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We’ve gone green!

May 29th, 2009

No, we’re not making an environmental statement – we’re talking about the security of your data!

simplewebhosting.co.uk now uses an extended validation SSL certificates.

View this blog article securely to see our extended validation
SSL certificate in action.

Today, many consumers don’t trust website safety enough to complete an e-commerce transaction. The frequency of malicious web schemes such as phishing and pharming creates an environment of fear and reticence.

It was recently reported that over 40% of online adults had received phishing e-mails, 46% changed their purchasing and online behaviour as a direct result of security concerns and 10% reduced their online spending by at least 50%. As a result nearly £2 Billion in e-commerce sales were lost due to user concern over security.

Online commerce may still be growing but there are a significant number of people opting out or reducing their spending due to security concerns. If you are a web business that depends on consumers trusting you enough to
share their financial, personal or other sensitive data this is an alarming trend.

To combat this problem, leading web browser developers and SSL Certification Authorities (CAs) joined forces to create a new standard for web site identity authentication – the new Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate.

This new standard is the most significant advancement for the World Wide Web’s secure backbone since SSL Certificates were first introduced over a decade ago.

EV contains a number of user interface enhancements aimed at making the identification of an authenticated site immediately noticeable to the end user. The most obvious interface enhancement is the green address bar effect; when a consumer visits an EV authenticated site the address bar turns a highly visible green colour. This conspicuous colour change immediately notifies the end user that this website passed a rigorous authentication process. Green is also a highly effectual colour – to most people green means go, it is safe to move forward.

extended validation SSL certificate

As well as the green address bar effect, a security status bar appears to the right of the address bar. This field, also green, displays the name of the organisation responsible for the website and toggles to identify the CA that authenticated the website. In the image above, our company name (Xperience Web Hosting Ltd) displays in the security status bar field and automatically toggles to the name of the CA (in our case thawte). The EV SSL Certificate provides the source for the names in these fields, confirming that the CA has verified this information. Therefore the end user can depend on it being accurate. This interface convention makes it easier for customers to notice the name of the CA. This new higher visibility to customers should motivate web sites to obtain their certificates from only the most reputable CAs. If a customer is not familiar with the CA, they most likely won’t trust the web site being certified.

These interface enhancements, difficult to counterfeit by phishers and pharmers, create a new level of protection for web site visitors. If a spoof site buys a traditional SSL Certificate it would not display the highly trusted green address bar and even if they bought an EV SSL Certificate viagra online prescription to gain the green address bar, it still would not be able to display the name of the organisation they were attempting to spoof in the security status bar.

Find out more about our range of SSL certificates.


Make money from simplewebhosting.co.uk

May 28th, 2009

We already know that you love spreading the word about our great value web hosting and domain name registration; and now we’re going to pay you to do it!

With our new affiliate programme, when a visitor to your website clicks through to us using your unique affiliate referral link, a cookie is stored on their computer for 90 days. That means even if they don’t buy straight away, if they signup any time in the next 90 days you still get paid whether they signup through your link or directly via our website. You can monitor clickthroughs and signups in real time in your client area.

It’s simple to become a simplewebhosting.co.uk affiliate. Just login to your client area, choose the ‘affiliate programme’ link and click ‘activate affiliate account’. It’s free to join so signup today and start earning!


Web Design Winners!

May 28th, 2009

simplewebhosting.co.uk has been awarded the maximum five stars and is currently ranked top in the UK by the popular ‘Which Web Design Company’ (WWDC) website, again!

Ranked 1st in the UK again by customer reviews of our web design service on the Which Web Design Company website.

WWDC is a unique and independent website allowing clients who have used a web design companys service to rate and review them.

We’ve designed more sites than you can shake a stick at and can cater for anyone from the local painter and decorator or restaurant to the largest national/multi-national company.

You can choose from five ‘packages’ including a single-page webadvert, a three-page website, a five-page website, a seven-page website and a complete e-commerce solution that lets you sell online. If these don’t fit quite right, then we can do whatever you need.

Choose ‘web design’ from the menu above to find out more.


Meet Our Customers – Dr Rosemary Leonard

May 26th, 2009

Dr Rosemary Leonard

Dr Rosemary Leonard is one of the leading ‘media-medics’ in the country, having worked in the national press for over 20 years, and appearing regularly on BBC breakfast for over a decade. Known to be the voice of common sense, Dr Rosemary is in demand as a consultant to the pharmaceuticals industry as well as her normal media work. Despite these pressures, she is still a ¾ time GP in South London.

We looked to create a website for Dr Leonard to increase her public profile and approached a number of companies. We were initially attracted to simplewebhosting.co.uk by their clear pricing structure, and as soon as we spoke to them it was clear that this was the company we’d been looking for.

The service from simplewebhosting.co.uk has been absolutely fantastic.
They were very helpful explaining to us the various stages involved with putting a site on the web, and seemed to have an intrinsic understanding of our requirements. We were really happy with the website design, and they created it so fast the limiting factor was us supplying them with the content!

Once the site was up and running, the service has remained top-notch, with regular calls to check everything’s running smoothly, and answering any questions we had without delay.

What could simplwebhosting.co.uk do better? The only thing we could possibly think of was to be able to provide us with a ‘users manual’ for the maintenance and simplechanges software, as we felt guilty constantly asking them to explain to us how to do things! (Editor’s Note: Thanks for the feedback – this is something we are going to work on.)

Most of all, they have been friendly and helpful, no matter how big or small the problem or question was. The service from simplewebhosting.co.uk has surpassed all of our expectations, and without a shadow of a doubt we would recommend them wholeheartedly. You can view Dr Rosemary’s website.


Essential Network Maintenance

May 22nd, 2009

We will be performing essential networking reconfiguration of our customer access network in GS1 during the dates/times detailed below.

Unfortunately canada viagra this work will be service affecting, therefore we are performing this during the early hours of the morning in order to mitigate the impact on customers.

START Tuesday 2nd June 2009 23:59 BST
END Wednesday 3rd June 2009 03:00 BST

IMPACT Approximately a 15 minute outage to each customer server.

We apologise for any inconvenience this work will cause, please be assured we will keep any outages to a minimum.

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