What is an SSL Certificate?
Have you ever noticed how sometimes websites start with “http://” and then sometimes they start with “https://” and have a green padlock nearby? The website that has a green padlock has an "SSL Certificate".
Do you need an SSL Certificate?
In the past, the only time an average webmaster needed to care about SSL was if you were accepting credit cards.
But that all changed in late 2014 when Google announced that SSL was going to be rolled out as a ranking factor.
But now Google is going even further. Starting in January 2017, Google is starting to mark pages with forms that collect personal information as Not Secure. Here’s what that change will look like in Google Chrome:
Google eventually plans to expand this feature to treat all HTTP pages like this:
Because of this, while it is not mandatory, we recommend that all websites have an SSL certificate.
How can I get an SSL?
Eagle offers two types of SSL certificates.
- Shared certificate - recommended
- Dedicated certificate - only recommended if you have a specific reason
Important note: In order for Eagle to provide you with an SSL certificate, we must be hosting your DNS records, which we offer as a service at no cost.
To order an SSL certificate, login to your Eagle account, go to Website -> SSL certificate and select which SSL certificate you want.