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Moving site to HTTPS

Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:24 pm
by michael
As you may have read on our news page (http://www.freesitemapgenerator.com/new ... https.html) we are about to move freesitemapgenerator.com to https. We do this for 3 reasons:

1) Secure the connection between our users and our website,
2) Users who include our "live data"-package from a https website, will get an error because we are "untrusted",
3) Google says we get a small ranking bonus if we do.

So, why didn't we move already?

We heard stories from other webmasters who claim a move to https hurt their SERP rankings. We rank pretty well for some sitemap related keywords in Google and don't want to lose that.
We have gathered all kind of metrics (SERP, traffic, pagerank) and we will move to https later this year and will report back to you with the results.

Do you have positive or negative experiences? Let us and all other webmasters know.

Re: Moving site to HTTPS

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 2:56 pm
by stoney77
Is there any news on this, I am doing the same for a few sites, wondering best way, just 301 everything and make sure all links are relative

Re: Moving site to HTTPS

Posted: Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:00 pm
by michael
No news yet. We are preparing everything and will report as soon as we have more information.

The plan is to :

A) Gather usage statistics and SERP data [DONE]
B) set up an https server and run http and https alongside for a couple of days
C) redirect all traffic on http://www.freesitemapgenerator.com/ to https://www.freesitemapgenerator.com/
D) redirect all traffic on http://live.freesitemapgenerator.com/ to https://live.freesitemapgenerator.com
E) Check statistics ands SERPs again every week or so.

Redirects will be done using 301 Permanent redirects.

Re: Moving site to HTTPS

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:51 pm
by michael
A quick update:

I have gathered the current usage statistics and our google data (A)
I have requested two SSL certificates through ssls.com (real cheap and simple interface) for www.freesitemapgenerator.com and live.freesitemapgenerator.com
I have installed the first cert on www.freesitemapgenerator.com and all traffic on http is now redirected to https.

the cert for live.freesitemapgenerator.com has not been delivered yet. I triggered a "Manual Security Audit" at RapidSSL. When it arrives I will install this certificate too.


As always: let me know if you encounter unexpected behaviour