DSers will only link WooCommerce stores that have an SSL certificate installed. This is because SSL has become a norm and foundation for eCommerce websites. So you need to understand what is SSL and how to install an SSL certificate.
What is SSL?Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security technology that secures internet connections and safeguards information between two systems. When it comes to dropshipping, the two systems refer to a shopping website and a visitor’s browser. The information can be anything sensitive or personal that includes but is not limited to, financial information such as credit card numbers and other personal information such as names and addresses.
Why you need an SSL certificate?In addition to protecting your website against hackers, you need SSL certificates to verify ownership of the website, keep user data secure, convey trust to users, etc.
Increase security and credibilityAn SSL certificate allows your website to use the HTTPS protocol to establish secure and encrypted communications between your website and your visitor’s browser to protect the sensitive information on your website. Once you have an SSL certificate installed, a padlock icon will display on the top of your browser that is right next to your URL. It also lets your visitors trust your website. After all, everyone will be alerted when browsing a website URL with a red exclamation mark and showing "Not secure".
Improve search results rankingsIn addition to the security benefits, Google will rank websites using SSL higher in search results.
How to install an SSL CertificateDSers has compiled a list of blogs from some major web hosting service providers to help you deploy a free SSL certificate on your website. Since each service provider has a unique method to install SSL, please find your own provider below to check for specific steps.
- A2 Hosting
- GoDaddy Hosting
- InMotion Hosting
- Liquid Web
- Siteground (Once the SSL is issued, Siteground will ask its users to configure the site to work through HTTPS.)
- Site5 (You may need to purchase an SSL before adding it.)
- WP Engine