Google enjoys creating new requirements for our websites. First they started showing preference to sites that are responsive, or mobile-friendly. Beginning this month, they’re penalizing sites that don’t have SSL connections, pushing them farther down search results and marking the sites as “Not Secure.” It’s inconvenient to keep up with Google’s demands, but there is a purpose for them – to make the web more useful and safer from hackers.
What is SSL?
You can tell a website has a current SSL certificate when you see the URL begins with “https://” and a lock appears in the corner of the web address bar at the top of your browser. Google’s Chrome browser also says “Secure” or “Not Secure” next to the address.
How can you make your site secure?
If search engine ranking is important to your business, you’ll want to make your site secure with a SSL certificate. Eventually every website will be required to have SSL, but for now it’s optional. If you choose not to have SSL on your site, be aware that when people visit your site they’ll probably be told by their web browser that it’s “Not Secure.”
Want to put SSL on your site?
Send me a message. Through July 31, 2018, I’m offering a special rate of $59 to put a SSL certificate on your site that you purchase through your web host. If you want a free SSL certificate, I can give you a quote for installing it – sometimes they require a little more work depending on which web host you use for your site.