Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mcdonalds Rice Fiesta - Can they conquer the Super Passi?

If you had a chance to read my earlier post on Mcdonald's strategy,  you'd know that their recent launch in South Indian market is a new rice based product. With a strong affinity towards rice items and a primary meal for both lunch and dinner , it comes as no surprise that Mcdonald's is venturing into this segment.


Currently regarded as a "bread" or "Burger-Fries" joint, the new product come as welcome relief to many families who'd want something "else". Though it's difficult to break the perception in the beginning and it may be a while till McDonald can actually be known for a food place that serves a "complete" meal for the family. The latest rice addition only accelerates that growth and eventually puts them on the desired path.

With a tagline of "Super Passi", it aims to fill "the hunger" through the rice fiesta. Again another first from the brand, who was earlier a choice for a evening snack or a quick takeaway of their burgers.

Mcdonalds's Rice Fiesta - Variants


The neproduct, namely Rice Fiesta comes in two different variants
  • Veggies and Cheese Rice

 Given the two alternatives, I chose this one and gave it a try. Served in a large plastic box, the Veggie & Cheese Rice fiesta looked very good at first glance. Scored high both on temperature, quantity and presentation. The Rice Fiesta had a mixture of rice (Brownish white in colour) and vegetables like carrot, peas and corn. The top layer , which adds the flavor and the taste to the rice, has a mixture of melted cheese, zucchini tossed in cream (something resembling the top layer of a corn au gratin/lasagne).


  • Beans and Gravy Rice  

Quite similar to the Veggies & Cheese, this however comes with the non-cheese variant. You have a "Indian gravy" kinda layer that replaces the cheese and a healthy portion of vegetables and beans mixed along with it . The top layer contains a large portion of tomato gravy mixed with basil, garlic,  and some pepper for the spice. People who'd prefer a much spicy variant may definitely opt for this . The rice below is mixed with beans, carrot , kidney beans and chick peas.



(The above is also available in a non-veg variants served along with chicken chunks)

Presentation  & Review  :

The cheese layer  in the Veggie and Cheese variant was excellent, creamy and of course a scoop of rice along with the cheese layer made it a perfect combination. However as you get to the bottom layers of the rice and the hotness subsides, it becomes slightly difficult to finish it . So the trick is to not immediate finish off the top layer ( Like we do eating cream biscuits). You have to use the given spoon to mix the cheese and rice layers pretty neatly and you can finish it off in no time.

The rice is much different from the usual Fried rice you get in restaurants or the Chinese bowl of rice that you get in places like Wangs Kitchen. Somewhere between a cross of Mexican and Indian, this has potential to definitely be a great alternative for the burgers ( and much healthier comparitively).
A bowl of rice can easily be shared with two people , if they are having an additional item along with this.

Pricing 

At 119 for the vegetarian variant,  and 139 for the non vegetarian version, this seems very reasonable. Not a pricing expert, but in my opinion a sub 100Rs pricing could have been an interesting price point to boost sales and would have encouraged more people to try this new item. With a burger costing around 60-70 , this is almost double the price and I'm curious to know if this segment is indeed price sensitive or not.
But overall, given the quantity, taste and quality, the 119 price is still a good value for money.

What could be better ?

The cheese layer could have been more to mix it with the whole bowl of rice underneath. Of course, clear instructions on mixing the layers could be given orally. A side of crisps or french fries would go very well with this as well and may as well be offered as a combo.

Here's a video of their new product launch



I was invited on behalf of Mcdonald's to try out their new product launch. However the review is unbiased and fully represents my personal opinion only.



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2018 Resolutions - Mission Skincare

2018 saw some new & different resolutions that I have decided to undertake. Its primarily about taking better care of myself, especially on skincare, Yes, I always assumed men and skincare is never really a thing, until recently. For me , taking care of skin was just washing my face with water, probably twice a day.



