Google recently announced its new plan to start using HTTPS as a ranking signal which makes people crazy about converting HTTP blogs to HTTPS/SSL for better search engine ranking.
For now, it’s only a very weak signal affecting not more than 1 per cent of the global searches but in the future it is going to be a big part. They made this signal lightweight for now to give website owners and bloggers time to switch to HTTPS/SSL.
This article is to explain how to install and activate an SSL certificate and how to move a WordPress blog or website from using the insecure HTTP protocol to HTTPS.
Why Use HTTPS?
HTTPS is very important over unencrypted networks such as Wi-Fi which is more prone to hacking and other third party activities, Converting the protocol to HTTPS type will ensure secure viewing and surfing of the internet over using HTTP only. When you place your website content via HTTPS, it will make very hard for hackers to catch your content and fiddle around with it. If you’re serious about continuing your online business (e-commerce type for example), you will need SSL. It’s the most secured way to protect user data and defend against cybercrime.
Many reputed customers will refuse to initiate any business deals with your website if it doesn’t have an SSL certificate. So, displaying your SSL Site Seal will grab more customers who want to establish secure business line with you online.
How to move WordPress from http to https?
To make a website HTTPS, follow the instructions listed below-
1. First, get an SSL certificate for your domain (existing or new),
2. Then install it on the server and edit the website permalinks from http to https.
Getting an SSL Certificate
There are various kinds of SSL certificates categorized mainly into three groups:
1. Domain Validation,
2. Organization Validation and
3. Extended Validation.
• Domain validation is the most basic one and is the cheapest among all.
These certificates are issued very quickly and it provides a decent level of encryption.
• Organization validated SSL certificates provides higher level of security and over the year build up more trusts but it include authentication of your business.
• Extended validation is the most secured way to encrypt data in your domain. But it includes a very thorough examination of your business before issuing this certificate.
Activation and validation of the SSL Certificate
The first step is to obtain CSR code from your host. For obtaining the CSR code from an SSL activated account, go through the following steps-
1. Login to your cPanel account and find the SSL/TLS Manager.
2. Click the link stated – Certificate Signing Requests (CSR)
3. Then, fill out the form for the domain that you want to create the SSL on and click the “Generate “button after completion.
4. You will get your domain CSR generated if you complete the steps properly.
5. Now point towards your SSL provider for starting with the SSL activation. Paste the previously generated CSR code in the CSR text area field that is provided and select the server in which your host is operating on and click on the “Next” button.
6. You will be notified to enter your CSR information along with choosing an approval email.
7. Enter you contact details and you are ready to submit the order. An approval email will be sent to your inbox.
8. Upon completion of the validation, your SSL would be issued and a confirmation mail will be sent to you. (However a unique IP address is required to be assigned to your cPanel account)
To install the SSL certificate, follow the guide below:
1. Go to the “TLS manager” in cPanel and click the link under the CRT options
2. Then upload the certificate in .crt extension format
3. Then activate the SSL for your site. Click the link from “Install and Manage SSL for your site (HTTPS)”.
4. Select the desired domain from the drop-down list and click the “autofil by domain”
5. Finally click the “install certificate” button to install your SSL certificate.