Chrome using https as default

Here’s another nail in the coffin for websites that steadfastly refuse to move to HTTPS and SSL. Our favourite WordPress website WP Tavern covered the Chrome 90 update in fine detail, writing:

Chrome’s upcoming version 90 will use https:// by default in the address bar, bringing a significant improvement to security and loading speed. HTTPS adoption has shot up significantly over the past six years after Google announced in 2014 that HTTPS would be used as a ranking signal in search results.

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been banging on and on about the criticality of using SSL for years. If you do need reminding, check out this story on how not enabling SSL is hurting your site. With the news of Chrome 90 defaulting to SSL as standard, add one more reason. Sites that cling on to plain HTTP will find a little more load time from the biggest browser on the planet.

Remember SSL is always 100% free for hosted sites, and we’ll hold your hand with the installation and any issues along the way. There’s really no reason not to make the move. Here are the full details on our SSL setup and how to get going.