Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress has recently said that WordPress will soon require all hosts to have an SSL certificate for certain functions to work. In my view this is no bad thing as Google announced in 2014 their preference for secure websites and indicated it could result in better search engine rankings. Also in January 2017 a new version of Google Chrome was released, this brought in some new changes , notably how Chrome treats secure and non secure websites. Chrome now clearly indicates a site without an SSL certificate as “Not Secure” on pages that require passwords or sensitive information

If you dont already have an SSL certificate (I recommend everyone has one, regardless of the type of site ) there is no need to panic just yet.

So what is an SSL certificate anyway?

SSL certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to your organisations details. This is installed on your web server and allows secure connections between a web browser and web server. You’ll most likely have seen the effect this has on e-commerce websites with the green padlock icon at the top of your browser.

Users prefer secure sites

Recent studies have shown that users prefer websites that are secure and see it as a positive signal that you take security seriously. Having an SSL certificate has been shown it could lead to people spending longer on your website and an overall increase in traffic.

If you are operating an e-commerce it should be a given that you have a secure site.

How to get an SSL Certificate

A certificate needs to be installed by your hosting company, if we host your site or you are an existing client and don’t already have an SSL certificate installed. Please contact me at andy@bluemonkeyweb.co.uk to find out more