10. Let's Celebrate!

Nu firar vi!You are a star!

 

3.2 Activate HTTPS With Free SSL on SiteGround

  • Your progress:

Before we proceed with anything else, it’s crucial to ensure that your website boasts a secure connection. This is of paramount importance, not only for your website’s security but also to instill trust in your visitors. Additionally, Google takes this seriously and may rank your site lower if it lacks a secure connection. You can easily identify a secure connection by looking at the URL section; a padlock icon indicates a secure connection.

If we take a closer look, you’ll notice that when you visit the website with “https://” (like divicrib.com), it’s labeled as “secure.” However, if you visit the same site with “http://” (like http://divicrib.com), it’s marked as “not secure,” accompanied by a warning. This warning message should be avoided at all costs.

The good news is that rectifying this issue is relatively straightforward, especially if you’re using SiteGround as your web host. Here’s how to ensure a secure connection:

  1. In the SiteGround dashboard, navigate to “Site Tools” and select the “Security” tab on the left.
  2. Access the “SSL Manager,” which allows you to install an SSL certificate. This certificate is what enables the secure connection, and it’s usually pre-installed by default, as indicated by the “secure” label.
  3. The next step involves enabling HTTPS, which is a forceful redirect to ensure all connections go through “https://” instead of “http://.” Activate this setting.
  4. There’s one more setting to adjust, this time within your WordPress website. In your WordPress dashboard, go to “Settings.” Under “General,” you’ll find “WordPress Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL).” Both of these currently start with “http.” Simply add an “s” to the beginning to change them to “https.” Save your changes.
  5. After making this adjustment, you might be logged out of your WordPress account, which is normal. Simply log back in.
  6. Now, when you visit the previously “not secure” website and hit refresh, you’ll see the reassuring padlock icon, and the connection will be labeled as “secure.”

All links, files and code snippets mentioned in the chapter is available below. 

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Victor Duse
Victor Duse was born in Sweden in 1980 and has over 20 years experience of web design, web development and teaching in sectors like media, marketing, energy, industry and the public sector. He's the founder of DiviMundo and the WordPress Agency Duse Media in Malmö, Sweden. Victor is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and he has a soft spot for dark chocolate.

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