How To Implement HTTPS (SSL Certificate) In WordPress?

As soon Google declared HTTPS as an official Google ranking signal, the discussions on implementing SSL certificate in WordPress started populating WP forums and social media sites. In this tutorial we are showing you an easy method to enable HTTPS working on your WordPress site.

First step you need make is subscribe a SSL Certificate here.

If you are very new on this topic then read our tutorial on How To Use HTTPS (SSL Certificate) On Your Website? and for more in-depth knowledge on SSL Certificates, read: What Is SSL Certificate (HTTPS)? How It Works?

After subscribing and installing SSL on your domain, visit your admin area dashboard Plugins -> Add New page and install WordPress HTTPS (SSL) plugin.

The plugin is intended to be an all-in-one solution for using SSL with WordPress sites and get rid from partial encryption errors.

After activating the plugin, visit your admin area Dashboard -> HTTPS page and there are a couple of options.

How To Secure Your Complete Website With HTTPS?

Simply scroll down on its admin page and type ‘/’ in URL filters text box OR you may visit Settings -> General page and change your website and admin URL from HTTP to HTTPS. This will force HTTPS on your entire website.

How To Secure Only Login & Admin Section Of WordPress?

From the plugin’s options page tick ‘Force SSL Admin’. (You will lock yourself out of your dashboard if SSL is not installed on your website, in such cases follow these instructions to reset the plugin.)

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How To Secure Only Admin Panel And/Or Specified Posts/Pages?

From the plugin’s options page tick ‘Force SSL Exclusively’. Then use HTTPS metabox on ADD NEW/EDIT content screen of posts, pages and post types for securing pages individually.

Using this option you can individually secure post and pages when editing them.

How To Secure Specified URLs?

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Suppose you have a webstore and all of its URLs begin with yourdomain.com/store/, you could secure all your store links by entering ‘/store/’ on one line and use regular expressions (each filter should be on a new line) on URL filters box present in plugin’s options page.

How To Fix Partially Encrypted/Mixed Content Errors?

Although the plugin tries to fix all partial encryption errors but if you are still seeing them on your website then its time to identify and fix them manually.

For identifying what is causing your page(s) to be insecure, follow these instructions:

  1. Open your Google Chrome/Chromium browser
  2. Visit any page where you are seeing partial encryption error
  3. Right click and select ‘Inspect Element’ option
  4. Select ‘Console’ tab and see what plugin or scripts are causing errors
  5. Remove those plugins/script to fix the errors

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