Facebook is in for another Change – this time its SSL Certificates

Facebook is in for another Change – this time its SSL Certificates

I got up this morning and thought – if you were one of those people who didn’t like change, Facebook would be your worse nightmare!

Facebook changes so often that unless you are regularly reading information you quickly get out of the loop.  What happened this week, the introduction of “Managing Pages in one Overview” . I think its a positive change, all your pages in the one location right there on your home profile.

Another change that has had people up in arms :  SSL Certificates for Facebook Pages. So what does that mean and how will it affect you.

Facebook recently announced a major change which will be implemented later this year;  A valid SSL Certificate for Facebook Pages will be mandatory from 1st October 2011 if the Page has customization and is hosted outside of Facebook.

SSL Certificates have been around a long time – they are nothing knew.  SSL is the standard abbreviation for a Secure Socket Layers. SSL encrypt information that is transferred across the internet, and the issue of the SSL Certificate is proof that a domain is protected by a SSL.  Generally a SSL Certificate is valid for 1 year and you can obtain these from your hosting company.

In a nutshell:

As at 1st october 2011 your Facebook Page will have to be served through HTTPS as opposed to just HTTP, from a security point of view – this is a good thing!

  • If your Facebook Page is hosted on your server you will need a valid SSL certificate on your hosting  (for example if you like to setup your page using WordPress like myself then a SSL Certificate is required).
  • When setting up the page in the developers area – you must complete the “Secure Canvas URL” and “Secure Tab URL” fields.
  • If you are using a 3rd party app such as Static HTML for Pages as your preferred app to host your Page they must have a valid SSL certificate.

You have several months, so don’t break into a panic – as we get closer to October you will hear more information about it and how to set it up so that you able to deal with this new change.