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Why you need a Stripe…

How gPadlockreat would it be if you could take credit card payments directly from you website.

It’s not as if you have an online store, but there are just one or two services that you would like to charge for. You could use PayPal, but their fees are 3.4%.

Stripe is a really good credit card processor. (After all, even billion-dollar businesses like Salesforce use them.)

Their fees are as low as 1.4% + 20p per transaction at the basic level. Much cheaper than PayPal. 

The downside is that they require a website that meets the standards of TLS 1.2.

Ours do. 

We can set you up with a secure website.

If you use our Safe and Secure website service, we will ensure that it meets the security standards of the future.

(BTW we do full e-Commerce websites, too.)

How do you stop your website being marked UNSAFE by Google?

Did you know that nearly all of the information you send over the internet can be intercepted and viewed?

Think what that means for your financial information, your personal information. Is it being viewed?

To highlight this, Google is going to start marking such websites as ‘UNSAFE’. This means nearly all websites!

How is this going to affect you and your eCommerce website?

Are your customers going to buy from a website marked ‘unsafe’?

I would imagine that it would put off potential customers!!!

There is a solution. It is called a ‘certificate’.

With an electronic certificate and the correct website set-up, all the information between you and your website, or your clients and your website is totally encrypted – safe.

Certificate marks website safe

Until recently, such certificates were the realm of banks and large organisations.

Cloud Genius is now able to provide this service to our clients affordably.

We make a few changes to your WordPress website.

We install the certificates.

Manage the renewal of the certificates for you.

Simple! Easy! Safe and Secure! (And saving you lots of money compared to other solutions.)

Installation is just £30. The automatic renewal service is just £5 p.c.m. when paid by direct debit.

When are you going to get your website certified? and safe?

Just call us now.

1 thing you didn’t know about Video

Imagine the scene, our hero is being held over a fire, having weights attached to his arms and legs to pull him apart, being pierced by torturous spears. Surely he risks certain death!

Fortunately the star of our next video is not Harrison Ford but is a teddy bear.

Which would you rather do?

a) Read articles about testing toys to comply with European rules on safety, or

b) Watch a video of a teddy in a variety of dangerous situations?

Then think, which is more likely to be shared on Facebook and Twitter… perhaps even going viral?

Unless you are one of my former bosses, you are likely to be saying, ‘show us the video’!

In response to the cries of, “you can’t do that to a TEDDY”, you can respond that you are obliged to, by law. That it is for the safety of children who will enjoy the teddy.

See what has happened, you have gone viral, you are engaging with potential customers and you are not only telling people how you test, but showing them.

Put the video onto Google and you will even help your website’s ranking… Soon you will be able to see the exploits of Harrison Bear – it is still in production (i.e. not available yet), but will be on http://henbethau.co.uk In the meantime, you can see the amazing bears (and other creatures) made from recycled Welsh blankets.

Two new sites go live

This week we have taken two new websites live. Both of them were transfers from other companies but there the similarity ends.

The Finchley Reform Synagogue (FRS) site was handled by a bespoke Content Management System (CMS). This was fine until the company that wrote it didn’t want to support it any more. FRS were given an ultimatum to move from their existing hosting and existing CMS. They wanted to move everything to a modern, open-source CMS so that they would not face this issue again. They had a site with hundreds of pages and hundreds of posts, that delivered live video. They wanted the ‘new’ site to  look identical to the old one. They also needed video training materials to train staff on the use of the website.

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Cloud Genius worked with the FRS on a plan to move the entire site to WordPress. You can judge the results for yourself at http://frsonline.org. In the new year they hope to move to a more flexible layout – being on WordPress the foundations for that have all been laid.

The second site was Maynard Training Services (MTS). They wanted a new site that was easy to manage. They needed a calendar of events, sections highlighting their training in the areas of First Aid, Security and Hospitality. They needed to be able to maintain it themselves. Well the new site is live at http://maynardtrainingservices.com. Already they are actively updating the site.Welcome_-_Maynard_Training_Services_and_Computers___Contacts

Cloud Genius Domains are moving – but staying in the same place

As many of you know, Cloud Genius is a reseller for one of the largest domain registries in the world. So, we can offer you even better prices than they can.

As part of their security & utility upgrade, the infrastructure of our website is moving.

You can still get you domains and other web services at webhost.cloud-genius.com but there is an outside possibility that you may experience some disruption. If that is the case, let us know – the contact details are on every page of our website.

Easier is to use the widget tool (see right if you are on a desktop, below if you are on a mobile).

 

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An easier way to buy domain names (and hosting and…)

Here at Cloud Genius we are always trying to make things easier for our customers, clients, friends, selves to buy domain names.

A number of our folk were having difficulty remembering where to buy domain names (and other web stuff) at the best price, so we have purchased a new domain to make things easier.

Old location: webhost.cloud-genius.com

New location: cloudgenius.domains

It’s easier, shorter and there is only one dot.

Tell us what you think? Better? No change? Worse? or constructive comments. We want to know 🙂

Forgot to say, we have now changed the default currency to pounds sterling (GBP). You may have to change the currency (top right) one last time. You should also be billed in GBP now, too.