These days, shoppers turn to the internet for everything from groceries to garbage cans. And while having the goods you need delivered to your door is nothing short of terrific, customers who enter their credit card numbers online risk having their personal information fall into the hands of hackers and criminals.
That’s where SSL and HTTPS can save the day. Also known as secure sockets layer, SSL is a superhero technology that establishes a secure connection between websites for data transfers. By getting an SSL certificate for your ecommerce or lead gen WordPress site, you can protect the sensitive customer information while impeding the ability of hackers to listen in.
Just as you wouldn’t buy a new car from a shady dealer, your customers are unlikely to purchase goods from your website if it doesn’t seem secure. Installing a paid SSL certificate lends credibility to your biz while showing you care enough about your customers to keep their confidential data out of the hands of the bad guys.
So, clearly, SSL is essential to modern ecommerce business. However, setting up your WordPress site to work with SSL and HTTPS can be intimidating. I’m going to give you some steps for installing SSL on your WordPress site without the stress.
Backing Up Your Site
Before you update your site, it’s crucial to back up all your content. The last thing you want to do is lose something essential in an effort to make your site more secure. If you haven’t yet backed up your information, you can use the WordPress plugin Duplicator to do so.
Getting Your WordPress Site to Work with SSL
The first step involved in updating your site is securing an SSL certificate. While free certificates are available from Let’s Encrypt and other sources, they don’t necessarily offer the same level of protection as the paid options. Fortunately, for a small price, you can protect your customers and your reputation for the long haul.
Once you purchase an SSL certificate, you need to take steps to add SSL to your WordPress site. This involves changing your WordPress settings URL. Luckily, the Really Simple SSL plugin makes accomplishing this task a breeze. A lifesaver for web owners, this easy-to-use plugin offers automatic SSL detection and a fast mixed content fixer.
Start by downloading the plugin at wordpress.org/plugins/really-simple-ssl. Featuring minimal options, this plugin configures your website to operate over HTTPS. With one click, you can get started creating a secure shopping experience.
Here are the steps involved in updating your WordPress website:
Change the WordPress setting URL
Go to Settings and then General. Add the “s” and save.
Install the Really Simple SSL plugin
This fixes a majority of the mixed content issues. Note: You should leave this plugin in place even after completing your updates.
The Pro version of Really Simple SSL has some extra goodies. For example: Extensive scan which enables you to detect the source of your mixed content, with a fix button. Use the special promo code: CLICKHOST_1F5YLA (affiliate link) to get 20% off the premium plugin.
Update Google Analytics URL
Change your default URL under Properties.
Update Google search console URL
Add the new site URL; doing this ensures Google is aware of your new security measures.
Update URLs in functions.php and style.css
Note: you might not have to make any changes here. However, it’s a good idea to check logos.
Update Genesis Simple Hooks
Using the Genesis Simple Hooks plugin? Check code snippets and widgets carefully.
Run the Velvet Blues Update
Update your URL in the fields. Be careful, as this step is hard to undo. In most cases, you will want to skip the bottom check box.
Using ManageWP? Change to ‘s’.
Update Other Embedded Scripts
Check old form plugins.
And that’s all you have to do. See how easy that was?
Credit and thanks to Mickey Mellen of GreenMellen Media.
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