Google has been working diligently to make the web safer and has currently begun to mark websites that don't have SSL certificate installed as “Non-Secure”. Therefore, it's currently become a requirement to serve your website over HTTPS/SSL to secure your visitors’ information and also indicate that your brand cares about security. There are a lot of benefits to adding an SSL certificate to your website, and that includes improving your search rankings. In this tutorial, let's dive deep into SSL certificates, their types and how you'll be able to set up a free SSL (Cloudflare) on your Joomla! website.
What is SSL?
SSL is a protocol used for secure transmission of an encrypted data stream. In short, SSL is the standard for Internet security. A comprehensive explanation of the protocol can be found in Wikipedia.
Why is it worth implementing a certificate for a website?
The certificate protects users of our site. It protects (by encryption) confidential data that is served by website visitors. This is very important, among others, in the case of online stores or companies who cares about completed forms. The user feels a lot more trust in seeing any information sent by the web browser about the fact that the site is secure.
Can I share a page without an implemented SSL certificate?
Yes, you can. However, don't you feel sorry for all potential customers who will immediately leave the website after seeing the message that this site is unsecured? It should be remembered that these days the consumer is for us, not we for the consumer. If he doesn't make a purchase or doesn't submit a query through our website, he can quickly find another company. And this company will be happy to follow an easy way to convert to an eye-pleasing and secure website, and this will not require an excessive amount of effort.
How can I reduce the cost of an SSL certificate to $0?
Cloudflare is helping us. What is this company? The Wikipedia quickly explains Cloudflare to us:
This company allows us to receive an SSL certificate for our site free of charge, but it requires several steps to fully enjoy the address starting with https.