SSL ManagementHow an SSL protects your website data and your visitors
What is an SSL?
Ensuring secure communications on your website
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a protocol that ensures secure communications over computer networks. An SSL Certificate is a digital document that verifies that the content provided from a website is from the correct sender.
An SSL Certificate is associated with an annual cost and discounts are available for multiple year purchases. If your website is being updated to include an SSL Certificate, a one-time cost should be expected to update website references such as file references throughout the site and off-site inclusion scripts to ensure that all references are compliant and secure.
Are you in the process of building a new website? Our recommendation is to consider the option to have the website built for SSL compliance in order to save yourself the cost of applying these updates to your website at a later date.
Browser Change in October 2017
Why you should purchase an SSL for your website
Starting in October of 2017, browsers will begin to show warnings that indicate when pages are not secured by an SSL Certificate. These warnings are being implemented first by a Google Chrome update (Version 62) in order to encourage a safer online experience. Due to this update and SEO purposes, we recommend the investment into an SSL Certificate to all of our customers. Google Chrome officially announced that eventually, all website pages will need to be secured by an SSL (whether they include a form or not).
The benefit to SEO for having an SSL
How the simple addition of an SSL can boost your SEO rankings
Our SEO experts have noted a marked improvement of up to a 5% increase by the simple addition of an SSL throughout a website. The overall consensus is that there is a boost upwards in rank for website compliance with SSL standards or an undocumented penalty towards ranking is applied for the lack of an SSL. Sources indicate that the former is most likely the case. The conclusion is that SSLs were not required in the past, therefore, there should be no logical basis to penalize for lacking an SSL now.
E-Commerce Website Security
Providing peace of mind to your customers
SSL Certificates provide peace of mind for consumers as it is a simple way to show that your e-commerce website can be trusted. Consumers want to know that an e-commerce website is secure and authentic before completing a purchase. Consumers also want to know that their personal information and credit card information will not fall into the wrong hands. Having and maintaining an SSL Certificate on an E-Commerce website is required by browsers to ensure secure transactions online.
Thawte SSL Certificates
Design and Promote’s parent company, Visionfriendly.com, has partnered with Thawte in order to provide customers with a better price for SSL Certificates. Thawte is an industry leader around the globe for their digital certificate products and is the only Certificate Authority (CA) that has representatives around the world.
SSL Pricing Options
1 Year Certificate – $200
3 Year Certificate – $350
Initial Set-up for all sites: $180
Have Questions about SSLs?
Read our frequently asked questions about SSLs page to learn more!
Ready to secure your website?
Secure your website data and provide peace of mind for your website visitors by installing an SSL certificate on your site.