A question about upgrading to HTTPS

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Hi,
When I upgrade to HTTPS will the backlinks to the HTTP domain be affected?
Will any 301 redirects to the HTTP domain be affected?
Will they be OK?
#https #question #upgrading
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  • Profile picture of the author Blakers1
    You need to add a rule to your htaccess folder to redirect all http to https. It's fairly simple and the cleanest way to make sure you don't have any mixed content issues

    Check out this write-up I found in Google for more info:

    https://www.inmotionhosting.com/supp...-htaccess-file
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    • Profile picture of the author DeclanF
      I've sorted this out. Thank you
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by Blakers1 View Post

      You need to add a rule to your htaccess folder to redirect all http to https. It's fairly simple and the cleanest way to make sure you don't have any mixed content issues

      Check out this write-up I found in Google for more info:

      https://www.inmotionhosting.com/supp...-htaccess-file

      While I agree that you need to put a 301 redirect rule in the .htaccess file, that won't prevent mixed content issues. If the site was using absolute instead of relative URLs to call images or other resources, they need to be changed manually.
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  • Profile picture of the author Janice Sperry
    Listen to Mike.

    After your 301 redirect in .htaccess it is still best to then manually change your onsite urls to https.

    How do you do that if you have hundreds or thousands of the old http urls on your site?

    Don't use the Really Simple SSL plugin that is always recommended here. That is still a redirect and you have to leave the plugin active forever.

    Use a plugin called Velvet Blues Update URLs.

    (Not my plugin or an affiliate link)

    On my last site I used it on it instantly found and changed over 400 http's to https's. It updated all the image files and everything else you can think of. It only missed two url's that I had manually added in a theme footer which I just easily changed myself.

    After all your URL's are updated to the https then you can delete the plugin.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    It won't affect your backlink score if you have done the proper redirection. You can get in touch with your hosting provider to do the things for you.
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    • Profile picture of the author megakits123
      i think hosting will not help you with this issue. Atleast my hosting didnt get a reply and i did it privately.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
      Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

      It won't affect your backlink score if you have done the proper redirection. You can get in touch with your hosting provider to do the things for you.
      Ignore this. A web host will not do this for you, nor should you trust one to do it right.
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      • Profile picture of the author vishwa
        Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

        Ignore this. A web host will not do this for you, nor should you trust one to do it right.

        I am with namecheap and have issues with my https redirect. I live chat with them and they have fix the things by doing proper redirection. I think you might not have familiar with these type of web hosting.
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        • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
          Originally Posted by vishwa View Post

          I am with namecheap and have issues with my https redirect. I live chat with them and they have fix the things by doing proper redirection. I think you might not have familiar with these type of web hosting.
          They don't handle the proper migration from HTTP to HTTPS.

          They won't install an SSL certificate for you unless it is bought through them. They won't fix mixed content issues for you. They will not change your internal links that need to be updated. They will not set up your new Search Console properties and set the preferred URL. They do not update your Analytics program.
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          • Profile picture of the author hynds
            Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

            They don't handle the proper migration from HTTP to HTTPS.

            They won't install an SSL certificate for you unless it is bought through them. They won't fix mixed content issues for you. They will not change your internal links that need to be updated. They will not set up your new Search Console properties and set the preferred URL. They do not update your Analytics program.
            Correct, these things we need to do by ourself. But it's more simple if you use WordPress + CloudFlare. There're plugins help to fix mixed content as well as automatically redirect from http to https.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandakelum
    Also, you need a add your https version of the site to Google Search console to make indexing of new urls faster. Keep both version in there for some time.
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  • Profile picture of the author sslstoreindia
    Yes it will be affected. When you migrate to you first need to ensure that you enable 301 redirects to your web server. This tells Google that they have permanently moved and user will get redirected to the HTTPS version.
    Here are example:
    Apache:
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.yoursite.com/$1 [R=301,L]

    It is also important to note that 301 redirects will pass between 90-99% of the link juice.

    Their lots of thing should be done when moving to HTTPS:-
    • Create New Google Search Console Profile
    • Submitting New Sitemap
    • Fix Mixed Warning
    • Test to ensure your certificate is installed properly
    • Update uRL on third party sites, social media profile, etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author jennywilson
    In general, hosting provider will not be able to help with the https redirection unless you buy SSL from them.
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