joined:June 2, 2006
A few days ago, I have moved a website (local organization that I help) to another provider. Now I got questioned by people why it does not work, just to realize that Google would show it in organic results as HTTPS version.
The site has never been HTTPS nor had any sort of SSL certificate installed.
Hm... cough, cough.
I could only think that the previous provider served both versions, for whatever reason. I thought that the website could not be HTTPS if the certificate is not installed.
The interesting part is that there is another website, same organization, served as HTTP (as it should be), and both websites went through the same procedure of a movement to a new webhost.
One difference at the moment though... I'm switching the domain name provider as well, the site that has trouble with HTTPS is currently being transferred. The "ok" one is done with the transfer.
But... organic results... even though Google reflects some stuff very quickly, I don't think domain registrar change could affect it this fast, even if that is theoretically possible.
Anyway, I would appreciate your input about where to start. BTW, websites have never been submitted to WMT as https.