Http Vs Https: Benefits of SSL Certificate
Have you ever came across the issue of SSL certificate or do you want the best answer to the riddle between Http Vs Https and What really are the benefits of SSL Certificate? A lot of tech savvy (either veteran or starter) like you have gotten their questions answered after reading this article and I hope you get the best answered you really want after reading this. But before then, we need to know the meaning of the term ‘SSL’.
HTTP VS HTTPS – Meaning & Benefit of SSL Certificate
What is SSL?
SSL is an acronym for ‘Secure Sockets Layer’ which is the world known and used standard security to create URL or link between a web browser and server. The main purpose of the protected or encrypted link is to make sure that all data or information entered into a server through a web browser remain confidential. Secure Sockets Layer or SSL is used by millions of webmasters or bloggers in the world to protect their respective websites or blogs from hackers. The SSL also protects any online transactions made on a website from being altered or accessed by any external force of attack.
This is what I’m saying; whenever you see a website with ‘Https’, it means it’s protected by SSL certificate which was bought from a web hosting company.
But, what’s are the differences between ‘Http’ and ‘Https’? Most people are confused of this two terms and only few knows the importance or benefits of SSL certificate. Here in this article, I will explain clearly what transpired to SSL and its benefits.
Differences between HTTP and HTTPS
What is Http?
Http is an abbreviation for ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol’. This is a request-response protocol make it possible for WWW or web users to exchange information inform of images, texts, music, videos or any other type of files you may know on web pages. It’s originated by Ted Nelson and was first introduced in the year 1991 as version 0.9 (or HTTP V0.9). Initially, it’s used to access HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) pages and any some other resources which can be transact on World Wide Web using HTTP.
Let take this as a clear example; whenever a user type in a website URL into the browser starting with HTTP (http://www.yourwebsite.com), it’s telling the browser to connect and fetch data or files (as requested by you) from the server over HTTP command. Now, your browser is like a CLIENT to you while your web server is the HOST.
What you must know about HTTP
- It’s originated by Ted Nelson
- It connects using port 80 by default
- Its URL starts with ‘http://’
- It’s not secured.
Versions of HTTP
- First version (HTTP V0.9) came out in 1991
- Second Version (HTTP V1.0) came out officially in 1996 and it’s specified in RFC 1945
- Third Version (HTTP V1.1) came out in 1997 and specified in RFC 2616
- Fourth Version (HTTP V2.0) came out in May 2015 and it’s specified in RFC 7540.
What is HTTPS?
Https is an abbreviation for ‘Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure’. It’s a request-response protocol that make use of an encrypted HTTP connection using transport-layer security (TLS). Unlike the ‘Http’, Https protects all data transaction between a web browser and server thereby preventing any external force of attack like ‘Hacking’.
HTTPS which was developed by Netscape Corporation performs all function of HTTP but in a secured and advance way.
What you must know about HTTPS
- It’s originated by Netscape Corporation in 1994 for its Netscape Navigator
- It connects using Port 443 by default
- Its URL starts with ‘Https://www’
- It’s secured.
- First version (HTTPS V1.1) and specified in RFC 2616
Now, why must you use HTTPS instead of normal HTTP?
A lot of bloggers, SEO managers and website owners are confused of the benefits of moving from HTTP to HTTPS or getting an SSL certification for their website. Some of them believed that they have nothing to secure or to encrypt in their site, so buying SSL certification is of no use to them. Well, I will tell you at least, four benefits of using SSL certificate or HTTPS on your website…
4 Benefits of HTTPS or Getting SSL Certificate
1. AMP Supported: For most bloggers or website owners on CMS platforms like WordPress, you will know that having an AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) version of your website will help a lot especially, in reducing bounce rate, low site speed or to have a mobile friendly website. AMP was developed by Google to make web contents load faster and to create better Users’ experience on smartphones. So to enjoy this free and important privilege, your website or blog must have SSL certificate. If you are a WordPress user and you have not been using AMP, go to your plugin area and search for ‘AMP for WP’, install and activate it but your website or blog must be HTTPS-enabled.
2. Tightens Website Security: This is of course the main purpose of getting an SSL certificate. As said earlier, data sent to a web server through a web browser are saved from any external force of attack. This is very important for websites with confidential files, business websites and public blog. Imagine someone hacked into your company website and take all the confidential information that holds the heart of your business, what do you think might happen? That’s the reason why Google favour sites with HTTPS, getting an SSL certificate will save you from those mess and you will be able to be on the good side of Google and other search engines.
3. Increases Trust, Traffic & Revenue: Google chrome and other web browser are now enforcing the use of an SSL certificate on any website and this was mandated in the GDPR policy. This is what I mean, have you ever tried to access a web page either on your PC or mobile phone but you were blocked or warned not to proceed to the website? It happens to websites without an SSL certificate or websites that starts with ‘Http’ instead of ‘Https’.
If you are still using HTTP, you have lost a lot of traffic because when most visitors are warned not to proceed to your website because it’s not secured and they might lose their data such as credit card details, email, personal information etc. to hackers or online fraudster, what do you think? They won’t trust your website and this will result to loss of revenue either through affiliate products or Ads network revenue like Google AdSense.
4. Beneficial for SEO: If you really care about having an impressive ranking on search engines like Google, you need to have HTTPS version of your website or blog. Although, this is not compulsory before you can rank on search engines but due to this latest policy about HTTPS. Recently, Google enable free HTTPS on its blogging platform ‘Blogspot or Blogger’ and also, Namecheap allow default Https to be added to domain names bought from them.
Google don’t want users to visits insecure websites because they want to ensure better and safe user experience for their customers and that’s why 40% of websites ranked higher of search engines are secured with SSL (or having HTTPS). Google’s ranking algorithm favour sites with HTTPS than HTTP.
Are you satisfied with the answers you found here about the differences between HTTP and HTTPS and also the benefit of getting and SSL certificate? The best thing you should do now is to be the ‘doer’ not the ‘reader’ only. I mean, take an action today and watch your website improvements on search engines, traffic and users’ experience. If you don’t know how to enable or switch from HTTP to HTTPS, kindly contact us as soon as possible and one of our experts will do it up and running for.
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