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#1373960 by ken-admin
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:16 pm
SECOND TASK: PREP FOR FACEBOOK

Hi Everyone.

The boss asked me to start a new thread for these tasks and tips posts, so this is it. To see the original announcement and the Google tips and tasks, see this post...

https://forums.sitesell.com/viewtopic.php?f=136&t=222843

In that thread, Dan from [Domain Private] asked if switching to HTTPS will cause him to lose his Facebook and Pinterest likes and saves.

If you weren't using SBI!, the Facebook answer would be "YES, you would." (If you use SBI! for WP, you could have problems -- I haven't found any plugins that mention a fix for that issue with Facebook.)


What Is the Problem With Facebook

Good ol' Facebook. So big that it does what it wants. The other social media platforms recognize the switch from http to https. So a like on a page using http translates over to the same page on https. No loss of tweet numbers, pins, etc.

Facebook, however, does not recognize the switch. If you have 100 likes on your home page on http, after the switch you would have 0, none, nada, zip, zilch.

Not good, right?

Well, our developers have come up with an excellent solution to Facebook's intransigence. Whenever Facebook tries to access the https version of the page (that is, the new version), it will be redirected to the http version (the original version).

Only FB will do this. All the other platforms will see the https page, because they do things the way they should be.


Checking Social Media Tags and Codes

If you have Socialize It on your pages, or FB Like buttons or commenting that you added through Face It, there's nothing you need to do to prepare for HTTPS.

If you added +1 buttons, or Pinterest Follow/Twitter Follow buttons using the Social Block in BB2, you have nothing to do there either.

If you add the Save (Pin) code to your images using the Image Block in BB2, you have nothing to do.

All of the above will be taken care of by the dev team. And if you used code provided by SBI! for your uploaded pages (UYOH), there's nothing for you to do either.


Anything Else

If you've added anything else to your pages, then you'll want to check them and see if you need to update anything to HTTPS.

For example, the Facebook Page Plugin (it used to be the Facebook Like Box, for people to like your Facebook business page) may need updating. I just updated mine this morning to test that it works.

If you added the plugin to your site's Extra Column years ago, it's probably http. If so, you can simply add an s to http. However, I recommend that you log in to https://developers.facebook.com, click on My Apps, select what is probably called the Like Box app (if you named it that), and collect the code for it again.

Then return to BB2, edit a page, click on the Sitewide Dot that contains the FB code, and replace the code. Be sure to leave any div tags or other tags. You only want to replace the FB code.

Embedded Tweets, FB Posts, etc.

If you've embedded anything from Twitter or Facebook, check one or two. You probably don't have to do anything, since these are fairly new options for adding content to your site. But if you see http in any URL, you'll need to change it to https. Be sure to view the page after rebuilding it, to ensure that the embedded post or tweet is still displaying.


Do You Use WordPress?

As I mentioned above, I haven't seen any plugins that help with ensuring that Facebook and other social media don't drop all your social signals.

But, if you want to ensure that your site is always using HTTPS, there are some plugins to consider. Note, though, that we have not tested either of these. However, both have over 10,000 installs.

Easy HTTPS Redirection... https://wordpress.org/plugins/https-redirection/ -- this redirects all links to the HTTPS version

HTTP/HTTPS Remover... https://wordpress.org/plugins/http-https-remover/ -- this one removes http or https from the URL in each link, ensuring that your site will always appear secure.


That's it until next week!
#1373983 by Mary from Mico
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:40 pm
Thank you Help Elf!

On PrintNPractice (I'll do my other site next), I see:

Code: Select all<meta http-equiv="content-language" content="en">


Do I need to change this? And how? I've tried looking in GWT but cannot see how to get that code again. If you can write a step by step, I would be so grateful.

Mary
#1374134 by Marylyn from family-getaways-melbourne.com
Sat Jun 17, 2017 3:18 am
Hmm, I think I might be in a little trouble as all I read was Blah, Blah, Blah :!::roll::shock:

When it comes to this sort of stuff, I really have to sit down and study what on earth it all means. is it relevant to me and do i need to do anything :?::?::?:

I know you explained it properly Help Elf, however the words are all jumbled up in my head.

What is this https thing?

Cheers,
Image
#1374161 by Paul from Mollymook Beach, NSW
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:31 am
Hi Helf,
If you added the plugin to your site's Extra Column years ago, it's probably http. If so, you can simply add an s to http. However, I recommend that you log in to https://developers.facebook.com, click on My Apps, select what is probably called the Like Box app (if you named it that), and collect the code for it again.
I'm darned if I could find any code at this location. I'm sorry - could you be more specific? I also went back to go in via https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/comments but that doesn't seem to show it either without seting up a new app. I presume I don't want to delete the app and start again!

Thanks!
Paul
#1374166 by Cath, SiteSell Content Team
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:10 am
Marylyn,

It will help you to read the "Wish List" thread where people were putting forward a case to change to https. It's not a given - you can choose whether you want your site to be https (instead of http) or not.

The link is here: https://forums.sitesell.com/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=218657

Hope that helps.

Cath.
#1374197 by Jeff from dogquotations.com
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:04 pm
Hi Paul. If you don't see an app, then you didn't create one. So you'll need to click on the Add a New App option, give it a name, complete the ridiculously difficult captcha, click on Read the Docs for the Social Plugins (last one at the bottom of the page), select Page Plugin from the left column, then enter your info and collect the code.
#1374220 by Paul from Mollymook Beach, NSW
Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:39 pm
Jeff from dogquotations.com wrote:Hi Paul. If you don't see an app, then you didn't create one. So you'll need to click on the Add a New App option, give it a name, complete the ridiculously difficult captcha, click on Read the Docs for the Social Plugins (last one at the bottom of the page), select Page Plugin from the left column, then enter your info and collect the code.

Sorry - I wasnt clear. Yes - I have the app. Just could not spot the code :(
Thanks!
#1374267 by Jeff from dogquotations.com
Sun Jun 18, 2017 2:18 pm
Paul, you missed the first step, which wasn't explicitly mentioned for the page plugin, but was earlier. Check the code on your site first. It has a URL similar to the one I posted above. If the URL in the code has https, you're good to go. If it doesn't, work through the process of editing the plugin (entering the domain name, setting the size, whether you want to show faces, etc.). Then copy that code and replace the existing code with it in the Raw HTML Block.
#1374298 by Paul from Mollymook Beach, NSW
Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:12 am
Jeff from dogquotations.com wrote:Paul, you missed the first step, which wasn't explicitly mentioned for the page plugin, but was earlier. Check the code on your site first. It has a URL similar to the one I posted above. If the URL in the code has https, you're good to go. If it doesn't, work through the process of editing the plugin (entering the domain name, setting the size, whether you want to show faces, etc.). Then copy that code and replace the existing code with it in the Raw HTML Block.

I got it!
<li><a class="SocialIconFacebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/LifeCoachingProfessionally" target="_blank" ></a></li>

We're good to go - thanks for the follow through.
Paul
#1375317 by Connor from Bullaring
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:31 am
Looking forward to making this happen :)

Just thought I'd provide a quick tip. I've started an Evernote where I'm using the checkbox option and as I read HE's post I make a note of what I'll need to do and then as I complete each of the tasks then I tick it off.

For example: Task 1: Prepare for Google
[ ] Check Analytics
[ ] check adsense


Task 2: Social Media
[ ] Check Facebook apps
etc
Maybe useful to do the same, if you are feeling a little overwhelmed
:)

Smiles
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