What are the steps to move a HTTP site to HTTPS?

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I have a site with decent traffic and getting good traffic from Google, around 6000 pages. I want to move it to HTTPS because i heard google will give good rankings to https sites.
My question is what are steps to move a HTTP site to HTTPS without losing rankings and traffic?
 

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You have only to make sure there are a redirection 301 from http to https.
With Apache :

Code:
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Menlo]RewriteEngine On[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Menlo]RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off[/FONT][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Menlo]RewriteRule (.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R,L][/FONT][/COLOR]
With Nginx :

Code:
	server {	listen 80;
	server_name yourdomain.com;
	return 301 https://yourdomain.com$request_uri;
}
 

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Is is a redirecting method to move to https from http. So, how to have https on my site URL. what server do you recommend me to use? including free and paid SSL services.
 

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You will not actually lose the traffic if you redirect your website from http to https. However in the first reply, it is already mentioned the way of redirecting by editing .htaccess
For FREE SSL Service, the only SSL i can recommend you is Lets Encrypt SSL.
For paid SSL service, it actually depends how big your company is, investing on a expensive SSL is not a good choice if company is not that big, Comodo cheapest SSL will work.
 

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to redirect site from http to https, you can do it from .htaccess but sometimes, sub pages sometimes don't redirect, in that case you will need to change all site links from http to https. This issue mostly occurs with wordpress. So you need to replace entries in database as well as files.
 

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It is better to do not edit .htaccess if you are using Wordpress, it is always better to use a good plugin to force SSL, editing .htaccess of Wordpress can change some important configurations.
 

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Its easier to do a cPanel HTTPS redirect or just use the .htaccess file and add 3 lines, than install a whole new plugin. However lets not forget to mention that some end users are not as tech-savy or are afraid of code editing and prefer an automated plug'n'play solution, those SSL plugins are the perfect fit for such users.
 
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