How to enable and force SSL in WordPress

Step 1 - Log into WordPress. If you've forgotten your username or password, click here for a guide on resetting it.


Step 2 - Click on Settings > General




Step 3 - Find the fields that say WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL)



What you have to do here is change the http in both fields to https. They should look like this:




Now scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes




Step 4 - Next, you'll need to click on Plugins > Add New and Install then Activate the Really Simple SSL plugin.





Once the plugin is installed and activated, find the plugin under the Plugins section and click on Settings


Then click Go ahead, activate SSL!


If it's succesful, you'll see this screen




If you see that warning about HTTP Strict Transport Security, note that it isn't currently a strict requrement like SSL is. If you wish to enable it, click here for our guide on how to easily do that.


Step 5 - If your site now works fine with SSL, ignore this last step. However, if you get some warnings/errors, you need to Install and Activate the tthe Velvet Blues plugin.


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Once Installed, (1) Click Tools then (2) Click Update URLs (3) Add in the Old URL and New URL (4) Tick all the boxes except the last (5) Click Update URLs NOW


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