Should small websites shift to https?

ruwaidmalik

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I recommend you to go for a hosting that offer basic SSL free with their hosting plan. I recently purchased A2 hosting and they are offering same service along with excellent speed and service. I believe this will serve purpose for a blog. If your current hosting provider is not offering SSL then don't worry. for a blog, it does not matter much
 

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I recommend to use https, always.

1) Google like SSL sites

2) SSL SPDY improves performance by piggybacking requests. Though, I am not sure of browser support.

3) I have not stumbled upon any issues, by moving to SSL. Please correct me with appropriate stats.

4) With Lets Encrypt, it no longer costs to have SSL.
 

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Yes, you must change your website from HTTP to HTTPS.

You must be aware that Google Chrome will be marking all non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’ from July 2018.

Currently Google Chrome displays a neutral information icon.

However, with the launch of Google Chrome 68 version, this popular browser would warn users with an additional notification in the address bar.

Starting form July 2018, Google Chrome will mark all non-HTTPS sites as ‘not secure’

As you may have seen, currently it marks HTTPS-encrypted websites using green lock icon and a ‘Secure’ sign.

Google has always encouraged having encrypted websites since many years.
 

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If your host offer a Free alternative,like Let's Encrypt, and you are using a CMS like Wordpress that make the "migration" easy, Why no?

If you have to pay... probably It just worth if its really a necessity,like in a online store.

About the Seo, Https isn't so relevant...yet.
 

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Many websites offer free HTTPS with the web hosting plan. Check it with your web hosting provider, whether they having free SSL certificate available. YOu can upgrade to your current web hosting plan, if they don't offer free SSL certificate.
 

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In my opinion, all websites should use SSL certificates to ensure a higher level of security. This way, your site will look more trustworthy, which is a good thing. But, using SSL certificates doesnt mean that it will cost you a lot of money. In fact, some web hosting providers like SiteGround, BGOcloud, and others offer SSL certificates at no additional cost. I see no reason to avoid this opportunity and make your website faster.
 

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No matter you are running a small scale or large scale business, you should entrust your website with https. HTTPS provides secure communication between browser and server. It protects the user's sensitive information. Your users can make a successful transaction without any risk of data loss.
 

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SSL is for site protection. If you don't have anything to protect then there is no need to switch to https. As your site grows and you require more data from users, then you will need to switch https.
 

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YES! most definitely. Unless your website is a personal website shared with only friends and family, then you won't likely need HTTPS. But if it's designed for the public where no personal information is being transferred, then you should at least consider getting an SSL Certificate for it. It doesn't cost much anyway. You will definitely need HTTPS if you're selling goods and services. That's a no-brainer!
 

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Google will give warning as unsecured website if you no have https installed. Also, will higher rank if https, so better if use https.
If you really on tiny budget, you can use free ssl on cloudflare. They give free https for life
 
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It is better to switch over to https. There was a time when most of the websites are http. Now even a basic web hosting plan offers https through Let's Encrypt. Considering the benefits of SERP ranking and security and the low cost, it is better to change to https.
 

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You could try other hosting providers that provide free SSL certificate along with hosting your website. So go ahead and get an SSL certificate as it does not matter if you're having a blog or not. It would be beneficial for you to have an https website.
 

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It's like wondering if wearing rubber boots is better then bear-foot while working with electricity
 

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I keep all my platforms on SSL httpS certificate, in the future I am sure that all sites, both small and large, will switch to this certificate!
 

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If you are handling your client's data or any sensitive data, then definitely you should change into https. Whereas Http is not recommending for any sites because Google prefers https and made them a ranking factor. The Http communication always with the plain text and https is encrypted one. there is so many website that are still available with Http. The data breach for these sites is also will be high. It is not meant that you never will hack if you apply https. It is the first level of security, and security always is number of layers. So the real thing is what type of website is handling by you and what types of data stores.
 
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