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Default April 21st - Mobile-Friendly Sites To Rank Better In Mobile Search on Google

Hello Everyone,

Just in case you have not heard, via Google "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results. Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high quality search results that are optimized for their devices. "

http://searchengineland.com/google-search-algorithm-adds-mobile-friendly-factors-app-indexing-ranking-215573

and it looks like the need to move to HTTPS is coming too.

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/everything-seos-need-know-googles-new-stance-https/124454/

Has anyone moved to HTTPS?

Thanks!

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We have some clients using https only. We also always encourage/insist on using either our mobile mod or us creating a responsive template (depending on the client's needs) when we upgrade. We figured this was coming soon!

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I use https only and do not see any downside using it. Of course a busy store with thousands of products may have some speed impact.
And I always go with responsive. I like it way better than specific mobile site and it is easier to maintain.
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I'm assuming if we continue to use the official X-Cart Mobile Module then the site is still considered as 'Mobile Friendly'?
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I'm assuming if we continue to use the official X-Cart Mobile Module then the site is still considered as 'Mobile Friendly'?
You can test here https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/
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X-Cart as an e-commerce platform is ready
http://www.x-cart.com/mobile-ecommerce-solution.html#responsive_mobile

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Our mobile module also passes the test:
http://www.bcsengineering.com/store/mobile-mod-for-x-cart.html

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Yes, thanks to the options from all of you if we store owners have not made our sites mobile friendly yet it's on us... For our site Phil's reBOOT responsive template was the perfect customizable choice. http://www.xcartmods.co.uk/reboot/

Has anyone seen a "Best Practices" for moving an x-cart site to HTTPS? I'll be checking with Jon at Smack Digital since I use CDSEO Pro and we'll also see what Total Server Solutions has to say.
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There is no downside to moving to HTTPS (other than potential speed issues which you can resolve with the hosting company). From an SEO side of things, we haven't really seen that much of an advantage, but that doesn't mean we won't in the near future.

With regards to best practices, there's a few things I'd advise in the process;
1) Change your .htaccess to redirect to the HTTPS mode of things
2) Change your canonical URLs to make sure they have HTTPS in them (most people forget this step)
3) Generate a *NEW* site at Google Webmaster Tools. We recommend not removing the HTTP version - this way you can track and resolve any errors. Don't forget to submit the new sitemap!
4) Don't forget about Bing - make those updates there too
5) Final step is all your SEO places (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp) - make sure to remember to update the URLs with them to HTTPS links

Google isn't penalizing anyone who had HTTP as the link to their site, so you don't need to contact places and ask them to use HTTPS, but for any new links, they'll all start using the https method and you'll be golden.

The process of moving over is really quite easy. The only other "gotcha" to watch out for if you are using a CDN is to make sure they accept the HTTPS, or if you have to upgrade your plan with them to use it.

Between the move to HTTPS and the move to Mobile - this is becoming quite an exciting time for people. I still haven't seen if Google is treating the addition of the Mobile-Ready website as being a bonus or a penalty when it comes to SEO. Time will tell on that part.
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There is no downside to moving to HTTPS (other than potential speed issues which you can resolve with the hosting company). From an SEO side of things, we haven't really seen that much of an advantage, but that doesn't mean we won't in the near future.

With regards to best practices, there's a few things I'd advise in the process;
1) Change your .htaccess to redirect to the HTTPS mode of things
2) Change your canonical URLs to make sure they have HTTPS in them (most people forget this step)
3) Generate a *NEW* site at Google Webmaster Tools. We recommend not removing the HTTP version - this way you can track and resolve any errors. Don't forget to submit the new sitemap!
4) Don't forget about Bing - make those updates there too
5) Final step is all your SEO places (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp) - make sure to remember to update the URLs with them to HTTPS links

Google isn't penalizing anyone who had HTTP as the link to their site, so you don't need to contact places and ask them to use HTTPS, but for any new links, they'll all start using the https method and you'll be golden.

The process of moving over is really quite easy. The only other "gotcha" to watch out for if you are using a CDN is to make sure they accept the HTTPS, or if you have to upgrade your plan with them to use it.

Between the move to HTTPS and the move to Mobile - this is becoming quite an exciting time for people. I still haven't seen if Google is treating the addition of the Mobile-Ready website as being a bonus or a penalty when it comes to SEO. Time will tell on that part.
Hi Conor, thank you for your reply on moving from HTTP to HTTPS! This was exactly the type of information I was hoping would be posted. I've never gotten to thank you before because I've always been with that other guy (Emerson)

Thank you so much!

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