For the past several years, Google has been increasingly advocating the use of HTTPS by gradually introducing not secure warnings to more and more HTTP pages. But soon, with the release of Chrome 68 due out on July 1st, 2018, Chrome will begin marking all HTTP sites that don't have an SSL Certificate as "Not Secure".
Many website owners don't know this change is coming. EMWD understood this which is why beginning last year, we started including free SSL certficates in our shared and WordPress hosting service. So if you are an EMWD client then you are prepared for this change when Chrome 68 is released. Keep in mind that even though we are providing and installing free SSL certificates on our client's sites, you still may need to configure your website to use it.
Why is this happening?
Google and Mozilla, the two most popular web browsers that together account for over 65% of web traffic, have been working to increase SSL usage for a while now.
Last year they began to make changes that encouraged the use of SSL by marking sites with forms and input fields on pages served via HTTP as Not Secure.
Now, with the release of Chrome 68 in July, Google is stepping things up even more by labelling any website served via HTTP as "Not Secure".
In addition to increased consumer confidence, HTTPS has many other advantages for website owners. HTTPS is faster, more performant, and more secure than it's HTTP counterpart, it's also been proven to help with SEO rankings, and provides the ability to use HTTP/2 for even greater speed improvements.
Share the word!
Most hosting providers do not provide free SSL certificates. This means site owners will be burdened with an additional cost of paying for a SSL certificate. If you are or know someone in this situation then let them know about us at EMWD.com. Not only is our hosting service competitively priced, but with the inclusion of a free SSL certificate, the value of our hosting service increases even more.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018