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Will forcing SSL via htaccess effect my SEO?

Joe Link

Well-known member
#1
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?
 

thedude

Well-known member
#2
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.
 

Joe Link

Well-known member
#4
Hmm, another question.

Please note: Above step allows you to configure SSL, but if a visitor enters a XenForo page through non-HTTPS (Our mean “old” URLs), this visitor is not automatically redirected.
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.
 

rainmotorsports

Well-known member
#5
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.
 

thedude

Well-known member
#6
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
 
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