Secure Socket Layer certificates are a way of protecting a website’s data from hackers and spying eyes, especially for sites that take payments. SSL certificates can be purchased from most domain and hosting companies like GoDaddy or BlueHost.
Once the certificate is installed and active, the site images and links will need to be secured. What that means is every http:// in all the links of the site need to be changed to https:// so that the green lock will appear in the browser bar (look up at the top of the browser now). You can see the green lock on many of the popular domains you visit everyday, for example Facebook:
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of updating all of the links on the site, there are some options for certain platforms. WordPress for example has a plugin called Velvet Blues that is a simple URL redirect tool. Simply put the old domain in with the http: and the in the lower box put the new https: and hit update. After the links are updated, you can remove the Blue Velvet plugin as there is no need to hang on to it.
Another option to consider is GoDaddy dedicated WordPress hosting which comes with a forced SSL so that all images and links are run as secure. This is probably the best route to go as it is easiest and works well. If you are considering an SSL on your website, we would be glad to discuss your particular situation and whether SSL would be the right choice. Call now 406-208-8733