Google Chrome and https

Google has made its intentions known that within Chrome it wants to encourage webmasters and site owners to move their sites to HTTPS. Later this year, Google’s Chrome browser will show a warning message on pages that have search boxes or forms to fill out.

HTTPS requiures a Secure Socket Layer or Certificate be issued for the domain. Then the site can be displayed through HTTPS instead of HTTP. Depending on the server that the site is hosted on, will determine how an SSL certificate will be implemented.

Google said, “in October 2017, Chrome will show the ‘Not secure’ warning when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.”

Chrome recently added that pages with logins are required to be over HTTPS and even sent out webmaster warnings about the change.

Ultimately, Google wants to mark any web page over HTTP as insecure — but that will take them some time to accomplish.

It’s left to be seen if other browsers follow suite, but the odds are good they will.

Google goes all in on Mobile Sites

For the Techies, the saying goes “resistance is futile”. A quoate from Gene Rodenberry’s Star Trek.

And so it goes with Google. The search giant annonunced that starting April 21, 2015, they would start ranking mobile friendly sites higher in the saerches. Or in other words, they would punish the ones that are not mobile compliant by dropping them in the page rankings. The amazing thing about that announcement is not what in it, but the fact that they announced it at all. Most changes are added into the placement algorythimes, and we discover them the hard way. Mostly by trial and error. But Google decided that this was so important that they needed to announce it. So is your website mobile compliant. Here is a link where you can check.

Mobile Friendly – Responsive Websites

We have been pushing having a mobile friendly website over the last few years and the amount of users that see websites on limited size screens has only grown. More than 50% of website views are coming from tablets and smartphones.

Google just announced that if will start penalizing websites in their rankings if they are not mobile friendly. So here are the two choices you have to stay compliant:

1. If you like your current site, we can make a phone and tablet specific landing pages within your domain that will automatically direct the corrosponding viewers to those pages. This is the simpliest way to go, but will require updating two or three layouts each time a change is made to the site. Something to consider if your site changes often.

2. Redesign the site so that it is “responsive”. A responsive site use CSS (Cascading style sheets, to change the design to accomodate the viewers device. These often have 3, 4  or as many as 9 differnt widths they adapt to. This type of design will also adapt to either landscape or portrait orientations of the screens. If you have an older wordpress site, this can be a s simple as implimenting a new theme with a little customization.