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Do I Need An SSL Certificate?

Well as previously posted this depends on a number of factors, but the general rule is if you are exchanging data between you and your website visitors or customers then you need as SSL Certificate. So now you are asking what is an SSL Certificate. SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, but rather than me write a long boring article, why not view this video…


If your thinking you may need an SSL Certificate then check out what deals your web hosting provider has…

E-Commerce Website Builders?

Website builders are nothing new and for sometime the ability to build a simple website has been within the reach of most people, even those without technical skills.  However, in general the websites have been quite simple in design and functionality.  Design has often been limited to a few templates and a limited design pallet.  Functionality has often been even more limited and the ability to transact being no more than a paypal checkout.

This is now changing and professional website builders is becoming the preferred tool for many a budding entrepreneur wanting to get a serious online business off the ground.  The new breed of website builder delivers real design functionality allowing literally everything to be changed so that you can really demonstrate your design flare.  Layout, text, font, colour, images, video just to mention a handful and the only limit is individual creativity.  But here is the big plus, now the latest website builder can deliver real ecommerce functionality, allowing you to upload multiple product lines into a professional CMS and present a professional online retail environment, deliverying fast, secure online transactions.

One other major benefit is that most website builder products are priced on an annual subscription basis and includes hosting, domain name and email, so no large upfront costs.

Wow how the world is moving on…

Favourite bit of software……

If you have a favourite script, template or peace of software that’s really made the difference with your ecommerce business then we would really like to hear from you.  Maybe you’ve built your own site and found a script from softaculous to be everything you needed, or perhaps you’ve used a plugin or app that’s really made the difference.  Whatever it is please tell us….

Cookie Law – Must I Conform?

If your a European business and your site uses cookies then you must conform to the legislation as from 1st July 2011.

Since the above date all websites must provide information and capture consent for dropping or accessing cookies or other information on a user’s computer equipment when a user visits their site.

The Data Protection Commission of Ireland has already started to clamp down on this and send the first letters out to companies who’s websites do not conform, some such companies include

Vodafone

O2

Aldi

CRO

Electric Ireland

Eircom

FAS

Paddy Power

PC World

TSB

This was correct at time of going to print and the above sites may well now conform

If I have a website, do I need an SSL certificate?

If your website captures any customer details (especially a form that requests credit card / personal details) then the answer is yes, you need to have an SSL certificate installed on your website.

However, if you run an e-commerce site, online shop or any type of client login then having an SSL certificate is a must.

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and adds an extra layer of security to your website and the way the server handles your websites data.

If you don’t have an SSL certificate any user information sent from an online form to that websites server is transmitted in plain text, which obviously means it’s not very secure.

Installing an SSL certificate means any information sent is encrypted using a key that is unique to the website, the server receiving the information is the only recipient that has the key required to decrypt the information.

There are lots of providers of SSL certificates, but go for a quality certificate like Comodo, your hosting company should be able to supply the SSL cert that right for your site.

Consider Softaculous for your e-commerce solution…

If you’re looking for an ‘off the shelf’ solution for your ecommerce site then you won’t go far wrong with Softaculous.  Softaculous is a the leading auto installer having some 200+ scripts available which means you can get almost any application with the click of a mouse.

Any good hosting company will be using a leading control panel such as cPanel, Plesk, DirectAdmin, H-Sphere or InterWorx and Softaculous integrates with them all.  So once you’ve bought your domain and hosting you can easily install the application that’s best for you.

The Top 10 applications include – WordPress, Joomla, Opencart, Prestashop, phpBB, Drupal, SMF, MyBB, Dolphin, WHMCS.

Whatever you’re looking for Softaculous will have it.  The total 285 (and still adding) applications are catagorised into the following:

PHP include:

Blogs

MicroBlogs

Forums

Image Gallaries

Mails

Polls and Surveys

Project Management

E-Commerce

ERP

Guest Books

Customer Support

Frameworks

Educational

DB Tools

Music

Video

RSS

File Management

Others

JS include:

Libabries

PERL include:

Blogs

E-Commerce

JAVA include:

Portals/CMS

Project Management

Blogs

Forums

So before doing anything consider Softaculous it could save loads of time and money and ensure you have the application that for you……

Never has there been a better time to get your business online……

Believe it or not there are still millions and millions of businesses still not online.  There are a variety of reasons for this, including scepticism about the business opportunity, lack of knowledge or simply a resistance to change.  The world is online and there is no escaping this fact and so whatever your business you need to consider taking the plunge and getting online.

There are some steps to take before you do that, you need to be realistic and do research as to what the market opportunity is for your business.  Ask some questions; what are my competitors doing, are they online?  Are people using search engines to look for my products and/or services?  What are the dynamics of my market?  Is it growing, and more competitors appearing, or declining and competitors consolidating?

Then where do you go from here?  Well if you’ve made you’re mind up that you want to get online, then that’s a great step in the right direction.  Your business and product/service will have a bearing on how you do this.  If you’re a service you may only need to consider a portfolio site, if you have products and you want to actually sell these online then a full ecommerce site with a CMS (content management system) to probably nearer to what you require.

Before you spend any money on your website or ecommerce solution, you need to figure out exactly what you want to accomplish.  Speaking to a good marketing company, or online consultant maybe time well spent.  Trawl the internet and see what you like and don’t like, what your competitors do well and not so well.  All this will help you formulate what your solution could be.

Should you consider Cloud Computing technology for your ecommerce website?

Well there is lots of talk about Cloud Computing, but is it just talk or are there real benefits? Well this is all dependent on your ecommerce business. There are some great benefits to utilising the Cloud for your business and the obvious is flexibility and value for money;

Flexibility – This is where cloud computing really beats any other solution hands down, especially if you have a business that is seasonality driven or has visitor and/or user spikes. Cloud technology means that resources such as RAM, disk space and processing power can be managed in such a way that your site is always performing to the optimum regardless of the amount of traffic it is receiving.

Value for Money – The flexibility that Cloud Computing can deliver by way of resources can be reflected in costs, in that you are not stuck with a fixed solution and therefore fixed costs. Most Cloud solution providers will offer daily billing based upon your requirements. This has excellent advantages as you only pay for what you really need. If your business is a startup then you can pay-as-you-grow and keep costs under control.

These aren’t just the only benefits, but we recommend that you speak with one or two reputable Cloud providers and get the solution that best fits your business.