Having an oily skin, acne breakouts was quite frequent in my face. The blackheads and pimple scars remained though the acne went off. I have never really bothered to cut down on junk foods or oily stuff and the acne followed pretty much the next day. But with some motivation and a lot of nudging from the best friend, I finally accepted to undertake a new "Mission Skincare".

Here are some of my scribbled notes from my best friend's advice


Healthwise I have given a lot of attention to my body with a good fitness routine at the gym, 5 times a week.
But skincare was something that slipped my attention and never really worked . I have tried a lot of ointments, treatments and facewashes available in the market. Post that I just stopped trying.

Skincare Routine

 


A skincare routine doesnt start or end with applying an acne gel. That alone never really works. It involves a complete rehaul of your daily routine , diet schedule and cleansing your system as well. This holistic skin care routine was probably the best thing that I've done so far and the results seem to show its working after 2-3 weeks itself.

Here's how I look now :)
(Picture was taken today (Feb 19) and no filters/edits has been made on the same).



Here's my new routine:
Morning :
  • Washing the face with a good Face wash (primarily meant for oily skin)
  • Once the face is towel dried, apply the Aloe Vera Face Gel on the affected area.
  • Before heading out for the day, apply a good sunscreen on the face and skin.
Evening :   Once back home, wash the face again, aply a good moisturiser to nourish the skin .
Night :        Again use the Acne gel (Post washing) and leave it to dry.
Green Tea : Preferably have one cup in the morning and one in the evening

So having taken up the resolution , I am trying out a whole new set of products from an Organic brand called "Chandhani Skin Naturals". This included the following items (The best part is , the whole set (excluding the honey) costed me less than 500 INR (all inclusive).

1. Chandhani Aloe Vera Acne Gel
2. Dioli Green Tea
3. Veritaa Anti Dandruff Shampoo
4. Dioli Slim Honey


1. Chandhani Aloe Vera Acne Gel (with Tea Tree Oil) - Price : Rs.100

This was really a boon for me. An acne gel that had both Aloe Vera and Tea tree oil , combined with Salicylic acid ( Another anti acne component ), this cleared my acne breakout in just over a week. I haven't really endorsed or encouraged any specific cosmetic before , but this turned out be a really effective one .



Though there are only traces of acne now, the large portion of pimples have vanished and the blackheads disappearing . Though tea tree oil usually carries a strong odour, the gel has been mixed with some perfume and gives a very nice fragrance.. (Strongly recommend this for your pimples, though you could also consult a doctor, if its very high).

    2. Venitaa AntiDandruff Shampoo  - Price : Rs.168

     


    Another product I picked up was the above one, called Venitaa Anti Dandruff shampoo because of three reasons :
    1.Tea tree oil based anti-dandruff shampoo ( Instead of any other chemicals)
    2. Sulfate and Paraben Free shampoo ( Usually available only in very expensive shampoos)
    3. Apple Cider Vinegar (a strong agent for prevention of dandruff and bacteria)



    I have regularly tried other anti dandruff shampoos, but havent seen much success. However I can quite positively say, there's been a substantial reduction in dandruff and the hair texture is slowly becoming smoother too . Again, everything requires a consistent usage as prescribed and what works for me, may or may not work for others. So give it a try for yourself and get to decide.

      3. Dioli Green Tea (Concentrated Liquid) - Price : Rs.180

      Let me be frank here. I am not a major fan of green tea. But the past one year or so , I have taken up to drinking green tree atleast once a day at office, as soon as I begin my work. I usually take a random tea bag , dip it in half cup of hot water , mix it with normal water and stir it well and drink it in one gulp. I may not appreciate the taste of it, but I know it has kept my metabolism, immunity and health in top condition.



      So my friend introduced me to India's first "Concentrated" liquid Green Tea. So the tea comes like a liquid sachet (4ml). You just have to cut open and pour the conents onto a cup of hot water and stir it. You get a steaming cup of very strong green tea.



      From what I saw , you can use it to make two cups of green tea from a single sachet and more importantly the taste is far less bitter than other brands.

