WordPress Force Use of SSL Certificate

WordPress Force Use of SSL Certificate

WordPress Force Use of SSL Certificate

Do you run a WordPress website? If “yes” then I would suggest you put aside 5 mins to read the following changes that are happening to WordPress from here on…

WordPress is going to force the use of SSL Certification for a more secure user experience, as they say “2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available. Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions are critical for performance, SSL just makes sense as the next hurdle our users are going to face.”

Simply put, get SSL or expect WordPress to start losing functionality and available features.

As I have written about at length before, SSL (the green padlock is the indicator you have connected via SSL) allows you to have a more secure link between your user’s browser/machine and your website. Lowering the risks to both parties and the hosts. We see hourly attempts to hack websites on our systems (which we defend rigorously) and in 2017 doesn’t matter if you are a local business or a large corporation you HAVE to have a decent layer of security.

Also, you also get a boost in the search results from Google if you use SSL, at the moment as they are giving a lift in the ranking and will begin flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome even more than they currently do.

On top of this WordPress are another company to come out and back HTTPS Everywhere and have stated VERY explicitly that in future certain features will only be available to users with an SSL certificate. The full WordPress SSL post is available here

All of this adds yet more complications for a small business owner and I can understand the temptation to just ignore it all, but this will matter. You will find the pool of resources available to you from within the WordPress “ecosphere” drying up and you will start to lose business as users start to expect SSL as a defacto standard for all websites and look suspiciously on any website without it. The fact you currently get a ranking boost should be a no-brainer as to why you do it now and beat your competitors to the punch.

SSL is now going to become as essential as having a Mobile responsive website, and if you don’t have a mobile responsive website and you’re on WordPress then that’s a double whammy you are missing out on.

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