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What does http vs. https mean for my website?
What does http vs. https mean for my website?
Learn what https (or SSL) means for your Spectora hosted website and how it can help how your site looks in search results and browsers.
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Written by Kevin Wagstaff
Updated over a week ago

For those not familiar with what HTTPS means, here is a definition:

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to. The 'S' at the end of HTTPS stands for 'Secure'. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. HTTPS is often used to protect highly confidential online transactions like online banking and online shopping order forms.

Basically it's a more secure way of transmitting data to and from your website.

Starting July 2018 Google is marking sites that are on http protocol as "not secure" in the address bar. 

Google has also confirmed that this is a small SEO ranking factor that can help/hurt you in search results.

HTTPS Comes With Spectora Managed Hosting Plans

For those that want this small SEO-edge and don't want their site to show as "Not secure", you can upgrade to a Spectora Managed Hosting account to be HTTPS enabled.

Here are some extra benefits you get with a Managed Hosting Plan:

  • Unlimited website edits with priority 24-hour response times 

  • Agent promo page created for you

  • Repair Request Builder page created for you

  • First-look and implementation of new marketing pages/integrations

The extra cost for this will depend what your current hosting plan is. We will prorate and credit you back for the remainder of your current plan if you want to upgrade.

If you're interested in a Spectora Managed Hosting account, please contact us via the online chat or at

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