At Websites 360®, we're constantly looking for ways to improve our website building platform, and we're excited to announce that all Websites 360® websites can now take advantage of HTTPS, the most secure protocol available for websites today. Read on to learn more about SSL web hosting and HTTPS, and discover the benefits it can provide website owners and visitors alike.
What Is SSL?
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) creates a private session between a web browser and a website. During the session, the browser and the website use a cipher to encrypt data before sending it to the other party. The website, and the browser being used to view it, use a decryption key to decipher the data. Without the key, the data looks like a random jumble of letters, numbers and symbols.
What Are the Benefits of SSL Web Hosting?
SSL creates a safer web browsing experience, which is a great thing for you and your website's users, especially if your website gathers personal information such as credit card information, phone numbers, passwords, or medical information. By having SSL you allow your website and the person viewing it to communicate and share data without the possibility of someone intercepting and reading the data.
How Does SSL Benefit Users?
SSL gives website users security, privacy, and peace of mind when browsing the web and sharing private information. There are many network connections between your computer and the websites that you view. Your computer sends information to your network router. From there, the information travels through your broadband modem, your Internet Service provider and various network backbones and data centers before finally reaching the destination website. At any of these points between the user's computer and the destination website, a malicious individual could theoretically intercept and read the transferred data. But, if the data is encrypted through SSL, reading it is nearly impossible without the decryption key.
How Does SSL Benefit Website Owners?
SSL gives website owners an advantage from both a security and SEO standpoint. Analysis of more than 1 million search results supports the conclusion that SSL is a fairly strong ranking factor on Google, and is steadily becoming more important. Having a HTTPS website shows search engines and web users that you value security, which supports Google's goal of keeping web users safe while browsing the web.
Beginning in January 2017, Google Chrome -- the most popular web browser for PCs -- began displaying a warning at the top of the window when a user viewed a page didn't support SSL but asked for password or credit card information. Today, a user who views an insecure page that asks for private information will see a prominent "Not Secure" message at the top of the browser window, which may discourage them from purchasing items on your website. Having an SSL-enabled website ensures that your users will never see the "Not Secure" message, and allow visitors to make purchases confidently. Overall, having an HTTPS website may improve your website conversion rates by giving website users a safer website experience.
Contact Websites 360® Today
We're excited to now support SSL for all Websites 360® customers. Contact us today to learn more about this exciting new feature, and start your 14-day free trial to see how easy building a secure website can be. Are you a current customer that wants to switch over to SSL? Follow our easy instructions within the tool, or browse our support library for more assistance.