Why it is essential to use an SSL certificate

SSL certificate

In today’s world it is more important than ever to have an SSL certificate on your website. This short article discusses what an SSL is, why you need it and how to get one for your site.

What is an SSL certificate?

An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate encrypts data shared on your website. You can tell if a website has an SSL installed when see a padlock icon in the browser URL bar and the web address starts with https:// rather than http://.

Why do I need an SSL certificate?

SSLs are essential for website security. SSL certificates ensure data sent from the browser to the server is encrypted, making it a lot harder for hackers to access your website. It’s a no brainer. Nobody wants their website hacked, which is why it is vital to install an SSL on your site!

Accessing a non secure (http://) WordPress website is ridiculously easy. A quick search on Google you you’ll find free software that will sniff out usernames and passwords to your website. It’s so simple, my 12 year old could hack a non secure http:// website!

How do I ensure I have an SSL certificate?

All professional web designers should ensure their client’s website have an SSL installed as standard. We provide SSL certificates through our hosting company – Siteground. There are three levels:

  • Free – Using Lets Encrypt (suitable for most small websites).
  • Wildcard – Suitable for sites with subdomains. Also has a seal.
  • Premium – With extended validation and used by large companies such as banks.

If your website currently does not have an SSL, our hosting solutions include a free SSL certificate. For more info on our hosting, maintenance and support packages, see our pricing information.