These days we find that we share a lot of personal and sensitive data with websites. These sensitive data include passwords; payment details such as debit and credit card PINs and so on. There comes the need to secure these data which we are constantly sharing so that malicious eyes do not see them. This is where SSL and HTTPS come in.

WHAT IS SSL CERTIFICATE?

How To Add SSL Certificate To WordPress

Simply put (because that is not we are here to talk about), an SSL certificate is a digital key which is installed/added to your domain or to some pages of your site (such as pages which receive payment) and this key safeguards the information which is shared on that site or those specific pages.

REQUIREMENTS TO USE SSL ON YOUR SITE

Well this is a question which is frequently asked. All you need to do is get an SSL certificate and you have your secured site. There are services which offer free SSL certificates and you need to check with your hosting platform to see if they do that. If they do not then you can purchase an SSL certificate. Hosting platforms like Godaddy and Bluehost sells them in the range of $50 – $200.

HOW TO ADD SSL CEEERTIFICATE TO WORDPRESS

How to Setup WordPress to Use SSL and HTTPS –

Setting up WordPress to use SSL is straight forward and easy. If you are starting up a new WordPress site, then you can go to the settings page and when you get to the general tab, you enter HTTPS in front of your domain name.

How To Add SSL Certificate To WordPress

What if you are setting up SSL in a site which has already existed, then you need to get to your .htaccess file and add in the following code.

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.yoursite.com/$1 [R,L]
</IfModule>

Remember to put in your site name where you have the address in the code.

Doing this will ensure that you do not get the error of https not working when you try to access your web pages.

Setup SSL and WordPress HTTPS on Exclusive Pages –

Let’s face it. There are some cases where we want the HTTPS on some pages of our site and not the entire site itself. In this case, there are plugin which could help with that and one of such plugins is WORPRESS HTTPS which can be downloaded here:

Download WordPress HTTPS (SSL)

Having installed and activated the plugin, you will have a new menu item labelled HTTPS on your dashboard. Clicking it brings you to the following page.

How To Add SSL Certificate To WordPress

The host, which Is your domain name in this case, goes in the first space at the top of the page. If you are building your WordPress site on a sub domain but you purchased the SSL certificate on the main domain, then you still enter the main domain here and not the sub domain.

Force SSL Administration makes it such that all admin pages of your WordPress site carry the HTTPS mark.

When done, save settings and confirm that your pages have reflected the new settings.

To add specific pages, all you have to do is edit those pages and you will have a new set of options with them.

How To Add SSL Certificate To WordPress

COCNLUSION

So that brings it to a wrap. With this little write up, it is certain that you can now add SSL certificate to wordpress.