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Facebook recently announced a major change which will be implemented later this year;- A valid SSL Certificate for Facebook Pages will be mandatory from 1st October 2011 if the Page has customization and is hosted outside of Facebook.
So what does this mean for the Facebook Page owner and the Facebook Page visitor?
Firstly, no doubt there will be a heap of prowling, noise making sharks ready to take your money just as there was when Facebook announced it was stepping away from FBML in favor of iFrames back in March 2011. Read on and don’t be duped by these prowling, noise makers!
What is a SSL Certificate?
SSL is the standard abbreviation for a Secure Socket Layers. In a nutshell SSL encrypt information as it is transferred across the internet. The issue of the SSL Certificate is proof that a domain is protected by a SSL.
Generally a SSL Certificate is valid for 1 year and can’t be refunded. If you do not want to renew your SSL Certificate usually you just let it expire. Some hosting companies allow customers to purchase a SSL Certificate which is valid for longer than one year, but they are never issued for less than a year. When you renew SSL, you must also reinstall a new certificate, so the purchase of a SSL Certificate valid for over one year can save time.
What’s the difference between Https and Http?
The nitty gritty is:-
- From October 1st 2011 your Facebook Page will have to be served through HTTPS as opposed to just HTTP and for security that’s a good thing!
- You will have a valid SSL certificate on your hosting.
- You will need to complete the “Secure Canvas URL” and “Secure Tab URL” fields in the Developer App with the corresponding information.
- If you are using a 3rd party app for your Facebook Page customization the platform used to host your Page must have a valid SSL certificate.
This might sound tricky but it’s like most things;- easy when you know how, look out for video coming soon in our Client Resources area.
Back in February 2011 we heard…
What do Facebook Say?…
How much does an SSL Certificate cost?
I’ve been chatting with Zane at HostGator about the cost which would be incurred in obtaining a private SSL certificate. Zane told me at HostGator the cost varies depending on the plan that you have the cheapest being around $50. However if you have a business plan you can get a SSL certificate for free. Other companies offer them from upward $1.99 a month and there are SSL for cloud hosting too
What does one SSL certificate cover?
1 SSL will cover one domain and any sub-directories which you install;- but it will not cover sub-domains, each sub-domain would also require its own SSL
Do not be alarmed by noisy scaremongering tales in social spaces;- If in doubt give us a call, we can help.