain is affiliated with one of these deceptive services, it could be banned from our index.

Don't use images to display important names, content, or links. Our crawler doesn't recognize text contained in graphics. Use ALT attributes if the main content and keywords on your page can't be formatted in regular HTML.

Don't create multiple copies of a page under different URLs. Many sites offer text-only or printer-friendly versions of pages that contain the same content as the corresponding graphic-rich pages. To ensure that your preferred page is included in our search results, you'll need to block duplicates from our spiders using a robots.txt file. For information about using a robots.txt file, please visit our information on blocking Googlebot.

4 new websites launched

Rob Miles - Friday, April 09, 2010

Miles Design is proud to announce the recent launch of 4 new websites, all of which have been developed with Business Catalyst CMS. More information on each will be available in our projects section shortly.

1. Carpark King website

Carpark King homepage

Client: Carpark-King Pty Ltd
Tasks: Template customisation, website development, Business Catalyst CMS
Link: http://www.carparkking.com.au

2. Marymead website

Marymead homepage

Client: Sam Behr Design, Canberra
Tasks: Website development, Business Catalyst CMS
Link: http://www.marymead.org.au

3. JV Holt website

JV Holt homepage

Client: J.V. Holt & Company
Tasks: Website design, website development, Business Catalyst CMS
Link: http://www.jvholt.com.au

4. Gymea Bay Public School website

Client: Gymea Bay Public School
Tasks: Template customisation, website development, Business Catalyst CMS
Link: http://www.gymeabaypublicschool.com.au