Why Secure Your Site with HTTPS and SSL

Posted By Mark Fitzgerald @ Dec 19th 2017 2:36pm In: Development

Why Secure Your Site with HTTPS and SSL?

  1. Google ranks HTTPS sites higher.
  2. Visitors feel more secure because popular browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have started to alert users against using non-secure sites by displaying warning messages and labeling them “Not Secure”.
  3. Facebook requires you to provide a secure URL for your web page in order to set up your Facebook tab.
  4. It’s really no longer an option if you want to look professional to your clients

It’s no secret that Google and other search engines now give a possible SEO boost if your site is secure with an HTTPS. A great blog to read about the changes Google made can be read here.

In 2014 Google made an announcement that they were testing all of this by giving priority ranking to less than 1% of all global queries, and with the recent HTTPS requirement by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers on registration or login pages (any page asking for a password) and now with future plans to make secure sites even more important, it’s really no longer an option if you want to look professional to your clients and search engines.

Note: We will NOT install, or manage 3rd party SSL certs at this time, so please do not purchase your own SSL!

The process to support HTTPS on our core product has already been done. However, each site that wants HTTPS will need to be converted. On a secure site, all content (images, videos, scripts, etc.) will need to be served over HTTPS. For example, if your site is HTTPS and your logo is displayed as an HTTP link, most browsers will display a "non-secure" warning. So, we'll go through all your pages, links, menus, blogs, blog listings (where available), layouts, elements, (your entire site) looking for "non-secure" items and we will correct them, accordingly.

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