It is important to make sure your domain redirects to https. Whether you have just installed a new WordPress site into your domain or have just activated SSL for your domain name. In this complete guide today you will learn how to redirect WordPress to https. Make sure you have the WordPress dashboard of your website open and ready. In this guide, we will use a free WordPress plugin to achieve this goal. Whenever Someone visits a website with HTTP, They will get automatically redirected to https (SECURE) versions of your website.
Why You Should divert from HTTP to HTTPS?
There are many reasons why you would want your visitors to use HTTPS versions of your website. In short, Google loves a website with https secured protocol. Therefore, such a website tends to rank higher in Google SERP. They might as well secure the data exchanged from through your website. If you want to learn more you can check out this article from ComputerWorld about benefits of https.
Steps required to Redirect WordPress to https
It’s really easy to redirect domain from HTTP to https without much hard work using WordPress plugin. All you have to do is install and activate them, the plugin will do the rest. So, you don’t have to worry about it and focuses on more important work on your website.
1. Install Required WordPress Plugin
There are many WordPress plugins that can be used for this purpose. I will recommend you use the one that has a high rating and good review. I personally prefer Easy HTTPS Redirection (SSL) plugin which has more than 100K active install. I use this plugin for all of my WordPress website including this one.
- Head over to your plugin section and Click on Add New
- Search for Easy HTTPS Redirection plugin, install it.
2. Activate WordPress plugin to start Redirection
This plugin is so easy to use that all you have to do is activate it to make it work.
- Once the plugin is installed, click on activate.
- Once the plugin is activated & Enabled you can test it using the HTTP version of your domain.
3. Enable HTTPS Redirection
The plugin will create its own setting menu in the WordPress dashboard.
- So you need to click on Settings -> HTTPS Redirection menu.
- Click on Enable Https Redirection box.
- You can also enable force https for Images, which will load all the images with Https URL.
- Save the changes.
If everything is set up correctly, It should redirect you to the https version of your WordPress domain. For the demo purpose, you can click Here for the HTTP version of our website. It will automatically load the https version within milliseconds.
Thus, SSL certificate is very much essential these days. Websites without an SSL certificate are not indexed by the search engines. Therefore, it is recommended to use HTTPS for your domains. I hope you were able to redirect your WordPress domain to https using this guide. If you are wondering about how to get an SSL certificate for free checkout upcoming article on our blog.