Move from HTTP to HTTPS on Bluehost

HTTP to HTTPS on Bluehost

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.


HTTP to HTTPS on Bluehost

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:

  1. Redirection from HTTP://yourwebsite to HTTPS://yourwebsite
  2. Verify your images are loading
  3. Google chrome shows secure lock sign on title bar.
  4.  Update Google Analytics and Search console.

19 thoughts on “Move from HTTP to HTTPS on Bluehost

  1. Congratulations on the move! Yay and so happy. Mine got done too and I’m writing a post on it tomorrow. Whew, such a relief. Thank God for bluehost and the free ssl. I was super relieved. Good thing yours did not have any major glitches.

  2. This is great, Raj! I’ve been putting it off for so long because it seemed very complicated, but it worked like a charm with the plugin. Thank you so much! Spreading the word far and wide. 🙂

  3. OMG you’re all so prompt and so very tech savvy. I’ll flounder around for a bit I guess before I find someone competent enough to go ahead with this. I’m not even sure why I need it. Need to take google baba’s help to figure it all out.

  4. It should ideally have been easy-peasy for me too; sadly, with my current run of awful luck, it just got really complicated and took over a week to complete. Oh well, all’s well that ends well 😀

    Congrats on the Https, Raji!

  5. I moved all my blogs to https today thanks to husband who did it within an hour and no downtime. 😊 Now to check other issues. Have updated GA and SC.

  6. Ah I had this scare too and was quite worried about my site, especially since I was going through some troubles with my then hosting company and they had made it sound even more scary to me (I am a tech retard and get quite spooked by all this stuff) I too managed to do this on my own by simply going to the SSL free certificate tab on my control panel (I shifted to a new home) and Voila it was done. I will download this plugin you mentioned here as I havent done that! Thanks for this ifo Raj – its really valuable!

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