On Monday, 6 November we have updated Akvo Sites to use SSL. The original notification setup on Friday was not sent due to a bug that Statuspage have now corrected, so we apologise if you did not see a tweet about the update.
Your site will automatically redirect from 'http://
' to 'https://
' after the update. That means that if you have the site listed as 'http://
' somewhere, it will automatically forward to 'https://
We would like to let you know a few things that may be of interest.
What is SSL, or https://
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. SSL keeps data shared between a browser and a web server safe and secure. Over the last few years, it has become the most trusted security standard on the web and it is currently used by millions of websites worldwide.
Why have we implemented SSL?
Besides enhanced security, there are a couple of other important reasons why we are implementing SSL:
You may already have noticed browsers have begun to depreciate non-secure (http://
) sites (look for the ‘Not secure’ warning in the address bar of your browser). This means that moving forward, some important new browser features will only be available to secure (https://
Google site ranking is also affected, in that Google favours sites that are seen to be secure.
Important for you to know
Apart from the enhanced security, Akvo Sites functionality won’t change. However, 'https://
' sites or applications cannot accept 'http://
' content (i.e. a secure application or website cannot accept insecure content). This means that you may come across an 'insecure content' error when you try to, for example, add an iframe to your site which displays content for an insecure 'http://
' site. Adding a url or link to a 'http://
' site does not cause any issue.
If you come across any problems please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Akvo Team