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Why do I require SSL certificate for my website?

A1dezine Ltd | October 8, 2017 | security | no responses

Recently, more and more website owners are thinking of setting up an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate on their website. When installed on a website server, an SSL certificate is used to encrypt the traffic between the web server which host your website and the browsers of your users.

Why is it important to have an SSL certificate?

When you browse any website with a web address that start with http://, the browser will send all the information to the web server in open text. For example, your user id and password are broadcast all over the internet in clear and understandable text, especially if you log into the administration panel of your WordPress. Thus, anyone visiting your site and observing traffic on your site could potentially obtain your user id and password.

But you can avoid this risk, if you have correctly set up an SSL on your web server. The URL of your page will become https:// where “s” stands for “secure” and all the data on your site which is transferred back and forth is encrypted. This is particularly helpful when you have stored any private data on your site, such as information of your client’s credit card information.

But what if I don’t accept credit cards on my website?

There are a number of websites that are only informational and don’t actually do any selling products online. So, why would these websites need an SSL certificate?

If you decide to take the help of your professional web support to set up an SSL cert, it can cost you a few hundred dollars and a little bit of effort.  However, there are a number of tempting reasons which may make you interested in setting up an SSL cert. There are:-

SEO (Search engine optimisation)

Google has made it important to set up an SSL as it uses this as one of the factors to rank a website. It has backed away from all the common SEO factors such as links. But Google demands a website be mobile-responsive, secure and quick (with small graphics), in order to ensure complete security of their users.

Security

If your business sells online and your site’s URL is not encrypted, there are increased chances that someone can snag your user id and password. This way they can get access to your CMS (Content Management System). And the worst thing is that it will be quite simple to get your WordPress login id, if you have not changed the login alias.  

Trust

Many people opt to use browsers having a small green padlock which is a sign of trust. Some of the website owners are also getting pushback from their potential users as they are not interested in scheduling interacting or scheduling online appointments with websites who don’t have a green padlock.

How do I get and set up an SSL certificate for your website?

Setting up an SSL cert on site is an easy process. You have to only change your web address to https:// after installing SSL cert. Here we have given some important steps involved in the process of setting up a SSL:

  1. You can obtain a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) from the web server which is hosting your site as it can identify your web domain and the information about your company. It will then be uploaded to the certificate generating authority.
  2. Get a reliable certificate from your domain registrar such as Go Daddy or Comodo. Check out the different types of SSL certificates. It will cost you upwards of $89.99 per year. Make sure you get a certificate for a long period so you don’t have to install a new cert every year when the previous one expires.
  3. Upload the certificate files to your web server where your site is hosted in order to generate and download the files of certificate. Some hosting companies require tech support for installation of certificate files.
  4. Use a green padlock on all pages of your website. If you are not able to get a green padlock even when the https:// version of your web address is working properly, it will mean that you will need more work done. Make sure you load all the files, graphics, JavaScript, etc. with the https:// instead of http://.
  5. It is important to redirect the old http:// URLs to https:// as you will not want to get a combination of both http:// and https:// URLs get indexed. You should direct that to 301-redirected so that Google can easily choose the new addresses and you get your links from other relevant websites. This is important or your current Google ranks can disappear.
  6. Make sure that your new domain URL gets re-validated with the Google Search Console. Although it will have no effect on your Google Analytics, but you have to design and revalidate a new entry in Google Search Console.

Never avoid to check the SSL certificate reviews before buying. At A1dezine, we offer help from the initial obtaining of a certificate to all the technical support required to install the SSL certificates. Contact us for the help.

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