Keeping Up With Teejay!

Design, Website Development, Marketing, Maintenance & Consulting - Since 1994

(916) 606-1339


SSL: Not Just for E-commerce, Database or Member-driven Websites Anymore

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Keeping Up with IAMTEEJAY

The web is experiencing another growth-spurt/growth-pain moment. Late last year, Google, in an attempt to make the web a safer place, introduced an algorithm that seeks out the SSL certificates of websites.  This Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a standardized protocol that allows for a secure and private session between you and the website you are viewing. This Spring Google announced that they will begin favoring sites that use SSL in their search engine.  By default, penalizing sites that don’t.  

For the longest time SSL applied wherever you had to log in to see and share content. Your online banking site and E-bay are great examples where SSL was an early standard. Now, Google is requiring all sites to have this SSL certificate or face a significant drop in ranking at search engines. So, even if you aren't selling anything but just talking about sheep on a hill, and you need to find customers at, you will need an SSL certificate for your site(s).

For many, the act is as simple as requesting one from your host provider and then a applying it to each of your domains. The more domains you have, the more SSL certificates you will need. Unfortunately, these certificates are not free. The larger your site, the more content you will have to protect and the more costly your SSL key will be with cost ranging from $149 on up.  Keep in mind too, that there are certificates that cover a primary domain and its sub-domains all at once.

For customers using CMS platforms such as SquareSpace, Wix, or Weebly, SSL certificates are offered alongside their hosting plans. Customers with Wordpress sites or simply are not using a third-party, CMS (Content Management System), will have to reach out to their host provider to discuss their options on how to have it installed if it is not already.

Business Catalyst, on the other hand, is just now starting to roll-out its SSL for all sites service this spring - and just in time too. They currently offer their SSL at no additional charge for those using their webCommerce hosting subscription. They have not announced a pricing schedule for the standard SSL for their Basic+ and webMarketing hosting subscriptions.

I will pay close attention to this matter and make sure that all my BC customers do the right thing when the time is right!

Of course we could do nothing, but then your site will be at the mercy of Google and all the modern browsers out there constantly reminding their users that your site is not secure.  All the while, your competition, whose sites do use SSL, will out-rank yours in search results.

Is it highway robbery? It may feel like it, but it's not. It’s hard to accept forced upgrades, changes and learning curves, but this change should benefit legitimate websites and their owners.

There are so many websites out there containing malware routines that literally hold your computer and website hostage.  They can overwhelm your screen with one pop-up after another or even lift personal information that can be used against you during a character assassination.  Adding an SSL certificate is just the next step to improve security across the Internet and its users. SSL is verification that a website is legitimate and shows consumers that the owner has taken steps to ensure the well-being and safety of their users.

We used to just have security at banks and airports, but now we have them at the malls, movie theaters, and  the beach. We even have a guard at our local bowling alley. So, in a way, we are a little behind the curve with Internet security.

Security is just today's standard protocol. Get your own security guard for your website.  If you are not on the Business Catalyst platform and you don't have SSL Certificate for your site, let me help!


