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I'm planning to get an SSL certificate for my website.

I've heard from a number of people that installing one on a site which has many pages can cause ranking drops.

If your changing from HTTP to HTTPS, this will be changing the URLS.

Is it really that simple to just install it and wait for rankings to come back after a couple of weeks?

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author expmrb
    If you do it correctly then your rankings may not fall for even a day. Take a look at Moz its used to be Seomoz.
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    • Profile picture of the author larryboy03
      Do I need to do anything within Wordpress, any redirects etc?

      Thanks
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      • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
        Originally Posted by larryboy03 View Post

        Do I need to do anything within Wordpress, any redirects etc?

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        You need to change the site's URL in the settings of Wordpress.

        You need to make sure your .htaccess file has the proper 301 redirect setup to redirect all non-HTTPS URLs to the corresponding HTTPS URL.

        You also need to go through the entire site and make sure that all internal links are pointing at the HTTPS version. Do not rely on the 301 redirects for this.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by larryboy03 View Post

    Is it really that simple to just install it and wait for rankings to come back after a couple of weeks?
    And to answer this, I have done some where there was no ranking change through the whole process. I have done others where we saw a little bit of fluctuation for a few days, but it lasted less than a week. It could last longer, but I have not seen that happen.
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    • Profile picture of the author larryboy03
      Thanks for your reply, this is the only part I'm not sure about. Do you know of any good resources that can help?

      "You need to make sure your .htaccess file has the proper 301 redirect setup to redirect all non-HTTPS URLs to the corresponding HTTPS URL."
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    In your Google Search Console, you can set up a new property for the https version(s), upload a new sitemap, and then you'll be good to go.

    It's pretty straight forward.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Originally Posted by larryboy03 View Post

    Thanks for your reply, this is the only part I'm not sure about. Do you know of any good resources that can help?

    "You need to make sure your .htaccess file has the proper 301 redirect setup to redirect all non-HTTPS URLs to the corresponding HTTPS URL."
    I should take that comment back. It depends what kind of server you are on for how you have to do the 301 redirects. There are plenty of guides online.

    Originally Posted by tritrain View Post

    In your Google Search Console, you can set up a new property for the https version(s), upload a new sitemap, and then you'll be good to go.

    It's pretty straight forward.
    That is not enough. Doing that does not pass any authority on to the new HTTPS urls. You need to setup the proper redirects.
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  • Profile picture of the author smartprofitmoney
    Originally Posted by larryboy03 View Post

    I'm planning to get an SSL certificate for my website.

    I've heard from a number of people that installing one on a site which has many pages can cause ranking drops.

    If your changing from HTTP to HTTPS, this will be changing the URLS.

    Is it really that simple to just install it and wait for rankings to come back after a couple of weeks?

    Thanks
    Hello,

    If you have a website with no SSL and wanted to activate it now, and have all pages use SSL, then you need to use this plugin, if not you might have many pages not found.

    Super easy just click install and watch for message to activate it and should be done, now all pages have SSL.

    Here is the name of plugin: Really Simple SSL

    Ok hope this helps

    Thanks Rob.
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  • Profile picture of the author richardZ
    SSL certificate will not cause ranking drops but when you enable SSL certificate at the website, you will have to redirect http urls to https. Because search engine will consider http and https version of the website as different website. So it may happen you will see ranking drop for some days but it will not permanent as https helps to give boost in rankings.
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  • Profile picture of the author renukoot
    Now a days Changing from http too https would rather help you in you rank boosting then drops.
    get a help from some developers to get the redirect correctly on your website or use help on web to get it done yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Castor Troy1
    Changing to ssl don't create any problem, beside it htpp to https it is good idea and it is more secured. And it ain't causes any ranking problem of a website.
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