Pingdom Redirects

I recently updated my website to https and pingdom reduced my performance grade for redirects since every time it is redirected from http to https. Is there anyway to change this?

  • Adam Czajczyk

    Hello Kimberly

    I hope you're well today and thank you for your question!

    I have checked your site with Pingdom Tools and it indeed decreases grade slightly but that happens only if you are testing an url withouth https:// prefix.

    If you put entire site address with https:// prefix, the grade is slightly higher.

    The difference is is very minimal (4 points in my tests) and it's the amount that will not affect anything. Surely it's something unnoticeable for a visitor and search engines do not take that grade into account as a ranking factor (well, the loading speed is important but that's quite a different story here, the specific number is irrelevant).

    The point is, if you do want to "force SSL" on site you need some sort of redirect, otherwise visitors and search engines' crawles would be able to visit non-secured site. There has to be redirect that happens when someone opens "domain.com" URL instead of "https://domain.com" URL.

    What I would do, would be this:

    - when testing performance, I would use a full URL (including "https://" prefix) so test engines would just skip redirects

    - I'd make sure to rebuild site's sitemap and use Google Webmaster tools to make Google "re-read" it (you can remove an old sitemap and add a new one)

    This way Google would re-index your site over time (note: that might take some time) and return SSL links to your site instead of non-SSL links. When someone clicks on such links, he/she is taken to the site skipping that redirect in question.

    Also make sure that you actually have the site properly set up for HTTPS:
    - go to "Settings -> General" Page in site's back-end
    - the "WordPress Address" and "Site Address" options' values should start with "https://"

    With that set, when you share your site in Social Media the SSL (https://) link will also be used so - again - if somebody visits such link, a redirect will be skipped.

    If you have any additional questions on this, let me know please.

    Kind regards,
    Adam

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