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Will forcing SSL via htaccess effect my SEO?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Joe Link, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Well-Known Member

    I'm about ready to make the switch from http to https. I'm concerned it will have a negative impact on my SEO, since the address will be changing to https. I plan on using this tutorial to implement this. If it will have an effect, how can I minimize the impact?
  2. thedude

    thedude Well-Known Member

    Make sure you have your 301 redirects in place and you'll be fine.

    Any SEO hit will be minimal and temporary as Google reindexes your site.
  3. Joe Link

    Joe Link Well-Known Member

    Thanks, that's what I was hoping :)
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Well-Known Member

    Hmm, another question.

    Does this mean all of our existing links and user bookmarks will not re-direct someone to the HTTPS version? Only people who enter the site through either a search engine, or the main URL?

    Either that statement is incorrect, or I'm not understanding it. If I create a link to http://xenforo.com/community/ it automatically re-directs to https://, which is my goal.
  5. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    As long as the redirect is in place all http links will go to https. If its done properly it will work if not you will know rather quickly. I did mine in NGINX so its not the same but its the same idea.
  6. thedude

    thedude Well-Known Member

    I didn't open the tutorial you linked to but a correct 301 in your htaccess (apache) or .conf (nginx) will redirect non https to https
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2014
  7. Joe Link

    Joe Link Well-Known Member

    Great, that's what I thought.
  8. Xon

    Xon Well-Known Member

    Google has indicated that having http over https will impact SEO at some stage.

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