What is it and why do I need it?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer
SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. It keeps your data secure and hidden from prying eyes.
Technically there is no need to have it on basic websites. As the encryption is for keeping information secure, if no information is exchanged between a website user and a the website, there is nothing to keep secure. HOWEVER, search engines love to know your site is secure, and will give secure websites a higher ranking than unsecured ones. Additionally, some web browsers will actually stop users from viewing websites that could be at risk. Have you ever had your web browser refuse to open a website? I have, and to I don’t think I have ever tried to open that site again. So, although you don’t need it, you really do want it. And that’s why I include SSL integration on all of my websites.