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GOOGLE CHROME TO FLAG SITES WITHOUT SSL CERTIFICATES AND HTTPS AS INSECURE
25 Apr

GOOGLE CHROME TO FLAG SITES WITHOUT SSL CERTIFICATES AND HTTPS AS INSECURE

Over the last two years, rumors have swirled over Google’s position concerning forcing the move to HTTPS encryption.

Last year, Google began officially warning website owners that non HTTPS sites would incur consumer messaging that identified the site as non-secure.

Google says SSL Certificates on Your Website Are Required

The exact “when’ and the “how,” however, have eluded site owners up until early this year.

On February 8th, Google made clear its intentions to formally mark websites lacking SSL Certificates (the certificate which once installed on the website results in an HTTPS secure URL string) as insecure.

Google have also disclosed, as of July 2018, how they would alert web surfers of the non-HTTPS status, or not secure.

Sites that remain on the HTTP non-secure protocol will be flagged with a warning in the URL bar of the surfer’s browser.

The non-secure flag will be built into the release of Chrome 68.

Here’s an example, as posted per Google, of difference in URL optics between HTTP and HTTPS encryption websites:

It is possible that the flag could stand out by use of the color red.

Google followed up this by stating that the web’s transition to HTTPS, which is also identified as “making the web safer,” by disclosing numbers supporting HTTPS growth and scale.

” Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
” Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
” 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

HTTPS encryption growth shows that most site owners are taking Google’s warnings seriously.

However, it remains that a large group of site owners has been less than motivated to make the change.

This adaptive lag is likely a result of confusion over what HTTPS encryption is, the annual cost associated with HTTPS encryption maintenance, and general laziness.

WHAT IS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?

An SSL certificate is a security certificate that once installed on a web server activates a secure connection between the browser the surfer is viewing the content on and the web server that the content is derived from initially.

The website’s URL protocol will change from HTTP to HTTPS. Currently, a security padlock will also be present in the URL as a way to further signal the status of the website’s Google SSL certificate.

SSL certificates help the web cut down on instances of cybercrime that are often performed through security loopholes in web browsers.

If the connection between the surfer’s web browser and web server are not secure through an SSL connection, a moderately skilled hacker could seize information, such as credit card numbers, as it is being typed into a form on an unsecured website.

Are you looking to install an SSL certificate on WordPress?

Why are Google SSL Requirements Important?

  • Establishes Trust and Builds Brand Power
  • Provides Encryption of Sensitive Information
  • Provides Authentication

Non HTTPS sites and Google SEO – Why You Need To Adapt

For site owners who have lagged on adapting their site to HTTPS encryption, time is indeed running out.

google chrome browser marking a website insecure

Non HTTPS sites, Google Chrome warning

Google does not necessarily admit that non-HTTPS encrypted sites are at a handicap in its infamous search algorithm.

It is relatively safe to assume that a security warning on a website could lead to drastic fallout.

For example, it could decrease the time consumers spend on the site, the bounce rate, and eventually, the click rate on the SERPs. All of these factors would contribute to decreased search engine rankings.

Google is not only the largest search directory in the world, but they also have the most used web browser online.

In fact, Google Chrome is leaps and bounds more used than any other web browser, according to this month’s Stat Counter.

Googles leading role in both search directory and browser use mean that they yield enormous power when it comes to changes such as flagging non-HTTPS sites.

SSL Cost – Certificates Available

Does google sell ssl certificates? No.

A good cost-effective SSL certificate needed to convert your site to HTTPS start from $245 annually. The easiest place to buy one is with your hosting company. Contact us here to inquire about the SSL certificate for your website

Final Words About Being Prepared and Staying Secure

Any legitimate ecommerce platforms, shopping carts, and merchant banking processors already expect that websites be secured with SSL/ HTTPS.

Non HTTPS websites will undoubtedly be exposed to the risk of lost search rankings and overall, less traffic.

source: https://seoexpertbrad.com/google-ssl-certificates-https/

google: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543?hl=en

What is Google AMP pages and why use it?
05 Apr

What is Google AMP pages and why use it?

AMP is an open source project designed to help web publishers create mobile optimized content that loads instantly on any device. According to Google’s statement, the idea is to deliver webpages with rich content like video, animations and graphics to work alongside smart ads, and to load instantaneously. Google also wants the same code to work across multiple platforms and devices so that content can appear everywhere in an instant — no matter what type of phone, tablet or mobile device you’re using. Google’s goal with AMP is to deliver the best possible mobile experience to its users no matter what device they use.

Why AMP is so important and what are the benefits of AMP?

The primary goal is to aim for faster, more engaging mobile web experience in an open ecosystem.

While AMP is flexible, responsive and can be used to build entire sites, it doesn’t support all pages and user experiences. It’s primarily designed for publishing and content sites. It’s currently not as well-suited, for example, to e-commerce experiences.
It’s no surprise that one of the main benefits of website pages developed with AMP is that the pages load like lightning on mobile devices. This is vital since studies show that mobile users usually abandon a website that takes longer than 3 seconds to load; therefore, businesses that adopt AMP could benefit from mobile abandonment rates going down and conversions possibly going up.

Although AMP is not yet meant to be a standalone ranking factor, mobile friendliness and page load speed times are well known ranking factors. As AMP greatly improves page loading times and mobile friendliness it is highly likely that a website developed with AMP will be rewarded with higher rankings than slower and unresponsive sites.

Here are the necessary steps on how to implement AMP pages on your website.

How can I Make AMP Work for my WordPress Site?
01 Apr

How can I Make AMP Work for my WordPress Site?

Here’s where things get interesting because you can actually integrate AMP to your WordPress website with just a few steps.

  • Install the AMP WordPress plugin
  • Activate the plugin – what it will do is append /amp on all your pages but what it won’t do is redirect mobile visitors to your /amp pages
  • So the next step is to edit your .htaccess file – you could use an FTP program to do this.
  • Lastly, you will want to edit the CSS to make your Accelerated Mobile Pages look and feel more like your site.

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