SSL Certificate

May 2017

SSL Certificate



Recently, Google announced that it will label any non-HTTPS webpage as ‘Not Secure’ in the address bar. Mozilla’s popular browser Firefox, also flags up that the ‘Connection is not secure’. Internet Explorer also displays a padlock icon in the address bar. The three popular browsers don’t differentiate between the type of data that might be shared, treating both high and low risk data the same.


You may have noticed that websites usually start with “http://” or “https://”. HTTP is the protocol used to transfer information and is sent in ‘plain text’. HTTPS is the secure version of this (enabled with the use of an SSL certificate). SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and this digital certificate helps clarify your identity to your website visitors, encrypts data that’s transferred via your website, ensuring confidentiality for the end user, and ensures data integrity – the information can’t be manipulated or corrupted en-route.


If you are taking payments online then you should definitely use HTTPS. Even if your website doesn’t take online payment then you should consider upgrading to HTTPS. Adding an SSL certificate to your website will re-assure visitors that you take safeguarding their information seriously and clarifies your identity. There is also a slight advantage within Google’s SEO rankings to running https but this is fairly minimal and your site content has a much greater influence


We can purchase and arrange the install of the SSL Certificate, then transition your website from http to https. The Certificate runs for 1 year and our starter SSL packages cost from £ 80.00 plus VAT, renewable annually. There is a one-off cost for the install/transition of £ 60.00 plus VAT.

We recommend purchasing your SSL through Designworks if your hosting is with us because we cannot guarantee a third party SSL working on our servers. However, if you already have a third party certificate or wish to purchase from another provider you should supply all information you have and we will:
a) Ascertain whether we are able to install the third party SSL on our servers.
b) Provide a quote for installing the third party SSL on our servers if possible.

If you would like to go upgrade to https or talk to us about this, please get in touch. Call 01539 723254 or email:

What our clients say

I have worked with Designworks for many years and have no hesitation in recommending them. Designworks have never let me down – and I actually enjoy the process of working with them.

Jennifer Collard, Monkhouse Hill Holidays

It is always a pleasure to deal with the Designworks team…We have always found them to exceed expectations without exceeding our limited budget for branding. Many have commented on their design work!

Iain Scott Bainbridge, Scott Bainbridge Property Sales and Lettings

I have found Designworks a pleasure to work with – patient, creative and dependable. They have overhauled our website – we were really impressed with the effort and skill they put in to devising solutions to some really demanding functionality.

Isobel Stoddart, Electric Bicycle Network

The quick, efficient service, quality creative input and attention to detail make Designworks a pleasure to work with.

Gemma Procter, Cumbria Tourism

Designworks were the third company we’d used over the years for our web site design. We found them fantastically easy to deal with from start to finish and the whole process of building a complete new web site worked seamlessly from start to finish.

Simon Cleasby, Holiday Cottages Cumbria

We needed a new look for our brochure so we asked Designworks to assist us in producing it. We are very happy with the end result and consider it an essential part of the hotel’s developing marketing strategy. Thanks for a great working partnership.

Stephen Broughton, Lindeth Howe

Designworks have been helpful, quick and efficient from the first day we started using their services. Regardless of the demands we have made of them at times, they have always been professional, extremely creative and all with smiles on their faces.

Eamonn Hennessy, Macbeth Scott

I have really enjoyed working with Designworks to come up with a new concept and a new approach for my website which had become outdated. They are a very patient as well as extremely creative team!

Laura Rosenzweig, Laura’s Loom

Designworks were fast, supremely professional and the end results are just great. I’d always go to them first now, and would recommend them to anyone looking for quality, affordable, effective design. THANK YOU!!

Kate Rawles, Outdoor Philosophy

We were very happy with our newly designed annual report which had been given a makeover with a fresh and vibrant feel and has received a lot of positive feedback.

Julie Beaman, Lancaster City Council

Designworks provide me with affordable, great looking websites and, more importantly, they use a user-friendly Content Management System. I have worked with websites for 13 years and have used a number of CMSs. I find WordPress the simplest and most intuitive to use by far.

Justin Grammer, PS Business Matters

We had a fantastic response to the newsletter that Designworks created. The brief was to produce something a little different from the norm. The finished design increased sales significantly over the same time the previous year.

Jeremy Hall, Peter Hall & Son

I have used Designworks to design and print a leaflet as well as design a company logo for us and I can honestly say their ideas, attention to detail and end product were first class.

Robert Crawford, Different Strokes

Designworks are always our first choice when it comes to designing and printing new publicity materials. They are always very welcoming, creative and efficient, even if we go to them with a last-minute request!

Sarah Rose, Cumbria Woodlands

Designworks made me a beautiful, simple website. Most importantly for me, it is very simple to update, as the WordPress system is easy to use for a non-techy like me. Great team, great product.

Rebecca Willis, Independent Researcher on Environment and Sustainability

We were really impressed by the clean professional brochures that Designworks produced. The fresh look has opened up new market places and generated new business.

John Eatough, Stand & Deliver

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