WP Engine Gives Customers Free SSL Certificates

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WP Engine has integrated SSL/TLS certificates from the Let’s Encrypt project to extend automated website security to all of its 50,000 customers, the company announced this week. Websites hosted by WP Engine can protect visitors by encrypting their data and confirming the site’s identity with the click of a button, while also gaining search engine ranking benefits.

Let’s Encrypt’s goal of ubiquitous HTTPS should be an easy sell for website owners, but WP Engine cites Google research showing that two-thirds of the top 100 non-Google sites on the internet use either outdated encryption technology or none at all.

“The internet today isn’t the same as it was even 5 years ago. There’s an expectation that people should be able to go securely online without worrying if their information will be exploited or fall into the wrong hands,” Jason Cohen, founder and CTO of WP Engine said in a statement. “HTTPS is a win for everyone. On the one hand it provides greater trust, privacy and security for site visitors and on the other it delivers faster site speeds with better SEO for website owners.”

New and existing WP Engine customers can add the certificates from their user portal to augment the proactive vulnerability scans, code review, and other security measures built into the platform.

WordPress.com began offering automatic Let’s Encrypt certificates in April, and DreamHost began providing pre-installed TLS certificates to its managed WordPress hosting customers from the project in August. The Let’s Encrypt project officially launched in late 2015, and surpassed a million certificates issued in March.  With the participation of a growing number of web hosts, it is now supplying over 10 million unexpired certificates.

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