For the past 18 months, we’ve sent periodic announcements to customers about the need to secure their website with SSL. “Secure Socket Layer” is a technology available to all customers in our network. SSL is used to encrypt a browser session whenever it connects to your website. It is the most crucial step to protecting information that customers may be trying to send to you, such as credit card numbers, email addresses, or phone numbers.
As of July 1, 2018, most major website browsers (and even some operating systems) will start to alert a user when visiting a non-SSL website. Google, and other major search engines, are now penalizing non-SSL websites’ SEO rank. If website traffic is important to you, you absolutely need to move on installing SSL on your website.
The best way to tell if your website currently runs SSL, is to try to visit it at the full URL (website address), beginning with “https://”, such as “https://www.canvashost.com“. The “s” in “https” is your first clue. If your website shows up normally, and you see a green padlock appear in front of the URL, then your website has an active SSL certificate installed, and you’re all set!
If your website does not show up properly, or you are shown an error message that the site could not be loaded, then your website does not have an active SSL certificate installed. This is a problem, and it needs to be addressed.
One thing that Canvas Host does, which distinguishes us from our competition, is that we make free AutoSSL certificates available on most hosting plans. These certificates do not include a warranty against data breaches, and we do not recommend them for e-commerce or business websites. They also do not work in our PCI compliant environment. Still, for basic blogging, a free AutoSSL certificate is a simple way to run a successful and secure website in the eyes of search engines and browsers alike.
If you aren’t sure if your website is correctly configured, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll be happy to review your website. If you have SSL installed on the hosting account, but your website isn’t working properly, you may need to reconfigure some settings. At your request, our team can perform a complete review of the site, and convert it to work properly with SSL, starting at $200.
SSL is here to stay, and it’s important to keep your site secured, to protect not only your site’s operations, but your customer’s browsing experience as well.