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.

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

    Hi,
    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!
    -vanesza

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