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Changing from HTTP to HTTPS?
« on: November 06, 2016, 10:41:21 am »
I saw this post on BoingBoing that Google Chrome is going to start displaying increasingly prominent warnings on non-HTTPS sites.

Figured I'd start a topic since I think a lot of us administer archives that are a number of years old, and I certainly don't know anything about HTTP verses HTTPS. I also worry red warning signs will affect registration and maybe also traffic.

So the questions:
* Should we eFic admins be looking into changing to HTTPS?
* If so, how difficult is it?
* I'm sure the process differs by webhost (we use Dreamhost), but what steps should be taken on the eFicition side before attempting to change to HTTPS?
* Anything else to know?

Thanks in advance to any HTTPS savvy people out there who respond!


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Re: Changing from HTTP to HTTPS?
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2016, 01:49:39 am »
I wish I understood what you meant LOL. But I would love to know too :)


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Re: Changing from HTTP to HTTPS?
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2016, 11:33:20 am »
From a small test:

eFiction 3 (and eFiction 5 also) don't really bother if it's http or https. They'll use whatever scheme they find and just fiddle with the linked file/parameters.
Example (our site being https://bestffever.moon/buffypicard). Then eFiction will just add /user.php or /browse.php and not care about what's in the front. (Much unlike WP for example, anybody ever tried to move one?).

The issue is, you'll have to get a signed certificate and install it server-side, and that's something eFiction, like any other script, can not do itself.

Let's encrypt is offering free certificates.
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