When Google announced back in 2014, that websites with an https URL would receive a boost in ranking, many webmasters started making the transition. Up until now, transitioning a website’s URL to https had been an expensive and complicated process. Only the companies who could afford it and had the resources to make the changes, were the ones to benefit from the ranking factor.
As we head into 2017, one of the biggest content management systems, WordPress, will require websites to have an SSL certificate in order to use certain features. Websites that have not made the switch, will be happy to know that acquiring an SSL certificate has become much easier and cheaper.
Companies such as Let’s Encrypt, is an authority offering free, automated, and open security certificates. If you use WordPress, you can use your website hosts’ built-in support. Some hosts will even request a free certificate on your behalf, install it, and keep it up-to-date automatically. Check out the full list of website hosts that support Let’s Encrypt here.
WordPress is currently assessing which of its features will require an SSL certificate to work. The first feature it will change is not promoting hosting partners until they provide an SSL certificate by default, on all their accounts. Another feature up for consideration is API authentication, which allows clients to access data. Another feature
This is all a big push in creating a safer and more encrypted internet. Not only do users tend to have more trust in websites with SSL certificates, but websites with the certificate will also see a small boost in ranking. It is expected that many more WordPress websites will be making the transition to HTTPS.