Does your site have an SSL? Does your website url start with HTTPS?

If you’ve answered no to the above 2 questions, it’s now or never to jump on the bandwagon or kiss your Google SERP (search engine results page) goodbye!

In 2014, Google officially announced https will be a significant factor in your Google SERP. Google has reiterated that security is a top priority and they want a secured experience for all users using Google Search, Gmail and Google Drive, to automatically have a secure connection to Google.

Have you noticed that you’re starting to see browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Safari display the following message when you’re on a page that is not SSL secure?

Your connection to this site is not fully secure

“Attackers might be able to see the images you’re looking at on this site and trick you by modifying them.”

That’s because Google announced that beginning in January 2017, Chrome 56 will start to 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. The other major browsers have adopted a similar practice.

 

Chrome SSL Not Secure Warning

Chrome SSL Not Secure Warning

Transitioning to HTTPS

In the next couple of weeks, team AZENCE will be reaching out to all AZENCE clients that have yet to obtain SSL on their sites and help them transition. We know all our commerce clients and sites that collect data already have SSL but we do have some outlier sites with minimal traffic that have yet to convert.

FREE SSL with SiteGround Web Hosting

AZENCE is proud to announce that we’ve partnered with SiteGround to make the transition to HTTPS easy for you! If you host with AZENCE or SiteGround, you can automatically upgrade to a free SSL certificate (worth at least $85 USD per year). SSL certificate costs can vary significantly depending on your needs, see SSL costs comparison, these are typically on a per year basis.

With AZENCE and SiteGround’s partnership, we can now install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates for every domain that is hosted on any shared servers with SiteGround.

If you’re currently hosting with a different web hosting provider, no worries, SiteGround will provide a free site migration, AZENCE will do the rest. For more information on all the freebies you’ll get with switching to AZENCE SiteGround hosting solutions, please click web hosting solutions.