I was dreading this move for quite some time, but when google sent out a deadline of Oct 1 I decided to finally take the plunge and make the site secure. Surprisingly it wasn’t tough at all, apart from one big hiccup which was resolved by Bluehost customer care.
Without further delay, here’s what I did.
Since I am with Bluehost, I followed the steps on their website on how to activate free WordPress SSL Certificate. They are providing a free SSL certificate and all you need to do is update the settings in cpanel.
After activating the certificate I installed Real Simple SSL plugin to handle all the redirections.
But I encountered a major issue after activating the SSL certificate.
Although my website was redirecting to HTTPs, it was throwing security error on Chrome, and I could still see the insecure icon, both on mobile and browser. I used SSL Checker to find if my certificate was installed properly. Here, I found that the certificate had expired in May. After which I was lost. I didn’t know how to fix this issue so I tried to contact Bluehost customer care over chat.
I had to wait at least 20 minutes before someone was available. Yes, you need to be patient 🙂
I relayed my problem and the awesome customer care guy detected the problem and said a new certificate needs to installed as my previous one had expired. He started the process of installing a new certificate, which I was told would take 4 hours.
Since it was already past midnight by that time, I decided to catch some sleep and check in the morning.
And voila – all was well when I woke up.
Once you have made the move, verify your site for the following things:
- Redirection from HTTP://yourwebsite to HTTPS://yourwebsite
- Verify your images are loading
- Google chrome shows secure lock sign on title bar.
- Update Google Analytics and Search console.