      4. Slimming  Honey

      Not exactly as a part of primary routine, I am also trying to add honey to my diet. Though this is a great product for weight loss, I am adding it in food like between bread slices or even mixing it with a few tiffin/breakfast items , mainly to add to a nutritional diet and a much better alternative for sugar.


      Availability 

      All these Products are available in most supermarkets like Nilgiris, WaitRose or through their website http://chandhaniskinnaturals.com.

        Saturday, February 17, 2018

        Going Local in India- Mcdonald's Strategy Review


        Top post on IndiBlogger, the biggest community of Indian Bloggers


        The no of global chains that has set foot in India and has become quite successful, is actually very few than you think. Apart from the big players like McDonald’s, KFC, Subway ,Dominos and the recent entry of Starbucks, other chains either seem to struggle to enter the country or have quit operations soon after opening.




        The success and failure in the Indian market, in particular largely depends on the strategy and product offering, irrespective of the investment or how much you spend on marketing. As long as you have a good international brand name, goodwill and a positive vibe around your product, most of your work is already done for you.


        McDonald’s - A Happy Meal Indeed




        Let's focus on McDonald's here. Without a doubt, they are one of the most successful fast food and in particular "Burger" brand in the country and has seen enormous success. This has propelled them to expand further in several cities at a rapid pace. There isn’t a single mall in the country, that doesn't carry a McDonald’s outlet. A quick, tasty and more importantly affordable meal for the family has been one of the most important reasons for success.




        Burgers in India was never really a popular dish in the Indian market before the entry of McDonald's.  A much popular food in US, UK and even parts of Southeast Asian, burgers in India was primarily restricted to the elite cafes, upmarket & star restaurants as a snack or part of a high tea. McDonald's broke that barrier quite successfully single-handedly and introduced burgers starting as low as 49Rs. This basically stormed the market. The target audience expanded from a first standard kid to college students and even middle aged persons began lapping it up.

        Product Variants


        The success didn't only lie in the price point , but rather how a Global Chain like McDonald could go Local by customizing the product completely based on regional preferences. The burgers came with a variety of Indian spices, masala powders, Paneer, Aloo Tikka patty etc. primarily suited for the Indian Palette. They also introduced other products like Chicken Wings, Kebab Burgers, Chatpata Naans, Potato Wedges (an Indian alternative to French Fries) and so forth.


        I had a recent exclusive chat with the VP, Marketing and Strategy of McDonald’s South & West on this front. Providing global foods adapting to the regional market was key to their strategy. Again, it wasn't a "One country One strategy". McDonald’s started customizing by the different regions it was based out of.  Though the base menu was quite similar, the variants differed quite significantly from say Delhi and Chennai  ( two entirely different markets ). Keeping this in mind, she added that their next launch was also a prime example of their "Going Local" strategy: Rice Meals.

         

        Mcdonald's Menu & Store Categories



        Mcdonald's further expanded their menu to add to the local flavour and moved from just normal burgers to kebab burgers, wraps, fries, ice creams etc . Expansion was not only through menu , but also through different store categories. Starting as a stall inside food courts in malls, they started their standalone stores, drive thrus and even Dessert only Kiosks. Currently they have 242 outlets in the South and West Region in India alone.





        Their differentiator was also in terms of the impeccable quality standards they maintain, service levels and price point also to a certain extent.

        What's Next at McDonald's?


        Well, this warrants a separate blog post, a review of their new product launch. As mentioned in the above paragraph, it’s a rice based product, specially catering to South India, starting in Chennai. The product is called Rice Fiesta and comes in a few variants to essentially complete the "Family meal" offering.



        Do check out my next post on the McDonalds Rice Fiesta, to know whether they have really aced it or barely met expectations?

