What Is SSL and Why Is It Important to Your Website?

Since July 2018, Google started flagging websites that do not enforce SSL, and websites that do not have it now have a warning on Google Chrome that the user is about to enter an “unsafe” site. 

So if you’re a website owner and your site does not have SSL, your site is likely going to be flagged as “unsafe.” 

So, let’s circle back and discuss first – what is an SSL and why should you have it?

What is SSL?

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“SSL” stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” It is the web-standard technology for ensuring that the internet connection is secure. It protects the data being transferred between two points across the internet from being read by a third party. 

It encrypts the data between a website and a client, such as a browser or an app, as well as data being transferred between servers. 

What is an SSL Certificate? 

A Secure Sockets Layer or SSL certificate, by its name, provides additional security to your website whenever it is accessed by your visitors. It authenticates your website every time it is opened in a browser, and it protects the information that your visitor provides, so the connection between you and your client is private

When your website acquires information from your clients, such as names, addresses, and payment information, an SSL certificate assures that no third party can access them, to keep your clients secure.

Types of SSL Certificates

  1. Free SSL
    cPanel offers FreeSSL, which you can use for 3 months*. When the 3-month period is about to expire, cPanel will prompt Domain Verification to provide you with a new SSL certificate. This new certificate will also be free for you to use for another 3 months.

    FreeSSL allows you to manage your website more, without worrying about acquiring SSL certificates from a third party. Yet, acquiring a paid SSL has its perks, too.
  2. Paid SSL
    • BudgetSSL
      For just SGD 24/year, BudgetSSL helps you with an external monitoring probe subscription. This means that our CLDY technicians will be notified in any case that the SSL certificate is not recognized, or in the event that it expires, and we will manually reinforce the SSL certificate for you.
    • EssentialSSL
      Formerly familiar as Standard SSL, this plan is available for SGD 60/year and features our service guarantee of 200% uptime protection from CLDY.

Options for getting an SSL Certificate

The main way to get an SSL Certificate would be to purchase it from your hosting provider. However, if you aren’t the techie type, save yourself the trouble and host with CLDY.

With CLDY, one thing we can assure you of is that we will take the guesswork out of installing SSL Certificates for you. And if you need further assistance in the process, you can easily contact our Support team at [email protected].

SSL is for security

We encourage and emphasize the use of SSL on our clients’ websites. Not only that, CLDY has enforced high levels of security measures at the start of 2022, which is why you can rest easy, you’re hosting with the industry’s fast, growing and secure infrastructure.

Building websites do not have to be an exercise in having your teeth pulled. At CLDY, we help you make and keep things simple – from installing the SSL Certificate down to building the website itself, we have the tools and the support team to help you create the best blogs and websites for your projects, hassle-free!

* FreeSSL provided by cPanel may discontinue at any time. cPanel has not provided an end date as of yet, but we cannot guarantee its continued validity period.

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