Shopify Update: Free SSL Certificates On Every Store

Good news…Shopify have released a completely free SSL for every single Shopify store. You will see the update in the admin panel of your store. For the techno-phobes out there, you may be wondering what this means for your store. Well let us do a quick run down so you are in the know!

What is an SSL certificate?

The primary reason why SSL is used is to keep sensitive information sent across the Internet encrypted so that only the intended recipient can understand it. This is important because the information you send on the Internet is passed from computer to computer to get to the destination server. Any computer in between you and the server can see your credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, and other sensitive information if it is not encrypted with an SSL certificate. When an SSL certificate is used, the information becomes unreadable to everyone except for the server you are sending the information to. This protects it from hackers and identity thieves.

Activating SSL for your Shopify store:

You can activate SSL certificates in your Shopify admin to encrypt your online storefront’s content and publish it securely using HTTPS instead of HTTP. For example, if your store’s URL is, it will be updated to after you activate SSL certificates. Customers who use the original URL will be redirected to the encrypted storefront.

Having SSL certificates on your storefront lets you:

  • add a new layer of security to your online storefront by using HTTPS instead of HTTP
  • build customer trust by displaying the SSL padlock icon beside your online storefront’s URL.

If your online storefront displays content (including images, videos, or webfonts) that’s hosted somewhere other than Shopify, then you can verify it on the Domains settings page in your Shopify admin to make sure it doesn’t invalidate your storefront’s SSL certificate.



Update your domain’s sitemap

Activating SSL certificates for your domain can temporarily affect your website’s organic traffic. If you’re using webmaster tools to manage your website (like Google Webmaster Tools), then you can manually update your domain’s sitemap and notify search engines immediately when your storefront URLs change from HTTP to HTTPS.

This process is different depending on the webmaster tools that you use.

Google Webmaster Tools

This example shows how to update your domain’s sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools. If you haven’t used it before, you need to verify your Shopify domain first.

To update your domain’s sitemap using Google Webmaster Tools:

  1. Log in to your Google Webmaster Tools account.
  2. From the Search Console, enter your domain (including the prefix HTTPS://), and then click ADD PROPERTY.
  3. Click on the name of the domain that’s been encrypted using SSL.
  4. Click Crawl, and then click Sitemaps.
  6. Enter your domain’s new HTTPS sitemap (for example:
  7. Remove your domain’s HTTP sitemap from its profile.

What happens if I do not?

If you do not update your site maps accordingly then search engines may not be able to understand where your domain is.

Already a client?

We sent out a newsletter to all of our clients to ensure that they are fully up to date on Webmaster tools. Therefore they were up to date straight away about the implementation.


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