Has your website got an SSL Certificate?

Security is a top priority at Google and they have been rolling out changes that impact everyone who owns a website.

Way back in 2014, in a blog post titled HTTPS as a ranking signal, Google made the following statment “we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal”.

What is HTTPS? On the Google Security Blog, Ben Mcllwain said: “The security of the Web is of the utmost importance to Google. One of the most powerful tools in the Web security toolbox is ensuring that connections to websites are encrypted using HTTPS, which prevents Web traffic from being intercepted, altered, or misdirected in transit. We have taken many actions to make the use of HTTPS more widespread, both within Google and on the larger Internet.”

When Google announces that it is starting to use something as a “ranking signal”, website developers & Search Engine Optimisers sit up. When we talk about a “ranking signal”, we mean it is something that Google uses to influence where your website will sit in Google’s search results. In 2014, the weight given to HTTPS as a ranking signal affected fewer than 1% of global queries. However, this news was the start of the trend towards SSL certificates being installed on more and more websites.

Fast forward to 2017 and Google announced changes to Google Chrome, their web browser. In January 2017, Google “began their quest to improve how Chrome communicates the connection security of websites” and In October 2017, Chrome started to show the “Not secure” warning.

This is now active and a “Not Secure” warning will be displayed if a website has password or credit card fields, when users enter data on an HTTP page, and on all HTTP pages visited in Incognito mode.

What does this mean for my website?

If you haven’t already, now is the time to seriously consider ensuring connections to your website are encrypted using HTTPS. To do this, we implement an SSL Certificate. We’d recommend this for three reasons:

  1. Security for your website and customers
  2. The potential for improved Google Rankings in the search listings (or at least, not being punished for not using HTTPS)
  3. Your customers will see “Secure” in Chrome rather than “Not Secure”, which may prevent them trusting your website/business online.

As an additional point of interest, if you are looking to implement an SSL certificate on your website, it’s worth reading the following blog post from Google about Symantec: https://security.googleblog.com/2017/09/chromes-plan-to-distrust-symantec.html

Also, it is worth reading up about the affect on your search engine rankings, up until now this may have been a valid reason not to move to HTTPS but it is now widely accepted that with testing the disruption will be minimal. SSL also needs to be implemented correctly, this is another topic in itself. Google Search Console provides more details: Secure your site with HTTPS

If you need further help, please contact us to see how we can assist on 01525 635684

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

It’s been a very busy few months at Intrada Innovations and we’d like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients & everyone we’ve met and worked with in 2017 a very Happy Christmas. It has been a great year and we’re busy planning for 2018. Our weekly blog will return and we have some new exciting plans that we can’t wait to share.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Deborah & David at Intrada Innovations

Weekly Blog – 31/10/2017

Last week at Intrada we focussed on our latest website project. We are delighted to say it is now LIVE!

After working with Everitt & Jones for almost 10 years… we were delighted when they asked us to design & develop their new website! Featuring new photography, taken by Deborah Price from Intrada Innovations. Visit: www.everittandjones.co.uk to see the new look website.

Here is a selection of the photos that Deborah took as part of the new website project:

Apart from launching the new website for Everitt & Jones, we also created some videos for our maintenance client’s social media. As it’s Halloween, we took some photos of the latest window display by M&M Properties (Flitwick)… which we then turned into a “Happy Halloween” video and “Facebook Cover Video”.

That’s all from last week at Intrada Innovations.

Intrada Innovations

Weekly Blog – 23/10/2017

It’s been a busy few weeks at Intrada Innovations… here’s some of the highlights from the previous two weeks:

Firstly, Intrada are delighted to have joined the Ampthill Business Chamber (ABC)! Very much looking forward to being a member of the ABC and more updates to follow!

Lots of networking too, including the regular meetings at WIBN. Intrada Innovations has been working with Anna created the new Facebook cover for the “WIBN: Milton Keynes, Bedford, Flitwick” group with updated images.

At the WIBN Flitwick October meeting, Deborah enjoyed a 1:1 meeting with Anna. Anna kindly bought Deborah a drink, which turned out to be quite elaborate! Seedlip is a non-alcoholic distilled spirit which Deborah has been looking forward to trying. When we found it at The George Inn, Maulden, it had to be done: what do you think? Find out more at https://www.seedlipdrinks.com/  – this is the Garden 105

Deborah also had a great meeting with Heide from Swift Mortgages, lots of interesting and exciting ideas have come from that meeting!! Watch this space.

The second part of the Website Boot camp for Transition Coaching took part and we’re delighted it went really well. Working with Larissa at Transition Coaching has been fantastic and please take a look at the website and see what you think about all the changes. If you are local and looking for fitness classes or personal training, we’d definitely recommend getting in touch: transitioncoachingbedford.co.uk

As part of our work, we love working on the Parkside Community Hall website: www.parksidehall.org.uk. On Friday, we enjoyed a night at “The ANT HILL comedy club”. It was a great evening and looks like the next night has almost sold out already!!

