2017, WordPress Plans SSL Requirement

WordPress plans ssl requirement for future installation of the popular WYSIWYG  website authouring tool 2017 going forward.

Currently, WordPress powers 27% of the internet.

According to online reports, WordPress has announced 2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available.

Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions are critical for good performance, SSL just makes sense as the next hurdle users are going to face.

SSL short for Secure Socket Layer basically means the link between your browser and the server is encrypted (secure from eavesdroppers).

What Obtains Before

SSL used to be difficult to implement, and often expensive or slow.

Now

Modern browsers and the incredible success of projects like Let’s Encrypt have made getting a certificate to secure your site fast and free. It’s something we think every host should support by default, especially in a post-Snowden era.

The Google Angle

Google also weighs SSL as a search engine ranking factor and will begin flagging unencrypted sites in Chrome from early 2017 also.

The News that WordPress Plans SSL Requirement

According to WordPress, ” we will only promote hosting partners that provide an SSL certificate by default. Later we will begin to assess which features, such as API authentication, would benefit the most from SSL and make them only enabled when SSL is there.”

Matt Mullenweg, separately, thinks the performance improvements in PHP7 are particularly impressive. And, he gave major kudos to everyone who worked on that.

He said further that WordPress will consider whether hosts use PHP7 by default for new accounts from 2017 as well.

This post, WordPress Plans SSL Requirement is our first post on ssl. Expect more SSL post in weeks ahead.

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