Is your website 2018 compliant?

The internet is ever changing and 2018 hasn't been an exception. Fortuntely, the major changes that have occurred this year were public knowledge and haven't sneaked up on business owners, who have been able to readily prepare for 2018.

To adhere to consumer web browsing expectations, Google indexing changes and new EU legislation changes you may wish to look at these 3 key areas:

Google's Mobile First Index

Nowadays, nearly everyone has a smartphone. In fact, according to Google's own data, more Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in many countries.

Because of this, Google have released their Mobile-First index to further reward Mobile Websites. This means Google have started looking at mobile & responsive content before desktop.

For years now we've promoted the benefits of having a Mobile Friendly website but with the Mobile First changes already upon us, we're now imploring clients to upgrade immediately to avoid suffering with browsers, customers and Google in 2018.

If you have a Responsive website with us, then you don't need to worry! Anyone with just a Mobile or desktop site should get in touch with us to look at moving over to a modern, Mobile Friendly, Responsive design.

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GDPR

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a regulation from the European Union which came in to place in May 2018 and affects all UK businesses. It's designed to ensure businesses are protecting their customers information and held accountable if not.

For your website to comply with GDPR rules as of May, we believe at the very least you need to:

All of our advice on GDPR legislation is not legal advice. This information is based on our interpretation of the GDPR ruling. For concrete legal advice, you may wish to talk to a solicitor.

Read more about the GDPR specifics here

HTTPS (SSL)

Google and Browsers now reward encrypted websites. To encrypt your website (make your site HTTPS) you need to have an active SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate.

This is more important than ever because in July 2018, Google released a version of their Chrome browser that labels any sites without an SSL certificate as 'Not Secure' to its customers.


Adding a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) service to your website will ensure that the green padlock & secure message always shows.

Not only does it enforce a user's confidence in your security, SSL also helps boost your Google Rankings and goes towards making your website GDPR Compliant.

Read more about SSL here or get in touch today to find out more.

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