Feeling the heat?
If you’re not careful your website could certainly be feeling the kind of heat it doesn’t need or really want.
Websites that do not have an SSL certificate and are collecting data via a form are being marked as not secure by Google.
This isn’t something that Google has just decided to do, the announcement came in February 2018.
What does this mean for me?
For you, it means very little, as long as you don’t own a website with a form.
If your website has a form of any kind, whether its a login, contact, registration, e-mail sign up, whatever.
Using a form on your website without an SSL certificate is a sure fire way to get your website marked as not secure.
There is also an SSL penalty to be aware of from Google.
SSL is the favourite
Google has been ranking websites that have SSL certificates installed higher than that of those that do not.
So not only is your website going to be marked as not secure, it could also lose its page rank in the Google Search Engine Results Page (SERP).
We have also heard, and read a few articles on this, that some SSL certificates can be shared across multiple domains.
There is nothing wrong with this, to a point, however you need to ensure that the websites you are sharing your SSL certificate with are of good standing, that is they are being well maintained etc.
If a website with an SSL is deemed to have been penalised by Google, there is a high probability that all the sites with that SSL will be hit also.
Our advice, don’t think that affordability/cheap is always the right way to go.
What is a SSL Certificate
SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is a level of data encryption given to a website.
It essentially means that you are accessing the website securely and that all the elements on that page have been secured as far as possible.
There are different types of SSL ranging from basic all the way to extended and even certified.
All levels do pretty much the same thing.
How do I get a SSL Certificate?
You can usually contact your hosting provider, or if you have a bit of tech know how you can log onto Let’s Encrypt and get one for free.
As mentioned some hosting providers will give you alternative options for your SSL.
These alternatives vary from basic encryption all the way through to extended and verified certification.
It all depends on the type of website you have, we’d highly recommend you go for a basic encryption to begin with, unless you’re an online store.
What are the costs involved?
SSL prices have sky rocketed since this has come into force with some companies charging up to £2,000 for a SSL certificate.
You can typically expect to pay anywhere within the region of £49.99-£109.99 for a basic SSL and between £200-£600 for a more verified/certified SSL.
Certified SSL’s required additional information about your business and you as an individual.
You then also need to think about how are you going to get this installed on your website.
Most hosting providers will do this for you, however, if you have a dedicated server or an unmanaged server you will need to do this yourself.
For help and support on installing your SSL we can help.