Apr 4 World Wide Web Browsing

Last Update: April 05, 2021

On this day in history 1994 Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark found Mosaic Communications Corporation which later became known as Netscape.

They worked tirelessly before the founding of Mosaic. Marc Andreessen developed the software used for browsing the World Wide Web while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois and Jim Clark co-founded Silicon Graphics Incorporated, the high-performance computer maker. So they made quite a team.

So Does All Of This Matter?

This is significant because Netscape did two things for us.

  1. It created the JavaScript programming language. Java scripting is still the most widely used language for client-side (browser) scripting of web pages.
  2. It also developed SSL which is used for securing online communications.

This is very relevant for our Wealthy Affiliate Web Hosting Services.

WA Includes SSL As Part Of Their Web Hosting Services

Thankfully WA includes SSL as part of their hosting package though some web hosting services still charge a fee. Today SSL is crucial to good website ranking because data encryption gives our visitors assurance of personal data protection.

This leads us to the HTTP HTTPS discussion.

What Is The Difference Between HTTP and HTTPS?

For those of you who have been Wealthy Affiliate members for some time remember the days of http to https.

HTTP is passing unsecured data while HTTPS is passing secured data. There is no encryption in HTTP data. HTTPS data is encrypted before it is sent.

HTTP sends data over port 80. Port 80 is the port that the server "listens to" or expects to receive communications from a Web client (Web browser) but the data is not encrypted.

HTTPS uses Port 443, a web browsing port to secure web browser communications. It provides encryption and transport over secure ports. Today over 95% of web data is secured.

Clarification Between Client and Server?

Your web browser is an example of a web client. The remote machine containing the document you requested is called a web server. So Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari and others are the client. As WA members our websites are hosted on Amazon servers which use a special language (a "protocol") which is encrypted so is called HTTPS.

What’s Next?

SSL is already being replaced by TLS.

SSL is a cryptographic protocol that uses explicit connections to establish secure communication between web server and client. However, even though TLS is also a cryptographic protocol that provides secure communication between web server and client, connection is done implicitly.

Data Security Is More Crucial Than Ever

Breaches happen all of the time. As website owners we need to keep our Privacy Policies up to date. WA provides templates in the Site Content tool.

Keep Your Data Safe Today!


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MichaelPier1 Premium
Very interesting and informative. Thanks for sharing
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jghwebbrand Premium
Glad you enjoyed the info.
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JEaston Premium Plus
Great sharing.
Thank you for the lesson and tip.
Best wishes,
Joyce
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.
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drjec Premium
Security is so important. The fact the WA provides this is great. Your posts make these accomplishments that we take for granted seem easy. I can even imagine how someone would even imagine how to set up a browsing format let alone figure out how to make is useable around the world.
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jghwebbrand Premium
Glad we have online gurus who like to develop things like this and we get to just use and enjoy them.
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Rupert4U Premium Plus
Thank you for the history lesson and security tip. Best regards, Rupert.
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jghwebbrand Premium
You are very welcome.
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Temilol Premium
Wao this is absolutely important. Yes, it reminds me I wanted to hide my website theme from displaying on the bottom bar - Kindly any help as to how I can hide it?
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi do you mean remove footer credit? Is this what you are after?

If so there's a plugin (remove footer credit) you can use, if something totally different kindly let us know.
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Temilol Premium
How can I explain this; what I mean is that my site is showing the theme I used at the footer bar and I want to hide or remove it. its showing build with Astra theme
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jghwebbrand Premium
Which theme are you using? go into WP dashboard ->Appearance -> widgets and footer that has the theme.
You can use code like © <?php echo date("Y"); ?> yourwebsitename.com
You can remove the "powered by xxdxxxx".
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Temilol Premium
I am grateful; will feedback asap
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jghwebbrand Premium
OK so you are using the Astra Theme. We are too.
So here is how to fix it.
WP Dashboard ->Appearance ->customize -> footer-> footer bar-> section 1

here the code for section 1
Copyright © [current_year] [site_title] | Designed by xxx.com
put your website name here or whatever you want.
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