BTW just a quick note about something I noticed. While linking to a variety of sites and people today, I was amazed at how many people don’t have Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) activated on their websites.
I think the main reason for this is because most people today are using cheap domain name providers that offer extremely low yearly domain name fees. The problem with this though is that a lot of these domain name providers will then charge astronomical yearly fees for add-on features, such as SSL, that end up costing you way more than if you went with a full featured provider.
Instead of looking for the cheapest domain name provider, I’d recommend looking for an affordable domain name provide who offers an assortment of features that are all included in its base yearly domain name fees or web hosting. For example, I use DreamHost for both my domain names and my web site hosting and they include SSL for free. Even better, it’s super easy to setup.
BTW one of the worst “cheap” domain name / hosting providers out there is GoDaddy. I’ve helped a ton of clients over the decades and they are one of the worst companies out there in terms of having bare bones features that make it even difficult to just point a domain name to a different hosting provider. And if you want to add on additional features like email or SSL, you will pay a premium yearly fee that will cost you way, way more than another more fully featured domain name / web hosting provider like DreamHost.
Don’t cheap out. Go with a more fully featured, affordable provider like DreamHost because you’ll actually save money in the long run and deal with way less issues and frustrations.