Force WordPress Site to Use SSL

Force WordPress Site to Use SSL

At the time of writing this post, my blog is just one day old and I am still in the middle of getting things in order and right. To be honest, I am used to Joomla! when it comes to developing a website. However, I have decided to try out WordPress as the content management system for my personal blog.

The hosting company that I have signed up with offered the specifications that I can’t resist. USD1/per month for 12 month. Let’s give it a try. Only after a year it will be USD8/per month. The hosting package that I subscribed to automated the website and SSL certificate installation. It was just a matter of clicks of buttons.

Once I successfully installed the certificate, I thought that all the URLs are behind the SSL connection but it turned out that the web browser address bar was still on http:// and not https://.

This little tip for beginners like me presummes that your certificate has been installed on your server. I am not going to elaborate on how to install it here. Maybe in the next blog post.

Before that, let’s take a look on how I do it in Joomla!. The force SSL is pre-built in the platform as you can see in the photo below:

Pretty straight forward but in wordpress, I cannot find similar functionality. I thought that by changing the site address at “settings” page will work and I am wrong. 

So, I started to look on how to go about this and the website file namely wp-config.php has to be edited. Nahhh, I am just too lazy to do that. For a total beginner, again like me, let the pros show their magic. There are bunch of plugins developed by them and it is pretty easy. The one that I use here is Really Simple SSL. Go to “Add New” plugin page and search for SSL. The first search result should be them. Install and activate it. Then, go to “settings” page to enable SSL.

Next, open a new tab in your web browser and type your website URL without http or https. If the address automatically, go to https:// then you are good to go.

Well, a simple yet useful plugin saves you a lot of time again. That’s the end of my post for today. I will be writing on how to do this on Google cloud hosting next time. 

 

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