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Why You Need An SSL After Google's Announcement

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Purchasing and setting up an SSL for your website can be a difficult process. We are here to make it easier for you. We offer several different options that can help make your website more secure and protect your data. We can purchase an SSL certificate for you, install it on your site, and offer around-the-clock support if you have any issues.

Contact us today if you have any specific questions about what type of certificate will be best for you site or if you have any other questions.

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What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is a certificate that encrypts the data that is passed through the connections on your website. These certificates are used to protect the data that is being transmitted from the client to the website. Installing an SSL on your site will not slow down your site at all and it will work on all modern browsers.

Why Do I Need SSL Certificate?

There are several reasons why having an SSL certificate on your website is important, here are a few:

  • Security - SSL certificates add an extra layer of security to your site. It will help prevent hackers from stealing your company's or your client's data.
  • Trust - When users visit your website they will instantly be able to see that your site has an SSL certificate and they will be more willing to give you their personal information.
  • Ranking - Google has recently announced that they are going to be using SSL as a ranking factor in their search engine, meaning they will be giving sites that have a certificate a ranking boost, (i.e. more traffic).
Will My Site Look Any Different?

The only change that you'll notice on your site visually will be in the URL bar of the browser you are using. If you decide to purchase, you will also get to add the TrustLogo to your website, which will build trust and credibility with your visitors. Below you can see an example of what your website will look like with an EV SSL, Private SSL, and no SSL.

Which Type Of SSL Do I Need?
An Extended Validation SSL Visual
Extended Validation SSL Certificate

We recommend that all e-commerce sites have an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate. If you process credit card data online, having an EV SSL will help ensure the safety of your customers' data. Purchasing and validating an EV SSL certificate is a difficult process and in order to obtain one, you will have to verify your business and brand identity. Having an EV SSL certificate on your site will add a green bar to the URL when users visit your website and will provide an immediate sense of trust for your users, which can help increase conversion rate.

A Positive SSL Visual
Positive SSL Certificate

We recommend Positive SSL certificates for all non e-commerce websites. Positive SSL certificates provide an increase to security, but are easier to obtain and do not require that your business be verified initially, providing less reputability than the EV SSL. Adding a Positive SSL certificate to your site is a quick way to provide an extra level of protection against hackers.

Websites that have Positive SSL certificates on their sites will have "https://" added to the URL bar and it will be listed in green. This addition will show website visitors that your site is secure and safe to work on.