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  1. When will WordPress be able to operate on an entirely https basis?

    Apparently this will be a critical question for Google search result traffic.

    The blog I need help with is alethonews.wordpress.com.

  2. I would like to get an answer on this subject as well. Nice question.

  3. This article and the corresponding blog post by Paul Sieminski say it will be sometime in the next four months. That's all I've got!

  4. But they only mention *.wordpress.com blogs

    What about those who have an own domain via wordpress.com?

  5. Good point. If Automattic is going to secure all of the wordpress.com domains, I would think that would include any domains they've registered. Now I'm curious!

  6. Mapped domain's I think are the sticking point, https to a plain WordPress.COM blog is fairly straight forward (you can use https for your dashboard now0 - getting the certificate mismatch resolved for custom domain names seems to be the hard part based on what I saw from the staff a while back

    they are working on it

  7. Here is another thread with some more info from the staff: http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/does-domain-mapping-support-https?replies=12

    Hope that helps a bit

  8. druesome says in the other thread:

    We are planning to serve up all wordpress.com subdomains over SSL by the end of the year, but as of now there are no similar plans for blogs with Custom Domains.

    This is now with the recent Google SEO news a weighty problem that would force a lot of people with custom domain upgrades to switch over to selfhosting if there are really no plans.

    Google states that HTTPS sites have now a 1% advantage over the websites that don´t use it. They will slightly increase the factor to give webmasters enough time to activate HTTPS. By the end of the year they will increase this factor heavily and this would give all people here with a custom domain very serious disadvantages. I hope the staff is aware of this.

  9. I flagged this for staff attention - let them weigh in on the search results weighing issue

  10. Hi Dennis,

    I read the same blog post by Zineb Ait Bahajji and Gary Illyes. It actually states that they have been giving nudges to less than 1% of all global queries using HTTPS and that over time they may decide to strengthen it.

    Adding support for mapped domains is something which we also may provide, however as we don't have a time frame I could not speak to one. We know there is an interest so it is something which we have definitely been investigating.

  11. I can't believe Google would propose this without a solution for custom domains when they own the biggest source of mapped domains on the planet, Blogger/Blogspot. They must have one. I hope someone leaks it and we can implement it here, even if only making a bulk discount available for certificates. I'd happily pay $10 a year. I'd less happily consider $100.

  12. @raincoaster:
    I agree ( I'd happily pay $10 a year. I'd less happily consider $100.)

  13. Seems to me that once things like this get started - it gets traction given the state of spying going on now - would not take much for Google and others to up the % bias for https -

    And all it would take to kill traffic to non https sites is for one of the search engines or an antivirus add in for a browser to start showing a "Green / Secured" or "Red / not Secure" to kill traffic

    And every week something comes out about spying -

    Google to prioritise secure websites http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28687513

    Google uses its search results as a tool to ensure a secure internet

    http://gu.com/p/4vtdp

    thanks

  14. I'm with raincoaster. Google obviously has something worked out for Blogger domains. Make that happen here please too.

  15. Adding support for mapped domains is something which we also may provide, however as we don't have a time frame I could not speak to one. We know there is an interest so it is something which we have definitely been investigating.

    It´s good to know that you already investigate possibilities because I think this could become a very serious issue for us.

    I never have read much about SSL certificates as I simply didn´t have to as a blogger until now. As Auxclass mentioned here, I do hope too that you will be possible to team up and get them in bulk, so that we all get a discount.

    While I understand Google´s intention, I´m afraid that they literary kill small bloggers and I wonder too if they got already bulk discount for blogger/blogspot certificates or how they will manage it there. This is a very good question.

  16. This is extremely important. When one of my Readers told me she got a warning using https:// I told here to use http:// and never thought much more about it. However, now I'm wondering if other Readers have experienced the same thing and if the traffic drop I see is a result of this fuddle duddle.

  17. Given how competitive searches are - it would not take much to bias a result from page one to page five -

    I am on page one for some search terms out of between 100,000 and 1,000, results - so a very small bias against my site could kill my traffic and move me way back -

    The last Google update does not seem to have hurt my site - but I am real seasonal so it is very hard to understand some of the numbers and trends

    Just hate to have any bias against my site and others here -

    I can't see Google doing anything to hurt their blog platforms - so they have a way around the changes, even if it is a little line of code that says "don't bias against our own sites"

  18. between 100,000 and 1,000, results -

    Should read: between 100,000 and 1,000,000++++ results -

  19. Something happened to traffic and it could not have been a Penguin update issue because I only plagiarize my own published post content and my forum thread comments in my new posts and those are under the same username. :(

  20. I'm also getting direct flack in the comments on my hacker news site for not supporting SSL. Imagine my joy.

  21. Raincoaster I can imagine. I wish things like the SSL story would have higher priority on the to do list than creating a new post editor although the old one worked like a charm. SSL is in my opinion much more important now that Google decided to make it a ranking factor. But also because of the recent happenings, privacy should be a top priority over creating downgraded versions of tools that we all had no problem with.

  22. I'm also getting direct flack in the comments on my hacker news site for not supporting SSL. Imagine my joy.

    @RC - gee who would have thunk? A news site that deals with security & hacker issues has readers that are concerned about security - I am totally shocked -

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