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Should I use an SSL?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Live Free, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. Live Free

    Live Free Active Member

    I have a large board that doesn't use SSL. I'm looking for info as far as using an SSL as it relates to Xenforo. What are the negatives to installing it? To those of you who have, did you notices any changes?

    Will it affect my current indexed pages? Site speed? What positive benefits am I likely to see?

    Any way to deal with http links and images that already exist throughout the board?
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Existing post content can be updated via a simple SQL query.
    Hiwever, you will likely need a redirect anyway.
  3. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    As brogan said a quick query to find and replace existing links works. But you are going to be using a redirect to force https anyways. There are a couple of plugins that upload images hosted elsewhere automatically. The upside is no warnings about mixed content from non SSL sources but the downside is attachments taking up space. I think there was some sort of image proxy system to take care of this now? I haven't looked into it.

    It can help Google rankings. Its good for customer image. In the end the client and the server are still points of vulnerability. In my opinion its good for image, but a false sense of security as well. Apparently the initial connection negotiation takes longer, can be dependent on hardware. I have my SSL site on a well tuned VPS and since its faster than my other sites I can't say I notice anything.
  4. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    For what it's worth SSL added 300ms to my loading time
  5. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    Initial right? You are caching the session or whatever right? Should speed up subsequent requests within the defined time period.
  6. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    I suppose so, I get that number from various website speed test sites

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