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.