|SharpSpring offers secure landing pages that are published with an https:// URL prefix. Publishing pages with the https:// prefix is becoming essential in today's online world, as it shows the page is encrypted, trustworthy, and safe to visit.
More than that, certain browsers (such as Google Chrome) specifically note when a website lacks security—sometimes going so far as to forcibly redirect the page visitor from the page in question.
This article will provide basic information on what the https:// prefix is and will detail how to see secure landing pages in SharpSpring.
Accessing Secure Landing Pages
SharpSpring landing pages are secure. To access a secure version of your landing page with the https:// prefix, do the following:
The URL in the Funnel URL–Secure field is the URL of the secure landing page.
If you have CNAME records set up, your new URL will be as follows:
Without CNAME records set up, the URL will be as follows:
For websites, mixed content is the term given for when you load a page over a secured address and have assets with unsecured prefixes (http://) and secured prefixes (https://).
This means that when you have images or embedded videos that do not have a secure link, your landing pages will not be displayed correctly when using SharpSpring's https:// links. Most web browsers require—often via warning text—that visitors to the page grant permission to load unsecured content. Everything on the landing page must be secure in order for the secured address to fully work.
Any asset provided by SharpSpring—media center links, uploaded images, and the like—are, by default, secure. As such, unsecured content would be any non-SharpSpring link on your website. In SharpSpring's landing page editor, there will be a warning icon on mixed content in the Page Settings feature by the problematic links.
As best practice, use only secured content. Again, SharpSpring provides means to display secure content. If you must bring in content from outside of SharpSpring or otherwise link to external content, ensure that the content is secure with https:// URLs.
Website Security and Encryption
Encryption is the process in which data is converted from its present form into unrecognizable, encoded information. This way, encrypted messages can only be viewed by those authorized parties that have the way to remove the encryption from the data and see it in its original form.
Encryption is important in today's online marketplace. It helps to protect personal information—banking and credit card information, for example—and keep it viewable only by authorized parties.
|Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secured variant of HTTP. This URL has the https:// prefix. Secure, in this case, means that all communications between your browser and the website you are visiting are encrypted.
This encryption often uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Internet protocol, which is a protocol for encrypted communication between a web browser and a website.
Benefits of Secured Websites
Secured websites offer the visitor peace of mind in knowing that their information is being safeguarded from outside sources. As encrypted data is very difficult to decrypt and decode due to how the connection between browser and website is secure, it is improbable that the data being transmitted between the two could be captured, intercepted, or otherwise modified.
|Security and encryption are now a focus of many web browsers. For example, in 2018, Google changed their policy for websites without the https:// prefix.|
In Google Chrome, these websites display a banner at the top of the page stating that the website is not secured and that content shared between your browser and the website are not encrypted. Websites lacking security are indexed by Google with search engine optimization (SEO). As such, unsecured websites' rankings will be impacted.