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Thread: SSL - do I need it?

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    Question SSL - do I need it?

    Hi there

    I have developed a WordPress site at Tibetan Spaniel Association ? Under Construction which as you can see, is a fairly basic website for a dog club here in the UK.

    I don't intend to set up a shop on the site or take any kind of payments, but equally having Chrome show the site as "not secure" annoys me a bit. The web host (GoDaddy) offer a standard SSL for 43.99/year which seems a lot. I have read that it is possible to get free SSL certificates, not sure how legit they are.

    So do I ignore SSL and just carry on, is there a viable free option, or do I REALLY need to pay 43.99?

    Any thoughts greatly received.

    Cheers, Carl

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    Hey Carl,
    I would wait on it until (or if) the association really needs it. That point could be if there are registrations required for members? Once people start entering personal information, that would be the time to look at SSL. It can be done at any time.

    I'm not sure if you read your GoDaddy's explanation on this topic:
    https://www.godaddy.com/garage/does-...l-certificate/

    Of course they are biased. But even they say it's not so necessary unless there are logins and passwords involved. I think that pertains more to members and public than the wordpress admin people. And ... free SSL ... free is not what you think is "free". Nothing is free.


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    I would agree that unless you are selling something or require member log in an ssl certificate isn't something necessary. The only thing that makes having one important is that Google is penalizing sites that don't have one and is pushing to have all web sites be secure. From an SEO standpoint it is important just like having a responsive site.


    Free certificates are available from Let's Encrypt. I have their certificates installed on a quite a few sites and they seem to work fine. If you aren't sure how to do it you can find someone on Fiverr to install it for you for 5 or 10 bucks. A few of the sites I have the Let's Encrypt certificate installed on are hosted by GoDaddy although that isn't my favorite hosting company. I am just mentioning that so you knot it isn't a problem with a site hosed on GoDaddy.

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    Thanks both, that kind of goes along with what I was thinking - I can see where Google are heading with the preference of secure sites, but not so keen on having my site flagged as "not secure". I'll hang fire for the time being, I hadn't read that article by GoDaddy, thanks and I will check out 'Let's Encrypt' as well, thanks @turbobuy

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    Here is a great read concerning this topic as we are faced with whether or not to SSL. I have several clients who are politicians and some have asked me about whether or not they should do it. Its pretty bad when you got to someones website and it says "NOT SECURE" and to them its like the end of the world, what the heck can I do lol..

    I am sure you can set up a free SSL through lets encrypt but you will first need to set up/purchase a private server (at least that is what one of my clients had to do with Hostmonster. Hostmonster gives you the instructions which are fairly easy to follow which I assume the same could be said for Godaddy. Though on Hostmonster after you complete setting everything up you will need to call Hostmoster and they will complete the SSL for you. I wonder if you could just call go daddy and tell them I want to make my site an SSL site and they can just do it over the phone.... Might be worth a try!
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