You’ve probably noticed all the SEO geeks running around tweeting about the emails Google has been sending out to Search Console users, warning them about what’s coming up in October of 2017.
Whether you’ve run across these tweets or not, you should know that if you haven’t yet migrated from HTTP to HTTPS, now is definitely the time to seriously consider it.
(Side Note: A while back, I wrote the WordPress HTTP:// to HTTPS:// Quick Start Guide to help you do the migration yourself, but many people find it’s just too difficult to manage without some experience in HTTP migrations. I’ve done a lot of migrations for them since that post.)
IMPORTANT: As of October, 2017, any pages that allow user input of any sort (such as entering text in Search box, for example), will receive the NOT SECURE warning in the Chrome address bar for that page. Other pages that ask for password or credit card input have been showing this warning for a while. But Google is expanding the warning to many more pages.
And that warning will eventually be on EVERY HTTP page in the future.
Here’s what that looks like.
It’s happening. Get all the details about what, why, and how much by visiting the Importance of HTTP to HTTPS Migration post. I’ll do all I can to keep your site from scaring visitors away with this browser warning!