Announcing Free SSL for Carrot Sites

Last updated on

oncarrot ssl encryption feature

Carrot now automatically includes SSL with every site!

Supporting SSL https:// for our Carrot member’s sites has been on our radar for a while… it’s definitely one of those items on the todo list when building your own website in 2018.

Typically this means heading back to your domain registrar, paying for a certificate, doing some complicated verification steps on your hosting account, some more complicated server stuff, fixing things when they go wrong… then heading back to your registrar each year to pay them some more money and do the process over again for a renewal.

All in all… usually a 1 hour + time commitment and $50+ a year for a solid SSL cert.

At Carrot, Your SSL Cert Is Now FREE!

What is SSL? It stands for “Secure Socket Layer”, and that’s a fancy way to say a website is accessed with https:// instead of http:// and the connection is encrypted between your browser and company serving the website. Read on for more info!

For the thousands of Carrot member sites (and the thousands more we knew would be launched this next year) sending all of our members out there to purchase an SSL certificate to maintain and renew ($$) each year was not the “Carrot way” to do it.
is ssl important for seo real estate

Why We’re Rolling SSL Out Now

Payments, sensitive personal info, and passwords have always been important things that should be encrypted with SSL, but recently there have been another set of benefits for SSL as well.

The first and most important reason is…

Security

SSL exists to make the connection between you and a website private. Without this, the data you send over the network could potentially be spied on by someone else on your network. This is something web visitors, your web browser, and even Google are looking for more and more and we wanted to get you ahead of the curve.

SEO

Google is now using SSL as a potential ranking factor. There have been reports over the last 6 months of their “fear” that having SSL was required to rank well today and convert a visitor into a lead at a high rate. Our focus has always been on data and performance so we’ve been tracking the trends and just haven’t seen Google rewarding SSL sites over a well optimized Carrot site in the search rankings… YET.

In fact, we’ve seen an uptick in Carrot member websites rankings (often times over an SSL encrypted site). So over the past 4 months we’ve focused our efforts on rolling out other big updates to our platform that speed up your websites even more which Google has been weighting more heavily than SSL for quite some time. At the end of the day, we follow the data vs. the hype and ensure we’re putting you ahead of the curve when it comes to SEO and performance.

SSL will increasingly become a factor Google looks at and we want to continue to see Carrot members at the top of the search results for their terms that matter, we want to give you every edge possible with rankings!

Speed

SSL creates a different type of connection on the web that allows for some new technology that can speed up page loading. Future proofing Carrot websites and allowing for more performance in the browser is always a win for us on the tech team. This equals less work, less expense, less hassle, and increased performance for you. Oh, and all of that means peace of mind.

Making It Happen for Carrot Members

So, we’ve been biding our time and working toward a solution that fits our criteria for supporting SSL:

  1. Minimize cost for our members
  2. Reduce complexity for setup and renewal
  3. Automation so we can support SSL for all Carrot sites

And we have done that! SSL is now automatic for all new sites Carrot members launch starting Monday this week, and existing member websites can toggle SSL on with just a click from your domain settings.

Have An Existing Carrot Site? Add SSL In Less Than 60 Seconds

add ssl to your oncarrot.com website today!
How To Add SSL: Simply head to “Settings” then “Custom Domain” and enable SSL with a single click. We automatically renew them for you FREE and help you save time for the things that matter

Behind the scenes we are working with new technology from the open certificate authority letsencrypt.org, as well as new Carrot systems for automation and background tasks.

Our new systems watch for a new domain on your site, request and validate a new SSL certificate, and then automate the renewal process to make sure your site stays secure and accessible via https.

Great stuff and a technology we have been looking forward to supporting for a long time, with the help of Jason on our development team.

Get SSL On Your Carrot Site Today

As of this week, new sites launched will automatically have SSL configured and enabled by default. We will handle all the renewals and the process is totally seamless on your end!

Already have a Carrot site to transition to SSL? We’ve made it just a click away. Simply head to your site’s domain settings, toggle SSL “on” and hit save. Typically within a few minutes, your site will automatically redirect from http to https URLs.

View SSL Tutorial →

That’s it! Give it a try today and hit us up on the support team with any questions!

Carrot Members Generated Over
47,143 Leads Last Month

Is your real estate investor website producing solid results?

Demo InvestorCarrot Today!

10 Responses to “Announcing Free SSL for Carrot Sites”

  1. tylerweinrich

    Although a boring update for most, I’m glad to see this added. Also, bravo on the execution. Easy to use, and rolling it into existing offering was way to go versus having us mess with renewals and certificates. Appreciate the hard work and continued improvement!

    Reply
    • Mike Blankenship Mike Blankenship

      Thanks, Tyler!

      We’re stoked to be adding it as well and seriously appreciate your feedback. :-)

      Reply
    • Trevor Mauch Trevor Mauch

      Sweet man! Ya our development team made that almost too easy haha. The first time I did it (after knowing how much of a pain in the butt doing an SSL is the normal way) I said… “Ok, I clicked it… did it do it? Is that all I had to do?”

      haha. they’re rockstars. Proud to have them on our team and not our competition :-)

      Reply
  2. Lyndon

    Does it affect the canonical URL? or anything we need to change in those regards?

    Reply
    • Mike Blankenship Mike Blankenship

      Hey, Lyndon! Nope. You don’t. All of your pages will automatically redirect to the HTTPS version of the page. And your website heading will automatically update to include the appropriate canonical indicators for search engines while still attributing all that previous SEO juice you had to the new SSL version of your page. So you should be all good. :-)

      Reply
  3. Kevin Clancy Kevin Clancy

    GREAT addition! I couldn’t believe how easy it was to implement… typical for Carrot… keep up the good work… The Carrot teaam is greatly appreciated!

    Reply
    • Mike Blankenship Mike Blankenship

      Boom! Love the feedback, Kevin! We have an AMAZING dev team. I’ll be sure to pass your kudos along to them. Thanks a lot!

      Reply
    • Trevor Mauch Trevor Mauch

      :-) man it was crazy easy to implement. Proud of the development team on this big time!

      Reply

Leave a Reply