Going Secure

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Over a year ago Google added HTTPS as a ranking signal to their search algorithms, which didn’t at the time change my opinion on the use of HTTPS over HTTP on my sites.[/vc_column_text][alert icon=”icon-angle-circled-down” message=”If you want to cut to the chase, scroll to the summary box at the bottom of this post for the facts.”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]My previous job involved a vast amount of personal data so the use of HTTPS was the norm, but when building sites for companies that don’t carry out transactions or gather personal data with their sites it’s not on the list of default actions when building sites.

At the end of last year Google announced that it would be Indexing HTTPS pages by default and the blog announcing it reinforced their call for “HTTPS everywhere“. It was a signal for me to revisit my default setting of reserving HTTPS for sites that are carrying out financial transaction or storing personal data, but I revisited with a slightly different question than before so instead of asking myself “Why should I” I now asked myself “Why shouldn’t I”.

The only stumbling block for me was the potential cost of adding an SSL certificate to my sites and as I’m a one.com customer that block was quickly removed as it included in the price of my hosting package.

I’ve nearly finished converting all my business and personal sites to HTTPS, maybe it’s time for us all to go secure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][divider][vc_custom_heading text=”Summary Box” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left”][space height=”20″][tabs orientation=”vertical”][tab icon=”icon-help” title=”What”]Google has taken another step towards a more secure internet by adjusting their indexing system to look for more HTTPS pages (secure sites). Now is the time to switch your site to HTTPS (SSL).[/tab][tab icon=”icon-info” title=”Why”]You’ll get a slight ranking boost from Google, improved analytics and the overall credibility of your site will improve, especially in these days of ever increasing web scams.[/tab][tab icon=”icon-lightbulb” title=”How”]There are quite a few moving parts to this but it’s not technically challenging, it’s more of an admin burden.

If you’re using WordPress you need to change the URL’s in the Settings page, adjust any Absolute URL’s (http://yourdomain) and any canonical links you’ve set.[/tab][tab icon=”icon-pound” title=”How Much”]This is about 2 hours work of which the first hour is making the changes and the second hour is for initial testing and then some further testing once your site has been re-indexed by Google.

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Jason Edwards January 23, 2016

Hi Andy, this is a great idea. I can find it hard to keep up with I.T. either by having the time or understanding the jargon, whether it effects me and if I should make the change / update / upgrade etc. Being kept up to date in simple terms will be excellent.
Have you updated our site to HTTPS?

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andypaddock January 23, 2016

Jason, not yet but I could send over an estimate with the renewal for your backup if you like.

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