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Is there an SEO (or other) risk from installing an SSL and not (yet) using it?

Discussion in 'Security' started by spaceman, Sep 26, 2016.

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  1. spaceman

    spaceman Well-Known Member

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    Let's say I use AutoSSL and Let's Encrypt to successfully install SSLs for multiple domains on a server.

    OK, but there's a difference between having an SSL installed, and actually using that SSL. By "using" I mean, for example, forcing a website to use https permanently, or perhaps only forcing https when someone wants to login to the backend CMS.

    So assume I've got lots of websites with SSL installed, but not yet used. Given that Google favours https sites over http sites, might Google detect that a site has a valid SSL, and then starts indexing the https version in preference to the http version. But what if Google detects errors as a consequence, e.g. non-secure (http) elements on an otherwise https page? Might this effect be to the detriment of the site?

    In summary, are there any reasons (SEO or otherwise) why having an SSL cert installed, but not used, might be detrimental to the site?

    Thx,

    Ross
     
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