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Act Now ‘ish or Lose Website Visitors

Act Now ‘ish or Lose Website Visitors

Convert your site to HTTPS Now’ish

Chrome is changing the way it reports on HTTP and HTTPS sites.  You may not think that’s important – especially if you don’t use it yourself.  But many of your website visitors do.  Indeed Chrome has nearly 60% of the browser market at the time of writing.  So if you run a website or a blog read on.

For some time Google via Chrome has been trying to convince owners of websites and blogs to secure their sites using HTTPS.  This started last year with warnings in the browser where websites had data entry fields such as for credit cards or even simple contact forms.

Come July 2018 this is changing, with Chrome warning it’s users of any websites they visit that are not secured with a HTTPS connection.

For owners of blogs and websites which don’t sell anything or take any details this might seem a bit unfair.  Especially those that don’t generate any income.

But with nearly 60% of the browser market Google are in a great place to dictate how the web is used.

What You Need To Do

You may not bothered about some visitors being scared away, perhaps if your website is mainly private for family etc.  In that case you don’t HAVE to do anything.  Your site is not going to stop working.

But if you want to ensure you don’t see a dip in your visitor numbers come the summer then you need to get yourself an SSL certificate and apply it to your website.

There are too many different systems to go through how to do it in this post.  Click Installing an SSL in Windows 2012r2 for a previous post.  Also watch out for some “How To Posts” coming up.  Your first mission of course is to actually buy that SSL certificate.

Personally I use NameCheap (note no affiliate link) and LetsEncrypt.

My experience of Namecheap is of a reliable service provider for cheap SSL certificates and domain names.

LetsEncrypt offers 100% free SSL certificates (no domain names) BUT you must renew them every 3 months.  This isn’t as tiresome as it sounds and on many systems you can automate the renewal.  So why do I also use Namecheap you ask?  Well some systems don’t support the the LetsEncrypt autorenewal process.  Some times paying £7 for a certificate is worth the saving in time and effort.

Now I know July seems like an awfully long way off.  But as sure as eggs are eggs you’re going to forget and run out of time at the last minute.  So plan ahead and at the very least if you’re not going to do anything now – put it in the diary.

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