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This blog post is to let you know about a change Google will be making in October 2017. 

This change affects all websites that use forms to collect data. From the 3rd of October Google will be penalising sites in the search rankings if they collect data through text input (forms) and do not use a secure connection (HTTPS). In the new version of Chrome due to be released shortly, websites with any kind of text input will require an SSL certificate if they want to avoid a “Not Secure” warning in the address bar.

This is an example of how your site could display in Google Chrome if your SSL certificate isn’t set up correctly.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser.

What is HTTPS?

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

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Do I need an SSL Certificate to make my WordPress website secure?

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  1. Does your site take any text input? This includes contact forms, search bars, login panels, etc.
  2. Is your website using HTTP:// in the address bar?

The good news is that Toast can help set this up for you and make sure your site is secure. You can get an SSL certificate with Toast completely FREE depending on which hosting plan you have with us.

Specialist WordPress Hosting package Clients

  • On Sitecare – FREE certificate & installation
  • No Support – FREE certificate & £160 + VAT

Standard Hosting Package Clients

  • On Sitecare – £59.99/yr certificate & FREE installation (2 hours of Sitecare time)
  • No Support – £59.99/yr certificate & £160 + VAT installation

Standard packaging hosting clients can move to our specialist hosting for an extra £100 per year (£300/yr) and receive a FREE SSL certificate (via the Let’s Encrypt project) with no ongoing renewal costs just a one-off £160 set up cost or totally FREE if you are on a Sitecare support package. This saves you £59.99 + VAT.

Everyone else is migrating to HTTPS…

Need our help? Fill in our support request form and we’ll get back to you.

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Get your site on HTTPS

Posted by Charlotte and categorised in Maintaining WordPress.

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