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How to lounch HTTPS with CloudFlare's Univerzal SSL certificate (FREE&automatic with all Parkingtim-hosting packages)

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Why is 2017 the Year of HTTPS and SSL?

Back in 2014, Google said that if your website was HTTPS it would give that site additional ranking signal in search results. This is a good thing for businesses that have websites that are competing with other businesses for position on search engine results pages. Google also said they wouldn’t penalize the websites that are not secure. Well, at least not with their algorithm. In September 2016, Google announced that in January 2017 they would begin displaying the security of the connection in the address bar of Chrome version 56 and up on pages that display a password and/or a credit card field. This is the beginning of a long-term plan to mark all HTTP pages non-secure. HTTPS encrypts your visitor’s data and provides integrity, so that the no one can modify or read what’s being sent and received or perform a man-in-the-middle attack. It helps protect you from attackers big and small – from governments to coffee shop hackers. Five years ago, developers would have probably winced when asked to set up HTTPS. But today, with Parkingtim-hosting packages, it is a totally different story. HTTPS has gone from an essential yet sidelined technology, to one of the most important aspects of your website.

Defining HTTPS

The term HTTPS is an acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. In more simple language, HTTPS is the protocol used to keep communications secure over computer networks, including the internet.

The HTTPS protocol encrypts communications between the client and the server. This means that no one can listen in on a conversation, no one can tamper with data and no one can forge website information. This security keeps communications honest, and it keeps monetary transactions safe from hackers.

Defining SSL

Secure Socket Layer is better known as SSL, and it can sometimes be used interchangeably with Transport Layer Security (TLS). Like HTTPS, SSL and TLS are both protocols that encrypt communications as they pass over computer networks.

In this case, an SSL certificate is used to encrypt the data as it is transmitted between the server and the client. This certificate incudes an encryption key that is placed directly on the server to protect the integrity of the communications.

Examining the Importance of HTTPS and SSL

Even if you can see the importance of the HTTPS and SSL encryptions, you may be asking yourself why these two terms are important to you right now.

Part of the answer goes back to Google’s 2014 call for all websites to become HTTPS-compliant. Most website URLs begin with “HTTP” and not “HTTPS” because these sites use unsecured protocol to transfer data between a web server and a computer or a smartphone. This unsecured protocol began to worry some people, especially customers, because they feared that their personal information and credit card data would be tampered with or stolen.

Those concerns were not unfounded, and now there is even more at risk than just credit cards and bank accounts. Google issued its decree because it found that authentication, data integrity and encryption are the three main reasons to secure a website with stronger protocols like HTTPS and SSL.

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Best practices when implementing HTTPS

Use robust security certificates

You must obtain a security certificate as a part of enabling HTTPS for your site. The certificate is issued by a certificate authority (CA), which takes steps to verify that your web address actually belongs to your organization, thus protecting your customers from man-in-the-middle attacks. When setting up your certificate, ensure a high level of security by choosing a 2048-bit key. If you already have a certificate with a weaker key (1024-bit), upgrade it to 2048 bits. When choosing your site certificate, keep in mind the following:

  • Get your certificate from a reliable CA that offers technical support.
  • Decide the kind of certificate you need:
    Single certificate for single secure origin (e.g. www.example.com).
    Multi-domain certificate for multiple well-known secure origins (e.g. www.example.com, cdn.example.com, example.co.uk).
    Wildcard certificate for a secure origin with many dynamic subdomains (e.g. a.example.com, b.example.com).
Use server-side 301 redirects

Redirect your users and search engines to the HTTPS page or resource with server-side 301 HTTP redirects.

Verify that your HTTPS pages can be crawled and indexed by Google
  • Do not block your HTTPS pages by robots.txt files.
  • Do not include meta noindex tags in your HTTPS pages.
  • Use Fetch as Google to test that Googlebot can access your pages.

 

Tips when moving HTTP to HTTPS

Moving your website from HTTP to HTTPS is very much like migrating your website to a new URL structure, or even moving to a brand new domain. Past experience has told us that there’s so much that can go wrong if things aren’t implemented correctly. Google has given some guidelines on moving to HTTPS here and here, and Barry Schwartz over at Search Engine Roundtable covered the topic too. There are also a few other SEO aspects that you should take into consideration before you commit to moving your website to HTTPS. Firstly, you need to choose the right level of certification (i.e. 2,048 bit certificate) from an accredited/trusted provider. Once you’ve completed this step, there are a few other SEO considerations that will be important to migrating successfully:

  • Ensure all your internal links point to the new HTTPS URLs.
  • Ensure any external links and new social shares point to the new HTTPS URLs, if you’re still getting links to the old HTTP version of your website Google can become confused and you won’t see the benefit that these new links have the potential to pass on to your website structure. Google won’t be able to decipher which is the most authoritative page that deserves a higher ranking.
  • Ensure that all rel=canonical tags within your HTML don’t point to the old HTTP version. Once you move over to HTTPS these tags must be changed to the new HTTPS URLs, as this helps Googlebot understand which version of the page should be used to rank. Again, if you still point to the HTTP version then Google will once again become confused over what page should be ranking in the SERPs.
  • Ensure that you’ve mapped out the new HTTPS URLs on a page-to-page level – you basically want an exact duplicate URL structure the only thing that is changing is that ‘http://’ will become ‘https://’.
  • Once you’ve got these in place you then want to implement a permanent 301 redirect on a page level. Do not 301 redirect everything (either via global or via a wild card redirect) to the home page as this will kill all your rankings overnight.
  • Finally, you need to watch your Webmaster Tools account post go live and monitor for any issues Google may be having with your new HTTPS website.

Go green: How to lounch HTTPS with CloudFlare’s Univerzal SSL certificate (FREE&automatic with all Parkingtim-hosting packages)

You can get free CloudFlare DNS addon when you ordering hosting-package … or you can get free CloudFlare DNS addon after you buy hosting package – from your Parkingtim-hosting Dashboard —) My Products & Services —) Product Details.Once you’ve installed a certificate on your web server, you can enable the Full or Strict SSL modes which encrypt origin traffic and provide a higher level of security. STEP by step tutorial ---- HERE

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