Blogger now giving free SSL certificate to its custom domain blogs

Blogger ( a blog-publishing service ) now giving free SSL certificate to its custom domain blogs which were limited to Blogspot domains before. Blogger runs a  service called Draft Blogger to introduce new features for testing purpose before making them live to everyone. Blogger has introduced SSL certificate for the custom domains on draft blogger. Installing SSL certificate for the custom domain is no more hassle. You can implement it within 2 minutes.

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SSL Certificates adds an extra layer of security to your blog through end-to-end encryption in the connection and help to gain the trust of visitors.SSL is the backbone of our secure Internet and it protects your sensitive information as it travels across the world's computer networks. SSL is essential for protecting your website, even if it doesn't handle sensitive information like credit cards. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users' personal information.

Even, Search engines provide more value to sites which uses SSL certificates. 30% of the websites listed on the first page of Google are the ones with SSL certificates.

Why use SSL Certificate on the blogger blog?

  • Authentication - improves customers' trust Having SSL certificate ensures authentication.
  • SEO - Search engines provide more value to sites which uses SSL certificates.
  • Guards against phishing attacks.

How to install SSL certificate for blogger custom domains?

Step 1: Go to draft.blogger.com and log in with your Google account to access your blog.

Step 2: Open Settings > Basic and scroll down to HTTPS section.

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Step 3: Select Yes from dropdown least of HTTPS availability. You will see a message "HTTPS Availability is being processed" wait for 2-3 minutes, as the installation of SSL certificate takes a little time.

Step 4: Refresh the Setting page and select Yes from the dropdown list of HTTPS redirect to redirect your traffic from HTTP to HTTPS. Now, you have successfully implemented HTTPS for blogger custom domain.

Should you use or not use HTTPS for blogger custom domain?

SSL Certificate may have many advantages but it also has some disadvantages which can not be neglected. As SSL certificate for the custom domain is in its developing stage, it may pose some issues with your blog. Before installing SSL Certificate you must be aware of its effect on your blog.

As the information that you send has to be encrypted by the server, it takes more server resources than if the information weren’t encrypted. The performance difference is only noticeable for websites with very large numbers of visitors.

Another thing I noticed is AdSense when you implement SSL for the custom domain the Ads performance gets declined a little bit.

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