SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a method, or protocol, for securing connections between computers. If the connection between two computers is not secured, then cyber attackers can intercept these communications and steal data, including credit card numbers and personal information.
A secure website builds credibility to your business. It is indicated by HTTPS at the beginning of the URL and a padlock on the left of the URL. An HTTPS URL can only be requested if an SSL certificate is installed to the domain name.
However, the redirection to HTTPS does not happen automatically after the SSL installation. The redirection still needs to be set up on your WordPress site.
There are two ways on how to setup the HTTPS redirection on a WordPress website:
- Changing website URL
- Using a plugin
|Important Note: Make sure this process is done overnight when there are least expected visitors on the website. Do the preparations listed below before applying changes to your website:
Changing the WordPress Website URL
- Change the URL from HTTP to HTTPS in WordPress dashboard and in phpMyAdmin. Changing the URL in both places makes sure the URL is synced. Follow the links below on how to change the URL in each area.
- Try to access the website if it now shows the padlock on the left of the URL. Otherwise, try to setup the redirection using the plugin.
Activating an SSL Plugin
Step 1. Log in to your WordPress dashboard via the link yourdomain.com/wp-admin (replace yourdomain.com with the domain of your website) or on any of the methods below depending on your web hosting plan.
Step 2. Click Plugins on the menu bar at the left side of the page.
Step 3. Click Add New.
Step 4. Enter SSL in the search box for us to filter all plugins relating to SSL.
Step 5. Click Install Now button on the plugin to be installed.
|Note: This article uses Really Simple SSL as an example. The next steps show how to activate this same plugin. If you have another preferred plugin to use for SSL you can use that as well.|
Step 6. Once the installation is complete, click the Activate button.
Step 7. Read and meet the prerequisites on the list.
Step 8. Click the Go ahead, activate SSL! button.
Step 9. The page redirects you to the login page of WordPress dashboard. Enter the credentials to log in.
Step 10. Access your website and the padlock should now show indicating that your website automatically redirects to an HTTPS site.
|Tip: Really Simple SSL plugin does not work right away with Elementor. If this happens, follow the steps on how to fix mixed content in Elementor after moving to SSL.|