Incase you were wondering what an SSL is in the first place, it stand for Secure Sockets Layer. They are small data files which digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organizations details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the HTTPS protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Usually, an SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfers and logins, and is more recently becoming the norm when securing web browsing of social media sites. (via Global Sign)
But do you really need one?. I think you will find that most websites that have large amounts of traffic, do have an SSL. But for example, in order for me to get an SSL for a website of mine with Media Temple, it’s $80 per year, and that’s not cheap at all. That’s four times more than the domain itself, being $20. Yes you can sign up with some hosting providers and get a free SSL for 1 year after paying for your hosting and your domain, but after that year you still need to pay the lousy fee to get SSL working.
So I Investigated This Problem
Yes, there are free ways of getting an SSL, but that requires following a tutorial on syncing a web service with your domain and hosting, which isn’t simple. I am honestly not an expert on web stuff I just learn from tutorials on the web and web programming is way too much for me. So if you got a simple way to get an SSL for WordPress, leave a comment below.
If you search around your niche (let’s say Blogging for example), I can see most blogs that are well established have the HTTPS in their web addresses. Though, if you look really deep, and I mean DEEP, there are some blogs there without an SSL.
And as you can see above, this website I found on “page 10” of the search term “how to start a blog” a blog that has content about how to start a blog has no SSL at all!. I honestly agree with every expert blogger out there that an SSL is mandatory for every website, but, I honestly think we can let our blogs grow a bit before installing an SSL. First of all, the prices need to come down a lot more, but in the mean time, you don’t need an SSL that badly.
So what do you plan to do?. Leave a comment below on what you decided or if you need help on something I’ll do my best to help out.