Do I Need an SSL Certificate?

Do I Need an SSL Certificate?

In a word, yes! And now is the time. The rules for website requirements is changing – fast!

What is an SSL certificate?

“SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, an encryption technology that was originally created by Netscape in the 1990s. SSL creates an encrypted connection between your web server and your visitors’ web browser allowing for private information to be transmitted without the problems of eavesdropping, data tampering, and message forgery.” ~sslshopper.com

In layman’s terms, SSL keeps the website visitor’s information safe primarily when purchasing something. You’ll notice that websites like Facebook.com start with https://. This indicates that the website uses an SSL certificate.

SSL on facebook

Why do I need one?

It’s a smart idea to have one so that visitors to your website are comfortable providing personal information whether that’s their contact information or their credit card numbers.

Why the urgency? I mean, why should I be concerned about it now?

  1. Google Chrome are releasing a new version of their browser which will label sites without the SSL certificate as ‘Not Secure.’ Yikes! Who wants to see that on a website they are visiting?! I can assure you it won’t make them feel good about your brand.
    SSL Certificate
    For more detailed information, visit the Wordfence blog post.
  2.  “Google has officially announced that HTTPS will be a factor for search results standings.” ~Siteground.comIn a 2014 blog, Google announced that “over the past few months we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal.” At the time it was just a study but with the new version of Google’s Chrome browser indicating the SSL situation on websites, you can be confident now is the time to make it happen!
  3.  Matt Mullenweg, WordPress founder announced that some of the new WordPress 2017 features will require an SSL certificate.

How do I get an SSL Certificate for my website?

I would start by asking your hosting company if they offer one. Some will – and for free! If you use Siteground.com website hosting like we do, here’s how to get your certificate and update your WordPress website to utilize it:

So head on over to your website hosting provider today and get your shiny new SSL certificate today!

Jeanne Willson

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