Switching to full site SSL or https from http questions on WordPress MULTISITE w/subdomains . . .

Hi folks,

Regarding: Switching to full site SSL or https from http questions on WordPress MULTISITE w/subdomains and domain mapping.

Setup:
Keep in mind this is for WordPress MULTISITE install for the primary and secondary subsites & the subsite are setup as "subdomain" not folders. If you want to contrast folders for the benefit of others later to "subdomains" that is cool and/or WordPress single installs along the way (but please be sure to highlight what is for MULITISITE subdomain installs, folders, or single install as applicable to avoid confusion).

Some/a external source(s):
http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/68435/moving-from-http-to-https-google-search-console
There are other resources within WPMUDEV and externally outside WPMUDEV, but I will not clutter it here right now. In other words, I have been searching in a lot of places for answers. Now I turn to the kings of WordPress for a bit of direction . . . smile.

Questions:

1. See here: http://screencast.com/t/VZL3yTGBijc9 (annotated questions in the screenshot itself)?

2. When https is active sitewide, I get a lot of "mixed content" errors. Likely some images or links are still showing http vs https or similar. What plugin or method is best to quickly, simply, and easily be sure the entire site runs in https without these errors of "mixed content"? Also, some methods actually break images or make content look strange. So, I am looking for something that just works (either some code that can be put in .htaccess or somewhere direct on the server OR a plugin that is just fantastic and will not break stuff in the process)?

3. Also, I would LOVE to hear you input on this to get a definitive answer for wildcard SSL vs. multi-domain SSL. Ideally, having wildcard SSL would rock, BUT I am getting indications that it still would not apply to mapped domains with the underlying subdomain/subsite on a WordPress MULTISITE install. See here my latest comment on the thread: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/ssl-domain-mapping/#comment-159992 (for now I am testing muti-domain ssl because of my concern with mapped domains others I would be on wildcard ssl in a second)? Can you show some definitive answers? How does wpmudev and edublogs handle etc?

4. Lastly, what are the best steps when converting from http to https in terms of SEO. When doing so, can it screw up the SEO already established with the http version? If you could give steps of WordPress MULTISITE for primary and the associated subsites and WordPress single sites (if different) that would be awesome and you would rock into eternity from that point forward on these questions!

So, my question is, lastly, who is the dev that totally rocks at WPMUDEV that can handle answering this stuff?

LOL

:slight_smile:

  • Predrag Dubajic

    Hi Greg,

    Hope you're doing well today :slight_smile:

    Wow, that's quite a few questions in there :slight_smile:

    1. See here: http://screencast.com/t/VZL3yTGBijc9 (annotated questions in the screenshot itself)?

    Changing protocol shouldn't affect you SEO as far as I know, just need to make sure all your pages are redirected properly.
    For 301 redirects I believe best way would be via .htaccess, you mind find some useful guides here:
    http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/website/redirects/setting-up-a-301-permanent-redirect-via-htaccess
    With subdomain installation you need to go with non-www address since www can cause issues on subsites.

    2. When https is active sitewide, I get a lot of "mixed content" errors. Likely some images or links are still showing http vs https or similar. What plugin or method is best to quickly, simply, and easily be sure the entire site runs in https without these errors of "mixed content"? Also, some methods actually break images or make content look strange. So, I am looking for something that just works (either some code that can be put in .htaccess or somewhere direct on the server OR a plugin that is just fantastic and will not break stuff in the process)?

    This would also depend on theme and plugins you are using, if plugin/theme has hardcoded URLs you would need to make changes in files directly.
    For other stuff you can try out https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-force-https/ or perhaps iThemes Security as I believe they have a tool for this included as well https://wordpress.org/plugins/better-wp-security/

    3. Also, I would LOVE to hear you input on this to get a definitive answer for wildcard SSL vs. multi-domain SSL. Ideally, having wildcard SSL would rock, BUT I am getting indications that it still would not apply to mapped domains with the underlying subdomain/subsite on a WordPress MULTISITE install. See here my latest comment on the thread: https://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/ssl-domain-mapping/#comment-159992 (for now I am testing muti-domain ssl because of my concern with mapped domains others I would be on wildcard ssl in a second)? Can you show some definitive answers? How does wpmudev and edublogs handle etc?

    We had some discussions about this before so you may want to have a look at below threads that could give you more info:
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/domain-mapping-and-sslhttps-question#post-852682
    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/topic/how-to-setup-ssl-for-mapped-domains#post-803587

    4. Lastly, what are the best steps when converting from http to https in terms of SEO. When doing so, can it screw up the SEO already established with the http version? If you could give steps of WordPress MULTISITE for primary and the associated subsites and WordPress single sites (if different) that would be awesome and you would rock into eternity from that point forward on these questions!

    As I mentioned before, you shouldn't have any impact if everything is done properly, you might want to read this post from yoast that will help you out with switching to SSL
    https://yoast.com/dev-blog/move-website-https-ssl/

    I know there are a lot of links provided above but most of your questions are already answered here and there so there's no point in me acting all smart and copy/pasting stuff :slight_smile:

    Hope this helped a bit and let us know if you have any followup questions.

    Best regards,
    Predrag

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