The 4 Steps To Add an SSL To Your WordPress Website

Lower Rankings when no HTTPS

When it comes to the virtual world, nothing happens easy. If you are a professional web designer or developer you know that there is usually a redirection that is required every time you intend to move from HTTP to HTTPS. I’ve been working with WordPress websites, the good news is that there is a good way to make all pages secure. Google has already admitted that having an SSL certificate is a ranking factor. When you get the idea that you might not be attracting as much traffic as you really should, it might be the right time to get your SSL certificate.

Here are the steps you will need to do:

1. Buy your SSL Certificate

You can do this through your host, some hosting companies charge for this and some provide this for free. Have the host install the certificate to your domain. Here is what to do next:

2. Check the padlock

Is your website shows up secure now? Then this is all you need to do. Don’t you have a padlock? Go to Why No Padlock and check the pages of your website if it’s secure. This tool can show the parts of the website that is not secure. Many times other plugins or images are causing issues.  We need a proper redirect.

3. Add a code to your .htaccess file

We need to make sure that all parts of your website now is redirected to the https version. Add this code to the .htaccess file. Yoast’s SEO tool will make this easier, just go to the Yoast Settings – Tools > File Editor. You will be able to add lines to the .htaccess file here. Just add this right under the line saying: RewriteEngine On

RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} !^443$
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

Then check your website again. If it is working, it’s great, if not then:

4. You will need to find the parts that are not secure

It’s getting tedious. You need to find the insecure items and update them to the secure versions. If the padlock tool shows you the issues, and these are images, you can then re-upload the images, make sure that they are available and linked to the https:// version. Since you have already installed a redirect, most likely the image is only not linked to the right version and will be available with the https version as well, all you will need to do is to update the code in the text editor to the https version.

If the padlock tool won’t show the insecure item which happened to me sometimes, it might be some plugin that makes the page unsecured. If all your pages are unsecured, this can be in your sidebar or footer or logo which is on each page. Many times the logo is causing the issue.

If only a page or a few is not secure, you might be able to point out the issue easily. All you need to do is to find the item that is still with the http tag and change it. If a plugin is causing the issue you might have to remove it. I hope this helped.

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