Do I need to have SSL on my site before I can use and sell through Woocommerce?
I am actually just selling ebooks so I don’t know if I still need SSL certificate installed on my site. On the Woocommerce videos however, Daniel said that my web server will protect my files. I guess I need further elaboration on this very important point. Thanks for the usual assistance. I really appreciate it.
Thanks for your question. An SSL certificate is not required for WooCommerce to function, but I highly suggest using one on your site for two reasons:
Customers are savvy enough to know that when they see "https:" in the URL of their browser that the personal data they are entering on a site is protected. This gives them more confidence when making a purchase.
- Google has stated giving a slight ranking boost to pages secured with an SSL certificate.
The goal of the SSL certificate is to protect your customer’s information.
Added confidence from customers and search engines is enough of a reason to install one on your site. You can contact your web host for instructions on getting an SSL certificate added to your hosting account.
When I mentioned WooCommerce would protect the downloadable files on your site I was referring to direct access to the files. WooCommerce stores the ebooks files in a directory that prevents someone from guessing the file name and attempting to get the file by typing in a URL like: http://www.sample.com/wp-content/uploads/ebook1.zip