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If your site still has HTTP in URL, you need to change it to HTTPS. To do this you need to install what they call a security certificate or SSL first. Then you can safely redirect http to https (WordPress). This tutorial applies to WordPress sites only.

For e.g. see image below. You will notice the little padlock. This instantly creates trust!


Why is this so important you ask?

Google now requires ALL sites, not just shopping sites to have an SSL security certificate. This is installed on your website to prevent data from being stolen. It also shows customers that your site is secure.

Have you ever seen this when you’ve gone to a website? See image below.


To me the word “Not Secure” says danger! Would you proceed? I wouldn’t.

So what’s the first step?

The first step is to back up your site. If you don’t know how to do this. Install a plugin called > Updraft WordPress Backup Plugin.

Then contact your hosting company and ask them to install an SSL certificate. Now the price for this will depend on the hosting company.

You can ask for a free Let’s Encrypt SSL if your site is purely informational. If not ask your host the most appropriate one for your content. Once they install this then you can move on to the next step! Ask them to notify you once it’s complete.

The next step

  • Login to your WordPress site.
  • Go to the Settings panel. See image below.
  • Notice the https – without the “s”.

http to https wordpress

  • Type in the “s”
  • So it looks like the image below.
  • DO NOT TOUCH any other part of the URL. Just add the “s” and that’s all.

http to https wordpress

  • Go and save the Settings.
  • The site will log you out.
  • So log back in.
  • You will be logging in now as https.
  • Add a Bookmark to the new login in your browser.

Now the final step

  • This is probably the most crucial step in this process.
  • We MUST update your URLs from http to https throughout the site.
  • Otherwise, this will cause major errors in your site and with Google.
  • We could use a plugin for this called Really Simple SSL but I prefer to use fewer plugins and do it properly.
  • So go to Plugins.
  • Click Add New.
  • Type in “search and replace”.
  • Choose the plugin by “Delicious Brains”. See image below.
  • I have used this one for years so knows it’s safe and knows it works.


  • Once installed > click Activate.
  • Then go to the Tools panel > then “Better Search Replace”.
  • See image below.

  • Go the “Search for” field.
  • Add the old URL with http.
  • Go the “Replace with” field.
  • Add the new URL with the https.
  • See the example below in the image.
  • DO NOT add a forward slash at the end (remove it).


  • Go to the next section > Select tables
  • Select all the tables. (CTRL-A or Command-A)
  • See image below.


  • Now I ALWAYS do a dry run for safety reasons.
  • So make sure the > Run as dry run is checked.
  • Then click > Run Search/Replace
  • See image below.


  • Once completed if no errors appear, then you can safely uncheck > Run as dry run
  • Once it’s finished your site will be safe and secure.
  • And all URLs will redirect from http to https.


To sum up!

Making your site secure is important not only for Google but for your visitors. If they see “not secure” when they arrive at your site they will quickly leave! So follow up simple steps on how to redirect http to https. For WordPress sites only.

If you really don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, contact our WordPress support and we can do this for a small fee.

Written by Jodi Allbon – Web design trainer and designer since 2003.


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