SSL is no longer optional: Get Your Site Ready

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As many may be familiar with; beginning July 1st, Google Chrome Browser will start
labelling all websites without SSL as Not Secure, other browsers to follow suite.

This is a big deal since the mighty Google Chrome browser has over 60% of the share (source NetMarketShare) . Which means 60% of your customers, as of July 1st, will be affected.  Other browsers, and the internet in general are simply transitioning to a fully Secure (SSL / HTTPS) pathway.

Right now Google is taking the charge and rightfully so.  Before this update you can expect your site to look like this, which is not a big deal unless visitors are submitting information to you (contact form etc..).

After the chrome update in July, your site will now look like this, which is not ideal, as it may send the wrong impression to visitors. Even if your site just displays information, they may not feel safe and leave.

The reason to obtain SSL Certificate services is so your site address in the browser will look like this.

If your manage your own hosting and support for your website, obtaining an SSL Certificate, generating the CSR (certified signing request), working with your hosting provider to actually add it to the server side along with working with the certificate issuer is actually rather painful.

Regardless if you choose Northwoods Web Designs to do all this for you, I highly suggest to work with your hosting provider to get your site converted.  There isn’t a whole lot in it for the hosting provider, except if they care about you as a client they will offer the service for an affordable fee and get you setup.

Not only will you avoid this issue stated in this article, you will be all set for the future when the rest of the browsers implement the same guidelines.

Plus with a SSL Certificate, you get to enjoy the additional benefits too:

  • More secure user experience
  • Protect user privacy
  • Increased conversions
  • Boost search engine rankings
  • Increased user trust
  • Show you care about users data and browsing privacy

If you found this helpful, please let me know. Or if you interested in having Northwoods Web Designs handle your website needs such as the hosting, maintenance & SSL security simply send us a message.

So You Thought About Creating Your Own Site From A Website Template Builder Site?

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build-your-own-website-is-not-easyThere are several companies that are out there that are happy to take your money (Wix / 1and1 / others) claiming you can build your own site using their build-a-website tools. They market intensively to consumers and businesses, telling them that they can build their own website and consumers will mysteriously com

That’s hog wash and totally misleading. If you build it, consumers will not come.

Of course, you can build your own website. You could probably also design your own clothes and build your own furniture as well. But of course you wouldn’t because your clothes and furniture well would probably suck. Continue reading “So You Thought About Creating Your Own Site From A Website Template Builder Site?” »

Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as ‘not secure’ starting in July

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There are changes coming to owners of sites that currently do not purchase SSL Certificates today.  For decades, using HTTP (not HTTPS) was the standard, HTTPS was only used for ecommerce sites etc… { What is an SSL Certificate?}

But within the next year, this will change where the norm must be HTTPS or your site will be viewed as not Secure and Google will even penalize it in search results, which is not what most business owners want.

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How to Extend the Google Analytic Reports Scheduled Emails

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 After setting up and configuring Google Analytics on your website, it’s a good idea to set up scheduled emails to get a summary of how your website is doing via email for convenience sake.

We configure Google Analytics and a custom Website Analytic Dashboard, including setting up the scheduled emailed reports with most new website services for clients; or as part of our SEO Strategy plans.

But renewal of the scheduled emails is up to the client.  For clients with current active web hosting, we will do this for you at no extra charge if requested (submit ticket here) .

Regardless of who sets the scheduled emails up, Google limits scheduled email reports to 1-year term, so they are required to be extended to continue receiving them. The following walks you through the steps necessary.

Extend the scheduled emailed Google Analytic reports

  1. Login to Google Analytics (
  2. Once logged in you will be presented with your Google Analytics Home dashboard displaying statistics of your website.
  3. Click on the ADMIN menu; located on the lower left of the screen
    1. This takes you to your Admin dashboard.
  4. Under “All Web Site Data” find the “Scheduled Emails” menu item. (may have to scroll down).
  5. All scheduled emails will display here.
  6. To extend, click the Action button and select Extend.
  7. Then confirm on the prompt that you want to Extend the scheduled email.
  8. That’s it, you just extended your scheduled emails by a year.

Receive a Mail Delivery Failed Error When Sending Message to Hotmail or Outlook Mail Accounts

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Stop SpamThe other day I received a Mail Delivery Failed message from clients that were using Hotmail and email accounts.

Those that were using Google, Yahoo or others received the message just fine.

The error details included:

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients.
This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

SMTP error from remote mail server after MAIL SIZE=2169:
host []: 550 SC-001 (COL0-MC6-F24) Unfortunately, messages from XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX weren’t sent. Please contact your Internet service provider since part of their network is on our block list. You can also refer your provider to /mail /troubleshooting.aspx#errors.

After researching this a bit I found out that Microsoft has implemented a rather autonomous spam filtering system that as you see in the message, my server/IP address was not blocked due to spam activities , it was simply part of a an IP network.

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