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Configure WordPress to use your SSL Certificate

It is recommended that every website uses an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts data transmitted between the users computer and the website that has the certificate installed. Google will penalise you in search results for not having an SSL certificate, and popular browsers are now presenting users with increasingly stark security warnings when visiting a website that doesn’t use SSL.

Do I already have an SSL certificate?

Have a look in your browser address bar. If the web address begins with https:// rather than http://, you already have a certificare installed. You may additionally see a message from the browser showing the site is secure:

 

 

How do I get an SSL Certificate?

Speak to your webhost who will provide and install the SSL certificate for you. The price will vary, depending on the host and the certificate but for an average site expect to pay between £0 – £100 per annum.

Configure WordPress to use your SSL certificate

Once your webhost has confirmed that the SSL certificate has been instaled, you will need to configure your WordPress website to do this:

1. Update the Site URL and Home URL

Navigate to General > Settings and change your website web address from http:// to https://

This will automatically configure WordPress to use the SSL certificate.

2. Update internal site references

If you use images on pages or posts (rather than featured images), you will need to update the links within the image tags to use https:// too. Doing this manually can be a laborious process so we recommend the Better Search Replace WordPress plugin for this.

  • Backup your database! If you make a mistake, you WILL break your website and recovery may be difficult without a backup.
  • Install better Sarch Replace from the WordPress Repository
  • Navigate to Tootles > Better Seach Replace
  • Search for your existing web address and replace with the new https:// version. We recommend you search in the tables wp_options, wp_posts and wp_postmeta.
  • Turn off the ‘Dry Run’ option
  • Run Search / Replace

In most cases, your website will now show the secure padlock next to your web address. If it is still missing, you may need to search in additional tables. Contact us if you need help with this, and we will configure your webite to use SSL for a small fee.

15 Apr 2015

Learn WordPress at Hills Road Sixth Form College

Christian Mayne will once again be teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, commencing on 28th April 2015 for 10 weeks.

Course Overview

Learn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely used web Content Management Systems. Despite being simple to use, WordPress is also an extremely powerful online publishing platform and is used by some of the most high profile websites in the World. This course is aimed at those new to WordPress or those looking to setup or start managing a WordPress website for the first time. Your tutor will take you from the basics of setting up a WordPress site and adding content and images, through to theme installation, site enhancement with plugins, theme modification and user administration. You will gain a thorough understanding of the components which make up WordPress, how these components are used and managed, and tricks you can use to quickly and simply improve your WordPress website. No prior web design experience is required, but you should be comfortable using a PC and Web Browser.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, using practical hands-on tuition, you will have an understanding of the following features and techniques:

  • Setting Up WordPress from Scratch
  • Creating Pages and Posts
  • Managing WordPress Menus
  • WordPress Widgets and Sidebars
  • Theme Installation, Setup and Modification
  • Plugin Installation and Management
  • WordPress Administration tasks, Backups and Spam Prevention
  • Advanced Plugins: e-commerce, members websites, forums and social networks

Full details about the course can be found here

Enrolment

To enrol, please Click here to fill out the online enrolment form or call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

13 Jan 2015

Design & Build a Website using WordPress

Commencing on the 20th January, Christian Mayne will be once again teaching the popular WordPress for Beginners course at Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge.

Course Overview

WordPressLearn how to use WordPress to produce attractive, well laid-out and highly functional web sites. WordPress is one of the World’s leading and widely used web Content Management Systems. Despite being simple to use, WordPress is also an extremely powerful online publishing platform and is used by some of the most high profile websites in the World. This course is aimed at those new to WordPress or those looking to setup or start managing a WordPress website for the first time. Your tutor will take you from the basics of setting up a WordPress site and adding content and images, through to theme installation, site enhancement with plugins, theme modification and user administration. You will gain a thorough understanding of the components which make up WordPress, how these components are used and managed, and tricks you can use to quickly and simply improve your WordPress website. No prior web design experience is required, but you should be comfortable using a PC and Web Browser.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, using practical hands-on tuition, you will have an understanding of the following features and techniques:

  • Setting Up WordPress from Scratch
  • Creating Pages and Posts
  • Managing WordPress Menus
  • WordPress Widgets and Sidebars
  • Theme Installation, Setup and Modification
  • Plugin Installation and Management
  • WordPress Administration tasks, Backups and Spam Prevention
  • Advanced Plugins: e-commerce, members websites, forums and social networks

Full details about the course can be found here

Enrolment

To enrol, please Click here to fill out the online enrolment form or call the Adult Education Office on 01223 278002 Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm and Friday 9am to 4pm during term time and Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm out of term time.

16 Apr 2014
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