Securing your entire website with SSL is an integral part of website security and is a great way to build up that customer trust. If you are thinking of, or have already added full SSL encryption to your website pages this guide offers tips on ensuring your website content is secure.
Having full SSL encryption will see your web address start with https://, instead of http:// – therefore it’s important that all your website content is accessed via https://, too.
Upon adding SSL to your website you can preview the secure https:// version of your site, before anyone else – we recommend you browse your website pages and checkout for any certificate or browser warnings that could crop up, due to “mixed” or “insecure” content.
Things to look out for
Pay particular attention to any content you have added such as:
- HTML Fragments
- Externally hosted images
- A wallpaper that is hosted elsewhere
- Any third-party widgets or tools
It’s likely that the provider of any third-party content will have a https:// version available on their website or upon request. If they do, you can add this to your website and better improve the experience for your visitors.
Preparing your content for SSL
There are some best practices for ensuring your content is ready for SSL – the following tips will help to ensure the best experience for your visitors, but are also beneficial for your SEO ranking:
- Check that all internal URLs are “relative” where possible – for example, a relative URL goes directly to the page “/home.html”. An “absolute” URL will include the domain name such as “https://yourdomain.co.uk/home.html”
- Add the HTTPS version of your domain name to both Google and Bing Webmaster Tools
Implementing the tips above will help the search engines, like Google, index your pages with ease, but will also help to avoid those potential “mixed content” or browser warnings.