It's time to move your website over to HTTPS

Rob Miles - Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Starting October 2017, Google Chrome (version 62) will show a 'NOT SECURE' warning when users enter text in a form unless the pages are served over HTTPS.

The new warning is part of a long term plan by Google to mark all pages served over HTTP as 'not secure'.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure – this is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol used when data is transferred between your browser and the server that hosts the website you are visiting. In the case of HTTPS, all the communication between your browser and the website you are visiting is encrypted.

This means that all data exchanged, like personal data you are filling into a webform, the information you are getting when opening up your Member only webpage, and so on is encrypted at one end (the browser or the server), sent across the Internet and decrypted at the other end, thus making it unusable for a potential attacker that might intercept it.

Why move to HTTPS?

  • Avoid the 'not secure' message and help protect users' data.
  • Various search engines have recently started favouring HTTPS enabled websites when displaying websearch results.
  • HTTPS enabled websites are regarded as more trustworthy for visitors.

Why now?

Adobe only recently announced that you can install SSL certificates for private domains managed by Business Catalyst. In order to enable the secure connection, an SSL certificate is used.

Is my website HTTPS-ready?

If your email or DNS records are hosted by Business Catalyst, then yes. If your email or DNS records are hosted externally then it's slightly more complex as we'll will first need to switch to the internal DNS system. We can handle this for you so please ask if you're not sure.

How do I get started?

If you care about your Business Catalyst site and your site visitors, it's time to move forward or get left behind. Please email with any questions or to get started.

Offer is available for Business Catalyst websites hosted by Miles Design only.