Free SSL (HTTPS) Certificates All Around!

Something important to many users is making sure their information is safe. Also a concern for those who own a website is keeping their customers information secure. Especially if there are payment transactions taking place or people are logging into the site. To keep that information safe, you need an SSL certificate for your site. Even if you’re not transmitting sensitive information, Google rankings are improved if your site is using SSL. When you see HTTPS (see photo) that means the site is using an SSL certificate. So to simply state it, HTTPS is the same as SSL.

HTTPS makes sure that the information being sent between the user and the website are encrypted and safely sent so no one else can steal that information while it is being sent. If your website takes payments, you need to be sure it is PCI compliant. One requirement for your site to be PCI compliant is an SSL certificate. It used to be that SSL certificates were expensive. But thanks to Let’s Encrypt, that has all changed.

So starting now, when you host your site with Web Unraveling, a FREE Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate will be installed on your site!

WordPress Emoji Support! How to Disable It.

WordPress + Emoji = No Thank You!WordPress has added support for Emoji. It’s super easy to use. This happens anywhere on a WordPress site. So if you put an emoji in a post or page, WordPress detects it for you and replaces the text or ascii character (text character) with the matching emoji symbol. It’s pretty, easy to use. It comes enabled by default with WordPress, since version 4.2. Unfortunately, when you add any ascii character that matches an emoji, it will be changed to an emoji, no matter where it is on the site or what file it is being produced from. For example, it could happened to characters that are coded into your `header.php`.

Don’t get me wrong. Emoji can be fun and I do like it. Also, WordPress is my content management system (CSM) of choice. But there is currently no option in the admin section to turn this feature off. Not everyone wants to use this feature. For example, what if you have a business that offers services for something very serious. You probably don’t want to have those playful emojis popping up. Well, there is a simple way to remove the emoji feature from your WordPress site and it only requires you to add a few lines of code to one file in your current WordPress theme. Here are the simple instructions.

  1. Open the functions.php file, located in your active WordPress theme folder (/wp-content/themes/your-theme/) in a plain text editor.
  2. Copy the following text and paste it at the bottom of the file. Make sure you post it above the last line that has the characters ?> on it.
  3. Save the file to the server.
  4. Enjoy your emoji free site!

Naturway Foods

Naturway Foods needed a web presence. They want to make it easy for their long time customers to learn about their hosted events and for new customers of all ages to discover their store. This website was produced in WordPress so that Naturway Foods can easily add content to the site and automatically post to Facebook. This website uses a responsive, mobile friendly design so users on any device can easily navigate the site.

Naturway Foods

Web Unraveling now with SSL

SSL SecurityRecently Google has been encouraging “website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.” As an incentive, sites using propper SSL encryption will get a slight search result ranking boost.

The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. The information you send on the Internet is sent through multiple computers to get to the intended destination. Any computer in between you and the intended destination can see the information you are sending if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the destination you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.

While does not transfer sensitive information it is still important to use SSL. The site has been encrypted with SSL because internet security is important. We want to leave our guard up at all times.

Breen & Person Ltd

The goal of this project was to redesign the Breen and Person Ltd. website with a fresh, more modern look and migrate the website to a new server. The ability to view the web site on a number of different devices was important. The site was produced with a responsive design which allows for someone to view it on smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Mobile access was a strong factor in how the new site was designed. We wanted to make it easy for someone visiting the site to find locations, directions and contact information quickly. Therefore, features of the site have been added to make it easier for visitors on mobile devices to access the information quickly without sacrificing usability on larger devices. The site is meant to be simple and straight forward.

Breen and Person Ltd