WordPress.com last week announced free automatic HTTPS for all of its custom domains. The company worked with Let’s Encrypt, a certificate authority, to offer SSL certificates for its millions of domains.
WordPress.com had been supporting encryption for specific WordPress.com subdomains since 2014, but now it offers free HTTPS for all of the domains hosted on its platform.
“The Let’s Encrypt project gave us an efficient and automated way to provide SSL certificates for a large number of domains. We launched the first batch of certificates in January 2016 and immediately started working with Let’s Encrypt to make the process smoother for our massive and growing list of domains,” the company said.
A green lock icon will appear in the top-left corner of browser’s address bar once the site is HTTPS-enabled.
Besides the security and privacy benefits of encryption, HTTPS-enabled websites get better rankings in Google search results compared with their HTTP counterparts.
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