Free SSL: Get It Now

Jan 12, 2017 | Web Stuff

Google’s recent news has me shocked. I didn’t even know SSLs affected search rankings – and I considered myself up to date with whatever changes their kitchen might cook up.

SSL is a really sensitive issue with the web. Just a few years ago, it used to cost an arm and a leg just to get an SSL certificate. Sure, you could think of it as the cost of doing business online but only a handful could afford it.

So what would happen if you could get SSL for FREE and just pay the cost of having a developer set it up for you? What if you could get all the benefits and virtually none of the cost?

SSL: The Nitty Gritty

SSL or Secure Socket Layer is an encryption for your website that protects all the information that is passed between a visitor and your website. If you accept sensitive information on your site (addresses, credit card information, emails), this is non-negotiable.

On a normal HTTP connection, hackers can sniff out the information sent and use it for nefarious purposes. SSL makes sure your website is running on HTTPS and has a green padlock with the word “SECURE” right next to your URL. It might just be for optics, but let’s face it, this is the internet, and optics is EVERYTHING.

As of 2016, 73% of internet users are using Chrome. This means that almost 3 in 4 people surfing the web are using the Chrome browser. Any changes they make on the user experience will have a significant impact.

What would happen if you forego the SSL certificate and suddenly get a red padlock with the words “NOT SECURE” right next to your URL. And let’s say you just have a basic website. Would you rather have a competitor rank higher than you on Google Search just because they have a SSL?

NO WAY.

Where can I get an SSL for FREE?

Well, luckily, there are available SSL for FREE.

If you’re a startup or a non-profit organization, you can check out FreeSSL. Most web hosts also support Let’s Encrypt which you can get SSL for FREE.

CloudFlare also offers SSL for their FREE subscribers but if you really want you ramp it up a notch, you can get a premium SSL bundled with your free subscription at $5/month.

Which is not bad at all considering all the benefits you’ll get from it.

Are you writing that email to your developer now? Good.