A new HTTPS report in Search Console will soon be live, according to an announcement from Google. Google’s Search Central Blog made the statement, which stated that the search engine anticipates the launch process to take a few months.
One of the frequent requests Google received from users was to provide more information about the site’s HTTPS status and make it clearer which pages are not delivered over HTTPS and why.
This new report will display the proportion of HTTP and HTTPS indexed URLs on your website. It is now restricted to HTTPS URL-prefix sites and domain properties.
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Although the HTTP and HTTPS protocols are identical, HTTPS is more secure because it uses transport layer security (TLS) to encrypt and sign requests and answers.
Networks and users are better protected by HTTPS from website spoofers, eavesdroppers, and man-in-the-middle attacks. It accomplishes this by encrypting the communication channel between the user’s computer or other device and the website they are visiting, thereby guaranteeing the accuracy of the data delivered.
The majority of websites already use HTTPS
Currently, 95% of Google’s traffic is encrypted. Since Google first disclosed in 2014 that it will affect search engine rankings, this figure has steadily increased.
A canonical HTTP page, HTTPS pages with redirects, a sitemap leading bot to an HTTP page, and HTTPS URLs specified in the robots.txt file are examples of other faults that prohibit content from being delivered as HTTP.
Report Will Aid in Finding Underperforming Pages and Boosting UX
As HTTPS is a verified Google ranking signal, digital marketers and search engine optimisation specialists will find value in this new research.
Google can assist them in resolving the problems causing the HTTPS URL indexing failure by enabling them to check the HTTP/HTTPS status of a page via Search Console.
The user experience using HTTPS protocols is also superior to that of its insecure equivalents. Indicators are currently used by several browsers, including as Chrome and Firefox, to warn users of unsafe websites.
Google’s Core Web Vitals, a set of metrics that evaluates user experience in terms of page load time, interaction, invasive interstitials, and visual stability, also takes HTTPS use into account.