Does Your Website Really Need an SSL Certificate?
Do You Really Need an SSL Certificate?
Setting up a new website takes a lot of time, especially when you want to get every detail perfect.
If you have invested time and money into site design and have chosen a top-quality web hosting company like DreamIT Host, are you ready to take your site online? Is there something else you may be missing?
Securing your website both to protect your business and site visitors is essential and an SSL certificate can help you achieve that goal.
What is an SSL Certificate?
SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a security blanket that creates a safe data path between your web server and the web browser of anyone who is visiting your website.
If there is no SSL encryption present on a website, any hacker can steal sensitive data from your website and site visitors. That is why some people are apprehensive about browsing websites that do not have SSL encryption.
Project an Image of Reliability
When someone visits a website on their web browser, there is usually a little lock image that appears on the left of the website’s URL. That lock indicates that a web page is secure through SSL. In addition, the URL will start with “https://”, also signifying that the website is secure.
If your website does not have an SSL certificate, anyone who visits your site will see a little red X right by your website URL, the start of the URL will only read as “http://” or may even be crossed out by the web browser.
That indicates your site is not secure. If someone is only visiting the web page to learn some information, they may not care if the connection is not private.
Anyone who is planning to enter personal information on your website will likely go back if they see the connection is unsecure.
Therefore, it is crucial to have an SSL certificate if your website contains any forms that ask for any basic or personal information. This could include anything from a name, phone number, email address, home address or even banking details.
It is particularly important for all eCommerce/online stores to ensure SSL is enabled as this type of information is requested when a customer is completing the checkout page.
Improve Website Ranking
Not only can you boost conversions by making your website appear reliable, but having an SSL certificate also improves your SEO ranking with Google.
If you want your website to rank on the top page for related search queries, you must invest in an SSL certificate with the help of your Australian web host – DreamIT Host.
DreamIT Host’s SSL Certificates
As the premier Australian hosting provider, DreamIT Host offers complimentary SSL certificates to every client within 24 hours of activation. If you are purchasing a hosting plan from DreamIT Host, an SSL certificate is always part of the package.
Alternatively, if you have a website that another provider is hosting, you can purchase an SSL certificate separately through the DreamIT Host website.
Keep Your Website and its Visitors Safe
Having an SSL certificate accomplishes two goals – it keeps your website secure and also protects anyone who visits your website. An SSL certificate will keep your site safe from a myriad of security threats, such as phishing scams and data breaches.
If you are running an eCommerce site that requires people to enter personal information, SSL encryption ensures their information is 100 percent safe.
Protect your website by investing in an SSL certificate through DreamIT Host – or receive a complimentary certificate by purchasing one of our web hosting plans.
Click here to view DreamIT Host’s SSL Certificates.