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https or not to https, that is the Question

Google Wants Your site Secure? To https or not to https, that is the Question…

Really?  So what is the upside and downside of moving to https as Google is “suggesting”?

 

It sounds techy and it is.  Google is “suggesting” that you should move to https for your website.  What this means is basically you have to buy and apply a properly credentialed https Secure Socket Layer certificate to your visible webiste.

https or not to https, that is the Question  It the good old days, this was only needed to protect online sales where you were collecting and processing credit cards and personal information, say in the case of a shopping cart process.  Then       this was almost made redundant as banks and online booking engines and even paypal did all the work, but providing the SSL as part of their services to you (for a price)

Now Google wants your whole site secure and they are suggesting two things will happen.  1. Your organic rankings may be affected and 2. Your first time visitors will get a warning message instead of a direct visit to your site if they are in Chrome (Googles own Browser)

Both of these are problematic, and given what the big G is saying, we will be recommending to our clients to go SSL.  However its not quite as simple and as cheap as you would expect.

Here is what is involved in most sites that we manage.

 

1. Buy and apply a properly verified individual SSL certificate (not shared) to the correct folder on your live indexed site (ie, http://www or http://)  Do it to the wrong one and it wont work.

2. Reindex your site on Google webmaster tools and re verify the correct snytax as live ie https

3. Reset your profiles in analytics to reflect the new active domain

4. Ask Google to reindex all your “new pages”  ie now they start with https

5. Change all of your Google adwords URLs in all your ads

6. Update your CMS to reflect the changed pages and fix broken links as needed

7. Monitor and attend to issues as they develop.  Oh and dont forget to update all your email softwares and probably your webmail and email settings.

 

Simple hey?  There will be financial costs on this for everyone, just giving you a heads up so you know before the “deadline” of January next year.

PS here are some of the current types and costs… (courtesy whichssl.com)

 

All Certificates – Low to High Price

 

SSL
Provider
Product
Name
1 year
price
Type Validation level Speed of issuance Encryption 1 year free
PCI scanning
Unlimited Server Licenses Free trial
(single domain)
Site Seal
(dynamic/ passive)
Re-issuance policy
Comodo CA Positive SSL $49.95 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Go Daddy Standard SSL $69.99 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Comodo CA Instant SSL $99.95 One Domain Organization 1-2 days 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Comodo CA Comodo SSL $99.95 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Go Daddy Deluxe SSL $99.99 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Thawte Thawte 123 $149.00 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Geotrust Quick SSL Premium $149.00 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Comodo CA Positive SSL Wildcard $149.95 Wildcard Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Comodo CA Premium SSL $179.95 One Domain Organization 1-2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Thawte SSL Webserver Certificate $199.00 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Geotrust TrueBusiness ID $199.00 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Go Daddy Premium SSL $99.99 One Domain EV 5 – 10 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
GlobalSign Domain Serversign $249.00 One Domain Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Thawte Webserver certificate with EV $299.00 One Domain EV 5 – 10 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Geotrust TrueBusiness ID with EV $299.00 One Domain EV 5 – 10 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Go Daddy Standard SSL Wildcard $299.99 Wildcard Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Globalsign Organization ServerSign $349.00 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Symantec Secure Site SSL $399.00 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Go Daddy Deluxe SSL Wildcard $399.00 Wildcard Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Comodo CA EV SSL Certificate $249.00 One Domain EV 5 -10 days 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Comodo CA Premium SSL Wildcard $449.95 Wildcard Organization 1-2 days 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Comodo CA Comodo SSL Wildcard $449.95 Wildcard Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit tick icon tick icon 90 days Dynamic Unlimited
Thawte Wildcard SSL Certificate $599.00 Wildcard Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Geotrust TrueBusiness ID Wildcard $599.00 Wildcard Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
GlobalSign Domain Serversign Wildcard $849.00 Wildcard Domain Immediate 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
GlobalSign Organization Serversign Wildcard $949.00 Wildcard Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon tick icon None Passive Unlimited
Symantec Secure Site Pro $995.00 One Domain Organization 2 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
Symantec Secure Site Pro with EV $1499.00 One Domain EV 5 -10 days 128 / 256 bit cross icon cross icon 30 days Passive Unlimited
 
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