HTTP and HTTPS are key essential parts to go on a web page, but what is the difference?. Every time you are on a website you always see either HTTP or HTTPS but what do they mean? Normally people don’t look at what’s before www., but HTTP and HTTPS are key to making websites work properly. HTTP and HTTPS are protocols that are used by browsers to read web pages. But why are there two different types of protocols for web pages?
What does HTTP stand for?
HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. But what does that mean?
Hypertext stands for web pages. Web pages are made up of a combination of different developer languages. One of these is HTML, Hypertext Markup Language, which is read by browsers.
Transfer: is the transfer of data containing HTML, CSS, and PHP.
Protocol: a set of rules in a given situation
What does HTTPS stand for?
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. The only difference between HTTP and HTTPS is that the information that is transferred is encrypted so no one else can have access to it. This is mostly used for websites you are ordering things for, i.e. online shopping.
How do you turn websites that have HTTP to HTTPS?
To make any website turn from HTTP into HTTPS you will be needing an SSL certificate. The SSL certificate has been added to the website, it will make it secure by encrypting the data you put in. Having an SSL certificate will allow you to feel more secure while you are on a website. For example, if you are searching for a hotel or flight and you need to put in card details and addresses when you are paying for them.
Aside from making the website more secure, an SSL certificate will help with your website’s SEO. Google is recognising being secure on the internet is important. By recognising this, Google is boosting your SEO ranking on all websites that have https://www. instead of having http://www. within their URL for their website.
Written by: Amy Massey
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