migrate from http to https

How to pass a web from http to https

Use https instead of http in your website is becoming a necessity, not only to protect your users, but because improving the SEO of your website. Surely you had planned to do ... but you have not dared even because you know it's complicated. Well, here's this little guide to help you switch from http to https.

(If you want to know before what is https, you will find more information here: what is and what is https.)

Instructions to spend a website http to https

Let's see how we should migrate from http to https for everything to go quickly and without incident:

  1. You need to activate the SSL certificate that you provide your hosting. To do this, enter the control panel web hosting you want to make safer and look for the section "Security". There you should find a sub section called "SSL Certificates" next to the padlock icon. Section and enters that activates the certificate. Usually a free service and is done in one click. If your hosting does not offer this service, you can find it here Let’s Encrypt ... but things will not be so easy.
  2. Now you need to tell your web use the certificate that you just activated. If the web is created with WordPress this is really simple. You download the free plugin "Really Simple SSL" install it and activate giving the 'on' button. There, everything OK. If your site is created with another content manager, looking for the equivalent plugin. If your site is handmade, you must change the .htaccess.
  3. The plugin also ensures that when someone enters an old indexed without the https URL or some old link, go to the right page rather than one with 404 error.
  4. At this point, the web is already working with https, so you can enter it and check it. Unfortunately now we have to change more things: your Google Analytics and your Google Search Console (the old Google Webmasters). Go for it.
  5. How to tell Google Analytics to your site now uses https? You go into your account, you go to the admin area, enter configuration property and once there, where it says "default URL" http https change. Guards, and that's it.
  6. How to tell Google Search Console now using https? You have to enlist a new property ... you can not do anything with the old.
  7. Some other things that can help: Redo the Google Sitemap of your website (in the plugin "SEO by Yoast" if you use WordPress) and give high Google Webmasters again. Google also learns so quickly that now you use https.
  8. If your robot.txt contains instructions on where your sitemap, edit this information and indicates that Your sitemap is now in https.

Well, with this you should have about the web, all right, well sure.

As you see, make the change http to https is laborious, So do it calmly. If you have user registration or especially if you manage an e-commerce then not hesitate, and do it.

If you have any questions about any of the steps, please send me the question through the comments of this article.

A big hug.

Specialist Digital Marketing strategy. Providing training and consulting for over 15 years.

36 replies
  1. Albert carmona
    Albert carmona says:

    Hello such have a job to migrate http to https but I must do my ma quickly as possible before the month the other is that can come with various languages ​​I await your prompt response

  2. Montserrat
    Montserrat says:

    Albert, I'm sorry, I do not understand the question ... do you want me to do? you have any questions about how to change? the languages ​​of the page does not affect migration, do not worry. Follow the instructions and let me know if you have any questions.
    A hug. I go all right.

  3. Juan Luis
    Juan Luis says:

    Hello Montse. I just hire a RapidSSL certificate Acens and if I put my domain in the browser with https, tells me that the web is safe, but if I write my domain without https, tells me that the connection is not secure.
    It has contacted the service of acens and tell me not to lend support html, you search the Web as migrate http to https.

    Thanks and regards.

  4. Gabriel Bernal
    Gabriel Bernal says:

    Hi Montse,

    Thank you very much for your explanation.
    I possess a concern about Google Search Console, when creating a new property with https, you need to submit a new sitemap, what happens with indexing in the previous property? (Http) need to index again at https property? first of all, Thanks

  5. Montserrat
    Montserrat says:

    Hello Gabriel,
    Yes, you need to re-index the new property, so make sure you create a new sitemap (or let SEO by Yoast does) and give high again in Google Search Console.
    If your site is a Worpress and you used the SSL plugin that I recommend, the old URL will be redirected to the new, so by Google will be all sorted. After a few months, the old property (without http) can be deleted.
    A hug

  6. Mariela
    Mariela says:

    Hola, te hago una consulta, yo tengo una web que la hice a través de la página Webnode, son esas plantillas en donde uno diseña su web. Hace unos dias cambié el diseño por uno más moderno y se cambió mi pagína que era htpp a htpps. Creo que la gente de webnode se encargó que que google sepa del cambio, ya que se redirigen todos los links viejos a la nueva web y sigue posicionada en los primeros lugares. Lo que me queda por hacer es cambiar el google analytics y el search console. Cómo yo no entiendo mucho del tema, tengo miedo de cambiar algo y que se pierda el posicionamiento de mi web. En google analytics en URL predeterminada coloco https pero cuando pongo guardar me dice que tengo que seleccionar una vista predeterminada (que ese valor es obligatorio) que sería lo que tengo que poner ahí? y por otro lado en search console doy de alta la nueva propiedas y listo? no se corre riesgo de perder mi actual posicionamiento web? Disculpas por tantas preguntas pero la verdad son temas que me cuestan mucho entender, desde ya agradezco tu respuesta.

  7. Montserrat
    Montserrat says:

    Hello Mariela :-)

    I go by parts:
    9 April, 2018
    2) Search Console: effectively, you create a new property and ready. You have nothing to lose. Leave the old a couple of months and then you can delete. Remember to go to Google Analytics-> Manage -> Property -> Search Console to remove the old connection and connect it to the new property you created with the http in Search Console.
    Tempers, already almost have !!
    A hug

  8. Franklin
    Franklin says:

    Hello Montserrat,

    Thanks for the info,
    a query, I have my wordpress site and want to do it through the .htaccess file, I found this code and before consultártelo desire to know whether it is correct:

    # BEGIN HTTPS Redirection Plugin

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

    # END HTTPS Redirection Plugin

    Thanks for your attention,

    A greeting!

