Why do I need a SSL Certificate for my website?
Web browsers want the entire internet encrypted immediately, and they are using a number of initiatives to achieve this. Many browsers such as Chrome now show warnings next to the address bar in the browser “Your connection to this site is not secure” this severely affects user trust.
Google has also stated that it’s indexing algorithm gives a priority to sites that use SSL.
What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, and is a standard encryption technology used in the transfer of data from a user’s browser to the web server the website sits on. This encryption is to prevent hackers from intercepting and misusing data they leave on a website such as contact forms and checkout pages.
What effect does SSL have on my website?
Your website that uses SSL will use https:// in front of the web address rather than http://
When a user visits your website via https:// his or her communications and data are safe from potential skimming or sniffing of information.
What effect will SSL have on users of my website?
Users of your website will be able to see that your website is shown as secure and will be much more likely to interact with your website and trust your brand.
You will also get a trust badge that can be displayed anywhere on your website. Users will feel more secure inputting their personal information.
Can I install the SSL Certificate myself?
Yes. You are free to install the SSL yourself. The process depends on the server and control panel your server uses. Some hosting providers may charge you an additional fee for setup. Installation is included in our price but this excludes any third-party fees should your hosting provider wish to charge them.
Do you offer web hosting if I want everything setup by you?
Yes. We offer hosting services and all our hosting services come with SSL as standard. We also offer a free website transfer service to ensure your website is transferred without any problems.
How long can you register an SSL certificate for?
As of March 1, 2018, three-year SSL certificates will be discontinued. The new maximum lifespan will be two years. This is a CA/B Forum decision, not ours. But, we’ve updated our systems to accommodate these changes. Encryption technology is evolving daily. Short lifespans mean less time between updates, which is safer.