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  • Resolved razzendahcuben

    (@razzendahcuben)


    GoDaddy pushed me into getting an SSL certificate from them but after doing some research I am not sure it was worth it. Only after purchasing the certificate did I learn that installing it and making one’s site compatible with it is a somewhat involved process. Moreover I am unimpressed by the reviews of the plugins that supposedly do much of this for me. Finally, the supposed boost in Google page rank due to SSL appears to be more based on assertion than actual data.

    Brief rundown of my site:

    • Almost 10,000 members (using Magic Members plugin)
    • Premium content is behind a paywall
    • PayPal is my payment gateway
    • Only private info I collect from users is their email
    • The home of my online business, which is my livelihood (this isn’t a side hobby)

    From a *security* perspective:

    1. What is the worst that could happen to my site without SSL?
    2. Would you use SSL if you were running a similar web site for your business?

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  • Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    Only after purchasing the certificate did I learn that installing it and making one’s site compatible with it is a somewhat involved process.

    Not really, just make this one change to wp-config.php: https://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Over_SSL#To_Force_SSL_Logins_and_SSL_Admin_Access

    Moreover I am unimpressed by the reviews of the plugins that supposedly do much of this for me.

    No need for a plugin, just the single line above. The plugin is for use if that single line doesn’t work out for you.

    The supposed boost in Google page rank due to SSL appears to be more based on assertion than actual data.

    Considering that Google is the one claiming you’ll get a boost from it, it’s probably best to take that as fact rather than simple assertion.

    1. What is the worst that could happen to my site without SSL?

    Less likely: One of your member’s accounts (and payment details, if you do that) will be compromised when they log in over unsecured wifi (a coffee shop, library, hotel, etc).

    More likely: You’ll lose the trust of your members by forcing them to transmit login details (and payment details, if you do that) over an unsecured connection.

    Would you use SSL if you were running a similar web site for your business?

    Without a second thought, yes.

    Thanks for your recommendation. Sounds like the big reason for me to use SSL is to increase customer trust.

    I’ve spent considerable time reading other’s experiences converting WP to SSL and it appears that many administrative issues can arise, including those which require a good knowledge of the guts of WordPress to resolve.

    “Assertion” may not have been the right word, but Google’s claim about page rank is insignificant for most sites.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnrampton/2014/08/30/should-i-switch-from-http-to-https-for-seo-reasons/

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    I’ve spent considerable time reading other’s experiences converting WP to SSL and it appears that many administrative issues can arise, including those which require a good knowledge of the guts of WordPress to resolve.

    If you do it right, you should have no problem. I’ve had all of my sites setup with the single line at https://codex.wordpress.org/Administration_Over_SSL#To_Force_SSL_Logins_and_SSL_Admin_Access for years and have had no problems.

    That gives me confidence. Again, I appreciate your help greatly.

    Moderator James Huff

    (@macmanx)

    Volunteer Moderator

    You’re welcome!

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