It is recommended that every website uses an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts data transmitted between the users computer and the website that has the certificate installed. Google will penalise you in search results for not having an SSL certificate, and popular browsers are now presenting users with increasingly stark security warnings when visiting a website that doesn’t use SSL.
Configure SSL Certificate on your WordPress Website
Is an SSL Certificate already installed?
How to get an SSL certificate
Update the Site URL and Home URL
This will automatically configure WordPress to use the SSL certificate.
Update internal site references manually
- Backup your database! If you make a mistake, you WILL break your website and recovery may be difficult without a backup.
- Install better Search Replace from the WordPress Repository
- Navigate to Tools > Better Search Replace
- Search for your existing web address and replace with the new https:// version. We recommend you search in the tables wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta.
- Turn off the 'Dry Run' option
- Run Search / Replace
The process is similar to the process when updating your website URL and is described in more detail in the guide below
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