Now that Google has clamped down on websites that are insecure (not using an encrypted HTTPS connection). It’s time to convert your WordPress site if you haven’t already done so.
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Getting started with secure website conversion
We’ll need a few temporary credentials to start work. If you don’t have these handy, your web developer probably does. We can reach out to them as needed.
- FTP user / password to update .htaccess and robots.txt files
- cPanel user / password to install SSL Certificate (may be same as FTP above)
- WordPress admin user / password to update General settings
- Google Search Console user / password to add HTTPS property and XML sitemap (if you don’t have this, we’ll create a new account for you)
Although their are many detailed steps, this is basic process we use to convert your WordPress website to the HTTPS protocol:
- Install SSL certificate
- Take screenshots and backup the website for safety
- Update .htaccess server file to redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS
- Add HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security) policy to block man-in-the-middle attacks
- Update robots.txt server file to clean-up any legacy HTTP links
- Update all internal WordPress links to HTTPS
- Install lightweight caching plugin (only if you don’t already have one) to dramatically speed up the site
- Test all pages to fix any remaining insecure links, including scripts, CSS files, hot-linked images, etc
- Speed Test. The home page should load within 1 – 2 seconds. If it doesn’t, we’ll alert you to other issues
- Update Google Search Console to add new HTTPS property, add new sitemap, request re-indexing
- Optional SSL / content monitoring setup. We check your certificate and website content site every 15 minutes, and alert you if it’s not loading.
- Project report that documents the work has been done correctly. We check your installation for a valid certificate, green padlock, website errors, server issues, and download speed. If you ordered 24/7 monitoring or a CDN (content delivery network), we’ll include those too.
Sample project report
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