SSL means Secure Socket Layer.  The certificates are used to secure websites so that third parties cannot intercept information transferred between your computer and their website.

Here is how a SSL works: Every SSL Certificate is created for a particular server in a specific domain for a verified business entity.  An SSL Certificate is issued by the Certificate Authority (CA), a trusted authority.  When the SSL handshake occurs, the browser requires authentication from the server.  A customer sees the organization name when they click certain SSL trust marks (such as the VeriSign Secured™ Seal) or use a browser that supports Extended Validation. If the information does not match or the certificate has expired, the browser displays an error message or warning.

SSL certificates are usually used by e-commerce businesses, banks and other operations that involve credit and debit card transactions. SSL certification is a must in these cases, to keep financial details safe as it is being transmitted. Without an SSL certificate, hackers could easily access and misuse personal information.

An SSL certificate can and should actually be used by any website that uses a form or other method to transmit information. From a simple e-newsletter sign-up to an account login, any transmission should be protected by the basic security offered by an SSL cert.  If you use FTP to transfer files, use any shared work flow or project management software you should also consider getting an SSL certificate.

SSL certificates protect your control panel login, network traffic, any transfer of files, databases and much more. Basically, if your website collects or handles any information you want to protect from hackers or intruders, you should purchase
SSL Certification.

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Every site needs a hosting company for their website to appear on the internet.  Often times people start with one host and stay with it even when the service is poor or more importantly the services no longer fit the needs of the website.  Many times a site’s traffic grows or becomes more complicated and the current host provider no longer has the form of hosting necessary to do the job correctly and efficiently.  If any one of these fits your situation you should consider changing your website host.  Changing hosts can be beneficial provided you investigate properly where you are going to and follow several important steps in the process.

Research potential website hosts.  Make sure they have the proper services that to host your business. Once you find a quality website host that fits your site’s needs there are several things you should do before making the switch to avoid the any issues.

Start the process of switching by backing up your entire site.  Using a basic FTP program or a web browser download all your current files including graphics, html files, etc. making sure to keep the exact directory structure as it was on your current web server.

If something happens and you lose your files, you will be sure to have a back up copy you can use to restore. It is best to manually back up all your files in case there are incompatibilities between your existing host and your new one. Make sure to budget ample time for the back up to run. You may be surprised how long it takes to back up all of your files.

If you have a database back up your database by transferring it to a local machine as well.  Make a note of what type of database your information was stored in. This can be different depending on the type of database setup that is running on the hosting company; some companies provide multiple database solutions and others just one.

Upload up all of your site files to your new host using temporary login information, most website hosting companies can provide you this information prior to your domain name resolving to the new account. It is a good idea to set up all your email accounts as well. Although they won’t have resolved yet, it’s one less step you’ll have to worry about later.  Be sure to test everything before actually changing.

Next you will begin the transfer of your domain name record. Through whatever registrar you used to have your domain registered, request a name change. The only thing that really needs to be changed in your record is the name server information. If you do not have this information, just email your new hosting company support and ask what their Name Server information is.

You should get confirmation emails confirming the change to the domain.  It will usually take between 24 – 48 hours for all the domain name servers (DNS) around the world to get the updated information that your domain has a new location. Once this is complete, you can then contact your previous hosting company and cancel your hosting contract or service.

Changing website hosts is not very complicated, but it takes a certain amount coordination and synchronization. dzine it offers top of the line hosting on our dedicated servers located in Michigan.

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Every website needs a place to call home.  This home is called your web host.   Your web host provides data center space for your site and allows it to be accessible to others via the web. The scope of web hosting services varies.  Storage or server space, speed, traffic and bandwidth are some of the factors to consider when deciding on a web host.

Your first consideration is space. When you upload your website, you are actually uploading all of your files to a server that is always connected to the internet. This requires enough memory to store all of your files. When someone goes to your website, their computer reads the files from the server, and that’s how your website appears on their computer screen. Most personal websites and small business websites use shared hosting. Small hosting plans usually give you a limit on the amount of memory or storage space your website can take up. Shared hosting tends to be less expensive because everyone is using the same server and the cost of buying and maintaining the hardware is shared among all users. The other kind of hosting is dedicated hosting, which is where your website has its very own server. This kind of hosting is more expensive because provides you with your own space which means more room and often more speed too.  Dedicated hosting is best for large businesses, large websites or anyone who needs to run a company database on the server. Regardless of which kind of hosting you have, it is important to ensure that you have plenty of space for your needs.

Another important consideration is the amount of traffic or bandwidth your website is allotted. Every time someone visits your website, the files on the server must be downloaded to their computer. That’s how they see your page on their screen. In order to do that, the server must send a copy of the files across the internet. Most small and medium-sized hosting plans set a limit on how much traffic or bandwidth you get per month, that is, how much information can be transferred to your visitors. For this reason, it is important to have an estimate of how much traffic you think your website will be getting. Personal websites and very small company websites may not get an overload of traffic.  But some e-commerce websites, company websites with blogs, and other types of sites that will grow with time should plan ahead for spikes in traffic to be sure that service is not interrupted.

Regardless of what kind of site you have, the best way to ensure all of your hosting needs are met is to research your options and understand what to look for.

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