Do you want your website to be ranked higher in search engine? Do you want a better number of traffic than ever? Do you want your website be secured? If yes, then this article is for you. The SSL certificates helps you to secure your website’s connection as well as boost its rankings in Google and other search engine. We should definitely give thanks to the services like Let’s Encrypt that you are now actually able to get a free SSL certificate for your website and make it secured.
yes !! this true. All of the benefits of SSL certificates is for free of the costs!
In this article, I am going to tell you about what SSL is as well as how they benefit your website, and also how you can get your very personal free SSL certificate. Beside these, I will also show you a super simple plugin that will help you to get setup with SSL on WordPress.
What is an SSL Certificate?
Have you ever noticed that some websites start with “http://” and some websites start with “https://” and they also have a green padlock beside. If you have noticed these, then you’ve seen the final result of an SSL certificate. But the thing you missed is the main backend there.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Basically what SSL does is, it establishes an encrypted link in between your web server and your client’s web browser. This ensures the data passing between web server and client’s web browser remains private and secure.
When the HTTP connection is unsecured, third-parties can easily snoop on any data passing between your client’s browser and your web server. This is a great issue if you’re sending or receiving very sensitive information like credit card numbers or passwords.
But now-a-days, many entities, including Google, are forcing us to use secured HTTPS connections for all data or websites.
Why Do You Need an SSL Certificate?
Not so before an average number of webmasters needed to think or care about SSL was eCommerce. But all the system was changed in late 2014 when Google posted a circular on SSL certificate and forced to use SSL certificates.
** SSL was going to be enforced as a ranking factor.
That means the sites that use SSL certificates will get a boost in the SERPs. The boost may not be a huge boost, but I am sure that you’ll agree with me that any kind of boost in search rankings is always appreciable.
But now-a-days Google is going even active about SSL. From January 2017 , Google will mark “HTTP websites that collect any kind of passwords or credit cards numbers as non-secure.” do you know what that mean? It means that your WordPress page which is used for login will be marked as non-secure if you do not use HTTPS. Here is the change will look like in Google Chrome:
Google also going to expand this feature for HTTP websites like this:
Do you want all of your clients see that in their URL bar??
Beside offering a benefit to your clients by securing their connection, you also have both a Google-provided reward and threat of punishment to direct you to use an SSL certificate for your valuable WordPress site.
Are SSL Certificates Expensive? What Are the Different Kinds?
I don’t want to discuss elaborately about premium SSL certificates because it will distract us too much from the goal of this article which is on free SSL. There