HTTPS by default beta program

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Now that we’ve enabled HTTPS by default for logged-in users, our next major objective is to enable HTTPS by default for anonymous users. We have a number of steps to take to arrive at this goal, including a couple important initial steps, such as conducting proper testing for load and shaking out bugs on smaller scale deployments before mass deployment.

For both load testing and shaking out bugs, we’d like to switch some Wikimedia projects to HTTPS by default. We’re launching a beta program where you can opt your project in for HTTPS by default testing. Signing up for this program doesn’t necessarily mean your project will be selected in the first rounds of testing, but it will put your project into a pool of wikis we can select from.

To sign up for the program, please get consensus from the contributor community on your project and add it to the list on meta.

Ryan Lane
Operations Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation

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Ryan Lane 1 year

I’ve updated the links to point to HTTPS. We aren’t really wordpress developers or administrators, for the most part. It’s actually relatively difficult to support both https and http in wordpress as it doesn’t use protocol relative urls and we do still want folks from China and Iran to be able to read the posts.

Maybe this is something we’ll be able to have fixed when the blog is moved?

Dan 1 year

Great. It’d be nice to see some of your other planned steps, including a timeline.

FYI: two of the three links point to http:// resources, rather than protocol relative or https://, and for some reason this comment form points to http://blog.wikimedia.org, even though I’m on the https:// version…

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