SSL and Widgets

SSL WarningIf you are running a widget on your website, we strongly suggest that you make sure your site has an SSL certificate and the pages with RunSignUp widgets are https://mywebsite.com format – with the “s” after “http”.

In fact, even sites that do not have ssl certificates are safe since the RunSignUp widget uses SSL and the data being transferred from a runner’s registration widget in their browser is being transferred with TLS (the newer form of SSL) and is encrypted.

SSL WarningThe reason to have your site use SSL is two fold:

  • It is a good practice. All websites should use SSL.
  • Some browsers will show Error and Caution messages like the one above or to the right. Even though it is secure, they will think it is not.

You can get an SSL certificate from many different vendors (Google “buy ssl” and you will see plenty of ads!). GoDaddy is a well known one and has good information on their SSL Page – https://www.godaddy.com/ssl/ssl-certificates.aspx. It typically costs less than $60 per year and will require you to make some webserver configuration changes described on the GoDaddy pages as well as your webhost. There is a new low cost SSL certificate authority that will be coming out in  mid-2015 that some in the tech community are excited about – https://letsencrypt.org.

Author: RunSignUp

RunSignUp is the leading innovator of online tools for race registration, race day solutions, and running clubs. Services include RunSignUp for registration, RunSignUp Go for Race Day, RunSignUp RD Go for Timers, RunSignUp Clubs to enable membership management, and RaceJoy for mobile experiences. More than 10,000 race directors, timers, running club officers and running stores use these services today, including leading organizations like the Boilermaker Road Race, Crim Festival of Races, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., Fifth Third River Bank Run, Blacklight Run, Bubble Run, Night Nation, Mercedes Marathon, Kentucky Derby Festival, Leone Timing, KC Running Company, Compuscore Timing, Knoxville Track Club, Pikes Peak Road Runners, Gulf Coast Runners, Columbus Running Company, Playmakers Running Store and many more. In 2015, over 10,000 races used the system to register more than 2.7 million participants. In 2016 over 14,000 races will use the system to process over 4.3 million paid registrations. Services are free except for processing fees when conducting monetary transactions such as race registration or club membership renewal. RunSignUp is founded by runners for runners, using technical capabilities to bring the power of cloud computing to benefit the running community. For more information, visit www.RunSignUp.com.

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