If you have been putting off converting your website to https, your time is up. Now it’s not just a security concern but will also affect how your site is viewed on Google browsers and will affect your SEO rankings. Data from Google Chrome usage shows that more than 70% of Chrome users are visiting HTTPS enabled websites, which indicates that browsing via HTTPS is becoming the norm. Armed with that data, Google is taking steps to “encourage” the global adoption of SSL/HTTPS.
What Is HTTPS?
Let’s start with the basics. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’ which means all exchanges of information between the browser and the site are encrypted. This also means the website has a secure SSL certificate installed issued by reputable certified organization. A SSL certificate can protect a site connection through authentication and encryption.
Why should you use HTTPS instead of HTTP?
Firstly, the original reason SSL certificates were created for which is security.
Secondly, HTTPS has been confirmed by Google as a ranking factor since, so getting a rankings boost is good reason for switching to HTTPS.
Thirdly, if your website is not using HTTPS/SSL, your website credibility may be affected as Chrome displays a non-secure warning on the address bar.
How to convert your website to HTTPS?
Step 1 : Purchase a SSL certificate by verifying your domain and website ownership.
Step 2: Install certificate on your web server and redirect all traffic to use HTTPS.
Step 3: Test your website to make sure all external content are displayed using HTTPS urls.
Now you have a secure and Google friendly website.
I like to convert but not sure where to start?
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