We had a customer reach out recently because he was worried about his website security. He referenced an email which he forwarded to the WP Whistle support team. It was clearly a solicitation to secure his WordPress website with an SSL Certificate.
Fortunately, we were able to reassure him that his website already had an SSL Certificate installed and security wasn’t an issue.
This is not an isolated issue.
We are seeing many different reports and comments regarding SSL.
Earlier this year, we mentioned the importance of installing an SSL Certificate on your WordPress website. New requirements from Google essentially require all websites to have an SSL Certificate. Our customer was right to inquire about the warning.
How do I know if my site needs an SSL Certificate?
Here’s how you can tell if your WordPress website needs an SSL Certificate.
- Head over to your website and look at the address bar.
- Check to see if there is an “s” in the website address? Here’s an example: https://www.wpwhistle.com
- If you only see http://, you will need an SSL Certificate
How important is it?
Pretty important. This change mainly informs website visitors via a pop-up or an icon in the address bar that you do not have a certificate installed on your WordPress website. For visitors, it’s an indication that your website isn’t secure.
If you have a form or log in on your site (which all WordPress websites do), you need the certificate. If your site has e-commerce, you most certainly need it. Long story short, all websites will need this in 2018.
As we mentioned before, Google will start penalizing websites that do not have SSL Certificates, which means you may lose ranking in search results.
The WP Whistle PLUS WordPress management plan includes a free SSL Certificate plus, all the other goodies to help keep your site secure, backed up and maintained. Let us know if you have any questions about SSL. We’re here to help!