[Pro] Changing website's URLs from http to https

Google has recently stated that https pages will be given a slight ranking boost over http pages. On many webmaster forums, there is speculation that https will become an increasing rankings factor.

Is there a simple way in Fwy (I’m using 6 Pro) to convert an entire website’s http URLs to https URLs? In other words, is there a simple “global” change, rather than redoing each individual page? If so, then what happens to all the backlinks from other websites to my formerly http URLs? Is there a way to (1) convert an http website to https without (2) losing the inbound links?


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Is there a way to (1) convert an http website to https without (2) losing the inbound links?

You would have to do an .htaccess redirect to keep your links working ie direct all http requests to the https equivalent.

So not something you do within FW but on the server.

As far as changing it within FW - at the moment there is no action for this but as FW writes relative links as a rule it isn’t really an issue.

So if your root address is https… then a link to somepage.html will go to the https version anyway.

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There is a separate issue you need to attend to as well – you have to have an SSL certificate for your URL, and you have to configure your server to serve the site in a secure manner. Further, you need to deal with what happens if someone types in www.yourserver.com without the https:// prefix. What should happen then? Most Web servers will require you to create two separate folders of files, one for secure and one for normal (insecure) hosting. This is a detail that will be known only to your server’s administrator.

There was an Action which would prepend https:// to all URLs in your site, but I don’t see it in the Forge. Can anyone else locate it?

Walter

On Dec 24, 2014, at 5:29 PM, DeltaDave email@hidden wrote:

Is there a way to (1) convert an http website to https without (2) losing the inbound links?

You would have to do an .htaccess redirect to keep your links working ie direct all http requests to the https equivalent.

So not something you do within FW but on the server.

As far as changing it within FW - at the moment there is no action for this but as FW writes relative links as a rule it isn’t really an issue.

So if your root address is https… then a link to somepage.html will go to the https version anyway.

David


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Very true. Fortunately if you use Cloudflare it makes solving these potential snafus pretty simple by using powerful page rules to handle a variety of scenarios.

Todd
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Further, you need to deal with what happens if someone types in www.yourserver.com http://www.yourserver.com/ without the https:// prefix. What should happen then?


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you have to have an SSL certificate for your URL, and you have to configure your server to serve the site in a secure manner. Further, you need to deal with what happens if someone types in www.yourserver.com without…

So the question you really need to ask yourself is whether the hoops you will have to jump through are worth ‘a slight ranking boost’

Is your site, as it stands, as SEO friendly as it could be? If it is not then making it ‘secure’ isn’t going to help in any significant way.

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On 25 Dec 2014, 9:27 pm, DeltaDave wrote:

So the question you really need to ask yourself is whether the hoops you will have to jump through are worth ‘a slight ranking boost’

Is your site, as it stands, as SEO friendly as it could be? If it is not then making it ‘secure’ isn’t going to help in any significant way.

David

Thanks, all. David, I think you summed it up well for me. I’ve made my site reasonably friendly, SEO-wise. There do seem to be a lot of hoops to jump through to get it all switched over successfully to https. And it’s just low-to-medium tech Jim here alone in his home office at age 71. I think I’ll just keep adding good content and take a chance on continuing to get good rankings in the http mode. Again, thanks. I appreciate the willingness of so many of you out there to help us.


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