Recent Posts




Websites for Lawyers Musicians SSL Certificates Need Three Posters Animation for Websites Security Copyright Website Design Walnut Creek SSL Clay and Wood Frank Simonelli Mimi Donaldson SASNet Design Bookmarks Websites for Mill Valley Businesses MrMind Psychologist website Steven Shmerler Database Private Chef Stephen Colbert: The Late Show Facebook Kindle E-commerce California Drought Report Author Websites The Foundation Success Macromedia Bug Alerts Memoirs of a Ghost John Maxwell Team Linda Larsen Wordpress Website Repair Joy Strategy SEO Los Angeles Websites for Non-profits Justin Campbell iPhone iOS Compatibility The Turing Test Robin Williams Website Maintenance Website Template Design Care Provider Website The Parole Officers Association of Contra Costa County Eileen McDargh Direct TV Fireworks Renewable Energy Advance Building Solutions Blog A Warrior's Faith Email Campaign Services Speaker Website Stinson Beach Marketing Photography Website Web Apps Weebly Glen Alexander Joel Job Journal AirBnB MC Brand Studios Hospital Website Design Research Brand Identity Eco Friendly Clips for a Cause HireEvents Author Website Poink Nickelodeon Email Marketing Muse State of California Organization of Probation Officers Hollywood Hills West Neighborhood Council Navigant Research Foley Friesleben Veteran Support Website CSS3 Relationship Author Website Sucre Landscape Architect Website Digidome Designs Artist Website The True Leader Creed Google Analytics Amazon Emporia Group, LLC Motivational Speaker Website Carole Armour-Greenbaum Business Catalyst Email Marketing Software as a Service Throckmorton Theatre Helms Daylight Studio Barrel House 101 POACCC ReadyMag Ecommerce Website Design Stationery Anthony Nex sitemap.xml CreateSpace Kaitlin Ashworth Postcards CRM Lori Parr Eileen McDarch Website Design Los Angeles Finest Coupons of Marin Magazine Google Website for Creatives Deep Waters CSS4 Charlotte Ashlock Locally-made Creative Collaboration Blogging Engine Speaking of Joy Yelp New Work Websites for Auto Body Shops Adobe Meta Data Content Management Systems Online Marketing Mort Sahl Sundahl Restoration LLC Websites for Theaters Waterproofing Service Website Social Media Marketing Website Design and Development Sacramento Venice Beach, CA John Scalzi photo gallery Tony Carlson Lavender Farmer Website Search Engine Optimization Studio Rental Website Customer Support Lavender Lori Generating New Business Wheel Concepts Kate Holgate Restaurant Website Los Angeles Ballet Summer Course SCOPO Dreaweaver Customer Interaction Gerald Friesleben Site 51 Organic Products Los Angeles Ballet Faith Jones Customer Care Surfing Episcopal Impact Fund Content Management System Eugene Bustillos Target The Pub at Chino Hills Shopify E-Commerce Platform Brand Identity Development Wix Website Design San Francisco Logo Design The Suncoast View San Francisco Set Stylist Website Political Websites Dana Carvey Kristine Nex Squarespace Desi Payne J-Query Lisa Gimmy Fine Artist Renewable Energy Consultant Website Holiday Gifts CARCD Elk Grove Greener Gardens Florida State University Petey Mack MGM Re-branded Turquoise Woman Homes Social Media Account Management Construction Company Website Cyber Rain Still Life Photography Google+ Secure Sockets Layer Catherine Kanner Robert Vera Otis College of Art & Design Amanda Platt Pamalita Abbot Kinney Site Planning Jeremy Kidd Websites for psychologists Denise Kamena Aspen Baker Fitness Equipment Website Pacific Coast Chemical Company The Forever Deal Peter Asmus webMarketing Hosting Tell The Cloud Responsive Keynote Speaker Website Book Cover Design Sobiage Media Projectile Website Design San Rafael Wordpress Galcon, Inc. Flash Mitigation Specialist Website Sarasota, FL Los Angeles Ballet School Kombi Haus Souk Shawarma Customers Andrea Cagan Book Launch Polly Pitchford Sundahl Water Proofing Basement Repair Website California Association of Resource Conservation Districts Subscribers Drupal-based Website Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training Richard Patterson Book Covers webCommerce Hosting Melissa Greenberg Carole Greenbaum Bing Webmaster Tools JoAnn Patterson Pathfinder Communications Twitter Project Management Los Angeles, CA Sarasota Helms Bakery Building Complex Marc Robinson Disney Sporting Good Store Website HHWNC GoLive Los Angeles-based Landscape Architect Property Rental Website Content Management Featured Book Promotion Websites Peggy Weil PhotoShop Basic Plus Hosting Referrals Websites for Auto Mechanics Wordpress Website Maintenance The Blurring Test Chef Website Music Tresha Peters Venice Website Design and Development Graphic Designer Dave Caperton Customer Education STONE Construction Company IAMTEEJAY Marin County Domestic Abuse Survivor Website Regina Clark CMS Mailing List SAAS Dreamweaver One-pagers MP3 Google Webmaster Tools Community Organization Website Mirror Tech-Hero Marketing Collateral LinkedIn Robert Reynolds Ballet Website Rachel Joel Websites for the Performing Arts Leather Etching Passwords Blessing of the Bicycles Author Services Residential Basement Repair David Eddington CD-Rom Business Catalyst WebApp Javascript Websites for Artist Business Catalyst Local Marin