A client of mine is a workshop-based school that gets ~80K page views per month, caters to creative professionals, and offers course registration (and payment) online. The payment portions of the site are hosted by a third party and are already secured with SSL.
My question: are there any disadvantages to serving the entire site via an https connection, redirecting any http requests? I'm unsure of the SEO impact, but bandwidth and speed aren't issues since we use a CDN service.
Basic membership details are collected over http (name, email, employer), and after a few years we finally got a complaint about the fact that this isn't more secure. Before buttoning up the entire site, I want to understand the implications of that choice.