If you are still using http protocol, you might have been worrying of Google’s latest update, that implies that all non https websites will be showing “not secured” to visitors by June – July. Many bloggers who are blogging on google’s blogger platform have been finding ways to add https to their sites.
You might be left stranded, In this article, how to enable https on your blogger blog’s custom domain using various simple methods will be discussed.
Before we continue, let’s quickly look at what HTTPS is and how useful it can be to your blog.
HTTPS simply means “HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure”. It is an encryption that can protect you, your blog and your blog visitors from information hackers who are finding people’s personal details, this encryption will prevent hackers from accessing visitor’s information on your blog.
1. Https can protect your visitors: HTTPS can help you secure your website and protect your visitors from hackers who are searching for people’s personal details and files online.
2. It can increase your blog traffic: using of https can increase your blog traffic. reason is that Google gives more importance to sites with https more than sites with http.
3. The green padlock itself will make your site look more professional. when visitors are browsing through your site, a green padlock will appear beside your site url with shows that visitors connection to your site is secure, and their information that are with you is private.
We’ve talked on how useful it is to be using https on your website and i believed you’ve understand every single part of it, if yes, then it’s time to go deep into this topic.
If you are using blogger’s free sub-domain for your blog, they will offer you free https for the sub-domain only. Once you move to a custom domain, your site will no longer be https enabled.
Note: I learnt that google is now offering free https to sites with custom domain on blogger. Have been reading series of testimonies on this, i don’t know how true it is, am still doing some research, if am able to verify if it is true with more evidence, i will write an article on the topic, but for now let’s focus on this article.
How To Setup Free HTTPS On Blogger Blog’s Custom Domain
You can setup free https on your blogger blog by following this great method, please read carefully, follow every single steps as stated in this article to avoid getting bad result.
You can add https to your blogger blog custom domain by making use of Cloudflare CDN. Have you heard about it? If yes, you should know how useful it is and it’s features. If No, you will learn how to move your blog to https for free using Cloudflare CDN.
Cloudflare have different plans, you can make use of their free plan to enable all what you need on your blog. Below are features of Cloudflare:
Free HTTPS for your blog
Protects your site from threats
Improves your blog’s performance and speed
From many features of Cloudflare, you can make use of this three most important features.
Step 1: Create a free CloudFlare account, visit www.cloudflare.com. locate “Get Started Today”. Add your Email and choose a password, click Sign Up.
Step 2: On the next page, Tick: I agree to and click on Create Account.
Step 3: The next step is to add your blogger blog url to Cloudflare. On this page, locate “Add a website”, in the box below it, add your blog custom domain URL. (e.g www.gurusblend.com). Scan your DNS Records.
Step 4: It will take few seconds before cloudflare scan your blog. You will be provided two custom Nameservers which you will add to your DNS for your blog’s integration. After counting, click on continue.
Step 5: Verify your DNS, after scanning, CloudFlare will provide the list of all your DNS records. After that click on continue.
Step 6: Select free cloudflare plan. A free plan is all you need, if you feel you need more features than the available ones, then you can upgrade your plan.
Step 7: Change your Nameservers to a custom nameservers. Login to your domain registrar’s dashboard, edit DNS, change your nameservers setting to custom, now input the two nameservers you were provided by Cloudflare and save.
It will take 24hrs to 48hrs before it propagate, but that doesn’t mean we are done with the settings, you have to update your blog with this latest development, you must make sure your blog is ready to use https, and fix all links that may put your site at risk. Continue reading below to know more on how to change all links on your blog from http to https.
Change All Links From HTTP To HTTPS
Go to themes, click on Edit HTML, press CTRL + F and search for HTTP. You will find lots of URLS. Just replace all these HTTP with HTTPS. Both images and external links.
Fix All Mixed Contents
Mixed contents is very dangerous to blogs and web pages, mixed content is when you are having combination of http and https links on your site, this will be causing your website to load slowly and some times stop responding. Even though you have enabled HTTPS on your site and you followed the procedure correctly, the green padlock might still not show on your blog, reason is that you are having mixed content on your blog.
One of the working ways to fix mixed content is the changing of all links from http to https i mentioned before. However, their are still more to it, follow the steps below accordingly.
Mixed contents might not be caused by links only, it might be caused by images that are having http as their source link, the images are loading with http instead of https, you can fix this by changing your current theme to google’s latest themes.
If you don’t want to change your theme, their are still other ways to solve the problem, however, you will need to edit your template. If you are willing to do so, please backup your template before you continue.
Go to themes, click on Edit HTML, Search for this code: <form expr:action=’data:blog.searchUrl’> If you find it, just replace it with this code: <form expr:action=’data:blog.searchUrl.https’> It should fix all problems you are having with mixed content.
Conclusion: Next time On how to enable free https on blogger blog custom domain, we will discuss how to edit your seo settings and how to update your seo so that search results won’t be showing invalid links. If you are having problems adding https to your blog after reading this article, don’t forget to let me know, you can type problems you are facing out, i and other Gurusblendites might be of help.