The Cpanel's AutoSSL certificate

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I'm not an authority on this by any means but if you have recieved the email
AutoSSL certificate installed
from Cpanel you can now change your site over to a secure https link.

To check it click on your site link and change the http to https so if your site is just put in and you should see the secure connection lock icon in your browsers address bar. Then go through it to make sure all your links are working like they should.

Then you add a redirect using .htaccess, this how you do that.
Open notepad (not wordpad it has to be plain text) and paste this:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R=301,L]
This type of redirect will also catch queries with no specified URLs from the website, for example if a user is trying to access a page, like for example: will be redirected to:
SAVE AS: .htaccess
On your computer it'll say .htaccess.txt - notepad needs that .txt extension
FTP that to your ROOT DIRECTORY, that is where all your website files and folders are.
Once there use the FTP client to rename it to just be .htaccess
As a configuration file, .htaccess is very powerful. Even the slightest syntax error (like a missing space) can result in your content not displaying correctly or at all.
Since .htaccess is a hidden system file, please make sure your FTP client is configured to show hidden files. This is usually an option in the program's preferences/options.

Now you need to update your sitemap.xml <url> <loc> to https and delete the old or just edit it online with your ftp client plus if you use a schema on your pages update those.

Once that's all done in Google webmaster you actually need to add a new property to search console by clicking on the "add a property" button and adding the full url. and
Google advises you add all four properties: and
Then you can set the prefered domain.
Google Analytics has a simple way of updating the site with a drop-down box that contains http & https.

There can be more to it, but that's it simplified.
You can always do a search on it for more info.
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Just to let you know I've switched over an old site of mine to a responsive RSD, and added the Cpanel SSL certificate to it.
That uses the 301 redirect from that I showed you above. It's not too hard to do, it's free and it auto renews so that's neat. Plus I checked it out and it received a A- which is good.

You may already have it available on your Cpanel, you can also check with your host some have it so you can turn it on. I personally received an email right from Cpanel for all of my sites, which I thought was cool.

I'll let you know in a couple of months how it effects rank, since google says they are going to "strengthen" https sites.
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Okay so the update after 2 months:

With the changes we requested for the images updates in RSD and adding the https I've re-captured my top ranking for local for the searches I was after.

One note on these when you end up with so many links in your google search console.
Even with the re-direct and setting the site setting preference from to for example
I also had to add a rel="canonical" link in the HEADER on each page... so the index got:
<link rel="canonical" href="" />
for example and you do that for every page with it's specific link.

What that does is tell search to use your https for your console results. With the 4 links now in there without the rel= link it may use the old http link. So as with most hosts you get the duplicated www's and this way it should go into all those and fix that issue.
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Alter Eagle - Thanks for update info on this I was not sure about the "canonical" and correct way to implement on pages. You explained what I needed.
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