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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:

 

i) Encryption
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.

 

iii) Authentication
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.

 

iv) Performance
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

Http to Https

ISSUES YOU CAN HAVE WITH HTTPS ON BLOGSPOT

When you migrate to https, some javascript may not work again. Such as Nabble forum, Feedjit etc.

 

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Enable Access To Blogger Blog On Glo Network: How To

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I have had to call Glo network customer care to complain to them that I couldn’t access my blogger blog with custom domain name on Glo network and they couldn’t proffer solution. In this article, I will show you how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network.

What is it about Glo?

Glo network is one of the largest telecommunication network in Nigeria with millions of subscribers and its owned by Mike Adenuga. Glo offers more data subscription than other networks in Nigeria. Hence the name, “Grand Master of data.”

Because of the volume of their data, more people use it. This should mean more visitors to your blog right? It should but people couldn’t use their Glo network to access your blogger blog unless they change to other networks which may drastically increase the bounce rate. But not too worry. Smile…

Blogger that face this problem

Bloggers that face this kind of problem are those that have had custom domain activated on their blog and https is on.

There is so much benefits attached to custom domain and this shouldn’t be a problem. Blog visitors trust blogs with https activated  more than those who doesn’t and see bloggers with custom domain as serious ones. Like I said, not too worry. You will know it soon.

How to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria

The things you need are;

  • Email Address
  • Access to your domain name registrar
  • Desktop/Mobile device

And within two minutes you will be done. All you need to do is change the DNS on your domain name registrar. Simple! Let’s get to work dear.

Step One on how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria

(a): Go to cloudflare website and sign up with your email and choose a password for yourself. Check your mailbox to verify your email few seconds after or do that after the process.

Enable access to blogger blog on Glo network

(b): After signing up successfully, the next pop-up is where to Add your site for cloudflare to scan it. Enter your domain name e.g yourblogname.com and continue.

(c): Then choose a plan. Choose free plan but, note that, you can only use one domain name on free plan. After clicking on free plan, scroll down and confirm plan. After it has scanned your site, it will show you your A records and CNAME records. Cross check and scroll down to continue.

(d): After you are successful in (c) above, the next thing you will see is your current DNS server and cloudflare will provide you with ones to change that two DNSs with. Copy them or write them down somewhere.

(e): Click on I need help changing my name server, select your domain registrar and click on Step-by-step instructions IF you already didn’t know how on your domain registrar. See the diagram above👆.

This ends step one. Don’t close the browser yet.

Open new tab and proceed to step two.

Step Two on how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network

a): Login to your domain registrar account and look for that domain you connect with blogspot. I use Namecheap, so I will explain with it.

b): Click on Manage button in the domains dashboard

c): In the page that will open, scroll down and look for name servers. Tap on it and select Custom DNS.

d): Enter the new DNSs provided by cloudflare in the first step above as it was written respectively. And tick the green mark which means save. If its successful, it will tell you that it will take 48 hours for the new DNS to propagate.

e): Now go back to cloudflare on the last page, click continue. Now when in the dashboard, scroll down to click on Recheck Name server. You will be notified if successful. Boom! Its that simple. Now check your blog with a Glo network after couple of hours.

Conclusion

In this post, I just explained to you how to enable access to blogger blog on Glo network in Nigeria. Now you don’t have to worry about drastic bounce rate. Everyone can now visit your blog. 😉😉😉

Were you able to do it? Let me know in he comment and don’t forget to share!

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