        Tuesday, February 06, 2018

        Pixel 2 - A Google Phone Review

        Taking a firm stance against Apple, Google surprised a lot of fans by launching the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL , a few months earlier in 2017. This phone captured all the eyeballs, thanks to its many interesting features.  With its release in India, just weeks after the US release, I managed to get one during the sale period at a very good price (almost a couple of thousand cheaper than the US listings). So a few months down the line, how does the Pixel 2 fare? Is it worth a buy and meets all the hype and expectations? Read on..


        Price :  

        I'm beginning my review with the price , because this is where Google made the biggest blunder.  They had a pre-booking price of 69,000 for the Pixel 2 and 79,000 Rs for the Pixel 2XL.  Given the strong positive buzz, this seemed to be a great deal, given the fact that the iPhone X, also launched at the same time had a starting price of 89,000 and went upto 1,04,000 and was hardly in stock as well..

        But barely two weeks later, the price crashed from 61,000 to just 40,000 (A Massive drop of 35% ). This was the biggest letdown for all those fans who bought it at the original price of 61,000 or 79000 (for the 2 or 2XL versions). No one can actually reason out such a massive price drop , barely two weeks since its release , despite good sales figures..

        But , from my point of view, having bought at the revised price of 40,000 this is an excellent buy.

        Camera 


        Without a doubt, one of the best camera phones in the world is the Pixel 2. With a DXO rating of 98/100 , edging out even the iPhone X, the portrait mode of the Pixel 2 was highly talked about. The picture resolution is ridiculously good with exceptional clarity. Capturing movements in perfect sync, the phone can do wonders with it's camera. No Surprises that you can blindly buy the phone, just for the camera

        Some random clicks from my Pixel 2





        Rear Camera : 12.2MP and Front Camera : 8MP

        OS & Processor 

        With Google having installed the stock android version of 8.0 (Oreo) , you can be assured of a smooth experience while navigating across multiple tabs and simultaneous usage of many applications. 
        They have also gone ahead with the most recent & advanced 64 bit Octa core processor of Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.


        Memory 

        Google boasts of an unlimited storage through uploading in Google Photos cloud. The inbuilt memory is 64GB , which is more than enough to take a zillion pictures and store a lot of music and data.

        Battery 

        Frankly this is one small area, which I feel is a letdown. Despite being only a 5' device, the battery capacity of 2700 mah is very low , given the current industry average of best 4GB mobiles is 3300+ mah. This may have a significant impact on the talk time and usage. However the Pixel 2 XL , being a 6' device has a battery of 3520 mah.
        However it comes with a super fast charger and takes hardly any time to get a 100% charge.

        Other Interesting Features


        • AR Stickers : You can actually pick your characters from famous movies and drop in during the camera/video mode. This includes Star Wars, Stranger Things and so many other shows
        • Now Playing : This is one super interesting feature that I love the most. The phone automatically detects the song being played in the nearby area and displays it in the homescreen.
        • Face Unlock : Without a doubt, the face unlock is super simple and ridiculously fast.

        Things that could have been better


        • Single Sim : It would have been so much better if the device had come with a dual sim feature.
        • No 3.5mm Jack : Most phones are discontinuing this feature, including Apple. However a universal 3.55 mm jack is super useful when you want to grab some headphones and play a video in your phone than searching for an additional connector
        • Battery : An additional 1000mah battery could have significantly improved the usage.
        • Portability of Connectors : When I tested with one of my own 3.55mm to USB-C from my LeTV phone , it failed to recognize the headphones.

        You can buy the Pixel 2 Phone here



        Sunday, February 04, 2018

        Person of Interest with Bose QC35 Wireless II

         Year 2018.  Person of Interest Season X - Episode 01 

        Wireless A Day, Saves The Day

        Prelude : An artificial intelligence system has been succesfully built into my Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless II Headphones. The AI "Machine" predicts the next crime that's going to happen in the city and informs me through the wireless gadget. 


        6.00 AM :  Deep inside my ears, I'm gently stirred by a slight whistling noise that seems to be increasing in frequency every passing minute. The alarm set through my Google Assistant has done its job by activating my Bose QC 35 Wireless II. I must have dozed off last night, along with the headphones, while listening to some melodious music. A voice inside the headphones announces : "It's time to save the day".

