Forest Area Federal Credit Union Kicks Off a New Site

Forest Area Federal Credit Union

Congratulations to Forest Area Federal Credit Union for launching their new site! Complete with parallax scrolling, quick access links, featured rates, and homepage ATM/Shared Branching locators, this new site blends functionality with sleek design and branding. See the new site in action!

Cherokee Strip CU Launches New Website as they Join Us at CU*Answers!

Cherokee Strip Credit Union

Congratulations to one of our new partners on launching a fresh website with us!

This credit union is now showcasing a new website built around a mobile responsive design, and filled with features to help their members find what they need. Add a touch of animation and and visually stunning site promoting their branding, we are glad to kick off our relationship with Cherokee Strip Credit Union here at CU*Answers.

Check out the new website!

WordPress Hits the 30% Mark

WordPress

According to W3Techs, a company that reports web based statistics, a recent survey on the usage of content management systems indicates that WordPress is now being used on 30.0% of the top 10 million active websites, which translates into a 60.2% CMS market share. While just over half of existing websites do not utilize a content management system, WordPress has been dominating the playing field, with Joomla sitting in second place at just over 6% of the market share. This statistic is inclusive of both WordPress.com and WordPress.org sites.

Google to Label HTTP Sites as “Insecure”

As announced in Googles Security Blog the internet browser Chrome will be labeling all HTTP sites as “not secure” with the release of version 68 this July. As mentioned by the company over the last few years, Google is making this push to promote internet security across the web.

Last year, Web Services made the move to integrate all of our hosted websites without SSL certifications to free Let’s Encrypt certs, which are set to automatically renew when the expiry date is reached. By keeping ahead of this change, our hosted credit union sites will not need to worry about their site security appearance when Google implements this feature into Chrome in a few months.

Key Points for Website Accessibility

With all of the news going around regarding website compliance, we can assume that you may be concerned about your website being able to pass an accessibility scan. In Web Services, we have been taking all client requests to validate at WCAG 2.0 (AA) and (AAA) levels for existing sites and ensuring current accessibility guidelines are satisfactory on all new custom WordPress theme redesigns.

But, as those who have spoke with us on the subject most likely have heard “ADA Compliance will be a journey, not a destination that we can visit once or twice”.
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Adobe Announces End of Flash

Adobe Flash

On July 25th, Adobe Corporate Communications released their planned future of Adobe Flash, or, lack thereof. The statement specifies that Flash will no longer be updated or distributed by the end of 2020, giving users more than adequate time to clean up their sites and features utilizing it.

As one may have noticed, the major browsers have been blocking Flash from loading on sites by default. After Adobe made the announcement, the browser developers voiced their plans to assist in sunsetting the 1996 software:

  • Google will continue phasing out Flash over the course of the next few years, first by asking for permissions, then disabling it by default, removing it completely towards the end of 2020.
  • Mozilla announced users can choose which sites to run Flash in on FireFox, and will be disabled by default in 2019. in 2020, only Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) user will be able to utilize Flash after the software dies.
  • Microsoft stated that that Edge and Internet Explorer will have Flash disabled in 2019, and remove the ability to run it in 2020.

 

In Web Services, our WordPress custom themes are built without integrating Flash, as the decline of this software has been noticeable for a significantly long time. We suggest that credit unions with older static sites (at some point) verify that their web presence is not integrating Adobe Flash, as the slow degradation will affect the aesthetics of the material their users see.