Web Design

2017: The year of the SSL


SSLs protect information sent between your visitors’ computers and your site’s server(s). Any website that collects credit card numbers, passwords, email addresses, or other personal information should encrypt data with an SSL to ensure it is not readable by potential hackers. Trust is a two way street, and we don’t trust many sites that aren’t encrypted with a secure certificate.

The use of an SSL results in trust and legitimacy and is quickly becoming the standard for all websites. Sites with SSLs are given preference in Google search results, and customers are becoming more savvy about internet security every day. The trusty “https://” in our browser lets us know we’re in the right place, and not giving away all of our personal information on some imposter website. Don’t give people a reason to drop off your site by encountering pesky warnings or being wary about entering information on your site.

Port & Starboard takes security seriously, which is why we implement encryption with SSL certificates on every site we develop, mange, or host. (Unlike a lot of companies who almost always offer cheap, basic plans with no SSL.) We also always use the latest AWS hardware, Cloudfront CDN, fully patched operating systems and WordPress environments to ensure speed, efficiency, and availability.

Contact us to have a free web assessment and to discuss how to get your site in compliance with the changes impacting the web in 2017!

Fences by Dente Website Design & Hosting

Port & Starboard designed and relaunched Fences by Dente‘s website in early 2016. Based on our recommendations, our client moved from a very expensive hosting and pay-per-click advertising plan to our supported monthly hosting. We were successfully able to reduce their monthly website-related costs by nearly 85 percent, while increasing their web leads by almost 75 percent. Not surprisingly our client was initially hesitant to move away from their costly former advertising program, but they were excited to be able to reallocate some of their budget to producing a quality video for their site.

Within a few days of launching their new site, Fences by Dente began seeing increased traffic and engagement, resulting in triple the amount of completed contact forms! In addition, thanks to Port & Starboards monthly supported hosting plan, Fences by Dente’s simple change requests are implemented within an hour.

Need help with your upcoming web project? Contact us today to set up a time to chat!