What is SSL, exactly? “SSL” is short for Secure Sockets Layer. In simpler terms, it’s how websites communicate with customers; so that they can browse, buy products or services, and share information safely with you online. Without getting overly technical, adding an SSL creates a safe connection for those kinds of activities.
Whether your site is an Ecommerce site or personal page, if you have insecure content on your site Google is now going to penalise you by how they display your sites security status in the browser bar. Any site that is running without an SSL in Chrome will now show as Insecure, this has recently been implemented and the change can be seen here:
So how do you procure an SSL now? Depending on what Control panel your server is using (Storm, Plesk, WHM/Cpanel, etc) there may be a free alternative; namely Let’s Encrypt. In Storm Let’s Encrypt is already integrated and it’s as simple as pressing a couple of buttons, In Plesk and WHM/Cpanel there’s a few extra steps ( Plesk guide / WHM/Cpanel guide ).
Failing that if you’re uncomfortable with doing the above there is always the paid for option, if you contact your current host they should be able to sell an SSL certificate to you and install it on your site. If you’re looking for a webhost I’d suggest Nimbus Hosting as their support is leagues above others.
If you’ve got any questions about the above or anything else feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly.