Most know that an SSL certificate on a website (the little lock) encrypts your communication when you are on a banking or e-commerce site. However, it also does something that many consider even more important than encryption: it guarantees that you are viewing the site you think you are.
This guarantee is why Google has been threatening to only include those sites that have one in search results. Basically, Google cares about making sure people get to the site they had searched for. Good for them!
Generally speaking, an SSL certificate costs between $60 and $250 depending on where it is purchased and which level of security it has. Then, unless you know how to install it yourself, you will probably have to pay someone else to do it for you.
At Innovative Concepts’ self-service icWeb.info site, one can register a domain name and create a WordPress site. Additionally, in common Innovative Concepts practice, they even wrote a script that will automatically install an SSL certificate as long as everything is purchased on icWeb.
Their new offering provides all of the same but you will not even have to purchase an SSL certificate nor remember to renew it. This is not only free for the first year like many places, this is free for the life of the site!
At the time of this writing, you cannot get this from icWeb but it should be added in the near future. For now, simply call 805-545-9562 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get everything going.