So far, server resources or not, I believe that limited HTTPS support was mostly about little incentive there was for most users to use HTTPS portals. HTTPS Everywhere has been around for some time, but no so many non-tech users were using it.
secure.wikimedia.org for instance is definitely slower than *.wikipedia.org. HTTPS Everywhere users might have noticed that. There are probably various legit reasons for this (hello wikitech-l!), but until now improving response time on HTTPS portals was probably not the top priority of availability/reliability teams.
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