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skull house tattoo studio

Busy Busy Busy Part III

The Skull House Tattoo Studio brand new website

Our newest website for The Skull House Tattoo Studio went live today. There is still a bit of tweaking and a couple of pages to be added but the bulk of the site is ready for public viewing.

The website has so far been one of my more funky designs. The couple who own and run the Studio had a good idea what they wanted for their website and have been a joy to work for.

Skull House is a Tattoo studio based in Shirley, Southampton. Owned a run by a lovely married couple who certainly know their stuff, feel free to check out their website HERE.

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Part 2

The second of the websites is now live. BusyBee Millbrook a preschool based in Southampton.

BusyBee Millbrook

A wonderful colourful site for a wonderful colourful preschool!

We had to resort to a fair bit of stock photography (thank you to all the wonderful photographers and artists on Pexels) this was done to largely safeguard the children, there are however many wonderful pictures in the gallery that show you the school and the setup, including the lovely garden they have.

You can check them out here.

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Been a while, but still been busy

Its been a while since our last update (last being RetroGameBlast, which we managed to raise nearly £300 for SpecialEffect) but rest assured we have been quite busy.

We have since been working on three websites, one of which is now ready and out there. Here is JJ Mechanical Centre.

JJ Mechanical Centre, based in Bitterne Southampton.

You can view the site here.

They opted for a nice clean site, with plenty of information on their services. If you have one of their flyers, they will give you a discount across their services.

Hopefully the next one will be ready to go in a few days and the next one a few days after that!

Here is to more busy months!


RetroGameBlast ’19 Southampton

A picture of the RetroGameBlast Flyer.

It may appear that we have been quiet for a little while, I can assure you this wasn’t the case! Aside from our normal work load we have been gearing up for this years RetroGameBlast where we hope to raise money for SpecialEffect.

It will be on the 16th of Feb and held at the Saints Pub Function room here in Southampton.

RetroGameBlast will start at 12 mid-day for most of the day, you can get more up to date information from the Facebook page here.

We hope to see many of you there!


SSL and the dangers of miscommucation

SSL you have probably heard of it, but do you know it is?

SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is a standard security that establishes encrypted links between your browser and the website. The idea being everything between you and the website is safe and secure from malicious  third parties trying to get your personal details.

Not that long ago, Google made it so websites with SSL installed ranked higher than those that don’t and then in July 2018 Google updated Chrome to tell you if the site didn’t have SSL or not.

Then we got adverts from Barclays like this:

Its pretty much telling you to not buy from anyone without SSL, in a nutshell.

Now, at the time of typing the Pre-Tech main page does not have SSL, simply as the website does not require the user to hand over any information at all. It provides who we are, a list of services and the many ways a customer can contact us. Once a client contacts us, everything is either done face to face, email, Facebook messenger etc all these things have their own security in place to keep the user safe.

But right now, I am looking at the various SSL options out there as simply, browsers now mark me as “unsafe” and it effects my Google rankings.

This is what it looks like Chrome

However, the importance for SSL in eCommerce is highly important as it protects your credit card information as you send it over to the website, which is a good thing.

However, my issue with SSL is how easy it is for someone to obtain it. If you have brought a hosting domain with anyone chances are you have already been emailed about getting SSL. Even if its just for Google rankings and remove the “Not secure” thing off the browsers, The issue here is anyone can get one.

The advert fails to point this out. Doing my own research I can get a bog standard SSL for two years at just over £10. Now if I can do that, so can everyone else.

Basically, if you go to an online shop with SSL and order something, there is no guarantee that the seller will actually honour sending you the goods. Basically, people can use SSL to make themselves look legit, fooling the potential buyer handing their money and never receive the service or goods they wanted to purchase.

Yes SSL is important, but research first. If you come across a website that’s selling something at a to good to be true price, just because it has SSL and the padlock icon, does not mean its legit.

Google is a fantastic search tool, use it to find out more about the business your about to use.

At some point in the very near future the Pre-Tech page will have its SSL to help it up Google and I will advise my website clients accordingly to what best suits them. If you are planning to open an online shop then yes SSL is a must.