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    Internet Explorer Advantages of Installing SSL

    Dear Experts,

    For over an year, I was thinking to install SSL certificates to my website. I will be doing it soon, but wanted to discuss a few things with you. I was having a few queries in mind :

    1.) My website homepage is about 350 KB in size. I have optimized it well for faster loading. Will SSL make my website very very slow?

    2.) I am planning to use Thawte Domain only certificate. Will that give a green Bar or a lock pad icon in the browser? (As I am passionate about that green thing to be on my website). Or will it give any kind of warning to user?

    3.) Is there even one in a million chance that it will also effect the seo.

    4.) From my htaccess, I will forward all http requests to https. No issues with that, but will I have to change all occurrences of http links of images in my html to point to https ?

    5.) I am fetching my static content from my multiple domains with http and from CDN. Will that be responsible for any other kind of warning? or will I also have to install ssl in those too?

    Please any expert out there, help me in getting all these doubts cleared. So that I can finally make up my mind to install ssl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanoop13 View Post
    1.) My website homepage is about 350 KB in size. I have optimized it well for faster loading. Will SSL make my website very very slow?
    Yes, SSL affects server performance, but not noticably. Speed should not be your concern.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanoop13 View Post
    2.) I am planning to use Thawte Domain only certificate. Will that give a green Bar or a lock pad icon in the browser? (As I am passionate about that green thing to be on my website). Or will it give any kind of warning to user?
    With SSL, you should, at the very least, get a padlock icon...but I'm not sure on the "domain only" type. My understanding is that's the most basic type of SSL...you get encryption but no real useful validation of who you are.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanoop13 View Post
    3.) Is there even one in a million chance that it will also effect the seo.
    If handled improperly, search engines can pick up content twice, essentially splitting your "page rank" in half for each set of content. Think carefully about *where* you are using your certificate. If it's just on your home page that is showing data to the user, then you don't need to ever use the certificate there. SSL is really only useful on things like login pages or anywhere the user is sending or receiving sensitive data.

    Quote Originally Posted by nanoop13 View Post
    4.) From my htaccess, I will forward all http requests to https. No issues with that, but will I have to change all occurrences of http links of images in my html to point to https ?
    Again, see my comment on #3. You don't necessarily need to do this on your entire site. All content on any SSL encrypted page MUST be secure. Otherwise you'll get tons of warnings that say "some of the content on this page is not encrypted. Do you want to display unencrypted content?"

    Quote Originally Posted by nanoop13 View Post
    5.) I am fetching my static content from my multiple domains with http and from CDN. Will that be responsible for any other kind of warning? or will I also have to install ssl in those too?
    Same answer as above. Even fetching SSL content from other domains may cause issues, though I would wait on someone who is more familiar with this to get a better answer.


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