5 Ways Speedyrails Can Help Secure Your Website with SSL

Is your website secure? You’ll want to make sure it is before Google releases Chrome 68 at the beginning of July. With this new update, Chrome is going to mark all HTTP websites as “not secure”. Don’t want your not-so-secure website singled out? Then get an SSL certificate.

Why SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates are important because they provide a secure connection between the browser and the server by encrypting information in transit. This encryption protects your website and its visitors from malicious cyber attacks such as content injection and content spoofing. Plus, Google automatically ranks websites with SSL certificates higher than their non-SSL counterparts—which is great for your SEO. Speedyrails provides many ways to get SSL certificates for your sites. Most are free, and all are easy to install! Here are five ways to secure your site with SSL certificates:

1. Load Balancers

Load balancers work by distributing network or application traffic across a number of servers. This helps websites run faster while also acting as a failsafe in case a server fails. Speedyrails offers two different types of load balancers: Simple (single-server) for $20 USD per month and High Availability (multi-server) starting at $55 USD per month. Our load balancers are supported by cloud servers running in our cloud platform, and they can be set up in any of our datacenters. Free Let’s Encrypt™ SSL certificates—as many as you want—are easily created and installed in our load balancers using our SSL certificate API. Plus, the certificates automatically renew so you never have to worry about being caught with a non-secure site.

2. Cloudflare Pro

Cloudflare Pro is the ultimate security package for your website. With DDoS protection, a Web Application Firewall, fast CDN and DNS services, as well as free SSL certificates, Cloudflare Pro is one of the most convenient and powerful ways to keep your website safe. We bundle one Cloudflare Pro account with every managed hosting service we provide (like our Managed WordPress Hosting and Managed Cloud Servers) but you can always purchase additional Cloudflare Pro accounts if needed.

3. Plesk and Dokku Servers

Free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates can be automatically installed on Plesk and Dokku servers—no load balancers needed. With this SSL certificate set-up, you can just set it and forget it: these certificates renew automatically.

4. Buy an SSL Certificate from Speedyrails

If free SSL certificates aren’t your thing (🤔), Speedyrails offers the option to purchase SSL certificates from several reputable brands, including RapidSSL, GeoTrust, Thawte, and Comodo for your sites at a discounted price. These certificates are useful for businesses that need more than just domain validation; paying for an SSL certificate can give you access to organization validation or extended validation. Unfortunately, these certificates do not renew automatically, but we’ll send you a reminder when the renewal date is coming up.

5. B.Y.O.SSL (Bring Your Own SSL)

Do you already have an SSL certificate purchased from another provider? No problem! If you are using one of our managed hosting services, we’ll install your SSL certificate for you—for free.

There’s still time to secure your website before Chrome 68 is released! Contact Speedyrails now to set up your SSL certificates.

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