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Thread: Why is my new website http and not https?

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    Why is my new website http and not https?

    My company recently spent A LOT of money on redeveloping our website. It was completed right before I started in the company. I'm wondering why the web developer didn't set it up as https as it is common knowledge everyone will need to move over by October. Now he wants to charge us $175 for 6 hours work to make the switch. Should he not have done this, to begin with?

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    Not if it wasn't defined in the original contract. Also, that isn't common knowledge, and while browsers will start displaying non-intrusive warnings for http, it's not strictly required.
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    Hello Sophi, if I can give you a tip and thought on this, it would have to be the fact that if the company site is just an informational one. It is not necessary to be an "https" . That's mostly for ecommerce sites. Let me know if you have any other questions

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    Ron is correct. If itís not stipulated in the original contract then he has every right to charge to get it prepared for an SSL certificate. Be warned tho that you will need to purchase the SSL certificate and get it merged to the server on top of the 6 hours the developer is planning to charge. The reason why he is charging that is if itís a completely custom cms (content managed system) he might need to do some code work to get it properly set up. If however if itís built off of Wordpress it would take a maximum of 2 hours to get it set up and running. Once it is on it will take between 24 to 48 hours for it to propagate across the net. So be prepared to wait.

    Misterwebdesigner is partially right. If you have an ecommerce site then you need an ask certificate. However if you are looking to gain google rankings then getting one is good idea too. Even if itís just an informational site I would recommend it. For all of my clients I recommend getting a ssl (https) certificate and explain the benefits of it to them. Ask your developer why it costs 6 hours, and what type of certificate it is. There are 3 tiers usually - check out Namecheap.com for their SSL certificates to get an idea of whatís involved. Hope this helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by m3n0tu18 View Post
    Ron is correct. If itís not stipulated in the original contract then he has every right to charge to get it prepared for an SSL certificate. Be warned tho that you will need to purchase the SSL certificate and get it merged to the server on top of the 6 hours the developer is planning to charge. The reason why he is charging that is if itís a completely custom cms (content managed system) he might need to do some code work to get it properly set up. If however if itís built off of Wordpress it would take a maximum of 2 hours to get it set up and running. Once it is on it will take between 24 to 48 hours for it to propagate across the net. So be prepared to wait.

    Misterwebdesigner is partially right. If you have an ecommerce site then you need an ask certificate. However if you are looking to gain google rankings then getting one is good idea too. Even if itís just an informational site I would recommend it. For all of my clients I recommend getting a ssl (https) certificate and explain the benefits of it to them. Ask your developer why it costs 6 hours, and what type of certificate it is. There are 3 tiers usually - check out Namecheap.com for their SSL certificates to get an idea of whatís involved. Hope this helps.


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    Apologies. Meant SSL certificate. Not ask certificate. Thatís what happens when you type on a cell phone!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by m3n0tu18 View Post
    Be warned tho that you will need to purchase the SSL certificate
    https://letsencrypt.org/

    No need to pay. Let the big box companies do it.
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