Will visitors know I've gone from an SSL site to a non-SSL site for HTTP?
November 15, 2012 5:56 AM Subscribe
SSL, licences, and migrating a website. Old server has an SSL certificate. New one has not. Not using HTTPS. Will visitors see any warnings or otherwise perceive the change?
posted by alasdair to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Migrating a website. Everything looks fine: old database/files on new machine all work when you browse them with the temporary test domain name. About to re-point the actual website domain name with our DNS host/provider. So "www.mysite.com" points to the old server, and we're about to change it to point to the new server.
But wait! The old server has an SSL licence and is set up to use SSL. (We used to do some HTTPS stuff, but now we don't.) The new one does not: SSL is not set up on that server. So I can visit https://www.mysite.com on the old server, but not on the new one.
So Fred has been to our old server, http://www.mysite.com. Next day he goes to http://www.mysite.com. Will his browser warn him that the license has disappeared? Will there be any other untoward effects?
Background information: this sounds like a dumb question. Fred is using HTTP. That doesn't use SSL! So what's the problem?
In an unrelated accident yesterday, we told the old site to use an invalid (expired) SSL certificate. And people accessing got security warnings about the SSL certificate. They weren't trying to use HTTPS. (OR WERE THEY? Do modern browsers all try to switch HTTPS by default?)
So I'm worried now that when we migrate to the new SSL-less server, we'll have users getting warnings about the sudden lack of an SSL license, even though they are not using HTTPS. Can anyone reassure me?