WordPress from HTTP to HTTPS

Basic Steps

  1. Install SSL in the control panel
  2. Update your website

1. Install SSL in the control panel

Login at https://my.henselhosting.nl > go to your domain > then click SSL:

Then click the "New" button, select the subdomain (usually www for the main website) and install!

Usually within a minute SSL is installed!

It's important to note that this only works after the website is moved to our hosting. This is for security reasons and a free Let's Encrypt SSL certificate can only be issued once the domain points to our server.

If the SSL status is still pending, this could be because the domain transfer is still pending. Once the transfer completes, the SSL certificate order is also automatically completed.

2. Update your website

After you have installed SSL through the Control Panel, you can change the contents to http:// instead of https://

1. In WordPress, go to Plugins -> Add New
2. Install Really Simple SSL Plugin!
3. Check active content

You can check to make sure all active content that is used on your website such as Images, JavaScript, and CSS (also those of external websites) and make sure they all point to https:// because browsers do not accept unprotected content loading of http:// on a secure website.

You can use the website https://www.whynopadlock.com/ to easily check, or you can use your own browser and check it yourself:

Firefox: Tools >  Web developer > Web Console
Chrome: View > Developer > Developer Tools Tab: Console
Safari: Develop > Show Error Console

If you see messages like "Blocked active content http://www.example.com/script.js mixed loading" you should just replace these scripts with a https://(you can also use www.example.com/script.js or /script.js). Those scripts are sometimes in theme files, which you must then edit yourself or ask the theme maker to do so.

Highly recommended - optional - redirect (for loading speed):

For website loading speed, we highly recommend to configure your website redirects to https (outside of WordPress).

Important: Change the URL in WordPress before you configure this redirect in your control panel!!
  1. Go to Default Homepage in the Control Panel.
  2. You can choose subdomain and URL that you want to redirect in preference. Make sure that corresponds to the URL you set in WordPress, otherwise your website stops working!

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