These days, everyone needs to have a secure website (one using the https protocol – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS).
The next major version of Google Chrome will start marking HTTP pages containing forms as “Not Secure.” Is your site ready for this?

There are many reasons we need secure websites. If you have an eCommerce store, it’s critical that payments and details are being encrypted and not just going across the network in plain text. But that’s not the only reason. There are a host of them. It’s all about integrity, privacy and security. Have a look at this Google Post about Why HTTPS Matters. Even simple websites can also benefit from https, as Google is now using the protocol in their ranking algorithm. So even from an SEO point of view, it’s a sensible thing to do.

how to change your website from http to https

To achieve the https protocol, your website needs to use an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate. This protocol is now being phased out by the TLS protocol (Transport Layer Security) but that’s another story…

Basically, these protocols are the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between the browser and the server. in the last few years, SSL certificates have become cheaper and now there is a great FREE option that is suitable for most small websites.

Changing to https is not hard. But it is important it’s done correctly. Let’s look at the process.

In my examples, I’m using WordPress as the website CMS. If you use something else, there might well be different methods. I’d have no idea as I only use WordPress for my websites. 🙂

Four compelling reasons to change your website to HTTPS

SECURITY

SSL protects your communication between your site and its visitors. It encrypts data transferred over the Internet, like form submissions and credit card transactions.

SEO

Google has declared it’s time everyone got SSL, and they are now giving a ranking boost to secure sites. Don’t be left behind. Make sure you get your SEO boost by being secure.

E-COMMERCE

If you are processing any kind of payments through and eCommerce store on your website, SSL is not negotiable. It’s an absolute must to ensure confidence and legality when selling online.

AFFORDABILITY

With the advent of FREE Let’s Encrypt certificates, there are no more excuses. Even paid certificates are getting cheaper. So now that excuse is out of the way, what are you waiting for?

For more information on SSL certificates in general and why you should care, read this excellent post at PixelPrivacy 

Continuing on, we will now look at HOW to install SSL!

Step by Step – How to change your website from http to https

  • Step 1 – Install the certificate. (Let’s Encrypt is free and is available from most hosts)

  • Step 2 – Update the WordPress Address and Site Adresss URLS under Settings – General

  • Step 3 – Fix any mixed content issues with the plugin Better Search Replace and then uninstall