Http and https versions of website

by Shaun J 10 replies
What is the best way to deal with having a http and https version of a website? It's not good for SEO as search engines treat them as two separate websites so I would ideally like to keep the https version (unless this means slowing the website down).

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Shaun J
#search engine optimization #http #https #versions #website
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    Why would have both versions? Either you have https or not!!
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun J
      Hi, we migrated to a new website and it seems both http and https versions were created in the process.
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    • Profile picture of the author Shaun J
      Hi, ok thanks. Is it possible to do a redirect of the whole website from http to https or does it take a page by page manual redirect?
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      • Profile picture of the author SEOtraveler
        Originally Posted by Shaun J View Post

        Is it possible to do a redirect of the whole website from http to https or does it take a page by page manual redirect?
        Surely, you don`t have to redirect each page manually, you should just set a server-side 301 redirect to enforce https. You should never have both versions available in the browser! In case you also have both www and non-www versions of your site - make sure the redirect is set between them, too, so that only one version of the site would be canonical, with no confusion to the search engines.

        Also, once you enforce https, make sure that you update all the rel=canonicals and other tags, sitemap and robots, all absolute links and stuff. Finally, I`d recommend you to thoroughly audit your site for the mixed content - that`s when any resources on https pages are still being loaded over http (like images, scripts, etc.), such pages will load broken or show an insecure warning to users in most browsers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mike Anthony
        Originally Posted by Shaun J View Post

        Hi, ok thanks. Is it possible to do a redirect of the whole website from http to https or does it take a page by page manual redirect?
        I don't have a link but if you google it you will find that information. it definitely does not have to be done manually. Just be careful with what you do . A few people have had their sites really messed up by not doing it right and it takes awhile to correct because google ends up not being able to crawl sites and they fall out of the index.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rajesh Jhamb
    just implement 301 redirection to https version in htaccess file and you are done.

    let me know if you need anything else.

    just place below code in the .htaccess file

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]
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  • Profile picture of the author sinGN
    I think Http version is best.but both does not affects on ranking.
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  • Profile picture of the author issuemagazineplus
    This days https is more powerful, search engine giving more response to https website. You can apply 301 redirection.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neha Kaushik
    https is the more secure than http, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are linked to. In HTTPS 'S' stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are secure. So you should go with https version.
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  • Profile picture of the author Endrue11
    Yes, you can go https version and you must be implement on 301 redirection.
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