Google has made HTTPS connections the default connection for all websites on the Blogspot domain. This is in a bid to make the Internet a more secure place for everybody. The switch to HTTPS connection is automatic for all websites. So don’t be surprised if you noticed your site bears the ‘https’ prefix instead of the former ‘http.’
Announcing the move to HTTPS connection three days ago on Google Security Blog, Melinda Perera, a software engineer wrote that,
“HTTPS is fundamental to internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors’ browsers. Last September, we began rolling out HTTPS support for blogspot domain blogs so you could try it out. Today, we’re launching another milestone: an HTTPS version for every blogspot domain blog. With this change, visitors can access any blogspot domain blog over an encrypted channel.”
Before the recent change, having a website with the HTTPS connection was optional. The ‘HTTPS AVAILABILTY’ option was the button individual sites had to click to switch to HTTPS connection. Now, that option or the ‘HTTPS AVAILABILTY’ button is no longer available for sites on Blogspot. And with ‘HTTPS Redirect‘ feature, bloggers have the option of redirecting unsecured HTTP requests to the secured HTTPS connection. In simple terms, if you turn on HTTPS Redirect, visitors who who try to access your site through the former HTTP connection would be automatically redirected to HTTPS version of your site.
However it is possible to experience some problems transiting to HTTPS connection. This is most likely to occur for bloggers who have installed fancy templates, third party gadgets and content on the Blogspot site. Google referred to this error as ‘Mixed Content’ and can only be fixed by website owners. According to Google, sites experiencing these problems should not give in to despair. Owners of sites with these problems have being provided with resources to help them identify and resolve these errors.
HTTPS connection is unavailable for those using custom domain names though. This is in sharp contrast to sites using WordPress.com, Blogsppt’s biggest rival, managed by Automatic. WordPress, since June 2014, made the HTTPS connection available to all sites on their platform. And recently, just last month to be precise, enabled HTTPS connection for all custom domains. To put it mildly, Blogspot came to the HTTPS party a little late.
But late is not such a bad thing though. For sites on the Blogspot domain, automatic switch over to HTTPS connection has the added benefit of improving on their search ranking. Since August 2014, Google started using HTTPS as a ranking signal. Meaning sites with the ‘https’ prefix are more likely to be ranked higher than those with just ‘http.’ But Google was quick to point out that using this method to rank websites only accounted for 1% of factors involved in the ranking process. High quality content still rule the roost as far as Google search rankings are concerned.
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