If you sign in to your blog admin via a non-secure Internet connection, hackers are waiting out there to steal your data. HTTPS is highly recommended when you’re accessing your admin section on a public network. If you are running an online shop using wordpress, it is very important to secure the page where customers will be submitting their credit card numbers.
Activating SSL on your WordPress blog is very easy. Just follow a few steps.
- Purchase a Dedicated IP Address and purchase a SSL. (Check if your host sells SSL Certificates.) Many hosting companies like Bluehost and Arvixe not only sell you an SSL certificate they also install it for you. To purchase a good SSL certificate, you can refer this list of best SSL providers.
- Install SSL Certificate on your server. Read cPanel SSL Installation Instructions
- Login to your wordpress blog admin. Install WordPress HTTPS plugin and activate it.
Read more: Here are some other plugins that secure wordpress pages.
Admin SSL – Admin SSL secures login page, admin area, posts, pages – whatever you want – using Private or Shared SSL.
HTTPS for WordPress – This plugin will make sure that all elements on a page are SSL if the page is being accessed via HTTPS. You might need some programming skills to make this plugin work without error message.
- Go to the secured page of your site. Does the address bar turn blue? Does the lock icon in the lower right hand of your desktop remain unbroken? Then you are all set.