Have you already converted your website to HTTPS? With Ryte you can identify your remaining HTTP pages in just a few steps – read on to find out how.
Google has been interested in making the web safer for many years, and in August 2014, Google announced that HTTPS will become a ranking factor. Although many SEOs and webmasters took this into account, few took immediate action as they didn’t see a high enough benefit for SEO in comparison to the additional costs for the SSL certificate and a possible additional technical effort.
In August 2017, Google sent out warnings via the Search Console that websites without HTTPS would be marked as unsafe in the Google Chrome Browser from October 2017 onwards. Google then published another message on February 8, 2018, announcing that as of July 2018, all pages that continue to use the HTTP and not the HTTPS standard will be marked as "unsafe".
In this article in the Ryte Magazine, we show you a few ways how you can convert your website to HTTPS. To identify remaining HTTP pages with Ryte, you can use the following filtering options within the software.
Navigate in the dashboard to the tool "Website Success". Then click on "Indexability" and then on "What is indexable?” Set an individual filter by clicking on the green "Add Filter" button at the top.
Figure 1: Find indexable pages with Ryte
Then select "URL" from the menu.
Figure 2: Set filter
Now select the option "is not" in the selection box and enter "https" in the field next to it. This will set a filter to show you all URLs that are not encrypted with HTTPS.
Figure 3: Set filter for non-encrypted pages
Clicking on "Save & Close" activates the filter. This is the basic setting for identifying your HTTP pages. Of course, you can extend this filter with additional conditions to customize your report further.
Time-saving tip: To get to the simple variant of the filter, as described above, you can also do a short click by clicking on "SSL encryption" in the top section of the dashboard "Site Health".
Figure 4: Set filter for non-encrypted pages
Start with the "What is indexable?" section. In the listed URLs, Ryte always shows the protocol – HTTP pages are marked with a red crossed over a padlock. If you see one of these symbols in your list, click on it.
Figure 5: Set a filter with one click
If there are URLs on your website that are not yet encrypted with HTTPS, you need to firstly obtain an SSL certificate. Read here to find out how this works and what you have to pay particular attention to.
Once you've switched your URLs to HTTPS, you should also consider correct 301 redirects from your HTTP to the HTTPS version. In this XXL Redirect Guide, we help you with all the important tips and tricks for redirects.
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Published on 03/01/2018 by Olivia Willson.
Who writes here
After studying at King’s College London, Olivia moved to Munich, where she joined the Ryte team till 2021. She was previously in charge of product marketing and CRO, and also helped out with SEO and content marketing. When she's not working, you can usually find her outside, either running around a track, or hiking up a mountain.