How to Configure Free SSL on OpenShift WordPress For Custom Domain

How to Configure Free SSL on OpenShift WordPress for Custom Domains
How to Configure Free SSL on OpenShift WordPress for Custom Domains

HTTPS, the lock icon in the browser address bar, shows the connection between you and website is encrypted.

Using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure in your site wins user’s trust.

Because everyone in the world wants secure connections.

After CloudFlare announcement to provide Free Flexible SSL in 2014, every webmaster rushed to add Free HTTPS in their websites.

Configuring free SSL on any website is easy especially on WordPress.

However, some of the readers whose follow the previous post to install WordPress on Openshift facing many difficulties to get up a website with free SSL.

In this tutorial, I teach you how to configure free SSL on Free Openshift account with custom domain enabled.

What is HTTPS

Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data sent between your browser and the website that you connected. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted.

For more details check HTTP to HTTPS | What is a HTTPS Certificate?

Advantage and Disadvantage of HTTPS

The biggest advantage to installing HTTPS at your site level, It will give you a minor ranking boost in Google Search Engine.

SEO is critical to every website and if installing a HTTPS give you a minor ranking boost over your competition, why not we installed it.

Green Lock in browser address bar increase the confidence of visitor, and you gain the trust of visitor quickly.

For further reading about advantage of SSL, Check The Big List of SEO Tips and Tricks for Using HTTPS on Your Website.

So why I don’t migrate to SSL Bandwagon?

My biggest concern is, HTTPS can reduce your Adsense earning.

Google says that sites with HTTPS pages earn less than those with HTTP pages.

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Why?

Because AdSense will restrict your ads to those that are SSL-compliant and will not shows ads on your site which are using HTTP.

Check 5 Major Disadvantages of using HTTPS in Blogger, this list write for blogger user but read it, Its clearify your doubt about disadvantage of SSL.

Let’s Back to Tutorial.

How to Configure Free SSL on OpenShift WordPress for Custom Domains

For this tutorial we require a ClodFlare account where your domain hosted.

In this tutorial, we are using a free account with flexible SSL.

CloudFlare Flexible SSL

Activate Flexible SSL at CloudFlare

Step 1. Login in CloudFlare account and click on your desired website where we want to install free SSL.

CloudFlare Crypto Tab for Flexible SSL

  1. Go to Crypto Tab
  2. In SSL Section activate Flexible SSL
Please note: Flexible SSL secure communication between CloudFlare and User browser but CloudFlare communicate your server without HTTPS.

Step 2. Install CloudFlare Flexible SSL plugin in your WordPress site. There is no configuration page simply install and enable this plugin.

Open your website with HTTPS like https://www.techelex.org replace www.techelex.org with your website.

If it shows a Green Seal in your browser that’s means everything works fine.

HTTPS Green Lock in Browser

step 3. Install CloudFlare plugin. In setting Enable HTTPS Protocol Rewriting.

HTTPS Protocol Rewriting

Step 4. Go to CloudFlare again, click on Page Rules Tab.

CloudFlare Page Rule for Force HTTPS

In Add New Rule section, add http://*techelex.org/*, replace techelex.org with your domain.

Check Always use HTTPS, On it.

Click on Add rule button.

Now check your blog with HTTP not HTTPS, if this redirect it to HTTPS Version thats means your website uses HTTPS by default.

Wrapping UP

Using this tutorial you should able to add Free Universal SSL in any website, especially in WordPress sites.

After this tutorial, your site served date to the visitor through HTTPS protocol.

Note: Details for troubleshooting SSL with CloudFlare can be found here.

Conclusion

From this article, I think your doubt is clear about What is HTTPS or How to configure Free Flexible SSL in OpenShift Free WordPress account which served through a custom domain.

Before migrating your website to FREE Universal SSL or SSL think twice because some sharing script does not show HTTP URL data on HTTPS Website and vice versa.

Let me know if this Configuration tutorial about How to Add Free SSL in Free OpenShift WordPress for Custom Domain helps you.

Share it with your friend because a friend in need is the friend indeed.

7 thoughts on “How to Configure Free SSL on OpenShift WordPress For Custom Domain

  1. Siddaiah Thirupati

    Hi Shaikh Masood,

    I think most of the professional bloggers are not migrated to https even after Google saying as it is ranking factor but I think it is useful to only e-commerce sites where the financial transaction takes place.

    This is a really good tutorial on using SSL open-shit with CloudFlare, thank you very much for sharing this information, see you soon with another article.

  2. Selamun Aleykum, Shaikh Masood Alam.

    Thanks, beautiful content. I wonder why you did not use SSL.

    Türkiye 🙂

    • Shaikh Masood Alam

      I don’t want to loose my sharing numbers.

  3. Thanks for this great tutorial, it’s definitely a great plugin.

  4. I think most of the professional bloggers are not migrated to https even after Google saying as it is ranking factor but I think it is useful to only e-commerce sites where the financial transaction takes place.

    This is a really good tutorial on using SSL open-shit with CloudFlare, thank you very much for sharing this information, see you soon with another article.

    • Shaikh Masood Alam

      HTTPS hurts your ads earning that’s why many blogger still not convert their website to it, but if you start recently, start with https because in 2017 Google Chrome shows warning for not encrypted website.

  5. Thanks for sharing with us..
    very nice article…
    Have a good one..

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