We are a dynamic young web design company based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
We offer a high quality service at a competitive rate and we take pride in our good customer relationships.
We specialise in –
CMS Websites, eg. WordPress, MODX
Social Media - writing blogs and tweets
Photography - selecting & editing photos
Getting website design right can bring you great returns. A clever design and an easy to use website can produce instant benefits. The only downside can be spiralling costs. Super clever often means super expensive. At Skylime we offer a great website design and hosting service that will provide and develop your online presence without costing the earth.
Our range of web design tools allows us to work with our clients to produce great looking and easy to navigate websites. We work with you throughout the design process and give you full visibility of your site. Once the site is live our designers will work with you to keep it up to date. We use content management systems for all of our client sites giving easy access to add or update content at anytime.
How We Work
We work in tandem with our clients to produce their websites starting with a detailed discussion to understand design ideas and content. After creating wire diagram mock sites we propose a number of ideas before getting to work on the selected design. We then produce a pilot site which gives you up to the minute access on design and development. Once agreed the site can go live. Content can be added by clients at any time.
The Live Site
Once your site is live the work does not stop. We offer a number of different packages but all of them include ongoing development and support time so you are never left alone. You are assigned a web designer who will also call you on a monthly basis to discuss any design or content updates. We update sites where required by our clients – making changes to design and content. Many clients now also want to have their social media embedded within their website. Skylime also offers an efficient social media management solution for clients too busy to research and update their own Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.
Easily track how many people visit your website, which pages they visit, what search terms they used to find your site, and which websites referred traffic to your site in the statistics tab of your site’s dashboard. Your website statistics are calculated in real-time so you can keep a close eye on your data and traffic patterns. For even deeper insights into your website statistics, you can add Google Analytics tracking code as well.
Today social media is an important aspect of advertising your business. We can help you with this. We will create tweets, write blogs and posts to communicate on your behalf.
Before we start we will discuss your needs with you and research suitable topics to match your business area.
We understand that scouring stock photo websites for the "perfect" photo can be a bit tedious. Fortunately, we have a love for all things photography. Our in-house photographer has a real knack for finding the right shot and the right lighting. Having some of the best photography tech currently out there we pride ourselves on making our photography portfolio look really special, and our client work really special too.
Take a look at our Photography tab on our portfolio and the work will speak for itself.
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Why you need SSL for your website security & SEO
In 2017 ransomware is running riot
Internet security is a huge problem. In May WannaCry ransomware demonstrated in dramatic style how vulnerable many systems are when it infected and froze many public utility and large corporation networks including the NHS. Other major data breaches this year have included Deliotte and Equifax (130 million accounts) and 3 years ago Yahoo with 3 billion accounts hacked. Greater use of SSL will improve security along with other measures.
Small websites are as vulnerable as large
It’s important to understand that small websites are a target as much as bigger ones. Easy-to-use hacking tools automate the task of attacking any website. Potential vulnerabilities are identified and then tested. In this way smaller websites attract hackers attention as much as larger ones. It’s opportunistic, not targeted. It’s about making money which could be through SEO spam campaigns, malware payloads, or even system resource theft.
Get a boost in search rankings
Google’s ranking algorithm now boosts websites if they use SSL. They have indicated that they may increase this over time.
The Google search boost for using SSL applies to all sites. Even if your site doesn’t have a checkout page, login pages, or any financial or sensitive personal information, you will still get SEO benefits by installing an SSL Certificate on your site.
Avoid negative browser labelling
A further incentive from Google is happening from 27 October. A new version of Google Chrome will prominently label any site without an SSL Certificate as “not-secure” in the browser bar.
SSL Security Technology
So, what is SSL?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a technology that provides authentication and data encryption between a website and a user’s computer, tablet or phone.
And what is TLS?
Transport Layer Security (TLS) is the successor to SSL. The terms TLS and SSL are used interchangeably and essentially mean the same thing.
Why use SSL?
SSL encryption is used to encrypt sensitive personal information, like credit card details at the checkout of an online store. In the event of cybercriminals intercepting those details, they will be unable to read or use that information. The UK Data Protection Act 1998 requires that organisations must protect personal information, so using SSL encryption is an important tool for meeting this requirement.
Is SSL really secure?
SSL is only part of the solution. SSL only secures the connection between your clients and your web server. It does not provide any security for the data stored on the server. You still need to use server-side encryption if you want to protect the data from breaches to the server itself.
What is HTTPS?
HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), or “HTTP Secure,” is a combination of the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) with the SSL/TLS. HTTPS is used to provide encrypted communication with and secure identification of a Web server.
Websites with HTTPS use https:// in the browser window and the browser will confirm with a green padlock symbol –
“If you want to get a top job done, people who go the extra mile, fantastic communication throughout and at the same time support young people to grow and develop themselves and their skills then you’ve found your designers right here.” – Oliver A, JUMP! Programmes
“From day one, the communication was excellent and very professional. I had one main contact which was good and they were easy to contact via phone as well as email.” – Sean B., Leyton Orient News
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here we hope to answer the most common questions (FAQ) related to web design. If you have any suggestions for this FAQ that you think we should include, please email us your ideas here.
Why should I have a website for my small business?
It’s a very effective way for businesses to advertise to get new customers – and to communicate with their current customers. A website is relatively inexpensive, and easy to update (read more here). Market research indicates that 58% of internet users tend to trust a company with a web presence.
What is a CMS & why would I want one?
A CMS (Content Management System) is a structure that makes it easy for you and your staff to update your website. You don’t need to use any code, so you won’t need to pay a web designer every time you want to change something. As long as you have basic IT skills, you will be able to do it yourself.
The most popular CMS is WordPress. This is used by about 1 in 4 of all websites, and it is open source and the basics are free. Examples of other common CMS applications are Joomla and Drupal, which are also open source and free.
Why should my website be 'mobile responsive'?
Mainly because you will be missing an opportunity if you don’t offer ‘mobile responsive’.
About half of all internet use is now from mobile devices, so this makes it equally important to optimise your website to include these users. Because of this, the main search engine (Google) now penalises websites that are not mobile responsive with a lower ranking in their searches.
Can Skylime help me with web hosting?
We can help you find the right kind of hosting for your needs and budget. If you have your own hosting already set up, we can work with that. We can also help you move to an alternative.
For smaller websites we can offer you some ‘cloud hosting’ on space we have with a UK hosting company. It is economic and performs well for this level. The hosting is shared between many servers in multiple locations and provides security and performance advantages. It also uses ‘load balancing’ which is an effective method of coping with spikes in demand.
Our standard unit is –
1GB of file storage space
10GB monthly traffic bandwidth
1 MySQL database
For larger websites we can research your needs and make suggestions.
Why is security important – and why is my small website a target?
Security is very important for websites even without an online shop because if your website is hacked and you don’t take quick action, this will damage your reputation.
There are many different reasons for hackers to breach a website, and these include –
access to all your visitors for free and with minimum effort – to advertise their products (eg. Viagra, porn)
damaging your reputation to boost their own business
injecting malware to infect your visitors’ computers, for the purpose of extracting valuable confidential information
injecting malware to infect your visitors’ computers, for the purpose of initiating a Denial Of Service attack on a large organisation at some point in the future
However, security is not about perfectly secure systems because this is not really possible – it’s about risk reduction.
We use several security measures which will deter hackers and thus encourage them to look for an easier target. We also set up several backup options so if anything does happen we can quickly restore your website to a normal working state.