We have noticed that some websites do not have an SSL (secure sockets layer) certificate attached.
We strongly recommend that all websites carry an SSL Certificate for the following reasons:
1) Provides the confidence to a visitor to your website that their information will be safe and secure.
2) Google will flag all the websites without SSL and display a “Not Secure” message when someone visits. This has already started with Chrome V56. .
3) Google have indicated that they will provide higher SEO strength to websites which are secure with an SSL certificate
4) This is recommended requirement when using third part payment options like Laybuy, Part Pay or After Pay.
An SSL certificate can be purchased for the licence of a year and implemented by Kudos to your website, these start from $85+gst for the certificate + an additional $25+gst for implementation.
Effect on SEO rankings
When an SSL Certificate is issued the URL structure of your site will change and you may initially see a drop in your rankings. Generally, Google will get the idea sooner or later, and they will restore most or all of your rankings and traffic once they realise. It may take anywhere from two weeks to two months, with an average of one month before most rankings and traffic are restored.
Please contact us if you wish to proceed with purchasing an SSL Certificate and we can commence with the process.