joined:Oct 5, 2017
I'm looking for enlightenment. But to feel less confused would be good too :-)
OK, I just switched a website to HTTPS.
Now, in Google Search Console, I already had the original website URL listed there, confirmed, and working nicely.
So, right after changing to HTTPS, I added the other 3 possible variations of the website URL, as several guides suggested to do so:
http:// (the original version of the site)
https :// (the new, and preferred main domain moving forward)
http ://www (not wanted, not used)
https ://www (not wanted, not used)
Aside: I think it odd that Google would want all types added?!
The next step was to submit my sitemap.xml to the HTTPS entry. Well, I did just that. And then I chose that one as my preferred main domain. Here's where I get super confused..
I've read in some guides that I should also submit sitemaps for the other
Perhaps with the old URLs listed?
This is either nonsense, or smart.
I don't know which though!
Secondly, if it is indeed SMART to do, I don't see how I CAN add sitemaps for other variants of my domain?
The server only hosts one version of my website, after all?..
If I link to http ://mysite.com/sitemap.xml then it will just 301 redirect to the new https location.. surely?
And I can't physically add a sitemap.xml file to a different URL version on my server..
So I clearly need help understanding this part.
Lastly, and maybe related to the above..
In Search Console, when I view the new HTTPS version of the site, I notice under "Sitemaps" it tells me:
29 URLs submitted
5 URLs indexed
Huh? Why only 5 out of 29?
It's been like this for 2 or 3 days now. Is this something that will resolve itself, or do I need to do something?
Any help on the above would be gratefully received :-)
PS. I appear to have also been hit with whatever Google algo change that just happened, right before
I did the HTTPS change... ugh
[edited by: goodroi at 5:11 pm (utc) on Oct 5, 2017]
[edit reason] Delinked examples [/edit]