How to Easily Force WordPress to HTTPS

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3 Easy Ways to Force Your WordPress Site to HTTPS

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You now have your SSL installed on your server. You did this by following our last video or you did it on your own. Now you have to force WordPress to https. There is several different ways to accomplish this. We show you 3 different ways: plugin, editing your htaccess file and a direct way.

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Today on UV Design Tips and Tricks, we show you how to force your WordPress site to HTTPS. All right, so last week we showed you how to install an SSL certificate on Cpanel or your VPS Linux server. So today we’re going to show you how to force WordPress to go through that SSL, let’s call it, doorway, to make sure all your visitors are safe and secure when they visit your site.

WordPress, it’s pretty easy. There’s multiple ways to do things. And we’re going to show you several different ways. The easiest way, well, they’re all pretty easy, but for the [INAUDIBLE] people that have no idea when an htaccess file is or they don’t want to dink around with too much, you can go here to plug-ins,add new. Looks like I have an update, we’ll do that later. There are several different plug-ins that can do this. One that I’m familiar with and seems to work pretty flawlessly is Really Simple  SSL. I tell people it looks like a two-year-old colored it or me, because I really am horrible at coloring. So go ahead and click Install Now. And then click Activate. And you get this message. It says, oh look, we found an SSL on the certificate for this domain. Do you want us to go ahead and force it to SSL? Yes, plug-in, please force me to SSL. Click it and then now, boom. Look, secure HTTPS. wwwfixitinpostfilms.com. Fantastic. So you can go here to, I have this up in another browser, so it’s obviously, I went to this link before I installed that SSL plugin. And it’s not, so then you can click any one of these links. You can magically watch it go to HTTPS now. So now everything on here is HTTPS. And that’s it. Tutorial is over. Just kidding.

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We obviously, if you’re watching this, you want to find other ways besides just using a plug-in because less plug-ins on your WordPress site, the better. So I’m going to close that out, I’m gonna go back through here, deactivate. All right, after you deactivate your plug-in, you’re back to square one. WordPress has no idea that you have an SSL servlet on your server. The other way, one of the other ways to do this is to modify your htaccess file. This is a file in your root directory of your site that you can open up and edit. This basically tells your web browser what to do when you go to the specific site. It’s just basically three lines of code you’re going to put in here. And you’re going to start off with it being one, because you want this to be the first thing that a web browser does when it visits your site. This is telling it to when it goes to the site, to go through port 80 and that you need to go through the HTTPS doorway for this particular domain name.

It’s going save that. And then you come back to your WordPress site and refresh. And then now it’s through HTTPS. And again, all your links are through each HTTPS. Now one thing you might notice if you look up here is this has a little information bar. And then when you went to About, it had secure. What this means is that this page is fully secure. Every link, every image, well, there’s no images on here, but everything on this page is in some sort of protocol for SSL or HTTPS. On our home site, there’s not. And so an easy way for us to figure that out is by going to whynopadlock.com. And all you do is put in your domain name. And here, click check, give it a few moments. All right, so this says it found a valid certificate when it was issued, who was issued through, and the protocols it covers. And then here are the items that are not secure on my website.

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HTTPS. That’s what the issue is. This image is not going through the secure portal. So a really easy way to fix that is either A, you can re-upload your images, because then they’ll be secure. But who as time for that? Especially if you have hundreds of images and you probably don’t even have the images still on your computer. So I have to go here to our lovely plug-ins. Again, there are several plug-ins that this will work for. I’m a fan of two of them, Velvet Blues and Better Search Replace. But we’re just gonna go ahead and check it out with Velvet Blues. All right, install it, activate it. So you can either click right here to update your URLs or in tools, update URLs. And then what it asks you for is what is your old URL address and what is your new one.

Basically, this is just going to search and replace the database for this particular domain. So the old one is going to be the non HTTPS and the new one will be the HTTPS. One thing that you have to do to make sure, is when you do this, make sure that you either have the forward slash after the dot com on both of them or not on both of them. I’ve seen it where some people have it on the old one, but not the new one, and that can cause you huge headaches. And it is kind of a pain in the rear to fix. So go ahead remove them on both of them. And on here you want to select everything but the last one. I just have never selected the last one, and never needed to. It always works. So click update URLs now. And here it tells you your results. Three content items, nine attachments. So go here back to Why No Padlock. I guess you could actually just go to your website and check out. And see now how it says secure, HTTPS now. So now everything on this website or on this particular page is fully secure.

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Now that should fix everything. Obviously you can go through all your pages, make sure everything is secure 100%. The biggest things that you need to replace manually would be videos, if you’re importing videos from another website that’s not secure. But you can’t obviously force those sites to be secure. And other just hyperlinks that you might have put into your content. If you just put the domain name, like wwwfixitinpostfilms.com, you put it in here. You need to make sure you put the whole URL. It’s something that will make your site 100% secure for your visitors. And again, you can go through here and double check. Again, it’ll list off if you missed a couple of things. This is a great resource tool for that.

Now the other option to force SSL is to, honestly this is probably the most simplest way, is all you have to do is go to appearance. Or, I’m sorry, not appearance. Geez, it’s been a long day. Why is everything moving slowly now? Interesting. Oh well, what can you do? Go to Settings and inside here you’re just going to put WordPress URL. You’re going to force it, tell WordPress to use this as the destination website, URL inside address. I prefer this way over all three. I’m not using any redirect rules. Some people say that’s not a great thing for SEO, because you have a redirect rule on the front of your site and stuff. I don’t know how much truth is to that, but why not just put it in here the most direct way possible. So you save it inside there, click Save Changes. And then again, you would still use Velvet Blues or Better Search and Replace or any other search and replace tool to clean up all images and stuff. And this will force everyone to go there.

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So there’s three ways. A plug-in, editing your htaccess file or just doing it directly here and then using some plug-ins to clean up the redirects. Or not the redirects, but the media force. Last thing we need to go do is go back to plug-ins and let’s go ahead and deactivate Velvet Blues and delete it, because I’ll, not going to no longer use it. And if I do, I will just reinstall it. Quick tip, remember when you are using WordPress, use as many, not as many, use as least amount plugins as possible. Plugins can, if you have just plugins sitting here not serving a purpose, why have it on there. It’s just giving your server less things to actually process when they’re sitting there. Plus, it makes life clean. And who doesn’t love clean life? So we’ll go ahead and delete these. I’m going to leave these two on here because I will, in later videos, we are going to show you what these do and how I use them to build websites. Plus, we’ll use all their plug-ins, because obviously, I can’t build a website, well I can build a website with these three plug-ins, but we’re going to use more than just these three. So we’re going to keep them there for later videos.

On our next video, we’re going to show you how to create a child theme and the importance of a child theme when designing a website. We’ve seen a lot of, I’ve seen a lot of websites where they don’t use a child theme, then they update their theme. And then they lose all their customization. And we obviously don’t want that. ‘Cause then I’ve seen people not update their theme for a year or two years because of that, and that can cause serious, serious connection problems and security problems. All right, so if you like this video, go ahead and give us a like. And also, to watch more videos, hit the subscribe button at the bottom. I just had troubles with that word, subscribe. There we go. And also make sure to check out some other videos and stuff and things and stuff and more things. And also make sure to leave comments below on other videos that you would like to be featured or made for you, I guess. I’m always coming up with new ideas, but it’s always great to hear what you guys have to say for it.All right, until next time, take it easy.

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