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I went and added an SSL certificate to this site because I know it will boost the site’s rankings in Google and it’s important for our donations. It cost me US$10 for one year and will have to be renewed every year at least (with a discount per year if I renew for two or three years).
It also removes warnings on the login screen from password managers like LastPass and in the future browsers like Chrome and Firefox. I know this will help encourage users to check out our site more and hopefully register.
Google has mentioned that SSL will be a ranking factor in its search engine algorithm so it will help us there. Since our competitors use SSL, we had to follow in order to compete.
I’d next love to see this site get its own web hosting, but that is something I’ll need help with. Your donations would make that dream a reality as well as pay for any suggestions you may have (that we can’t add via a free WordPress plugin) in The Suggestions Box.
Enjoy your fan fiction reading and writing!