I love free and yes there’s a free option of SSL out there too!
It’s called “Let’s Encrypt“ and it’s pretty slick!
Chances are that your host even offers them.
So that’s good, right?
Yes and no. I recently had a client’s website go down for a handful of days. They were fully encrypted using an SSL Cert from Let’s Encrypt. Why? Because unlike normal SSL Certs – Let’s Encrypt Certs last only 90 days. At that point, or rally before that point they need to be renewed. This renewal is done by your host and quite frankly some hosts just are not setup to stay on top of that. An expired SSL Cert doesn’t mean that your site doesn’t have the green padlock, it means there’s going to be a big ass warning for all to see – instead of your site.
I know exactly how it feels when your site is down. It’s happened to me. Every second it’s down I felt like the whole world was judging me. I was literally wringing my hands, pulling my hair. If your site is that important to you, I’d skip free – at least for now.
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