When I first began to realise that it was necessary to take the plunge and dive into https migration, I was seeing my visitor count fall away drastically.

I had been aware that https was going to become an area of significance. But, I didn’t realise it would pertain to little WordPress blogs in quite the way it transpired.

I had looked, briefly, at what might be required to implement Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) on my blogs.

And, to he honest, I buried my head inn the sand. It looked hugely complex and expensive to acquire an SSL Certificate.

However, if you have the right hosting provider, it is surprisingly simple.

If you need to know How to Move a WordPress Website from HTTP to HTTPS/SSL then this linki could help you.

Amazon Suggested Reading HTTPS Migration

HTTP: The Definitive Guide

HTTP Pocket Reference: Hypertext Transfer Protocol

Learning HTTP/2: A Practical Guide for Beginners

HTTPS Migration is Simple

The correct method to redirect for HTTPS can be found here:

using the proper 301 redirect code for http to https.

Thanks to WPBeginners for assisting information on how to fix WordPress posts returning 404 errors. It is simple, but not obvious.

In Summary

  1. Get an SSL Certificate
  2. Install the certificate or have your hosting provider do it
  3. Update setting > General
  4. Redirect all posts/pages to new https
  5. Remember to update your own bookmarks
  6. Update Google Webmaster tools

Multisite WordPress

The process is a little different for a multisite WordPress installation:

  1. Get an SSL Certificate
  2. Install the certificate or have your hosting provider do it
  3. Edit wp-config.php to edit url
  4. Use Super Admin > Sites to change url to all subdirectory sites
  5. Force SSL with an .htaccess redirect
  6. Update Google Webmaster tools

Finally, you MUST register your new https site with Google Webmaster tools. It has been my experience that the whole SSL process is for naught, until you let Google know that your new web site is available for indexing.

The article on How to Add SSL and HTTPS in WordPress was a boon and an incredible source of good information.

The other site I have found very useful is https://www.whynopadlock.com/ which identifies possible reasons that your blog is not getting the SECURE padlock symbol in your address bar.

However, this pitfall-strewn journey has been a nightmare for me. And, at this time I still have no definite resolution. But, I suspect my blog has been hacked at some point in the past.

Problems with HTTPS Migration

Yes, I have had problems with HTTPS Migration. But, I think that the problems I am encountering have nothing to do with the procedures outlined above.

I am now convinced that my WordPress installation has been corrupted. I have one site, which is a stand-alone single site installation. This site has completed the HTTPS migration without significant problems.

Furthermore, I want to migrate my Multi-Site WordPress to a single site. The process of doing this has horrified me up until now. The Multi-Site installation has, roughly, one thousand posts that will need to be transferred.

However, I need to check and update every post anyway. So, what better opportunity am I going to have?

Rationalising my Blogging Environment

If I migrate all of my sites to one Super Site. I can, hopefully reduce my administration workload.

Given that I have a chronic illness that impacts my cognitive awareness. I need to streamline my blogging activity as far as is possible.

The focus should move from the suspiciously non-performing site to this good site. I have been unable to identify the real cause of the problem with my old site.

The most likely problem is my lack of lucidity. i am probably making ridiculous rookie mistakes that I am completely unaware of.

Reporting that my HTTPS Migration has been a resounding success would give me great pleasure.

But, it is FAR TOO early to be optimistic. By my most pessimistic predictions. It will be several months before I can hope to see the results of my labours.

In addition to adopting HTTPS. I will need to ensure that every blog post I now publish is fully optimised to the guidelines of Yoast SEO.

Furthermore, I need to consider implementing AMP to make the posts more visible to mobile device users.

And, finally. I need to build backlinks. Lots of backlinks. This will need to become an essential part of my Blogging itinerary.

Building meaningful backlinks and engaging with other Bloggers. Should become as important to my blogging activities as publishing new quality content.

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