Are you entering the world of web design or development and are you stumbling upon tech jargon? I’m here to rescue you! I’m starting a series about tech jargon, and this week my post is about ‘SSL. What is it and why must you use it?

What is SSL?

SSL is a certificate that protects data between server and browser. Data on the website gets live encoded and couldn’t be intercepted.

Why do you need SSL on your website?

Do you have a webshop, registration form, contact form or other inputs on your website? Then I recommend SSL for your website. Personal data of your users are protected, and your website is secure.

Do I have SSL already?

A domain which I using SSL starts with https:// and has a green lock in the domain bar of your browser.

How do I get SSL?

Your host can provide it to you. Sometimes it is included in your hosting. Sometimes there’s a fee. You can install it in your hosts dashboard and your protected. When you use WordPress, you can use a plug-in to force WordPress to use the https:// instead of http://. I recommend the free plug-in Really Simple SSL.


So check the page for the green lock if you are going to fill some personal data. And get your own SSL if you want to have a save website yourself.

About The Author

Noraly van der Hulst is a passionate front-end developer. She owns a company called Frontrend and is a new mom. Her free time she likes to spend with her camera and ofcourse her family and friends as well.

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One Response

  1. Vanessa

    awesome insight on SSL, learned a lot!
    My phone shows me a warning when i visit techgirl, that “the connection is not secure”, is this a bug in my phone?
    Keep up the good work!


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