        Souce : https://9to5google.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/google-assistant-bisto-2.jpg?quality=82&strip=all&w=1600
        8.00 AM : I prepare myself for  the day ahead and  plug back my action device , the QC35. The same friendly voice comes back with a greeting. I reply saying"Call me an Uber from Home to Control Station". The device understands my voice commands, fires up the Uber App and within 4 minutes a luxury SUV stands outside my residence. In less than 40 minutes ,  I reach my control station. 


        Source : https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/31/aplusautomation/vendorimages/d9bc10d4-b02f-4f53-8271-e1adc7d50001.jpg._CB271060939__SL300__.jpg

        9.00 AM : The QC35 system, still safely encapsulated in my head, connects with the AI Machine and begins the next crime prediction. I enter my voice command password.


        Within minutes, I get the next hit. The QC35 calmly announces, your next "Target" to save is a banker. The system has been able to capture chatter in the internet, that a bank may been robbed while targeting a specific banker who knows the codes to the locker.

        Source : http://personofinterest.wikia.com/wiki/File:Machine-cam5.jpg

        10:00 AM : Without wasting anytime, I pack myself with the required ammo , check for the safety lock and place the gun in my hidden holster.  I reach the bank thanks to the shortcut directions from Google Maps being announced through my headphones. I silently make an entrance to the bank. I try to survey the bank for the nearest entrance and exits, possible places to hide and vantage points during a possible battle. 


        11:00 AM: The looks around me are quite suspicious, wondering why a guy in a dark suit hovering around the bank for nearly an hour with no purpose. Little do they know of the possible upcoming events that may unfold during the day. 

        To remain calm and patient, the QC35 is playing my favourite playlist to make me remain calm . The "Noise cancellation" feature helps me to focus on the task ahead than getting disturbed by the noise of the crowd and more annouyingly the announcing token machines.

        Source : https://www.boseindia.com/en_in/products/headphones/

        12:00 Noon : With no signs of any possible "activity" , I slowly lose hope and begin to feel a little restless. Within passing moments, I sense three men barging into the bank, guns dangling in the air, locking the entrance doors behind them. I give a deep smile, it's finally time to act.

        The three men goes about threatening everybody , fires some empty bullets into the air for everyone to be silent. They identify the banker somehow magically and goes for him. They keep a gun on his head , directs him to the nearest locker and asks him to unlock. Before he could press the panic button, they swiftly push him into the ground and demands to unlock the lockers.

        1.00 PM : The songs in my QC 35 still plays the heavy metal music in my ears and I wait patiently. You always need to wait for the right moment to strike. As expected, quite predictably, two of the men head along with the banker, while a third gunman is pointing his gun towards the general crowd.

        I quickly move to the side of him (hiding behind two others) for him to not notice my crawling movements. The QC 35 stops playing the music automatically and calmly announces, its time.
        I slowy raise my Silencer fitted Stun gun and fire a quick couple of rounds to him. Within a split second, the man falls to his feet , completely knocked out, still breathing. 

        I ask for the public to remain in the same position, to not panic or do anything suspicious, else the rest two will be alerted. I move near him, secure his gun and push him to the side of the wall.
        I head upstairs to the perfect vantage point and place my aim to the center of the bank.

        1.30PM : The two men, along with the banker comes back with a big bundle of money in a huge sack. Coming back to the center, they find the third person is missing but the crowd is still remaining in feet. Once again, the QC35 now having interconnected with the security cameras, identifies the right time to take action. The music stops and in a moment of stillness, it comes back alive and says "It's time". Lifting the aim, I fire my stungun at the two gunmen in quick succession. They fall to the feet , unconscious , without knowing what actually hit them.

        2.00PM: The police siren starts approaching in a loud way . Find three gunmen lying unconsciously , they find themselves quite surpried at a possible crime scene. Dragging the three gunmen back to the police precinct, they look upto me and waves a silent acknowledgement.

