Written by Nick Heer.

WordPress Will Begin Requiring SSL for Some Features

Matt Mullenweg [sic]:

We’re at a turning point: 2017 is going to be the year that we’re going to see features in WordPress which require hosts to have HTTPS available. Just as JavaScript is a near necessity for smoother user experiences and more modern PHP versions are critical for performance, SSL .

Presumably, Mullenweg aimed to end that sentence with something like “SSL is necessary for additional functionality and greater security”.

At any rate, this is a good move. WordPress powers an inordinately high percentage of the web — something like one in four websites is built on WordPress. Between their encouragement and nudges from Google and Apple, it’s time that the web became more secure.

On that note, I plan on making HTTPS mandatory for Pixel Envy over the winter break, when I have some time to make sure nothing goes awry.