http to https

 

 

“Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.”

This IS a big deal and it WILL affect your website.

You may have recently heard about switching from HTTP to HTTPS for your website and wondered what exactly is going on. Would it affect your site? When would you have to make the change? How would you make the change?

DEV406 is on top of this latest change and we can help you transition your website so that your customers will not experience any issues. Last week Google sent out an email to webmasters stating:

“Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.”

What this message from Google signifies is a part of a long term plan to mark pages served over HTTP as not secure. This will include pages with text input fields, which is basically any page with a form on it. As you can see, this will pretty much mess up your site from the point of view of your customers.

Why would this affect your customers? Imagine if you are on a website and all of a sudden you see a page marked ‘Not Secure’ but yet you are being asked to input your personal information into a form. I am willing to bet you would think twice before doing so. Your customers will too.

While this will immediately affect anyone using the Chrome browser, you can bet that other browsers will follow suit, so it’s an issued that cannot be ignored.  The good news is, making the switch to HTTPS is easier than you might expect.

An SSL certificate is required to make the switch to HTTPS. These certificates are for sale through many online stores and start at $80-$100/year.  DEV406, as your hosting provider, will help you update your hosting platform and install the certificate at no additional cost to you.  We will even update your website using the steps below, so it is fully HTTPS compliant.

To make the switch on your own, you can follow these steps to insure that your website continues to operate flawlessly:

  1. Update everything. The first thing we do is update all your info including WordPress plugins and themes. While this has nothing to do with the SSL, it is just a smart thing to do, just in case.
  2. Purchase an SSL certificate.
  3. Redirect HTTP to HTTPS
  4. Check and make sure your website is secure.

 

An HTTPS redirect does not instantly make your site secure. Even though your page is now loaded over HTTPS, there may  be elements that are still requested via insecure connections. Because of this you may see HTTPS in the URL bar of your browser, but the reassuring padlock icon that usually goes with it is missing. This is why it’s best to have professionals handle this switch for you.

The results of switching your website to HTTPS, is that you will have the coveted ‘green padlock’ icon in your address bar with the word ‘Secure’ next to it. This is what your customers want to see, and need to see when they visit your website. Not only that, switching to HTTPS will have a positive influence on Google’s ranking of your site. Based on that alone, it is well worth making the change.  Besides that, the upcoming changes will have a huge negative impact on the sites that have not switched over. A giant, red, NOT SECURE notice will accompany pages and your user experience will be greatly affected.

Don’t wait! Make the switch to HTTPS today.

If you are a DEV406 web hosting client, complete the form below to update your hosting and get setup with your free SSL Certificate.

What’s involved in this update?

  1. We will migrate your website to our hosting platform (with no downtime).
  2. We will setup and install your free SSL Certificate.
  3. We will update your WordPress website, themes and plugins to be fully HTTPS compliant.
  4. We will update your hosting account to annual billing cycle, with no additional fees.

 

HTTP to HTTPS

 

If you have questions about this process, please email us at info@dev406.com or call us at 406-545-2422.