SSL Certificate – What It Is & How To Add It To Your Blog

SSL Certificate

Hi guys!! I have noticed recently and read a few articles about going from http to https. In other words adding SSL certificate to your web page. And what is SSL certificate you say? Yes, I was wondering too. So let me tell you what it is. SSL certificate is a small data file that digitally binds a cryptographic key to an organisation’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. (source: globalsign.com)

So basically the certificate makes your page safe for users and all data exchanged between your site and users is protected by https protocol. Once you have the certificate on your site, you will also see the green https lock in the URL bar, that means the site is secure. And that’s it. Oh and Google is said to rank your page better if you have this certificate (I haven’t noticed that yet).

Now I want to tell you how I did this. I bought an SSL certificate for bloggers at one of Slovenian providers (the same I have my web hosting). After I paid for it, they installed it on my web page and the rest I had to do by myself. If I asked them to, I am sure they would have done it for me (they really are nice and friendly there and are always helping me when I have questions). But instead, me and my husband did it ourselves. I wanted to do it by myself, because I want to know everything that is going on with my site. And now that I know how to do it, I can share it with you 🙂 .

Oh, and I am explaining how to do this in WordPress.org, I have no idea how to do it in other platforms.

SSL Certificate

 

Change Site’s URL http to https

First instruction I got was to change URLs of my site from http to https. I could do this via Settings -> General -> and there change WordPress Address and Site Address, but I couldn’t change them there. So my husband did change the Site URL manually and went straight to wp-config.php. It is all written in this site how he did it.

 

Redirect http to https in .htaccess file

Then we had to add

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]

to the beginning of .htaccess file, so everything was redirected to https.

SSL Certificate

 

Update URLs With a Plugin

And the last thing we had to do was install plugin Better Search Replace and update URLs or other text in my blog’s database.

And that was it. Not hard really when you know what exactly you have to do.

So, to clear things up I want to tell you that I am not an expert regarding WordPress nor SSL certificates, but I just wanted to share with you my experience about installing this certificate to my site.

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