Move to https in July - how and when?
In April Zenfolio announced that the move of our sites to HTTPS would be happening in July.
Well, it's July now, so I would like to receive an update, and I also have a few important questions about this.
I learned that moving to HTTPS means that Google sees your site as a complete NEW URL.
This can mean that your (new) site (temporarily) looses it's good placement in Google search.
Do we need to send a new sitemap to Google in order to speed up the ranking process ?
Will the transfer be an abrupt one, or will both sites http/https BOTH exist next to eachother ? For how long?
If the old site ceases to exist, does this mean that every link you ever sent to your clients stops working ?
Do we need to add the S to every existing hyperlink on our website?
Moving to a new URL might also mean that you loose all 5-star reviews you ever received on Google.
So I suppose we need to do a Reviews Transfer Request with Google ?
Will there be some kind of tutorial of what to do when the HTTPS move is implemented?
When will the move be? Is this a different date for every website? Will we be notified BEFORE the move?
Sorry for this list of questions, but this is important for all of us …