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No Nonsense Web Design

Thursday 25th February 2021

Website design, development & marketing

No Nonsense WebHTTP vs HTTPS

Most Internet users will be aware of HTTP and HTTPS, but what exactly do they mean and what are the real differences?

Put simply, HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol which allows a web server to communicate with your browser in order to display content. HTTPS adds the 'Secure' element to this protocol, making it a safer environment to transfer sensitive information back and forth.

HTTPS makes use of an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate to encrypt data between the server and your browser. So for example, when you log in to a website using HTTP your password would be sent as something like "abc123" in plain text, but using HTTPS your password would be sent in an encrypted format like "e99a18c428cb38". This makes it much harder for anyone to intercept and read your data.

Until recently, HTTPS was mostly used by eCommerce websites and those storing sensitive information. However, there are further advantages of using HTTPS other than data security. Google, along with other major Search Engines, prefer secure websites and will feature them more prominently in their search results. In fact many mobile browsers will even flag non-secure websites and display a warning. Having a secure website will give your visitors more confidence even if you don't gather or store sensitive information.

All new websites created by No Nonsense Web use the HTTPS protocol and include an SSL certificate as standard. We are also in the process of migrating our longer standing customers to HTTPS if they wish. There is a small fee for the work required for the migration but this is very minimal compared to the benefits.

Below are just two recent examples of websites that we have migrated to HTTPS, but if you would like to see more, or you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Case Studies Case Studies ...

Case Study - Flitwick Car Park

Flitwick Car Park

With a recently updated website making use of HTTPS and responsive design serving mobile devices, this website has seen a considerable increase in traffic.

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Case Study - 24-7 Glass and Glazing

24-7 Glass and Glazing

Even traditional trades are benefiting from new technologies! This glazing company has seen a significant increase in enquiries since going mobile-friendly.

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