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    I debated this 20 years ago buying Thawte certificates etc. but as long as your order processing is secure nobody cares.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfish85 View Post
    It has already started some time ago. The majority of the sites I visit are using https even if they're not processing any information.
    I will say I also am noticing this but customers are savvy they know not to put in credit card details into non secure sites and still think it is all normal till payment gateway.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruesnam View Post
    Technically, if you have any data transmitted through a form, yes, it's highly recommended. But if you don't, it's up to you. I would personally do it anyway because it helps being ranked a bit better on Google (just a bit not the first ranking criteria at all)
    It not compulsory to have HTTPS. Basically, HTTPS used for the secure connection for translations. so it up to you.

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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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    If your site is related to any kind of transaction then go ahead with https. otherwise simply go with http

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traffic View Post
    I will say I also am noticing this but customers are savvy they know not to put in credit card details into non secure sites and still think it is all normal till payment gateway.
    With smartphones coming with ease of payments, customers or let's say newbies are unaware of the security and they tend to provide details to even non-secure sites. This is a major reason of so many cybercrimes.

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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 doesn’t 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike001 View Post
    I agree with Rob. If you are not passing sensitive data back and forth on the site, HTTP will be good for the next year or so. Keep in mind though that eventually all sites will be moved to HTTPS, the question is how long will that take.
    I don't think so, even you don't have an eCommerce website, you still need https because of its advantages that you can not measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Whisonant View Post
    Going to append my response. There is a good reason to switch to https even though you are not passing sensitive data.
    I agree with this comment. In fact, I've gotten people to register just because the site is https. They didn't register to my competitor's website for this very reason. Their loss, MY GAIN.

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    Without a doubt

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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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