Google Uses HTTPS as a Ranking Signal for Google Search

Security is a top priority for Google. And we are happy to hear, that Google uses HTTPS (encryption via SSL) as a ranking signal for Google Search.

In short, what this means is that sites offering HTTPS will get a small boost in the Google Search results.

Google provides some basic tips for webmasters (source):

  • Decide the kind of certificate you need: single, multi-domain, or wildcard certificate
  • Use 2048-bit key certificates
  • Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain
  • Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains
  • Check out our Site move article for more guidelines on how to change your website’s address
  • Don’t block your HTTPS site from crawling using robots.txt
  • Allow indexing of your pages by search engines where possible. Avoid the noindex robots meta tag.

Improve security and Google ranking of your website with a few easy steps

Keep your users data safe using 1&1 SSL certificates. Our SSL certificates are provided by GeoTrust® and offer 256-bit encryption and 2048bit root for your domain.
They provide encryption whether your visitors access your website using www. ( or directly (

The most important features at a glance:

  • Security: Strong 256-bit encryption; 2048-bit root
  • Authentication: Domain validated
  • Convenience: Easy to set up – It only takes a few minutes
  • Universality: Support for more than 99% of browsers and most mobile device browsers
  • Reissue Period: Unlimited, free reissues for lifetime of certificate / 6x/year

Managing your SSL certificates

Many 1&1 Web Hosting Packages already include SSL certificates

To review, if your package includes a SSL certificate, open your 1&1 Control Panel and select MyData > Show range of functions to show more information about your package.

Select Included Features > Web Hosting. Under SSL, there will be a list of available SSL certificates.  Show my SSL certificates

If there are no certificates visible and your package is eligible for a SSL certificate, an upgrade link will be displayed within the Web Hosting section.

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