Migrating From HTTPS To HTTP


Why Migrate From HTTPS To HTTP

While moving from HTTP to HTTPS is a growing trend, there may be a time when you want to convert HTTPS to HTTP. For us, the main driver was page load time. After we migrated to HTTPS, the average page load time went up substantially, thus negatively impacting user experience. We tried several methods to improve page load time, but found little success. As a result, we decided reverting to HTTP was the best way to proceed.

Do I Still Need an SSL Certificate After Migrating From HTTPS To HTTP?

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WebPageTest Error With HTTPS / HTTP2 Enabled Site


One situation I ran into when I migrated 1keydata.com to HTTPS with HTTP2 enabled was that I had an issue with the page load speed testing tools WebPageTest and GTMetrix. On both tools, https://www.1keydata.com/ failed to load, yet when I visit the site using a browser, the website loaded up fine. This is the first time I have seen a difference in behavior between these types of testing tools and a browser. Given the highly unusual nature of this difference, I decided to look into the issue further. Below is what the test result page on WebPageTest looked like:

WebPageTest Error Result Page

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Convert From HTTP to HTTPS Using CloudFlare SSL

I recently converted a website from HTTP to HTTPS using CloudFlare’s Universal SSL, which is free and does not require installation on the server, two factors that had prevented me from doing this previously. Here are the steps I took to convert my website to HTTPS:

1. Update all internal links to point to the HTTPS version of the asset. This includes the following:

  • Canonical URL
  • Internal links
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • Images
  • External CSS resources such as Google fonts

Depending on how complex your website is, this effort could range from a few minutes (if you have a very small website) to a big project that takes several months (if you are a large enterprise). However, if you belong to the latter category or if you are doing ecommerce, it is a good idea to go with one of the commercial SSL certificates rather than getting SSL through CloudFlare.

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