Since recently we have received many inquiries asking why the most popular web browsers like Google Chrome are displaying a warning that websites are “Not Secure”

The answer to this question is very technical so we are not going to explain in detail, but if you would like to learn more about that we encourage you to Google, “What is mixed content”

What is HTTPS?

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). It is used for secure communication over a computer network. The “S” in HTTPS stands for “Secure” and it means that the content on your website are being encrypted as data travels between your website and a visitor’s web browser.

In the past its was only required to have HTTPS for banks & online shopping cart sites to be secured. But since late 2019 most popular web browsers like Google Chrome started to mandate that all websites needs to be secured with SSL certificates. Therefore, if your browser is loading your website over a non secure HTTP link, your website visitors will be notified that your website is not secure. Obviously, a website that is perceived as unsafe will lead to a loss of traffic and, ultimately, a loss of business.

So what can you do to secure your website over HTTPS?

In order to move your website from HTTP to HTTPS you will need something called an SSL certificate. Some web hosts still charge for an SSL certificate, but many now offer this as a free upgrade.

After your SSL certificate is acquired through your web host you will need to apply it to your website through your WordPress admin as well as through the .htaccess file associated with your website.

Getting help

Now, we understand that all of this technical talk can be intimating or overwhelming. So, we’re offering our expertise to help secure your website for $50. Hopefully, your web host is one of the many that offer a free SSL, like SiteGroundBluehost and WP Engine. If not, you’ll have to buy that too.

To secure your website over HTTPS, please contact us and request our SSL service and get a spot in the queue.

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