The Complete Guide to Switching
from HTTP to HTTPS Websites
Making HTTPS sites is crucial these days. Users are growing cautious about the kind of websites they transact with. They are always on the lookout for the padlock icon on a site before they provide their personal information. Search engines consider it a major ranking factor because of its impact on privacy. But setting it up HTTP websites to switch over into HTTPS sites can be quite intimidating. Here is a quick guide to get you started.
HTTP vs. HTTPS
Your browser (client) talks to servers every time you go online and view different websites. Each time you type a website address, or a search query through your browser, your computer talks to other computers (servers) in the network to pull up the items you need.
Several different communication technologies are used in client-server communication. HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol) is just one of the most commonly used ones. Under this protocol, transfer of information from server to browser is done in clear text. Anyone in the same network can eavesdrop into the client-server communication and view what is being transmitted, which can be a huge security issue.
HTTPS or HTTP Secure was introduced to address the security concern. With this communication protocol, information transmitted will go through an encrypted communication channel. The HTTP site messages will then be protected from tampering or eavesdropping because of this additional safeguard.
Why Switch HTTP Websites to HTTPS?
HTTPS sites provide three layers of protection to data:
The data is encrypted to keep third party sites and users from eavesdropping on your content.
An HTTPS site keeps data from tampering without getting detected.
It assures users that they are communicating with a trusted website
Learning How to Make Website HTTPS is Also Good for SEO
Converting HTTP websites to HTTPS enables you to create a certain level of security for your users so it’s definitely something that will make Google and other search engines happy about your site. With everyone so particular about data security and integrity, anything that keeps users’ minds at ease is great for search engines.
It is a ranking signal
Google has stated in the past how HTTPS can serve as a tie-breaker between two equal search results. With all other ranking signals being equal for two sites - an HTTP and HTTPS site - the search engine may actually prioritize the latter simply because of the extra level of data privacy it offers by being an HTTPS website.
Referrer data is preserved
When traffic passes through HTTP sites, it tends to look like direct traffic because of the non-encrypted path through which it is transmitted. With HTTPS, you get to preserve the secure referral information.
Security and privacy are important
We couldn’t stress this enough. An HTTPS website keeps a user’s mind at ease about the credibility of the website they are visiting.
How to Make HTTPS Websites
1. Create a custom domain.
You can register your personalized domain through Strikingly or through a third party registrar.
Having a custom domain makes your website look professional and credible.
2. Connect your custom domain.
If you got your domain through Strikingly, you can leave all the technical details to us and move on to building your website. If you have acquired your domain from a third-party registrar, however, you will need to connect your custom domain through the website editor. Learn more about connecting your custom domain here.
3. Enable HTTPS.
Once you’ve connected your custom domain, HTTPS should be automatically activated.
There are no special steps for you to get this done!
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