        The machine's voice comes alive through the QC35 and announces  
        "Your mission is now complete. Head back to control station" for further instructions.
        Detecting unnoticed, I head back through the exit back to control center. 
        The Bose QC 35 indeed helped to save the day ! 

        Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless II headphones

         The Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless II headphones is a futuristic headphone, from the guys at Bose. With a world class noise cancellation technology, it also comes integrated with Google Assistant. You can play music, receive texts and get all your answers ,without even glancing at your phone for a second. 

        The multi-function button accesses your phone’s default virtual assistant, be it Google Assistant for Android users or Siri for iOS users. 
        You can use it easily for 20 hours(Almost an entire day nonstop) for wireless listening without charge,


        Do check out the Bose India page for detailed tech specs and purchasing information

        Wednesday, January 24, 2018

        The E of Everything : An inside look of Miracle Vitamin E

        Have you ever wondered the signficance and the many wonders of the letter E?
        The three most important words in the English language begins with the word E : Everything , Everywhere & Everyone.


        An all encompassing letter, it's hard or almost next to impossible to frame a sentence without the letter "E" in it.

        ABCD - "E" 

        On a lighter note, even back in Kindergarten, when they started off the alphabets with ABCD, I used to wonder what's next? Why not ABCDE instead of just ABCD?


        Such is the importance of this omnipresent letter, "E". The letter E is not only an important letter in the English language but also a vital Vitamin and it's none other than  Vitamin E!

        The Curse of Aging !

        Aging is a natural process of both the skin and the body. When the body and skin intakes oxygen, we are also exposed to free radicals. This free radicals increases the "aging" rate process . Also a reason why some young people may appear to be old and weak , while in some cases even a relatively older guy may look very young .


        With no surprises, Vitamin E is the main item that contains abundance of antioxidant elements and effectively reduces the aging process. 

        The miracle Vitamin E

        One of the most powerful antioxidants, Vitamin E has several benefits that includes some life saving ones too.You may have everything present in correct proportions, but only the presence of Vitamin E will give you the healthy life, that you always desired.

        Though we have anti aging creams, anti wrinkle creams etc, the only effective ingredient that can prevent aging (to a certain extent) is a Vitamin E solution , be it a capsule or a naturally found product.


        These are generally found in products such as Sunflower Oil, Almonds, Walnuts, BeetRoot, Green Leafy vegetables, Peanuts, Peanut Butter and Pumpkins too. 
        I'd also recommend a general dosage of Evion supplements for the perfect nutrition (#Evion)

        The  E of my Life


        So how did Vitamin E played a major way in shaping the way I am? 

        To start with, all along my childhood i was comparitively a thin guy and frequently was prone to illness, fever, cold , muscle soreness. Ulcers was quite a visitor almost every alternate week. In addition to it pimples, marks , minor hair fall were also some common problems I kept facing. Despite trying out all medicines, treatments and so forth, I got  to discover that the major problem I faced was in fact a basic deficiency of Vitamin E

        A Vitamin E Transformation
        I decided to change certain things in my lifestyle. Coupled with a good balanced nutritious meal and proper workout in the gym (atleast five times a day) , I started taking a regular intake of Vitamin E through various sources. This included
        • Almonds
        • Walnuts
        • Avacado (Butter Fruit)
        • Evion Supplements (to meet the min required Vitamin E dosage)
        • and some cheese occassionally for a cheat meal
        Though this may not be the a sole reason for a major transformation  , I can positively trace most of it to the effects of Vitamin E .  Right from clearing my skin of any marks, pimples, the Vitamin E intake boosted my face with a fair glowing skin

        In addition, my health started restoring to a fantastic fitness level.  While boosting the fat burning process, I could feel the cells being regenerated (Vitamin E apparently aids in growth hormones production). Lifting weights was more easier and I could see the muscle development a faster process than I could even imagine



        On an immunity level, falling sick was became a rarity , if not never. Except for the seasonal cold, all through the past decade, sickness wasn't something I never dealt it, quite thankfully.

