WordPress, SSL, And HTTPS Using Let’s Encrypt

With Google search rankings being knocked down for regular HTTP sites, and WordPress announcing that sometime this year features would require HTTPS, I recently decided to look into switching over this website to use SSL. I was cautious at first, since I host my own web server,  but as I dug into it, it wasn’t that difficult to accomplish. As you can see the site’s now live using HTTPS with an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt, a free open certificate authority. I’ve compiled a list of sites I referenced when I was researching this project and figured I would post them for anyone else looking to do the same. For the most part, if you have a web host, all you need to do is request an SSL certificate for your site and change the WordPress address. If you’re like me and run your own LAMP server, then you’ll need to look through a few of these pages on getting Apache configured to use HTTPS and the installs for Let’s Encrypt to automate the certificate install and renewals.

HTTPS for WordPress:

Set up Let’s Encrypt: