Should I use SSL sitewide or just where it's needed?

Posted on 2009-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am developing a new website on which SSL will be needed.

My problem is this. Should I put SSL site wide or only on the pages that actually need it, login etc etc.

Will having the SSL Cert sitewide decrease performance?

Any help will be much appreciated
Question by:noel58
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    It used to be but those days are long gone in my opinion. Depends on your server and the amount of users off course but for company internal sites I would enable it sitewide. Unless you are expecting thousands of simultaneoususers off course.

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    Thanks for the swift reply.

    The most amount of users on the site at one time will be at most, a few hundred.

    Does anyone else agree that site wide is the way to go?
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    Sitewide is the way to go because if you dont, then the user will get a message saying "This site includes both secure and non secure Items" from his browser when he moves from Http to Https zones on your site.  Besides the if you use the same certificate for each area of your site the user only has load it once.  It will not affect perfomance to include in on all.

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