What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

Well, let’s start with what it stands for basically ‘HTTP’ is Hyper Text Transfer Protocol it’s the first part of your web domain i.e http://websitedesignbarnsley.co.uk.

Whereas ‘HTTPS’ is Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, it means all communications between your browser and the website are sent securely.

Web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome also display a padlock icon in the address bar to visually indicate that a HTTPS connection is in effect.

Why Is an SSL Certificate Required?

So basically all data sent over an HTTP connection is sent as plain text whereas when an SSL certificate is installed this enables the prefix to be HTTPS which then encrypts any data before passing the information back through the servers to your website. As new technology is becoming available I would strongly advise that all websites moving forward have an SSL certificate installed as it puts trust in your website’s users and protects your user’s details/credentials from being hacked.


Macauley Stephenson
Your Web Designer – Barnsley | South Yorkshire