SSL is No Longer Optional in 2017

Starting from 2017, a SSL Certificate is no longer optional for your website.

Regardless of what type of website you are running, not having a SSL Certificate will result in your website being penalized by major web browsers.

Google announced that from Chrome 56 onwards (available in January 2017), they will start marking 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.

Chrome 56 HTTP Not Secure

 

Besides that, WordPress recently announced that from 2017, there will be features in WordPress which require HTTPS.

WordPress Hosting

 

As you may be aware, running HTTPS for your website will also improve your SEO as Google now takes them into account for search engine rankings and it will also improve your website’s loading speed as you will be able to enjoy HTTP/2 automatically with HTTPS which offers better browser performance.

To facilitate the change to HTTPS, we recently introduced tools to make SSL Certificate installation easier than ever along with Free Let’s Encrypt SSL and lower price for paid SSL Certificates.

As we are about to enter 2017, now is the best time to transition to HTTPS to enjoy the benefits of HTTPS while preventing your website from being penalized by web browsers.

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  • Felix

    I think at this point it is no longer optional for hosting companies to support https://letsencrypt.org/

  • Do you have any idea what would be the impact on social shares once you move the site from http to https? I am thinking about switching the site but might end up losing all the social share count.

    • Unfortunately you will lose the social share counts once you switch to HTTPS so it is better for you to switch sooner rather than later as the longer you drag on, the more traffic you will lose by not using HTTPS and you will still have to switch eventually.