Should You Secure Your Site With SSL For Better User Experience?


Posted by Mike Finn on 29 Mar 2017

In November 2016 we wrote a blog about how changes to Google’s Chrome browser might affect your website as well as the changes that Google said they would be making in the coming months.

  • In Chrome 56, HTTP pages with password or credit card form fields are now labelled as ‘not secure’.
  • HTTP warnings will be extended throughout websites
  • All HTTP pages are now labelled as non-secure and change the security indicator to a red triangle.

These changes are now being rolled out!

To the average user, your website will look at best broken and at worst, dangerous to use!

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Google’s Chrome browser is now starting to display a red warning triangle in the address bar for ALL pages that DO NOT have HTTPS set up.

That means whether or not your site is an e-commerce site, if it is not using HTTPS your entire site will be flagged in the address bar of Google Chrome as being non-secure. While this will not affect your rankings, it will affect what your site visitor thinks about your site.

In February 2017, Mozilla Firefox announced it would also be making these changes in its browser, it won’t be long until the other major browsers will be following suit.

FREE SSL Certificates for Intergage Website Users!

As a result of this announcement from Google and Firefox, Intergage has decided to provide our CMS users with a FREE SSL certificate (previously worth £250-£550) to make sure they do not fall foul of this browser issue. Before we implement your certificate and switch your site over we will need to perform an audit on your site, and again, we will be offering this FREE-of-charge.

If you would like to claim your FREE SSL certificate, please click here to complete the form to book your FREE SSL Audit.

Instead of a horrible red warning, get yourself a nice green secure padlock!

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Claim your free audit

Why do you need a FREE audit first?

While we can control our software and how it uses URLs on the site, what we cannot do is anticipate how users have updated content and what other resources may have been used throughout the site. Part of the audit process is to identify any CSS files, JavaScript files, widgets and images that may have been added and need to be amended to work with HTTPS. This step is critical to ensure your site works correctly after the switch.

While we can offer you a free certificate, unfortunately, there is potentially a large amount of work involved in successfully switching your site to use an SSL certificate. The FREE audit will tell us the size of the job in hand and what chargeable time may be required to switch your site successfully to SSL.

We anticipate that it may cost up to £600 to address all of the incompatibilities found in the audit and then switch the site over. This is a one-off cost and based upon what we find in the audit and as such, is for guidance only.

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