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You have a great looking website, you have spent ages getting the site ranked in Google and trying to figure out exactly how you get any business through Facebook. Then someone asks you why your website doesn’t use SSL, and you think, “Mmm that padlock thing on the web browser do I need that?”

In the recent past, SSL was the domain of eCommerce websites using credit cards for payment but not any more!

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves - what exactly is SSL?

SSL is short for Secure Socket Layer and it’s basically the technology that encrypts your connection to a website so that hackers can’t intercept any of your data. You can tell if a website has an SSL connection due to the padlock icon on the address bar , and the website address also starts with https://

Lightning Host Customers: SSL certificates are available for $49.99 + GST and are available included FREE of charge in some of the web hosting packages.

Reasons to have a SSL Certificate

Google Likes SSL

Google changed its algorithm some time ago to give an extra boost to websites with SSL in their search rankings. If you’re battling with a competitor for top spot then this may well be the difference!

Worried about your website being hacked?

This is a valid worry given the amount of hacking attempts that are happening - I can’t tell you how often a WordPress website gets hacked! If you have a website that uses password protection (which is basically most websites that have a login to access an admin area), then you should be using an SSL to encrypt this information.

Business credibility

As a business you want to project a professional impression, I think we can all agree this is important, we want our potential customers to have confidence to use our service / buy our product.

Your public image could be being damaged as web browsers like FireFox and Google Chrome have started to highlight websites that aren’t secure, this could well be putting potential clients off.

These are compelling reasons to get an SSL certificate for your website as soon as possible, especially as the cost of doing so is reasonable. If you’re interested in getting this setup for your website, give us a call now on 09 666 0313 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.