Earlier this year, Google announced that HTTPS shall now act as a factor in determining search engine ranks:
For now it’s only a very lightweight signal — affecting fewer than 1% of global queries, and carrying less weight than other signals such as high-quality content — while we give webmasters time to switch to HTTPS. But over time, we may decide to strengthen it, because we’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web.
I recently decided to employ HTTPS on some of my mission-critical websites. Implementation was pretty simple, but the major problem was that Google had indexed all my web pages as HTTP already. As such, redirecting users from HTTP to HTTPS was important. Continue reading Redirecting HTTP to HTTPS via .htaccess