I switched the blog over to https…why?

22 thoughts on “I switched the blog over to https…why?”

  1. Nice – welcome to the SSL realm! My blog was still young when I switched so I didn’t really have much to lose as far as SEO and Adsense are concerned. I’ll be curious to hear the results of what you determine down the line.

    Also, that’s cool that you were able to use Let’s Encrypt. I wanted to go that route, but my host (InMotion) doesn’t support it currently. Can I ask who you switched to or are you keeping that low-key?

    — Jim

    1. Hehe, thanks RtR! Yup, Let’s Encrypt makes it pretty darn easy. I switched over to RockawayHosting.com, which is a brand new hosting provider that’s getting into the blog hosting realm. 🙂

  2. Ill be interested to see how it works out for you. I don’t even have https on my radar at the moment. I did change my url structure a while back and the 301s were such a pain I don’t want to do that again.

  3. We’re running on SSL now too. Besides the security, there are also some speed improvements with the latest protocols.

    The re-ranking topic is annoying. I wish Google would let us combine http and https into a single result. I understand they split it by default because – on a technical level – it is two sites. But we should have the option at least to tell Big G that they are indeed the same site. Rather frustrating.

    1. You and me both, Brad! If Google wants everyone to switch to https, the least they can do is make it easier for us to submit a request to essentially have them switch over all of our indexed content to https. It’s much more tough than it needs to be.

  4. Oh, interesting choice! If I had a larger blog income I’d consider it, but right now it’s still cost-prohibitive. I would only add an SSL myself if I started selling info products on my site and had to process customer credit card info.

  5. I don’t remember it being a choice or how it got there but in conversation at a meet up someone mentioned going https and when I looked mine was already there. I started with blogger then switched to WP on the personal plan. Maybe it was automatic but I am grateful for this post because I didn’t even know what the difference was! #beginner 😉

  6. It appears your website uses WordPress, so the use of HTTPS is of help, to protect your login.
    Also, I have to enter my e-mail address in this form, something else that should be secured in transit.

    1. Yup, I’m running WordPress pretty much 100% these days. Email addresses are so easy to come by these days, but yes, any extra protection is definitely a positive thing! 🙂

  7. Any updated thoughts on converting to HTTPS? I’m a week or so away from renewing with my current host or migrating to another host, and figured it’s time to consider upgrading to HTTPS and using a free SSL provider like you mentioned (though current host’s is only $39/yr for single site). Current host refuses to integrate Let’s Encrypt into their cPanel interface 🙂

    1. Hey Justin – yeah, Let’s Encrypt integrates nicely into cPanel, so I’m confused why your current host refuses to support that capability that MOST other web hosting providers nowadays support. Though switching web hosting providers can be a pain in the ass, I might consider it just because of that. If they won’t keep up with the industry, what else aren’t they keeping up with. I wouldn’t pay $40 for it. I’d use that money as part of a move to another host.

      But for the most part, it was easy. With Let’s Encrypt, it was one-click, done. I setup .htaccess to force https. Google slowly began to switch my indexed links over to their https versions. Everything’s set, now.

      1. Thanks for the feedback. The only reason I can think of to not support Let’s Encrypt is so that they can charge $39-79/yr for a SSL certificate. They said they would allow use of Let’s Encrypt certificates and even allow me to use SSH to validate the certificate, but not the 1 click deal. Which means I’d be updating the certificate every few months I think. And I would have to upgrade to their mid-tier or higher hosting package to get the ability to install SSL certificates at all! I think their Pro/Business plan gives you a free basic certificate for 1 domain but the recurring cost is three times the intro rate that Rockaway is offering me. I’m going to check with my current host to see if they can successfully play “let’s make a deal”. Their intro rate (71% off the usual rate) is cheap enough and their service and uptime/consistency has been pretty good to keep me happy. Just bonkers that they don’t integrate simple things like free Let’s Encrypt.

        Though in their defense, this whole migration to HTTPS and need for SSL certs is somewhat new in the mainstream. I think # of sites on HTTPS has doubled in calendar year 2017, so it’s a matter of time before they allow free SSL.

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