Tips for Switching to HTTPS

James Pattison
Feb 6, 2019 · 3 min read
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HTTPS is quickly becoming a minimum requirement for having a successful business online. Google Chrome and other browsers have begun flagging websites that have not made the transition. Therefore it is better to make the switch over sooner rather than later. To avoid getting a headache or damaging your business’s presence online it is important that your HTTPS certificate is installed properly.

There are many issues that can arise during the transition. We are to offer you some advice to keep in mind when making the switch to HTTPS.

Get the Right Certificate

If your website spans multiple domains or any number of subdomains then you may require a Multi Domain or a Wildcard certificate respectively. Using a Wildcard certificate is cheaper and easier to manage than buying a separate certificate for each subdomain.

Use a Test Server

Check your Third Party Add-Ons

Once you have switched to HTTPS make sure to update any plugins or modules your website uses.

Revise Internal Links

Checking your internal links can also help catch out links which have been broken by the transition.

Redirect

If you send out any adverts with links to your website, such as paid search ads or email marketing campaigns, then you should update them to include links to the HTTPS versions of your webpages.

Update Sitemap

Check Robots.txt

It is a good idea to re-crawl your website to check what pages can be indexed. Pages that return a 200 status code can be indexed.

Hopefully your switch to HTTPS can be free of hassle. Thorough inspections of your website and careful monitoring are key to ensuring a smooth transition.

Originally published at www.servertastic.com on February 6, 2019.

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