We all know having an SSL (secure socket layer) certificate installed on your domain helps protect users coming to your website. An SSL certificate would be required if users are coming onto your website and ordering goods or services from you to protect both their identity and payment information.
Using an SSL can also help your website SEO as it shows Google, Bing and other search bots that your website is protected and safe.
A lot of companies are not aware when having a website that they can have more protection added to their website leaving them at risk from 3rd parties that try to tamper of gain access to your website. Our recommendation is that even if you don't have an online shop or sell goods/services on your site having one will simply show people coming on your website that you are secure and mean business and chances are they'll be more happy to browse your site.
So what are the advantages of http vs https? We'll quite a few actually- Increased Rankings - Yes its confirmed by Google and you'll notice a slight increase once you have installed your SSL on your website for several days but only accounts for about 1% of Google's Algorithm.
When choosing your SSL certifiate the main points you need to look for- How secure is the SSL key? - We recommend a 2048-bit key certificate.
Our recommendation is if you aren't very IT savvy is to let your web hosting provider do it for you, and they usually do it free of charge if you are hosting with them. If available on your hosting panel you have the option to generate and install an SSL
Until recently to get an SSL you had to pay for and they weren't cheap, unless you was creating a self-signed certificate for personal use, but this left errors for anyone coming to your site. Now you can get a free SSL from Lets Encrypt. They have had a massive amount of support with their campaign for all websites to be able to get a free SSL certificate.
Getting your free SSL is easy simply head over to https://certbot.eff.org where you can select the server software type you are using on your server. If you don't know what software is running on your server ask your hosting provider.- Apache
and also includes a wide variety of operating systems that are compatible- Web Hosting Service
Lets Encrypt can also be found at https://www.sslforfree.com.
The server administrator can then use Auto SSL to install new SSL certificates on domains from Lets Encrypt and hosting customers on the SSL/TLS icon in their cPanel control panel. We also provide free SSL installations on our server and can install these by contacting us.
Should you at any stage want to uninstall Lets Encrypt free SSL this can be done by copying and pasting in the following command in SSH.
Guide on how to get a free SSL. We also provide a free SSL with all our Web Hosting packages.