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    Canonical Tag Question

    I have been made aware a number of my sites are viewable on both http and https. I havent implemented the SSL's yet on the server so i wondered why this is happening. Is this something that happens automatically or is there something i have setup thats causing it.

    Also the person who made me aware said that it could be affecting my rankings. I have a number of sites with this issue and some are still performing well where others are struggling. Can someone clarify this for me please

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Where are you hosting the sites? That could be the root of the issue.
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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    A bunch of hosts using cpanel have implemented the LetsEncrypt free SSL certificates and I've seen a few that have enabled these by default.

    Another cause could be that your shared host has an SSL on the server and your site is being served up by that.

    And finally, if you're using CloudFlare you may have their flexible SSL enabled which will server https from your users to CloudFlare, but not from CloudFlare to your server.
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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Hi. All my sites are on a vps that I rent. They have recently moved over. I now have free SSL certificates but I haven't implemented them yet which is why it came as such a surprise to see the https versions working. I just assumed when I was made aware that this was common.

    What's the best way to resolve the issue asap.

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris McCreery View Post
    A bunch of hosts using cpanel have implemented the LetsEncrypt free SSL certificates and I've seen a few that have enabled these by default.

    Another cause could be that your shared host has an SSL on the server and your site is being served up by that.

    And finally, if you're using CloudFlare you may have their flexible SSL enabled which will server https from your users to CloudFlare, but not from CloudFlare to your server.
    Hi Chris.

    Thanks for you reply. As I mentioned above the server does have SSL but I have not implemented it yet so all my sites are on http. I wanted to fully understand the SEO implications before switching the sites over.

    Can you advise what you think might be the best course of action.

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleWeb View Post
    As I mentioned above the server does have SSL but I have not implemented it yet so all my sites are on http.
    What do you mean by "I have not implemented it yet"? If the sites have SSL certificates then an https connection can be made to them whether or not you do anything to force https.

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleWeb View Post
    I wanted to fully understand the SEO implications before switching the sites over.
    There are no negative SEO implications and these days, depending on the type of sites you're running, there may well be negative SEO consequences of NOT forcing them to SSL.

    What platforms are you using for your sites?

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Quote Originally Posted by djbaxter View Post
    What do you mean by "I have not implemented it yet"? If the sites have SSL certificates then an https connection can be made to them whether or not you do anything to force https.



    There are no negative SEO implications and these days, depending on the type of sites you're running, there may well be negative SEO consequences of NOT forcing them to SSL.

    What platforms are you using for your sites?
    Hi

    Yes let me clarify. I moved my sites to my VPS from a shared platform without any SSL. It has them now but i haven't done anything regarding them yet. I have been looking around and i have read that it's best practice to start using the https rather than http but i was just concerned about harming an existing SEO so i wanted to make sure i knew exactly what was required before i switched the domain over.

    Have you got any resources that you can share that will assist me in moving over

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Sorry, My preferred platform is Wordpress

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

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    Re: Canonical Tag Question

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleWeb View Post
    Yes let me clarify. I moved my sites to my VPS from a shared platform without any SSL. It has them now but i haven't done anything regarding them yet. I have been looking around and i have read that it's best practice to start using the https rather than http but i was just concerned about harming an existing SEO so i wanted to make sure i knew exactly what was required before i switched the domain over.

    Have you got any resources that you can share that will assist me in moving over
    Chris just gave you one above. I'll be back with some additional resources in a minute.

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleWeb View Post
    Sorry, My preferred platform is Wordpress
    With Wordpress, your job just got a whole lot easier.

    How well these will work depends on your specific server configuration:

    Really Simple SSL

    If your hosting configuration gives you "too many redirects" with that plugin, try:

    Easy HTTPS Redirection

    or

    WordPress Force HTTPS

    And to fix those internal or external link issues, try:

    SSL Insecure Content Fixer

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