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How to Configure SSL for WordPress

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:  

  • Secure a backup of WordPress website files. 
  • Secure a backup of WordPress database SQL file. 
  • Check the details of the new version and make sure that it is compatible with the current WordPress version you are using. 

Changing the WordPress Website URL

  1. 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.  
  2. 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 (replace 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. 

Plugin Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 3. Click Add New.  

Add New Plugin Button in WordPress Dashboard

Step 4. Enter SSL in the search box for us to filter all plugins relating to SSL.  

Enter SSL in Plugins Search Box

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

Really Simple SSL Install Now Button

Step 6. Once the installation is complete, click the Activate button.  

Really Simple SSL Activate Button

Step 7. Read and meet the prerequisites on the list.  

Step 8. Click the Go ahead, activate SSL! button.  

Really Simple SSL Go Ahead 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.  

Padlock Beside URL

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. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our 24/7 Singaporeor Australia Support Team if you have further questions.  

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Updated on April 16, 2021

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