Perhaps you’ve always wanted to migrate your blogspot custom domain from http to https and was wondering if its feasible. Yes, it is! This service used to be possible on free blogspot domain e.g (yourname.blogspot.com). You can now migrate your blogspot to https without spending a dime.
If you host your blog on third parties like namecheap, godaddy, etc, you will be required to set it up on your own with some help. But, namecheap which I partnered with offer the SSL certificate free of charge. You can also buy from them even if you don’t host your blog with them or buy your domain from them at the rate of $8.99 per year.
Previously, this service on blogspot custom domain was possible via embedding of codes. But, not anymore! This article will tell you the simplest of way to migrate to https on blogspot.
What is SSL Certificate?
SSL Certificates provide secure, encrypted communications between a website and an internet browser. SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol which provides the encryption. SSL Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages.
HTTP means HyperText Transfer Protocol. HTTP is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web and this protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted, and what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands.
Why do you need to migrate to https?
When you are working on http, your site is not encrypted and unsecure for your users. If you are conversant with your browser, you will notice that the browser tag some websites as unsecure and thereby warn you not to drop some of your details.
Find below some benefits that secure sites enjoy over the unsecured ones:
Data exchange between a secure (HTTPS) website and a user–browser is encrypted, which makes it safe and secure from eavesdroppers. It means data exchanged can not be stolen easily.
ii) Data Integrity
The data being transferred cannot be modified.
The visitors can trust they are accessing a verified original website. They can even view the certificate attached to the secure site to gain confidence.
Most of the web hosts have rolled out a new network protocol — HTTP/2. All current browsers and CDN support it. This protocol can significantly boost your website speed. The first requirement to enable HTTP/2 is an SSL certificate installed on your site.
v) Search engine ranking
Google has announced that HTTPS is now a lightweight ranking signal. Therefore, secure your site and get a boost to its ranking.
If you have not migrated, and it is self hosted, go to your hosting plan provider and seek how to go about it.
Check namecheap instruction on how to install SSL certificate on your cpanel.
Simplest way to migrate on blogspot
Now before you do anything, download a back up for your blog, should anything go wrong while migrating, you can easily retrieve it.
1). Log in to your blogger dashboard
2). On the left-hand-side, stroll down to the setting section and click on it.
3). Click on the Basic on the dropdown.
Now look at the right section of the page, scroll down, you will see HTTPS availability and HTTPS redirect.
4). In front of the HTTPS availability, you will see Yes or No, click on it, and click on YES. If its available for your blog, the YES will be clickable. You are almost done.
5). Go to HTTPS redirect and select YES as you did on step 4. Boom! You have succeeded in migrating to encrypted certificate.
6). Scroll up and save settings
ISSUES YOU CAN HAVE WITH HTTPS ON BLOGSPOT
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