Sherpa Digital News
Has your website got the lock? Get an SSL certificate
Has your website got the lock? Get an SSL certificate
By James Sharpe
Has your website got the lock? Get an SSL certificate

Be prepared for the upcoming Google change

Starting from July 2018, Google Chrome will be marking ALL sites without HTTPS as Not Secure and vulnerable to malicious activity, this means you will need to get an SSL certificate for your website.  As of today, only sites without HTTPS that contain password fields or take payments (ie., credit cards) information, are marked as Not Secure by Google Chrome.

Google is doing this in a move to make the web a safer place, however if you aren’t prepared and find yourself without HTTPS by July, this could impact your business.

What does this mean for your business?

Not having a secured site by July can have a number of impacts on your business.

#1 – Your customers will notice your site is marked as Not Secure, reducing confidence in browsing your site and engaging with your products and services.

#2 – eCommerce gateways (eg. Paypal and Stripe) will not work on unsecured sites.  This means you will no longer be able to sell your products online.  This is of course a big problem for online stores.

#3 – Your SEO rankings will be affected.  Google has announced that SSL certificates are now a ranking factor in Google’s online search algorithm, which basically means Google gives search preference to sites with SSL and they get a ranking boost.

How do you get an SSL certificate?

Sherpa Digital recommends that all website owners make sure they get an SSL certificate installed and implemented on their website.  Not only does it secure your domain, but not having it can affect your website traffic, leads and sales.

If you are on one of our care plans and also have hosting with us, you are already getting an SSL certificate for your website.  This is inclusive of the installation and implementation, where we check all your site pages to ensure there is no mixed-mode content (ie., HTTP content mixed with HTTPS) and that the little green padlock is working.  Please note that this is only available to Sherpa Digital customers who also have hosting.  If you need assistance to get on board with us, please get in touch.


Send a quick message

Looking for help on your next project?  Send us a message for a no hassle chat.

Sherpa Digital are a leading Website Design and Management business in Melbourne.  We specialise in developing websites for small and medium sized businesses, as well as providing WordPress Maintenance plans and hosting, SEO, Email Marketing and Automation, as well as IT Services for Small and Medium Businesses.

What Our Clients Think

We are very fortunate to have formed excellent partnerships with many of our clients. Here’s what they’re saying about us.

Melanie PayetMelanie Payet
01:41 28 Feb 22
I cant thank James from Sherpa Digital for creating my business website. Not only does it look amazing, James service was 100% fantastic. If your looking for a professional website, look no further and give James a call, you wont be disappointed. Not only is James prompt to replying,he is an easy down to earth guy to work with.
Paula DunnPaula Dunn
01:25 11 Oct 21
There are many in the digital space who claim to be experienced, quality driven professionals, and then there are those who are truly professional, approachable and solution driven. My experience with Sherpa Digital is that of quality, perseverance and solutions that have been tailored to my needs. I highly recommend Sherpa Digital and will continue to use them for all of my digital development needs going forward.
Philippa YoungPhilippa Young
23:18 10 Oct 21
Working with James at Sherpa Digital has been a fantastic experience. Starting with a clear plan and quote, through to the final product it was a smooth and streamlined project. James was always available to discuss any questions, and nothing was too much trouble. James was professional, knowledgeable, flexible and solution focused. I would strongly recommend James for your website and IT needs.
Ness JollyNess Jolly
22:38 24 Jun 21
Thanks for your great work James.I have to say that your professionalism, punctuality and responsiveness to meet our needs is a breath of fresh air.
Elysia ElElysia El
01:18 11 Mar 21
If I could give James six stars I would. I needed some help on a tricky website over the Christmas break and he was helpful, friendly, supportive and responsive – he was happy to explain anything that I didn't understand well (in a non-geeky way). Beyond the knowledge and skills, his interpersonal skills and rapport is great.

Call us today on 1300 868 174 for a quick and easy chat about your website or IT needs, or drop us a message through our online enquiry form