One of the reasons I moved hosting of the Harvey Mercheum website from Arvixe to SiteGround was the promise of one click conversion to HTTPS and a free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate. I have worked with computers long enough to realize that it could not be that simple, and so have been putting off making that “one click” for quite a while. However, Google keeps pushing for all websites to go to HTTPS, and this month is releasing a change to their Chrome web browser to mark all HTTP websites as not secure. Not sure what the difference between HTTP and HTTPS is? The best explanation I have found was written by the company better known for SEO, Yoast:
While the Harvey Mercheum website does not collect sensitive information, I do not want visitors to fear for their safety, and so decided to take advantage of this day off to make the switch. As expected, all did not go according to plan, but the SiteGround support team was able to reinstall my SSL certificate and get everything working in under twenty minutes via Chat. I am very pleased with SiteGround, and very happy that the big switch is done.
As usual, if you experience any problems or unexpected behavior while visiting the Harvey Mercheum website, please leave a comment below, use the Contact the Curator form, or post on the Harvey Mercheum Facebook page.