Google has been telling us years that it wants a more secure web. With the release of the latest version of Chrome, it’s going to happen.

Google wants a safer web. For years, they’ve been pushing webmasters to move from HTTP to HTTPS in an effort to make that happen. Initially, they started dropping some not-so-subtle hints that sites using the SSL protocol would result in a rankings boost, but now a major change is coming that will result in more and more webmasters making their sites secure. Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.

Currently, over 68% of all android and windows traffic is registering secured in Chrome browsers, this change should result in a significant push to make it almost all secure. Truth be told, there’s little reason for any website to not be secure. Technology has vastly improved and the costs involved in making your site secure are minimal. Additionally, the worry about HTTPS slowing down your site holds little credibility nowadays.

Google 68 will notify users if a site is non - HTTPS

The end result will be a much more safe and secure web for everyone.

So, what can you do to secure your website with HTTPS?

If you’re a PinnacleCart subscriber and notice your entire site isn’t secure, contact our support department so we can resolve the issue. If you’re a licensed customer, contact your hosting company and they should be able to resolve the issue for you.

If you’re not using the PinnacleCart eCommerce platform, here’s a quick overview of the steps involved in making your site secure. (Due to the technical nature of this project, this may not be a DIY project.)

  1. Purchase an SSL certificate from your web host or one of the major providers on the web.
  2. Install the certificate on your website. This can usually be done through your control panel or via SSH.
  3. Update the configuration of your website to point to HTTPS instead of HTTP.
  4. Redirect all incoming requests for your HTTP website to the location of the HTTPS site.
  5. Re-verify ownership of your website in Google Search Console and update the sitemap location.
  6. Update your web property’s configuration in Google Analytics.
  7. Test and confirm the conversion was successful.

If you have any questions, post them in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them.