You may or may not have seen all the recent press on SSL certificates… but let me ask you this.
Google is pushing home their initiative to get every site secured using an SSL certificate. And from October this year - yes next month - any users visiting non-secure websites using Googles own Chrome browser, will be shown a warning.
This was going to just be for websites asking for passwords or payment details. But now it covers the input of any data, so any form or a search box for example - so basically, any website.
“Starting in version 62 Chrome will show the “Not secure” warning when users type data into HTTP site
And it won’t be long and they will be showing blanket warnings across the board….
So, what does this mean for you?
Firstly, I recorded this vlog recently about SSLs which you should check out:
This explains a few of the reasons why you should be embracing taking website security more seriously.
Secondly, we have got your back.
If you’d like to move your website to HTTPS and go secure using an SSL certificate, avoiding any nasty security warnings for your visitors… you don’t have to even buy a certificate.
Pat’s figured out a way to use Let's Encrypt on our Rackspace cloud servers, so we can use their service, providing free SSL certificates.
They need renewing every 60 days, which we can take care of for you. In fact, we can take care of almost everything for you.
We can get and install the certificate and renew it every 60 days. And we can monitor the site on the new https domain for you for any issues. We can also redirect the old URLs from HTTP to HTTPS…
Here’s what we can do:
What you will need to do is:
The most important thing for you is to check all 3rd party integrations your website uses, to ensure they continue to work on the new secure version of your domain - and many, if not all, will need updating.
Services such as any additional tracking or metrics, recruitment ATS or CRM's posting jobs, all integrations will need checking.
Social feeds, sharing tools, paid ad campaigns from AdWords or Facebook, remarketing campaigns - it all needs testing and updating where necessary.
Think of it like a brand new site or switching domain names, because that’s exactly what it is.
Google treats the move from HTTP to HTTPS as a site move, so you will see a temporary impact on organic traffic when you transition.
However, it is temporary, you will bounce back and you will benefit in the long term.
If you would like us to move you over - get in touch and we can get the ball rolling so you are moved before the end of the month.
* Re-link your Google Analytics profile with your new HTTPS Google Web Master site. To do this click into Admin under Google Analytics and then your property settings. Scroll to the bottom and click on “Edit” under Webmaster Tools Settings. Choose the new site with https protocol and hit Save
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