Do blogs need an SSL?

Hemal Shah
Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
2 months ago

I had been pondering over the thought if I should get an SSL for my blog for a few months now. And finally, got it implemented today after buying an SSL Certificate from GoDaddy for 650 bucks (first year only cost). 

Most often than not, we bloggers do not require any SSL certificates to be installed on our blog / blog websites. This perhaps has to do with how little information in exchanged. However, I have been reading a lot about how Apple (for forum apps like Tapatalk) and Google are trying to change it. 

Google's upcoming update to Chrome will warn users when they are providing any input in a field on page that is non-HTTPS (Incognito mode only). That did ring a bell for me, because this potentially may stop someone from providing their comments on a post. Google also gives a bit more weightage to HTTPS sites than non-HTTPS ones in terms of SEO and SEM. 

Indianomics now is HTTPS secure blog. I wonder how many secure blogs are around in India today. What are your thoughts? Do you feel Blogs need SSL?

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Vidya Sury
Vidya Sury
from Bangalore
2 months ago

Hemal, I am thinking everyone has to get an SSL certificate, whether they like it or not, as Google has started rolling out letters, informing bloggers/website owners that effective October, sites without an https will show a warning to visitors that they are not safe. I don;t think there's a choice. And this is on all browsers.

Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
2 months ago

Only in Incognito mode, yes. And the warning will only pop-up if the visitor is adding a comment or filling up a form. 

Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
2 months ago

@Vidya, on the other hand, it is easier to trust sites with verified SSL than unverified one. Almost all news and media sites I know have one, and it is a growning norm. 

Pawan Purohit
Pawan Purohit
from Rudraprayag
2 months ago

NO SSP. NO SSP. WHY WHY WHY U NO UNDERSTAND????

Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
2 months ago

I did not know about Lets Encrypt. I think everyone can go HTTPS way then! :) 

Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
1 month ago

Pawan, generating SSL is complicated procedure with LetsEncrypt, and with a validity of 3 months it is rather tedious. 

The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
1 month ago

Some hosting providers who give inbuilt lets encrypt in cPanel have auto-renewal system. I am using since Jan. No renewals here! 

Maveez MH
Maveez MH
from bangalore
1 month ago

i guess google encrypts the blog if your blog is on blogger.com as mine is encrypted visit https://silversurfur.blogspot.com

Hemal Shah
from Mumbai
1 month ago

Yes, so does Wordpress of late I guess. My original intention was for bloggers who are using self-hosted Wordpress or other blogging engines. 

Vishwajeet Kumar
Vishwajeet Kumar
from Purnia
1 month ago

If you are only making blogs and does not receive credit card payments directly to your blog than Letsencrypt should be a great choice for you. Godaddy SSL's are very costly. You better buy them from Namecheap.

P V Ariel
P V Ariel
from Secunderabad
1 month ago

Yes, @Hemal Shah,

I think we need to go for it as per Google continues their notifications. 

Its good to have to take a precaution.

I fully agree with @VidyaSuri

Thanks for asking

Regards

@PVAriel

The Sorcerer
The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
1 month ago

Some hosting providers provide that free SSL thingy in server's cPanel itself- which also renews the certificates after 3 months. That's more than enough unless you're running a forum where members have its username, password, contact information in it (and address). I think the higher premium SSL ones for medium to large websites have some insurance policy, too. 


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