Wordpress with https
What is https?
"https" refers to the "secure" (i.e. encrypted, hard-to-spy-on) way of serving web content.
Traditionally, most of the web pages have been served with "http", which is non-encrypted. A site URL that starts with "https" indicates that the site's content cannot easily be read or spied on when it's being transmitted to or from your computer. Your browsing and actions are more private.
Why should I care?
Simply put: https means privacy because it makes your activity (and your reader's activity, if you have a blog) harder to trace and monitor to outside concerns. While this may not be important to you personally, the likelihood that it is important to a large portion of your visitors is high.
What's the difference between https and ssl?
Technically, there are a few differences, but for most people, there's no difference: both mean that the information is encrypted and secure from prying eyes. If you want a more detailed answer, shoot us a note - we'd be happy to talk shop with you!
OK, so how do I "secure" my Wordpress blog?
Here are the steps to securing a Wordpress blog with https:
- Obtain a secure certificate: A secure certificate is a year-long, renewable digital certificate that certifies that the server claiming to be your web site is, indeed, your web site. Applying for an SSL certificate involves verifying to an authority, through various means, that you control the domain and server which will be serving your web site.
- Install your certificate: Once you've obtained your certificate, you must install it on your server and configure the server to use the certificate for your domain. You should also configure the server to listen on port 443, which is the default https port.
- Configure Wordpress to use https: Wordpress, by default, does not serve content via https. If you have a new Wordpress install, then setting the site URL in the control area to start with https is usually enough. If you've got an already-existing blog that you want to switch over to https, the work is a little more involved and requires database manipulation to safely switch the entire blog to https.
Way too complicated. Can you help?
Of course we can! Get in touch and we'll be happy to help you migrate your Wordpress install to https.
We'd be happy to issue the required secure certificates, install them on your site, and switch Wordpress to https for you without a problem!