Secure Site Symbols Are Becoming Essential - Google Has Spoken
- by Urszula Richards
- 26 August 2017
Google is making a change which will have a huge impact, and will require you to take action before October 2017 to install a secure certificate on your website for your domain name (or names).
This is something which will affect websites everywhere. You will now need a secure certificate for your own domain name (ie I need to get one for onlineiq.biz).
What does this mean?
Take a look at this short video to see the difference between a http and a https site.
So in summary, people will start to notice scary looking messages, and no longer trust that being on your website is safe.
According to Google, it will look something like this.
We have only one month to implement this
The message below from Google, which we have received about websites we are looking after states that this change will occur in October 2017.
How much will it cost?
The cost to implement comes in 2 parts -
1. Purchase of the secure certificate (this gets paid to Adobe and is $109 inclusive of gst), and
2. Installation cost - we are budgeting for 2 - 3 hours per site to purchase, install, test website and make the appropriate changes in Google's Search Console. We recommend you purchase the plus3 package, as this is more cost effective than the casual hourly rate.
Note: that the Adobe's secure certificate is a recurring annual cost - like your domain name and hosting.
We have heard from a few developers who have already started installations that in some rare cases, the testing does bring up some site adjustments which need to occur. If that occurs, we will let you know and provide an estimate.
If your particular configuration or set up presents issues, we will write to you separately - we are keeping details which do not affect everyone out of this post so as not to confuse anyone.