Joomla! Website Design Coaching Support Warrington Cheshire Manchester Merseyside UKThere are no excuses for running a website without the addition of an SSL Certificate.

Not when Let's Encrypt enable you to add a free SSL certificate without having to pay high subscription charges.

And not when reputable web hosting providers make Let's Enscrypt SSL available for use via their Hosting Control Panels.

Here are five reasons why we use an SSL certificate with our website.

When someone visits our website via HTTPS they see a reassuring symbol in the address bar of their browser window.

A shield in the Firefox browser

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A padlock in the Chrome browser

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Now, when customers sign in to read our Joomla! User Guides, they know that their confidential login details are encrypted. In other words, protected from hackers.

When we in turn sign into our website's Joomla! CMS Dashboard, we know that our user credentials are also protected by the encrypted connection.

The resulting HTTPS connection prevents so-called packet sniffers from harvesting usernames and passwords.

Google has indicated that using an HTTPS address for a web page will have a positive impact on search engine performance.

Let's Encrypt SSL certificates are free.

Commercial SSL certificates can be costly.

Critics point out that Let's Encrypt SSL certificates are domain validated, meaning that they can be added to a website by anyone, even the developer of a spoof website. There is no external verification.

Domain validated SSL certificates do not therefore guarantee the trustworthiness of a website.

But they do protect users interacting with websites that use them.

The Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate auto renews.

If for some reason it does not then you can call upon your hosting provider's Technical Support.

How to obtain a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate

To be able to use an SSL Certificate with your website you first need to obtain one.

This is easy using the Let's Encrypt Module included with a cPanel Hosting Account.

Read more: Issue a Let's Encrypt SSL Certificate.


Issues to consider before obtaining an SSL Certificate

When an SSL Certificate is issued then your website's URL will change from HTTP to HTTPS.

You will also notice a shield (Firefox) and a padlock (Chrome) in the browser address bar.

The change of URL means you will need to make some changes to your website's Joomla! CMS after issuing an SSL Certificate.

And maybe some changes to the settings of 3rd party extensions used by your website.

If you are using Search Engine and Social Media Accounts in conjunction with your website, then these accounts' settings will most likely also need adjusting.

Your website's performance in search engines will otherwise be adversely impacted by changing your website's URL from HTTP to HTTPS.

Website visitors who use an old devices and/or operating system may not be able to visit your website after issuing an SSL Certificate.

Read more: Use an SSL Certificate with your website.


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