Don’t get misty, get secure this summertime: WordPress embraces SSL

If you’re going to have a broken record, you might as well choose me, accompanied by Sarah Vaughan, as we sing WordPress Embraces SSL over and over again.

Yes, I have made a bit of noise this year on the topic of getting your website made available over a secure connection.

You can read my latest rant here:

Don’t lock your WordPress site out of Google search: Apply SSL encryption today

So why am I taking to the stage again? Well, because Matt Mullenweg from WordPress has.

WordPress embraces SSL

In a blog post last week, Moving Toward SSL, Matt Mullenweg said,”2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available.”

Even though I have argued for getting your side transitioned across to SSL so that its address begins https, Matt weighs in and raises the table stakes.

SSL basically means the link between your browser and the server is encrypted. SSL used to be difficult to implement, and often expensive or slow. Modern browsers, and the incredible success of projects like Let’s Encrypt have made getting a certificate to secure your site fast, free, and something we think every host should support by default, especially in a post-Snowden era. Google also weighs SSL as a search engine ranking factor and will begin flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome.

We don’t have much of 2016 left. If you would like some help getting your WordPress site moved into an enlightened state of better security, contact us now.

Otherwise, we’ll have to slot you in during late January.

Sarah Vaughan is the namesake of WordPress 4.7

By the way, WordPress 4.7 has now been released and your site will have already been updated if you are on our WordPress Maintenance Plan.

Version 4.7 is named after the late, great, Sarah Vaughan, who would surely sing the following:

Summertime and SSL is easy
Crooks are jumpin’ and the danger is high
Oh, your website’s WordPress and your content’s good-lookin’
So act, little baby; don’t you cry

One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up crying
When you turn to your site and the content is gone
But if you go SSL, there ain’t nothin’ can harm you
With encryption and WordPress standin’ strong

Then ev’ry morning you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll open your wings and you’ll take to the sky
But every morning, you will thank me for telling you
To get SSL and to make it, do or die