As regular readers will know, we like to promote any local businesses that we have been to over the week. This week is no exception! We had a great lunch out on Monday at The Birch, Woburn. It was a really nice treat and the food was amazing. 100% recommended for a visit & we’ll be back:

That’s all for this week, have a great week and weekend!

Intrada

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

bakeit freefrom – Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

After tasting the range of cakes available from the bakeit freefrom kitchen, I was excited to get baking! I should point out, I have never been known as a baker and my cakes often end up with the dreaded “Soggy Bottom” or are “As hard as a brick” so this could be fun!

Maggie from bakeit freefrom assured me, I could simply follow the instructions in the kit and I’d be fine… so, here it is, the results of me baking the Dark Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes using the bakeit freefrom cake kit. bakeitfreefrom.com

I followed the instructions to the letter, taking photos along the way. Photos really do say 1000 words:

The Ganache was so simple to make, I chopped the chocolate up and mixed all the ingredients together in a saucepan… heated gently and stirred! As you can see, the Ganache looks so tempting to eat straight from the bowl!

Next, on to the batter:

Whisk together and bake…. they turned out great:

They taste amazing: moist, fluffy, chocolatey goodness! If I tasted these cakes without knowing they are freefrom Dairy, Gluten, Wheat, Egg, Peanut, Soya, Tree nut, Sulphite, I’d never guess. 

The cake kit was so easy to make, taste simply delicious and make perfect gifts 🙂 visit www.bakeitfreefrom.com for more details or buy online.

Deborah
Intrada Innovations in-house baker!

Weekly Blog – 01/10/2017

Hi everyone, hope you have had a great two weeks. We’ve been busy over the previous two weeks so have combined two blogs into one!

The blog this week starts in Southampton and a visit to Solent Mind to meet Kevin Gardner, CEO of Solent Mind. We are very proud to work with Solent Mind and maintain the website: solentmind.org.uk

Of course, when in Dorset, photography is essential! Here’s a photograph Deborah took on her phone whilst eating Fish & Chips by the sea:

Once we returned from Dorset, Deborah enjoyed providing a 2 hour Website Boot Camp for Larissa at Transition Coaching: transitioncoachingbedford.co.uk
It was a fantastic session and lots of updates got completed… lovely to spend the time with you Larissa and look forward to our next “Mini Boot Camp”.  

Our Website Boot Camp is tailored to your specific requirements, answering any questions you have, helping you to confidently update your website and much more… If you need assistance with any aspect of your website, please do contact us to find out how we can help.

We have been very busy working on a new website that is very close to the final phases and will be going live soon. Also, Deborah met with a very lovely lady to discuss a new Website & Photography project… we really hope to secure this project as it sounds very exciting and creative.

As regular readers will know, we love to highlight local businesses that we have visited and loved in the previous week(s)… This week it all revolves around food!

Firstly, if you are vegetarian or vegan, there is a fantastic pub called The Chester Arms in Chicheley. Deborah was very lucky to be invited to the pub for a really lovely lunch. The food is amazing and with a full menu for Vegetarian/Vegan as well as many options for other dietary requirements, this is a great place for all tastes/needs. The Vegan Chocolate Cake was particularly good… so much so that I forgot to take any photos!

One evening Deborah enjoyed Pizza in Cafe Brio in Olney, a quaint place hidden off the main square. The food was excellent and the restaurant is very spacious… we had a great mid-week night out.

That’s all for this week, hope you have a great Sunday evening and a fantastic week!

Intrada

“The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

 

Weekly Blog – 18/09/2017

Hi and welcome to a roundup of this week at Intrada Innovations.

It’s been a busy week at Intrada this week. We’ve spent time scheduling posts on Social Networks, updated websites with new features & content and assisted with a wide range of queries for our maintenance clients.

This week also saw the launch of a new service, our IT Healthcheck. Do you need advice, help or guidance on best practice for your IT systems within your business? We have the resources to help… contact us on 01525 635684 for more info.

On Tuesday, Deborah attended the Flitwick group of “WIBN” (Women in business network) and had a great time. Catching up with contacts and making new ones. Thank you to everyone for your feedback about our new IT Healthcheck service, as always it was a very friendly meeting with lots of chat and business contacts being made. The 10 minute spotlight, from Ali Moore (Be Moore) was a glimpse into how Mindfullness can be used in our daily life. Well worth a visit to Ali’s website for more information: http://bemoore.uk/ #FindYourROAR

We also had delicious cakes from the wonderful bakeit freefrom!…. what more could we ask for from a Tuesday lunchtime!?!

