As we usher in the new year, there are major changes coming to the industry which will make SSL Certificates a necessity for every website. These changes are spearheaded by Google and will be rapidly adopted by other web browsers as well.
While having a secure HTTPS version used to be needed only for an eCommerce store, it is now a requirement for every website.
Google made an announcement in September 2016 which states that the Chrome browser will soon mark HTTP pages that collect passwords or credit cards as non-secure, as part of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure. This will take effect from Chrome 56 which will be rolled out this month, January 2017.
WordPress also announced in December 2016 that we will start seeing features in WordPress which requires HTTPS to function.
Besides the security benefit of SSL Certificates, Google the search engine announced back in 2014 that they are now taking HTTPS into account as a ranking signal so turning your website into HTTPS exclusively will also improve your search engine rankings!
There’s also the added performance benefits as our servers support HTTP/2 which improves the loading speed of your website when you use HTTPS.
So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to make sure all your websites are secured with HTTPS!