Does it affect seo if i take my site from HTTP to HTTPS and if yes what is the best way

wordpress

#1

I have a WordPress website and currently, it is on HTTP.
Now as per the new google policy, it shows as insecure as it is in HTTP.

So i was thinking to take it in HTTPS but my main concern is, Does it affect my ranking?
Is it ok to use free SSL from cloudflare?

thank you in advance.


#2

So i was thinking to take it in HTTPS but my main concern is, Does it affect my ranking?

Switching to HTTPS should improve your ranking, assuming you have correct redirect from HTTP, etc. Here’s Google’s guide to switching:

https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/6073543?hl=en

Is it ok to use free SSL from cloudflare?

Yes, probably. Or you could get a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt via the Control Panel.


#3

In theory, having an SSL cert will improve your rankings. In practice, it’s relatively negligible.

Discussed this briefly here as well:
https://www.256kilobytes.com/content/show/3177/will-adding-an-ssl-cert-and-changing-my-website-to-https-instead-of-http-impact-my-sites-rankings-in-my-favorite-search-engines

Either way, it’s extremely straightforward to set up with DreamHost. This guide overviews how to set up one (basically one click from the panel):

And this guide shows how force SSL / redirect HTTP requests to HTTPS:


#6

According to Neil Patel’s blog, moving to ssl (even if free) will help your rankings. Seems like google is putting emphasis on that factor as well.

https://neilpatel.com/blog/does-a-ssl-certificate-affect-your-seo-a-data-driven-answer/


#12

Chrome and other browsers display nonsecure warnings to your visitors if your pages are not https. This will diminish traffic and increase bounce rate, thus hurting ranking. I’d call that affecting SEO.


#13