Google to start showing your church website as “non-secure” unless you upgrade to an SSL secure website and how you can fix it.
July will be a big month for Google and websites everywhere. Google has been pushing for years for websites to be 100% ssl secure promoting a much safer internet and browsing experience.
With the latest announcement Google is going to effect every website around the world almost simultaneously. So what does it mean for you? Let’s dig a little deeper and talk about it. You can read about it here: “A secure web is here to stay”.
What is SSL?
Can you imagine what it will feel like for your audience to visit your website for the first time and see a message that your website is NOT secure?
According to Wikipedia: “HTTP Secure (HTTPS) is an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) for secure communication over a computer network, and is widely used on the Internet. In HTTPS, the communication protocol is encrypted using Transport Layer Security (TLS), or formerly, its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). The protocol is therefore also often referred to as HTTP over TLS, or HTTP over SSL.”
It forces your website to be better encrypted and allows safer communication on your website from form submissions, to data, to buying and donating money.
Why do I need it?
For churches, SSL is important for three VERY important reasons.
- You’re online giving portal and giving page must be secure to keep your donors information safe.
- Google states that by being SSL compliant they will reward you with a boost to your church’s organic search online.
- When your first-time visitor or regular attendee visits your site showing a secure website will give them the confidence that it’s safe to use your website.
What do I need to become SSL secure and avoid the “non-secure” message on my website?
To transition your website to be SSL secure takes some work from your webmaster to secure every website pages, files, and URLs. This is by no means a small task and sometimes can be very tedious. Every website that is using an SSL certificate will require a one-time setup and a yearly renewal on the SSL certificate to keep their website compliant with Googles SSL requirements.