        So don't ignore this miracle Vitamin and ensure you don't lack in this area :)
        For more benefits and information about Vitamin E, do check out the #Evion site as well : http://www.evion.co.in/


        Tuesday, January 02, 2018

        Enabling Free SSL Certificate for Blogs

        There is always a difference of opinion among website owners , whether Google's Blogger is better or a Wordpress based blog. This is primarily in terms of SEO, traffic , User Interface , appearance and utility and flexibility perspective.




        Google's Blogger offers free hosting, which is a serious deal breaker for many small time bloggers and also a simple easy to interface layout to host your blog. Along with it comes a set of a limited blog templates, adaptability for HTML/Javascript codes and also easy integration of  Google Ads or other Ad Networls.

        Wordpress offers a premium suite of apps for almost everything from beautiful themes,statistics trackers to ads to sharing buttons to SEO plugins or to even insert a small widget on the sides. For a free .wordpress.com blog, you won't have access to any plugin or a premium theme. However if buy a third party hosting and domain (or even buy from wordpress.com itself), it allows you to customize the blog in any way possible. Some premium themes cost as much as 20-40$, altough you do have a stack of nice free themes offered by WP itself. SSL Certificate should also be bought separately through your domain provider



        I manage two websites , this Marketing website through Blogger platform and my travel website through WordPress. This is primarily for experimentation, testing and option to try out different things with my content. From my evaluation, the Wordpress site has marginally edged out in terms of SEO, quality of traffic and growth rate. Although the content in both sites are vastly different, the travel related content may have played a minor role in the traffic boost.

        Advantages of HTTPS (SSL Certificate)

        So amidst this battle between Google's Blogger and Wordpress platform, you'd wonder, why would I need to get a HTTPS for my website ?

        The answer is pretty simple. The core ranking , indexing and search happens through the master of Internet, Google. A few years ago, Google had publicly stated that if two websites with similar type of content is being indexed, the website with the HTTPS layer will be pushed up to the top in search results than the other.





        More importantly, a user while browing through your site feels safe after seeing the green lock symbol in the address bar.  He now knows that information is being transmitted or received in an encrypted method without any middle layer interference or hack.


        This is also why it's mandatory for a "HTTPS" certification for any website dealing with payments or critical / confidential information. Only with it , you can accept "Debit" or "Credit card" information to be accepted from your customers.

        How to get a HTTPS certificate in Blogger.com

        As said earlier, this is a new "Free" option that Google has provided for all its users. It's super simple to enable it and it gets enabled in a matter of hours

        Just login to blogger.com , click on settings -> Basic -> Under HTTPS Availability , click Yes
        HTTPS Redirect : You might want to enable this option if you require a mandatory redirect of all website requests to the HTTPS version only.



        Minor Downside of HTTPS :  

        Suppose you have a blog template filled with a lot of javascripts for other widgets (Like an Amazon ad), it'll thrown up an issue called "Mixed content error". This is because the HTTPS cannot securely transmit these scripts and hence doesn't allow to display the content in the blog. So it's ideal to remove any extra scripts that may prove to be an obstacle.

        HTTPS for a Wordpress Site 


        For a Wordpress based site, you have to buy one separately either through your domain registrar (Like Godaddy/Namecheap/BigRock) or go for a CDN (Content Delivery Network) company like Cloudflare (best in the business)

        So once your site is active and up & running, purchase a SSL certificate from the "security" section in the above domain selling sites. It costs anywhere between 250-600 Rs/ Year for a very basic plan. Once you buy it, you will be given new "nameservers" . You have to copy these IP addresses, go to domain settings in your hosting site and update with the new details.

        Free SSL from Cloudflare:

        If you can't afford or not require a strongly encrypted advance SSL certificate, you can also choose the free version from Cloudflare site : https://www.cloudflare.com/ssl/