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Disadvantages/advantages to starting website with https on entry?

Posted on 2004-08-30
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
Hi everyone

What are the disadvantages and/or advantages to starting a website as https on entry as opposed to http then redirecting to https at the payment page for instance?  Is it good practice for an entire site to be https and can this affect its search engine 'findability'?

Thanks :)

- tingleweb
Question by:tingleweb
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pinaldave earned 1200 total points
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Hi tingleweb,

https is used for pages that need security such as login, checkout pages for shopping carts. The robot would not have the usercode and password needed to go to these pages anyway. Getting a rank for https://www.domain.com can be just as easy as getting a rank for http://www.domain.com as long as a search engine can spider the pages without restrictions.
Also http and https will be treated as different address.

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pinaldave earned 1200 total points
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Hi tingleweb,
look at that... this is research study from of one of the school.
The comparision results are https is slower nothing else... New York University had done this research.

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pinaldave earned 1200 total points
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frugle earned 400 total points
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Results 1 - 10 of about 581,000,000 for http


Results 1 - 10 of about 20,300,000 for https

On the whole it looks like many many many more sites use http then direct to https when needed rather than being purely https.

Sites that are packed full of confidential data, like PayPal will be mainly https, but the user won't remember to put https in - they are much more likely to only type www.domain.com - we also know that IE especially defaults to http, so you if you're going down the https only line, you need to also setup a default website on port 80 (http) forwarding the traffic to your secure site.


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chipple earned 400 total points
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Security-wise, if your site is to only use HTTPS (not just for login/check out/etc.), you should simply turn off HTTP.

Even though it can lead users to getting an error when forgetting the "S", experienced users may feel that your site is more secure if only available through HTTPS. Serious financial/banking and similar sites often only offer HTTPS for that reason.

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