Now Is the Time To Add A SSL Certificate To Your Website
“S” is for Superman – but it’s also for Security, Sales and SEO. You need that “S” on your url address. You need it to say “HTTPS” – and Foremost Media is standing by to help you add that “S” to make your website super, secure and searchable.
Here at Foremost Media, we have been telling website owners that a secure certificate, or an extended validation certificate (EVSSL) if you have an e-commerce site, is a necessity for nearly a year now. But search engines are getting a little more pointed about showing the public that your website doesn’t have a certificate. In multiple different announcements over the past year, the team at Google has made it very clear that they plan to start warning Chrome browser users when they are about to visit or fill out information on a site without a secure certificate. The time is now to get your SSL in place ...
Posted in: SEO, Website Hosting by Jon Ballard on March 19, 2018
What the end of SHA-1 support means for your website's security
Have you ever wondered why there's a green padlock icon in the address bar of your browser for many of the sites you visit online? Chances are you're not the only one. The green padlock icon is there to let you know that the website is secured with a Secure Sockets Layer or SSL. An SSL on your site prevents other websites from stealing your website's information and pretending to be you. While SSLs provide an extra layer of security for now, that may not be the case soon.
Since the early 1990's, websites have been using SSLs based on the Secure Hash Algorithm 1, better known as SHA-1. The SHA-1 encryption method has become less effective, and will likely be cracked by cyber criminals within the next couple years. Due to inevitable breach, many internet browsers are discontinuing their support of SHA-1 and are switching over to the SHA-2 encryption method by January ...
Posted in: Web Development, Website Hosting by Tony Reynolds on November 11, 2015
Looking to Choose a Web Development Company? Here's How!
In today's marketing landscape, businesses live and die by the success of their website. If your business has decided to build a new website, it is important to know how to choose a web development company to be your partner. This document outlines 12 things you must consider when selecting your next web development company:
You received a quote without much conversation
If you filled out a simple online request for a quote and received one back without an in-depth conversation about your goals, objectives and needed site functionality; throw away that quote. Good companies take the time to truly understand your project goals and objectives as well as fully grasp the functionality your website requires. This process often involves several conversations and an investment of time from both parties. The quote you receive should detail all the required work, and break out each piece on an estimated hourly basis to ensure you are getting what ...
Posted in: General, Web Development, Website Hosting by Jon Ballard on July 14, 2015
Why Your International Website Isn't Optimized For Search
Recently at Foremost Media we have been getting more and more questions about how search engines work as it relates to ranking for international markets. In order to answer the question, it is important to explain how the search engines work, particularly Google.
Google is the most popular search engine Worldwide. So, we will focus on them for this post. If you work inside of the Russian or Chinese markets however, we will want to target different engines in addition to Google. So, contact me if this is the case and we can discuss (contact information below). Now, back to Google. Think of Google as having multiple companies, one for each country it serves. Google.com is the American search engine, whereas Google.de is the German engine, Google.in is the engine for India and so on.
The first thing Google does when reviewing your site is determine which one of their engines you belong in. ...
Posted in: General, Search Engine Optimization, Web Development, Website Hosting by Online Marketing Team on December 3, 2014
This week Microsoft announced a vulnerability that they are comparing to the recent Heart Bleed attack. What they found was that this vulnerability allows hackers to steal private data and information from remote locations. This is the biggest threat to a website's security as they completely bypass the data center security protocols.
Microsoft discovered the problem before any known security breaches took place; however, they expect the potential development of an exploit soon. This increases the urgency to apply the necessary patch as soon as possible, which Microsoft released Tuesday morning.
This patch (update) shuts down the server your site is sitting on and takes roughly 30 minutes to install. Once the site is back up, the server will have continuous work performed for 3 days. We are highly suggesting a content freeze during this time. By a content freeze, we mean that there should not be any updates/edits made to your site.
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Posted in: Website Hosting by Online Marketing Team on November 14, 2014
DNN Web Hosting Comparison: White Paper
We are frequently asked what makes our hosting different from other hosting companies like GoDaddy. Why are the hosting costs different? Why should you choose Foremost Media over the others?
Foremost Media hosts our sites in a Tier 4 data center. Mainstream hosting providers, like GoDaddy, host in a Tier 3 data center.
Foremost Media's primary data center is a Tier 4 data center located near Omaha, Nebraska. This facility is free from natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and power shortages that plague other data centers throughout the world. Our secondary sites include a Tier 4 facility in the UK and one in Florida. Each of these data centers feature:
Carrier Access -Four local SONET fibers provide redundant carrier/neutral fiber access (AT&T, Level 3, Qwest, and COX)
Internet Access-Route Science manages redundant, Tier 1 internet bandwidth with fully redundant, Carrier-class Cisco core routing and switching
Posted in: Website Hosting by Aaron Jach on July 28, 2014