Convert WordPress to SSL / HTTPS: Test the 1-click solution from

The Let's encrypt slogan: free, automated and open

The topic of SSL / HTTPS and WordPress has been in the back of my mind for months, because Google had a long time ago officially announcedthat the encryption of a website with an SSL certificate is a ranking factor for Google. In practice this means: If your website is accessible via https instead of http, then Google will rank your posts and your website better.

Complexity and cost put off bloggers and small webmasters

I've been dealing with the topic for a few months now, but unfortunately there is no simple solution to convert your website or WordPress blog to https. Either you use a hosting provider who will set this up for you - but that usually costs from 50 EUR / year or more - or you use certification authorities like freessl.comto create a certificate there, which you can then deposit with the hosting provider.

A certificate from FreeSSL: possible for free but definitely not

A certificate from FreeSSL: possible for free but definitely not. Even I, a technology nerd, needed a few hours to generate and install it (including reading various instructions and bug fixes).

That sounds simple, but in practice it is a complex task because you have to generate various keys that you then have as text files. These must then be stored somewhere on the server with a specific name and some of the data must also be entered in a form. If something is wrong with this, it doesn't work and you can look for the fault. If you did manage it at some point, you have a year of rest and then the certificate has expired and you have to generate a new one. The whole stress starts all over again - and that for EVERY domain that you want to encrypt.

Deadly for visitor numbers: invalid or expired certificates

I'm really not a technology dummy, but this hic-hack stopped me from continuing. Problems are easy to foresee: What happens when the certificate expires and I'm on vacation? A website with an invalid certificate causes every visitor to see a pop-up warning that this website is not secure. Who then clicks on "Next" and puts an exception for an invalid certificate in the Browser on? I think nobody. The result would be that from now on you would simply have no more visitors. Within a few days, the Google rankings would certainly drop and the domain would be permanently damaged.

Browsers like Firefox display this error message if you have a missing or expired SSL certificate.

Browsers like Firefox display this error message if you have a missing or expired SSL certificate. No normal visitor will continue here.

For this reason I said to myself: I only start with SSL when three important conditions have been met:

  1. free SSL certificates (some already existed)
  2. easy integration into a domain (only available for money if others have taken care of it)
  3. automatic renewal of the certificates without further intervention (only possible if you paid money)

Let's encrypt - free SSL certificates for everyone

It became all too clear that private website operators and bloggers do not really like to use SSL, because there are hardly any blogs that have converted their website to https with an SSL certificate. For several years now, a service has been set up that has made it its mission to make the whole thing easier in order to motivate more webmasters to use SSL encryption to make the Internet more secure. The name of this association of large companies: "Let's encrypt".

The Let's encrypt slogan: free, automated and open

The Let's encrypt slogan: free, automated and open. The practical test with shows: promise kept! And already in the beta phase!

The service is now in the beta phase and issues certificates. In principle, this is nothing new, but the Let's encrypt certificates are extended automatically, cost nothing and are also very easy to integrate - depending on the hoster. My favorite host offers 1-click SSL installation

Anyone who has read more here will know that I am a friend of the hosting am I have been using hosting for many WordPress blogs and also for customer websites for years and have only had positive experiences. The support is great and the prices extremely good - I often wonder how they do it. :)

For a few days now, has been offering the option of installing a Let's encrypt certificate for every domain free of charge in the hosting packages from Privat Plus. The process is easier than I could have ever dreamed of:

  • Select the appropriate domain in the customer administration
  • at the point "SSL protection" click on edit
  • then click on the "Lets's encrypt" tab
  • there tick "accept disclaimer" and click the button below does the rest in cooperation with Let's encrypt. The certification data CSR, KEY, CRT and bridge certificates are created and entered automatically. The SSL certificate is installed and working within a few minutes.

Instructions: Here the Let's encrypt SSL certificate is set up with All-Incl

Instructions: Here the Let's encrypt SSL certificate is set up with All-Incl

My conclusion: SSL and HTTPS very easy!

Something like that shows me: modern technology doesn't always have to be complicated. When the right people get together and want to change something, sometimes great things come out of it. With this simple solution, there is no longer any reason not to switch your website or WordPress blog to https.

So, unfortunately I have to go ahead and click certificates. :)

And if you are still with another hoster who is still on "complicated", think about whether you might not switch to I have Here is a longer experience report on WordPress hosting from written - maybe it is interesting for you.

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  1. Timo says:

    Hello Sir Apfelot, I just discovered this post from you. First off, I want to say that I share your opinion 100% about AllInkl - it's just perfect for hosting WordPress websites! Not only because of the simple automatic installation of a WordPress system, but also, as you said, because of the great support and the uncomplicated web-based user interface.
    I had already heard somewhere that AllInkl also offers Let's Encrypt certificates, but I wasn't aware that you need the PrivatPlus package for this - and that it is so easy to set up! Thx for the article, I'll definitely do it like that ;-)

  2. Marin says:

    I can't understand why people don't have SSL today. It is worth it! You said it right. Who clicks further if the page is classified as unsafe and we are still informed about it.
    It's up to us to educate people;)

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