Having sensitive information on your website makes it vulnerable to many potential cyber threats. You must get it secured and it’s easy! The best way to make your website infallible is to empower it with the SSL or HTTPS. And the good news is that this encryption is loved by Google as well. It can boost your ranking as well as your safety net.
What Exactly Is HTTPS?
HTTP refers to Hyper Text Transfer Protocol where this additional ‘S’ holds the key because it means ‘Secure’. Hence, it is an application protocol that creates an encrypted signal for communication and display. When Google started using HTTPS for its ranking algorithm, the term got momentum and it became an essential feature for websites.
Well, it is simple for setting up and you require an SSL certificate to get started. However, we recommend getting rid of unnecessary information from your web pages before making a shift towards HTTPS. You can begin with deleting the unnecessary pages, reducing the broken links, and the number of redirect user pathways.
Process for Setting up HTTPS on Your Website:
Firstly, you should enlist the internal pages and sub domains of your website. Next is the review of internal links to ensure that they all use HTTPS. This will update the files existing on your site. Also, it will update the internal links and external links to point to the new upgraded HTTPS URL of the site.
Process to Buy SSL Certificate:
If you don’t own an SSL certificate, you must buy it from a trusted site that can filter the traffic and cache the redundant pages. You can also buy this certificate from your website hosting provider. In order to fetch the best SSL certification, it is advisable to get a dedicated IP address as well.
Activating and Installing the SSL Certificate:
You can get this step done by the software development company you are working with. It will generate the CSR within your web hosting control panel. This CSR will be given to the SSL certificate provider to establish your id. In the final stage, you will be required to login to your account and activate it to get an email address with .crt file name. The next step requires you to install the certificate in the same control panel.
Set Up 301 Redirects:
This will come after HTTPS mapping. Here, you must ensure that you use only 301 Redirects. If your site is hosted on a server powered by Apache, you may implement this redirecting process within the ‘.htaccess’.
Updating the Site:
Finally, you must update your website as a new HTTPS identity in Google search console. Allow the indexing of new pages and ensure HTTPS accessibility of the third-party files. Ensure that all links to the targeted pages use HTTPS links.
So, once you’re done with all these steps, your website becomes a protected property. The best way is to take help from a knowledgeable software development company and breathe easy! At Infognana, we provide customized solutions to make your website secure and search engine friendly in the minimum timeframe.
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