We are very excited to be joining the Ampthill Business Chamber, our membership application is in progress. As a local Ampthill business and as a life-long Ampthillian, Deborah is really looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved.

After a busy week, Deborah visited Tree of Life Yoga in Maulden for Reflexology… Katie at Tree of Life Yoga is amazing. If you are looking for a local Yoga class, Meditation or Holistic Therapy, this is the place for you. Contact Katie on 079966 463 445 to find out more.

That’s all for this week, it’s going to be a very exciting week next week with a bit of work “by the sea”! Expect lots of photos in next weeks blog!

Intrada

“There is no substitute for hard work.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

Weekly Blog – 11/09/2017

The week began with processing the photos from our photoshoot with bakeit freefrom… the photos are now complete and we’ll share some of them with you on our Facebook page throughout the week: https://www.facebook.com/intradainnovations/.

On Wednesday, Deborah enjoyed a spot of networking at the WIBN Bedford Group. It was a great meeting, lots of interesting businesses and new contacts made.

At the end of the week it was fantastic to meet up with Larissa from Transition Coaching to discuss your website. Larissa is a PT, runs group training classes and much more, visit the Transition Coaching Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/transitioncoachingbedford/

It’s been a much more office based week, we’re busy working on an exciting new website build and look forward to sharing it with you when it goes live.

As our regular readers will know, we love to highlight any local businesses that we have visited during the week. This week it is a local restaurant, the Blue Orchid in Aspley Guise: http://www.blueorchidrestaurant.co.uk/

We visited over the weekend, the food was delicious and amazing service. If you are local to the area, it is definitely worth booking a table.

That’s all for now, have a great week!

Intrada

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them” – Bruce Lee

Weekly Blog – 01/09/2017

Hello and welcome to our weekly blog.

Last week, Deborah was out of the office so this blog covers the previous two weeks.

During the week off, we found a great new place for our office dog to have a great time running around… a secure field in Wardhedges. At £5 per hour for a large field, our dog loved it. We love sharing local businesses and spreading the word so if you have a dog that could do with a secure field for a run around, visit: https://www.thriftend-bedford.co.uk

Thanks to Anna Botsford from my WIBN group for the introduction to this fantastic facility.

Before the break, we were delighted to launch a new website! Always great to see our work go live and get positive feedback. Working with Alex Bennett Global on her new website has been fantastic. As well as designing and developing the website, Deborah also took the photos. A day spent with Alex and her son Archie was great fun and some lovely natural photos were the result, showcasing how Alex has built a business around spending valuable time with her son and family.

Visit www.alexbennettglobal.com to view the website.

Of course, the start of the week was bank holiday so this week has been a short one… although, we’ve crammed quite a bit in!

Mid week, Deborah spent an afternoon with bakeit freefrom photographing beautiful cakes! The photos are in the “Dark Room” ready to be processed for next week.

We are delighted with the photos and can’t wait to share them. In the mean time though, keep an eye out for our post about our experience making one of bakeit freefroms cake kits! Deborah is not a natural baker, it could get messy 🙂

Other than that, we’ve been mostly office based, working on a new website, processing photos, taking photos, scheduling social media posts for our maintenance clients and much more.

If you’d like to find out more about our website maintenance services, call us on 01525 635684. Allow us to maintain your website, so you can focus on your business!

Have a great weekend and we look foward to a productive week 🙂

 

Kind Regards
Intrada

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs

Weekly Blog – 18/07/2017

It’s been a busy week behind the scenes this week… lots going on and lots of projects are nearing Go-Live.

We’ve scheduled posts for the rest of the month on Facebook/Twitter for our maintenance customers, written blogs, integrated an online shop into an existing website, built a new website, processed photographs from our photo shoot for Everitt & Jones last week and much more. It’s been more office based this week, which means we’ve been out and about less… there are however, two local businesses we wanted to mention:

Deborah met up with a friend for lunch at a The Hide, Ampthill. We had a great time and the food was delicious. If you are local to the area and are looking for a great spot for lunch, definitely worth a visit to The Hide…

On Thursday, Deborah met up with Heide from Swift Mortgages for a morning meeting at the Ridgmont Tea Rooms. It really is never too early for cake! The Ridgmont tea rooms are an absolute gem of a place. You feel like you’re stepping back into a different time, the cake is really delicious and a friendly welcome and service mean we’re definitely going back. If you fancy visiting, make sure you book as we were very lucky to get a table (as we were early). There is also a shop with great merchandise and a museum!

A slightly shorter blog this week, as we’ve been mostly in the office and working on projects that are going live soon… we can’t wait to write about all our projects.

Hope you have a great weekend and look forward to a fabulous week ahead…

Intrada Innovations

“Do or do not. There is no try” —Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back