How to easily move your website to HTTPS
Business owners looking to take their security and SEO efforts up a notch should consider upgrading their website from HTTP to HTTPS.
What makes HTTPS different from HTTP? All data sent between a user’s browser and website is encrypted, improving security. Additionally, having an SSL certificate installed can give your website higher ranking potential on search engines like Google due to being considered as a ranking signal by them. But how do you make this move easily? Here are some steps that will help:
- Purchase an SSL certificate: An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a type of digital certificate that’s used to establish a secure connection between a web server and a browser. You’ll need to purchase an SSL certificate from a trusted certificate authority (CA) to use HTTPS on your website. Check with your hosting company.
- Install the SSL certificate: Once you’ve purchased an SSL certificate, you’ll need to install it on your web server. The process for doing this will vary depending on your hosting provider and the type of certificate you’ve purchased, so be sure to follow the instructions provided by your hosting provider.
- Update your website’s links and resources: After installing the SSL certificate, you’ll need to update all of the links and resources on your website to use HTTPS instead of HTTP. This includes things like images, scripts, and stylesheets. You may also need to update any internal links or redirects within your website.
- Test everything: Once you’ve made all the necessary updates, be sure to thoroughly test your website to ensure that everything is working properly. Pay particular attention to any forms or other areas where sensitive information is being transmitted, as these are the areas where you’ll want to ensure that the HTTPS connection is working properly.
That’s it! With these steps, you should be able to easily move your website to HTTPS and enjoy the security and SEO benefits that come with it. Good luck!
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