WordPress redirect http to https

WordPress redirect https

What’s involved with making WordPress redirect http to https?

Data security has become a big issue as the Internet has evolved. Google has more or less forced the standard that all websites (not just WordPress) to transition to https. In 2017 web browsers started showing not secure warnings in the address bar if you had a web form on the page. As of July 2018, any website that loads in Chrome browser that does not have a secure certificate shows “Not Secure”.  If you’ve ignored this up to this point, now is the time to do something about it.

What is HTTPS?

HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol) is the protocol used for communication of data over the Internet. HTTPS allows for secure transfer of data.

Other terms related to transferring data securely on the Internet:

  • Secure certificate
  • Security certificate
  • SSL
  • Secure Sockets Layer

Why update your WordPress site to HTTPS?

  • Ethically you need to be protecting users data submitted on your website.
  • Website errors and warnings look unprofessional.
  • It will give you (minor) improvement with SEO.
  • It is standard to protect data privacy.

Redirect HTTP to HTTPS for WordPress

Just buying a secure certificate does not make your website redirect to https://

The steps to redirect http to https are similar for any website, not just WordPress.

You need to acquire and install a secure certificate. I say “acquire” rather than purchase because depending on your website needs, and what your web host offers, you may be able to get a free secure certificate.

Once a secure certificate is installed on your hosting account, this does not mean that your site is secure.

Related Post:   Migrating WordPress to a New Host

You need to configure your website to force it to only load on https

You need to review all pages on your website to make sure there are not any non secure references to image, third party scripts… If anything on the page is loading from a not secure connection, then the entire pages is not secure.

If you need any kind of WordPress support services, get in touch.

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