  9. Cesar
    Cesar says:

    Montserrat Hello good tutorial, very clear, a question ... how detrimental change from http to https in the positions of my site? positions, traffic or lost nothing happens?

  10. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    Caesar, nothing happens if you use the plugin that redirects all the old URL to the new and at the same time, give high the new sitemap in Google Search Console. If you do not have hand and redirection may have a loss of visits for a couple of days, but then with the new sitemap in Google Search Console you should recover all traffic.

  11. To
    To says:

    Very good your guide and great contribution, I congratulate you; but I have a question, I have correct the certificate and redirection from http to https, all I can to register the new property in Search Console, but if I should send the sitemap again, because if I go to the old property (ie http) and I see the site map, the addresses appear with https, plus all the site is indexed in google with HTTPS. What do you recommmend me to do? Thank you

  12. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    Aby Thanks for the comments. If you must register it on the new property since the old should delete it in a few months when everything is correct and well indexed (these are the instructions for Google :-).

  13. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    If I read. If the web is made by hand must be created in the .htaccess redirection. Looking online how to do it (I've never done it, sorry). If the web is made with wordpress plugin already it does SSL only.
    I go all right.

  14. Alfonso
    Alfonso says:

    hello ... a question I remove my property with http just after the leading aya added https At what time should I do?
    What if he should be removed? thanks for content

  15. mother
    mother says:

    Hello Montserrat,

    Thank you very much for your input! I have a multi-site (4 domains) in wordpress with my hosting with SSL protection and have downloaded the plug-in free version. To make sure no mess, I have asked the plug in that you recommend to go domain domain rather than all at once with wildcard certificate. I have various doubts:
    1. You need to enable HTTP Strict Transport Security?
    2. Adjustments secure cookies without activating. Is this it for? it is necessary?
    3.¿ necessary (1) and / or (2) or can activate the plug-in without any problem in the first domain without these "steps"?

    Thanks for your attention,

    A greeting!

  16. David
    David says:

    Realice todos los pasos y ahora lo que me pasa es que he desaparecido de Google y no aparezco en las búsquedas qué ha podido pasar

  17. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    David, haz las siguientes comprobaciones:
    – Asegúrate de que has creado una cuenta en Google Search Console con el dominio y la https.
    – Comprueba que tengas dado de alta en Google Search Console el sitemap correspondiente… por cierto tu sitemap https://todosobremovil.com/sitemap.xml está en blanco… asegúrate de que tienes sitemap y de que conoces la dirección correcta.
    – Comprueba en tu wordpress–> Ajustes que no tengas puesto que los buscadores no entren en la web.

    Con estas 3 cosas bien hechas, deberías tener toda la web reindexada en menos de 48 horas.

  18. DAVID
    DAVID says:

    Hola Montserrat. Esta todo ok menos lo que me has dicho. Que mi sitemap esta en blanco y puede ir por ahi la cosa. En yoats se o me sale este sitemaps
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/post-sitemap.xml 2018-07-15 10:49 +02:00
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/page-sitemap.xml 2018-07-04 17:31 +02:00
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/product-sitemap1.xml 2018-07-18 05:39 +02:00
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/product-sitemap2.xml 2018-07-18 15:17 +02:00
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/category-sitemap.xml 2018-07-15 10:49 +02:00
    https://www.todosobremovil.com/product_cat-sitemap.xml 2018-07-18 15:17 +02:00
    y en los robots tengo.
    Sitemap: https://todosobremovil.com/sitemap.xml
    Sitemap: https://todosobremovil.com/news-sitemap.xml
    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /wp-admin/
    Allow: /wp-admin/admin-ajax.php

    a ver si es por esto. ¿que hago?

    Muchas gracias

  19. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    David, OK, bien hecho. Yo además haría: entra en Google Search Console –> Rastreo –> Sitemaps –> Añadir Sitemap y daría de alta directamente los sitemaps que te ha creado Yoast. Esto no suele fallar… en menos de 48 horas lo tienes todo de nuevo dentro de Google.
    We talk to each other.

  20. DAVID
    DAVID says:

    Buenos dias Montserrat lo raro es que ya los mande en su momento pero dentro de la configuracion de los robots estaba mal, de momento todavia no salgo, vamos a ver que pasa por que ya me he vuelto loco dos meses sin encontrar una solución y tu me ha dado luz. Crucemos los dedos.

    thank you very much

  21. DAVID
    DAVID says:

    Hoy he aparecido durante una hora mas o menos y he vuelto a desaparecer he incluido el ultimo que te he puesto en los robotx a ver que pasa ahora

  22. DAVID
    DAVID says:

    Buenos dias
    ¿A que es muy raro lo que me pasa? lo dicho ayer de repente salen mas de 1600 resultado de mi web, duro mas o menos una hora y luego he vuelto a desaparecer. No entiendo nada.

  23. Peñarroya Montserrat
    Peñarroya Montserrat says:

    David, un par de cosas:
    1) Para que Yoast no te ponga cosas que no quieres en el Sitemap, puedes indicarle qué es lo que quieres en la configuración del plugin. Así que si no quieres los productos, díselo al plugin.
    2) Cuando das de alta el sitemap en Google Search Console debe decirte cuántas páginas ha indexado y cuántas no. Qué te dice? Sí es raro que aparezcas y desaparezcas… es como si estuvieses penalizado por algo… (supongo que no tendrás contenido escondido detrás de imágenes, o en texto blanco sobre fondo blanco… o alguna redirección rara que no sea la 301 del https…)

    Ya me dirás.
    A ver si lo solucionamos.

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