Today I will show you how to properly move your WordPress site from http:// to https:// without editing or coding in your site. SSL Certificate is a very important thing for your site. Because when someone visits your site the browser shows the following warning if your site doesn’t have SSL.
When the visitor sees this notice it gives them a bad impression about your site. So, they don’t feel secure to visit your site again. That’s why you should enable SSL/https on your site.
Requirements For Using SSL/https On Your WordPress Site:
The requirements for using SSL in WordPress is not very high. All you need to do is purchase an SSL certificate, and you might already have it for free. Nowadays most of the Hosting Companies offers free SSL certificate. If you not sure whether the SSL enabled or not you can ask your hosting provider.
How To Enable SSL/HTTPS On Your WordPress Site:
After you have enabled the SSL certificate on your domain name, you will need to set up your WordPress site to use SSL and HTTPs protocols.
Setup SSL/HTTPs In WordPress Using Plugin:
This is the easiest method of setting up SSL on your WordPress site. You can find a lot of tutorials on the web on how to enable SSL in your WordPress site. But I can bet you this is the easiest way of setting up SSL/HTTPs in WordPress.
Step 1. Download and install the Really Simple SSL plugin from the link below.
Step 2. Now you need to visit Settings >> SSL page. The plugin will automatically detect your SSL certificate, and it will set up your WordPress site to use HTTPs.
The plugin will take care of everything including the mixed content errors.
What the plugin does behind the scenes:
- Check SSL certificate
- Set WordPress to use https in URLs
- Set up redirects from HTTP to HTTPs
- Look for URLs in your content still loading from insecure HTTP sources and attempt to fix them.
Note: The plugin attempts to fix mixed content errors by using the output buffering technique. It can have a negative performance impact because it’s replacing content on the site as the page is being loaded. This impact is only seen on the first-page load, and it should be minimal if you are using a caching plugin.
While the plugin says you can keep SSL and safely deactivate the plugin, it’s not 100% true. You will have to leave the plugin active at all times because deactivating the plugin will bring back mixed content errors.
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