What is an SSL Certificate? (And Why You Need One)

If you don’t remember anything from this post, remember this — your website must have an SSL certificate! So before we answer the question, “Why do I need one?” let’s answer the question, “What is an SSL Certificate?”

What is an SSL Certificate?

Basically, it’s a safety add-on that websites need in order to communicate securely and privately with your internet browser — it encrypts the data that is passed between the website and the internet browser. SSL Certificates protect sensitive information like your credit card numbers, account usernames, & account passwords. Without an SSL Certificate, hackers and ID thieves could potentially access that private information.

How Do I Know If A Website Has An SSL Certificate?

This is very simple to determine. All you need to do is look at your URL bar (website address bar) and see whether or not there is a padlock icon. Here is an image of an SSL padlock:

Sometimes, these padlocks will be green (depending on what kind of device and browser you’re using). Typically, all internet browsers these days do a good job of alerting you if a website you’re browsing does not have an SSL Certificate. It would look something like this:

Sometimes, these padlocks will be green (depending on what kind of device and browser you’re using). Typically, all internet browsers these days do a good job of alerting you if a website you’re browsing does not have an SSL Certificate. It would look something like this:

If you don’t have an SSL Certificate, Google will punish your website.

According to Google, “We’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.” In other words, if you don’t have an SSL Certificate, your website will be punished.

An SSL Certificate is no longer a good idea — it’s a necessity. 

Besides Google’s SSL Standard, Is There Any Other Reason Why SSL Certificates Are A Good Idea?

Actually, there are multiple reasons why SSL Certificates are a good idea for every website:

We Provide SSL Certificates For Free

When we build a website and host it, we include a free SSL certificate for every website. Some hosting providers charge upwards of $70 a year for an SSL certificate, but that seems crazy to us.

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