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FAQ – Default HTTPS Settings with SSL Certificates

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Why does my site now default to HTTPS instead of HTTP?

Due to search engines’ decision to penalize sites not using HTTPS, domains that have SSL certificates will now default to being served over HTTPS. Sites served over HTTP will display warnings to visitors saying that the site is insecure. We recommend adding SSL certificates to all of your public facing sites.

What’s the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

The difference is that HTTPS is secure, while HTTP is not. Using HTTPS means that any information exchanged between your site and a browser will be encrypted, thus much more difficult to steal. However, information that is passed via HTTP is not encrypted and much easier to gain access to.

Isn’t web security only important if you have an e-commerce site?

Not anymore. SSL used to be considered only necessary for e-commerce sites, but recently there has been a push for security across all websites. With cybercrime on the rise, it’s in the interest of the customer and the website owner to use HTTPS.

Can I change my site back to serving over HTTP?

Yes, you can change your site back to using HTTP. You can find instructions on how to do this by visiting our How to Change My Site from HTTPS to HTTP article.

I already have a redirect set up on my domain. Will this cause issues?

It may. You should double check your domain and make sure everything is running smoothly. If you receive an error, the two redirects may not work together.

Updated on April 24, 2019

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