t was recently brought to our attention that our hosting platform of choice, the hugely popular and widely used GoDaddy, had become outdated in terms of technology, pricing, and often support. This actually started to occur several years ago. And we’re ashamed to admit that, like many other small business owners, we had simply gone with a popular solution to start, then remained in that rut, being left behind as hosting began to evolve, and cloud hosting companies started popping up left and right.
Admittedly, Shared Hosting is always touted as being the cheaper hosting alternative. And if your narrow focus is on that $2.99/mth starter package, then that is absolutely correct. But if you don’t commit to three years of hosting upfront, that price goes up to $7.99/mth. And without that commitment, the faster, unlimited plan goes from $7.99/mth to $16.99/mth! Read about our switch from GoDaddy to Cloudways.
But starting in July ’18, if you are on a Shared Hosting Plan, there may be a hefty additional cost associated with hosting your website. According to Google, “Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.” GoDaddy charges $74.99 yearly to secure a single website. If your website has subdomains (i.e. www.example.com, shop.example.com), at GoDaddy your SSL certificate will cost you $349.99/yr !
SSL IS NOT JUST FOR SECURITY.
Google announced that HTTPS is a ranking signal almost 4 years ago. And the stats on Google’s blog indicate that most of the top sites on the web heeded the warning:
- Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
- Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
Today, every blog and website should have an SSL certificate. Even if your site only collects a visitor’s name and email address on a contact form, it’s still personal information that you don’t want grabbed by a hacker. Want to learn about what you need to do to make your site secure?