I'm using Weebly for last 2 years now and have subscribed to starter pack as I'm using my website for photography portfolio. SSL certification is a basic requirement today as it gives, the visitors confidence to access the site & also, it's an assurance to website owner that his/her data/content is protected. Weebly seems to have a policy of giving SSL certification for only PRO plans onwards. I had purchased SSL certificate from a third party but Weebly seems to restrict the access for the same.
I have an earnest suggestion, SSL certificate is not that costly and it should be included in the starter plan, if not then atleast website owner must be allowed to use his/her own SSL certificate.
I hope, Weebly will consider this suggestion with an open mind.
Thanks for the suggestion, @Sarang_Bhand! I'll share that with the rest of the team.
Adam - I too think this needs immediate attention. I am looking at moving my website but whilst it costs me £10 to get an SSL on that site it is effectively costing me hundreds to get one with Weebly! It is profiteering and I'm afraid it stinks. With Google's recent changes an SSL certificate is no longer an option - it's a necessity for SEO and user experience. Without the SSL option the site is not valid and therefore all weebly sites under PRO are unfit for purpose.
Yes please, it's quite concerning that even though I'm not selling anything via my website, even the fact that it has an email form for contacting me, it's still likely to put people off getting in contact if they think the site could be compromised. Please let us know asap whether Weebly is going to provide an SSL certificate for the basic package website or at least allow a third party to provide one. And many are doing so for free these days
If you're selling through your website have you considered upgrading to Business? There are a lot of features that are useful for online stores in addition to SSL.
When you are juat starting out in your online business you do NOT want to spend hundreds of dollars on SSL and other things until you have positive flow to your site. You ought to give it for free or as a standalone for a nominal fee like online providers. You can even allow a third party nonprofit (WHAT'S THIS YOU ASK??) plugin: https://letsencrypt.org/getting-started/
Moving the fight to social media... we will take Weebly down.
Love Weebly, would pay a modest fee for SSL ($10/year), but with the birth of sites like letsencrypt, it is not reasonable to charge hundreds. Before I would do that, I'll start hosting my own website (again).
Please provide us some feedback on this!
We're working on a soution to bring SSL to all Weebly sites, although I don't have any info yet on what that will look like, or when. I'd recommend keeping an eye on our blog for updates about it, though:
Why is this taking so long? Google put a pop up in place for contact form submissions w/o SSL's earlier this year. It's also been a soft ranking factor since 2014 for goodness sakes!
I'm like many other people who have posted here in that I don't need the full business package. I run a service business and don't sell products online. That said, I've recently started blogging to boost my search rankings and I'd like to build in a newsletter. However, I don't see a point in doing this until a SSL becomes available at a reasonable price. What's the point if security packages like McAfee are going to flag my site as a security risk to potential customers?
PLEASE move forward with this - soon.