You to have heard the buzz about SSL and website security. In case you missed it, You should know, Google Chrome started alerting site visitors that a website isn’t secure if it doesn’t have an HTTPS connection. This created a lot of panic for website owners because visitors are highly likely to leave your website out of fear. Even worse, they won’t purchase if you have an eCommerce business.
To get rid of this situation, HostGator now offers free SSL certificates for all customers. They also help to install an SSL in your website.
Importance of SSL
We will try to elaborate why SSL is important for
- Encrypts Sensitive Information
- Provides Safety and Authentication
- Provides Trust and Value to Your Site
- equired for PCI Compliance
1. SSL Encrypts Sensitive and Confidential Information
The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive and confidential information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can access it. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL. When an SSL is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.
2. Provides Safety and Authentication
A proper SSL also provides safety and authentication. This means you can be sure that you are sending information to the right server and not to an imposter trying to steal your information. Why is this important? The nature of the Internet means that your customers will often be sending information through several computers. Any of these computers could pretend to be your website and trick your users into sending them personal information. It is only possible to avoid this by getting an SSL from a trusted SSL provider.
3. Provides Trust and Value to Your Site
Web browsers give visual cues, such as a lock icon or a green bar, to make sure visitors know when their connection is secured.
This means that they will trust your website more when they see these cues and will be more likely to buy from you. SSL providers will also give you a trust seal that instills more trust in your customers. Once your customers start trusting you, they will also value your site.
4. Required for PCI Compliance
In order to accept credit card information on your website, you must pass certain audits that show that you are complying with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards. One of the requirements is properly using an SSL.
How to activate the free SSL on your HostGator website
The free SSL will be applied to your account automatically, but you do need to take a few steps to activate it.
To enable HTTPS on your WordPress installation HostGator recommends using either of the following plugins:
For more information regarding HTTPS and WordPress please refer to the following article:
If your domain name is managed by another provider, there are specific steps to follow as well.
The free SSL will not come with any warranty or site logo. For these features, the free SSL must be upgraded to a Positive or EV SSL. Click here to buy an upgraded.
If you’ve been trying to install an SSL with another company and can’t seem to get it done, consider switching to HostGator. Choose the website hosting package that works best for you – shared web hosting, cloud hosting, or a dedicated server.
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