With technologies such as the LetsEncrypt project CCB Creative makes available SSL certificates. Through the website cpanel your in-house internet administrative team can access and setup LetsEncrypt for you,

…or contact us to assist you with this project. Depending on your particular website system, this process can be accomplished in a matter of hours.

For clients on the maintenance plan there is a one-time setup fee and $5.40/month added to you maintenance plan, and CCB Creative will setup an encrypted connection with SSL for you.

$45/hour setup (usually from 2 – 4 hours)
$5.40 additional each month added to your web maintenance plan; we check that the connection is working properly and that the SSL certificates are renewed.

What does it mean to use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)?
SSL is a standard security protocol for establishing encrypted links between a web server and a browser in an online communication. All data transmitted between the web server and browser remains encrypted with SSL.

An SSL connection provides an added layer of security no matter what information you gather on your website (comments, contact forms, etc). On an unsecured connection (http) hackers can use “packet analyzers” to eavesdrop on unencrypted data to see what information is being exchanged between two parties (more information about packet analyzers).

How do technologies like LetsEncrypt work?
Your server utilizes “Server Name Indication” (SNI) technology – in other words your browser indicates which hostname is requested at the beginning of your connection (the “handshake”), then the server communicates with LetsEncrypt to prove it is a valid request, and once LetsEncrypt determines the connection is  good it automatically issues a domain-validated certificate to establish a secure connection.

This SNI technology means you do not need to buy costly dedicated certificates to obtain a secure encrypted website connection for your users. Though keep in mind dedicated certificates are required for businesses handling highly sensitive information such as financial data and e-commerce; and these certificates are considered manual, so that the businesses themselves must meet proper standards to receive dedicated certificates.

Theses type of domain-validated certificates last for 90 days, and either your IT division (or CCB Creative if you have utilized our services) can ensure these certificates are renewed.

In addition to the security benefits, enabling HTTPS for sites can provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) advantages too.

The benefits of an SSL connection, whether the website handles sensitive information or not, are that it provides an added layer of security no matter what information you gather on your website (comments, contact forms, etc.); provides authentication and trust from your audience and a higher level of professionalism; and it will rank you higher in browser search results (that is to say, higher than you currently rank, but for serious interest in SEO (search engine optimization) you will need to add an SEO strategy).