Website Building Question? SSL Encryption

Nancy K Gurish

Hi! This is ~~~Nancy

Considerations When Choosing HTTPS Over HTTP?!

Will it be helpful, and will it cause my links to break?

When I first began my website, in 2010 and for several years following that, I was willing to make changes that today I would consider as risky.

I learned how to code in html, php etc. by watching videos and searching the internet, reading articles, etc. So I am self educated and in my earlier years, I could make changes and wait
and find out where the cards would lie when the dust settled!

Today, I'm seven years into the game and I'm finding out that I'm
much more cautious. Even though I understand quite a bit about much of the ins and outs of website technology, today I'm not so willing to take risks!

I say this because I am leaning toward obtaining an SSL for my site,

(i.e. using Secure Socket Layer or SSL encryption), which would turn my HTTP in to an HTTPS. I'd like this as it would be beneficial.

However, as in the game of chess, I need to consider

what the fall-out may be, if I take this action.

Would an HTTPS actually change my page addresses, essentially
breaking all of my links?

Hmmm... so, as with everything else I have done, I will do my search and research!

Below are related articles and a video for you!

"With privacy breaches becoming increasingly common, many organizations look to SSL as
a way to protect the integrity of their data online. However, the implementation of a
comprehensive SSL strategy comes with its own challenges of visibility, performance and scale.
Through proper planning and deployment, a strong SSL strategy mitigates the risk of breaches."

From Inside HPC "Key Considerations in Deploying An SSL"
... to this page ...

Another article:

"Google has published some clear guidelines on what they expect to see from a site using HTTPS (aka HTTP over Transport Layer Security or TLS). They also confirmed that due to the positive response, they’ve made this a positive signal for ranking websites, however they also state that this is a very “light-weight signal” and will only affect less than 1% of global search queries ..."

From: Branded3 SEO considerations when moving from HTTP to HTTPS
by Stephen Kenwright

"HTTPS (HTTP with SSL/TLS) is now a very lightweight signal -
carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content."
From September 2014

Tweet from - Matt Cutts

So there are other considerations as well! Hmmm

So we go forward!

On another note:

As a 'website operator', as I like to call myself, I have become knowledgeable of
the fact that just when you get used to something ...

Google will change it! ~~~Nancy

... to this page ...

Related video(s):

How SSL Works ~ Tutorial! ~~~Nancy

What is SSL? FAQ's

"SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.

SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers."

Read more at: SSL

Your Health And Tech Friend is an Internet Magazine for entertainment and enlightenment! I'm searching for ways to stay healthy in body, mind and soul, through natural means! ~~~Nancy Remember that I am a cosmetologist who is interested in staying healthy ~ through natural means! It's not advice, it's just what I do! ~~~Nancy