Who’s excited to learn more about Secure Sockets Layer, most commonly known as SSL, certificates? ✋🏻They are one of the most important aspects of your website, yet they are so often misunderstood or confusing!
Let’s take a moment to break it down. Plain and simple straightforward talk, the 411 on SSL. Stick with me. I know you’ll find this valuable and helpful! I’m going to break a website down into three separate facets: domain, hosting, and SSL. For now, let’s focus on SLL. If you’re interested in reading more about hosting, check-out my Hosting 411 blog post here. 💯
The easiest way to understand SSL is this: it’s the padlock on a website next to the URL. Without an SSL certificate (padlock), websites show-up to their site visitors as “Not Secure.” There couldn’t be a worse thing to deter a website’s visitors than a “welcome to my website, oh, by the way, it’s not secure.” October of 2018 is when Google Chrome started showing “Not Secure” notifications to a website’s visitors. 🔓
One major misconception around SSL certificates is that they are only necessary for eCommerce websites. FALSE! EVERY SINGLE WEBSITE today needs an SSL certificate properly installed. In fact, some browsers (Chrome) won’t even let you access a website if it doesn’t have an SSL certificate. Pretty crazy, right?! Don’t let your site visitors be immediately annoyed with you. 🙄
The likelihood of a site visitor actually “staying” on your site and navigating around has automatically increased exponentially just because an SSL certificate was properly installed and implemented. Today, most hosting packages include an SSL certificate for any domain pointed to the hosting company’s DNS. It’s easy peasy to get one and there shouldn’t ever be any excuses as to why a site doesn’t have one. I know, I know, someone could propose that they aren’t collecting any sensitive info (ie. credit cards, addresses, etc.) but that STILL isn’t an excuse I’ll succumb to! Who wants a broken padlock anyway? 🔒
If you have questions, please reach out! I love the education process and would be more than happy to continue helping you on your journey to make the oftentimes abstract world of websites a bit more tangible 💗
You may contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook and Instagram @dabbleberries. Until next time, this has been an original post on the 411 of hosting. I hope you learned a new thing or two! 🌟