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SSL Certificates – The Why and How from PACS

This Month’s WordPress SIG Topics

What’s new in WordPress since we last met.

Our featured area is a discussion on WordPress website security.

But first, our Topics from the Trenches segment.

Topics from the Trenches

Anyone, anyone? Yes, in the back!

Topics From The Trenches

What is markdown?
– John Davey

What is Markdown?

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers.
Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid HTML.

John Gruber – founder

Uses of Markdown

Creating WordPress content Add New Page ‹ wpsigworking — WordPress

Generic HTML writing

General notes – Obsidian

What’s new with WordPress?

State of the Word – 2022

The Month in WordPress – November 2022 – Detailed blog post on The State of the Word.

No new code releases

Featured Topic: SSL Certificates
Why & How

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)

The standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between networked computers.

Benefits to your WordPress Website

Encrypts and secures sensitive information so that only the intended reader can read it.

Ensures secure passage of information across the net

SEO & Perceived Value Impact

SSL certificate impacts your website SEO

Sites w/o SSL installed deemed lower-trust websites

Penalized on search rankings

Give visitors confidence

Secure with SSL

How to Get One?

Ask your host

Let’s Encrypt (letsencrypt.org) is free

Some charge, eg GoDaddy $79/year

Cloudflare, free tier

Really Simple SSL – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org

Then What

Install Certificate

Redirect HTTP -> HTTPS

How to Redirect

Log into WordPress Dashboard

Settings | General

WordPress Address (URL)

Site Address (URL)

Update URLs to include https instead of http

Server Redirect

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^(.+)$
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^coolexample.com$ [OR]
RewriteCond %{SERVER_NAME} ^www.coolexample.com$
RewriteRule .* https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

Mixed Content Messages

Database Search and Replace

http://coolexample.com -> https://coolexample.com
http://www.coolexample.com -> https://collexample.com

Plugin: [Better Search Replace – WordPress plugin | WordPress.org](https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-search-replace/

Cloudflare Options

Overview · Cloudflare SSL/TLS docs

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