In 2014 Google startet the initiative, to secure the internet by encrypting all the traffic. In 2017 Your website should also use the secure-protocol https – or You loose Your good Google ranking.
At WordCamp Vienna 2017 Martin Mucha will show us in his presentation, how you can install/activate https in Your hosting environment. You probably don’t even need to buy an SSL-certficate – if Your hoster supports free solutions like LetsEncrypt.
After installation of an SSL-certificate you will want to change your website to https://MyWebsite.com. Changing your wp-config.php will not be enough.
Because changing the URL of your website leads to some WordPress-related problems: for example the paths for pictures in your MySQL (Maria DB) database. I will show you how to change that with easy SQL-statements (are there any easy SQL statements), or with Plug-Ins or a nice migration tool, that can also be used for backups – and also for a WordPress development and testing environment on your computer (Windows, Mac, Linux).
After your Website is secured, You could also use the quicker HTTP/2 protocoll on your server – if your hosting partner supports that.
I will publish my slides, the “easy” SQL-statements, and I hope that you will also find my presentation in May 2017 at https://wordpress.tv/
Why changing to https?
Beneath the technical and administration questions we will discuss, why to do that – advantages it will give, when you secure your URL – and what disadvantages if you don’t change now!
CU at #wcvie!
Speaker: Martin Mucha