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    HTTP vs HTTPS


    We recently made a change to our URL's which now have a 301 from http to https sitewide. Does this raise any flags from a visitors point of view? Would you view this as suspicious if you saw a link on a relevant website pointing to a secure link on another site? Also, does this hurt from an optimization or search engine point of view?

    Someone had mentioned that they wouldnt click a link on a referring site if they saw it was pointing to a secure site. I don't quite understand the logic so hopefully someone can explain it. I would think a visitor would feel more comfortable seeing a secure site vs a non-secure site, especially if they planned on buying from the site. Am I missing something?
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    Originally Posted by Lb1878
    We recently made a change to our URL's which now have a 301 from http to https sitewide. Does this raise any flags from a visitors point of view? Would you view this as suspicious if you saw a link on a relevant website pointing to a secure link on another site? Also, does this hurt from an optimization or search engine point of view?

    Someone had mentioned that they wouldnt click a link on a referring site if they saw it was pointing to a secure site. I don't quite understand the logic so hopefully someone can explain it. I would think a visitor would feel more comfortable seeing a secure site vs a non-secure site, especially if they planned on buying from the site. Am I missing something?
    Most people only use https on their checkout pages or pages that capture secure information from customers.

    Using https on all pages should be alright though. I don't think you will suffer in the search engine rankings.
    You need to make sure though that you don't have any unsecure items on your pages. This will cause a popup warning customers that their are unsecure items on your page.

    The better thing to do would be to use https just on secure pages. If this causes issues with your linking you can always 301 redirect your https homepage to the http homepage.
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    I agree but the entire site is https so there are no products that are http. I don't know why it needed to be done and agree that https should be used on secure pages where customer info is being captured.

    Someone mentioned that they wouldn't click a secure link (https://www.domain.com/products) b/c they saw it was secure and would be suspicious. I would think it would make the customer feel better about visiting. Thanks for the feedback.

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