What is SSL?
SSL simply means the link between your web browser and server is encrypted. Although, implementing SSL is quite tough, expensive and slow, it can give a sense of relief to your visitors while accessing your website. In addition, the new-age browsers have enabled getting a certificate to secure your website as soon as possible. Even, Google prioritizes SSL as a key search engine ranking factor while indexing websites for higher visibility.
What will be new in WordPress?
The first tweak WordPress will make is to restrict those hosting partners who don’t provide an SSL certificate by default for all accounts. This is the first change that you will going to witness in early 2017. WordPress will further evaluate which features, such as API authentication would benefit from SSL, and then make them available when SSL is available on a site.
In fact, many companies are considering Google’s algorithms when it was determined back in 2014 that HTTPS is equally important search engine ranking factor. Despite being a slight ranking factor, many SEO experts and site owners keep on migrating their site to HTTPS. The popularity of HTTPS websites have allowed site owners to build a trust with their potential visitors. You just tell your visitors that you care about the privacy and protection of their credential data.
Whether you take it as ranking factor or a security factor, most of the site owners are continuously switching their site to HTTPS. Since switching to HTTPS is an expensive and difficult process, many of the webmasters are ignoring this feature. However, the WordPress points to the projects such as Let’s Encrypt have made the migration process of HTTPS fast and cost-effective.