Web site in HTTPS before July 2018

If you manage a web site, you must have heard about going to HTTPS … well, now it’s officilal: you must use HTTPS before July 2018 !

What is HTTPS

For those who don’t know HTTPS protocol is a secure version of HTTP  protocol used to transport web pages. It displays a padlock next to the address in the web a browser, on some sites, in particular merchant web sites.

To use the HTTPS protocol, you must get a SSL certificate for your URL.

Google and HTTPS

Since 2014, Google advises to use HTTPS, and states that we will get slightly increased position with its search engine with a HTTPS web site rather than a HTTP web site.

Moreover, from July 2018, in the new Google web browser, Chrome 68, a message Not Secure will be displayed, on HTTP web site:

image du traitement des pages HTTP (vs HTTPS) dans Google Chrome 64 et 68

Moving to HTTPS

As a reminder, Google Chrome is the web browser most used in the world: it is important not to have a warning message displayed.

Note that other web browsers are on the same page (pun intended): Mozilla has already added warning messages in Firefox web browser, when typing information (e.g. password) on HTTP web sites (hence not secure).

message d'alerte lors de connexion par mot de passe sur site HTTP (vs HTTPS) avec Firefox

Google states in its February 8th article:

  • Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
  • Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
  • 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default

You must “move”your web site to HTTPS !

Most web hosters give, in all their offers, a SSL certificate to use HTTPS.

Otherwise, if you host your web site your self, Let’s Encrypt gives away free certificates … that’s the certificates used by most web hosters (OVH, o2switch, …).

However, there will be extra operations to performe on your website: typically, you must change all links (images, style sheets, javascript, internal links) to avoid mixed contents … that would prompt an alert message.

Operations to perform to move to HTTS on a WordPress web site are described on our technical blog.

If you need help do not hesitate to contact us: we will be pleased to assist you.


Happy move to HTTPS !