The internet is buzzing with chat about SSL certificates – do you have one?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer – not a lot of people know that. It’s a protocol which creates a secure connection between a client and the server over which to send information. It’s particularly important when you are dealing with sensitive information such as payment details and address details. SSL certificates for WordPress are seen as the minimum level of security needed to ensure that your site is trustworthy.

SSL comes into play when you are transferring information from one server to another, for example, when your customer inputs their details into your website. When they hit send, the information then whizzes its way to you. During the journey, this information is vulnerable to attack and could be intercepted by unauthorised third-parties. 

SSL ensures that this information is encrypted and can’t be deciphered by anyone other than the intended party, offering peace of mind to customers that their data is safe.

If you don’t have an SSL certificate for your WordPress website, you will not be able to process credit card payments. PCI (payment card industry) standards will not allow credit cards to be instantly processed through sites that are not secure.

Why have SSL certificates for WordPress been in the news?

Google is notoriously secretive about which algorithms it uses to decide which sites it prioritises in its listings. However, they have said that SSL indicates to them that yours is a safe and trusted site. In return, they’ll offer you an SEO boost, bringing new customers to your website.

Good news! If you need an SSL certificate for your WordPress site, then we can help!

If you are looking to implement an SSL certificate for your WordPress site please get in touch. We can off FREE SSL certificates if you use our premium hosting servers so that’s definitely worth a look at! 🙂

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