I decided to make the move to MySQL over SSL when I moved to dedicated MySQL database servers rather than all-in-one web/database servers for the production websites and databases that I host with Digital Ocean. I wanted an extra layer of security since MySQL traffic would no longer be contained within localhost.
I’m a web & software developer. I used to claim to be more of a designer, but over time I’ve realized that I truly prefer to work on features/functionality more than the design itself. I like making things work.