I know there is going to be a webinar covering everything you need to know about SSL but there were a few questions getting asked in chat yesterday so I thought I'd do a quick check list for everyone.

The first thing to remember is that you can only add SSL to domains that you own.

The Siterubix free domains are subdomains and therefore not elegible for SSL certification.

Switching is a one click and very smooth process.

Go to your Site Manager and you will see a new button called "SitePlus+"

If you click on the blue SitePlus+ part you will be taken to the next page where you can turn SSL on

As you can see I have already turned mine on for this

It's a very smooth process and only takes about 30 seconds

But now the fun starts.....




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boomergp08 Premium
Thanks for this Alan. As I am with most things in regards to updating/upgrading, I have yet to change to SSL. It is not a must do now upgrade, as Carson indicated in his post. But it will be eventually.

Once I have a full day to sit down and make the change, as well as check that all other aspects are working correctly, I will make sure to access this tutorial. Thanks for covering many of the associated points.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks Robert

Yes I made sure I had a whole day free before I switched over just in case there were any snags ;)
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WriterLynn Premium
Thanks Alan. I was concerned about the Google and Bing webmaster tools and your training made it very simple. One question though....What do we do with the original non-https properties in Google webmaster tools? Do we just leave them there or do we delete them after the new https properties get crawled?
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Alan Hocking Premium
I would just leave them there in case you ever need to switch back to http
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Chrissies Premium
Hi Alan
I can see the padlock in editor but it is not there when I go to view the site. I am not completely sure how to view it incognito.
I checked the site you mentioned, and it appears that there is one banner which I have which is not secure, and I'm not sure how to deal with that.
If you have any ideas I should be most grateful :)
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Capu1 Premium
Chissie,
this is a problem I have been dealing with. I have checked with Google, Bing and other technical experts, including our support center and no one has come with an answer. al I get is that my site is new and it will take time for that mark to go away.
If you find a solution, please let me know because I do not know what else to do.
Thanks,
Lisa
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Alan Hocking Premium
Okay this is probably a header banner or logo so try looking in your site settings to find it and just add the "s" to the end of the http part of the url

The tool should tell you which image/banner it is
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Freedomseekr Premium
Very helpful Alan! I still need to do mine since I knew there has to be other things to do along with clicking the button to turn it on...glad I waited a bit to find this! Thanks for taking the time to do such an awesome tutorial!

Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thank you Sherry I'm glad you liked it! :)
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ShlomoJ Premium
If I haven't reached the training where I am told to sign up for google analytics do I have to worry about that?

Also, what is Webmaster/Search Console and do I have to worry about it at this stage?

Thanks for this training it was a really easy and helpful read.

Shlomo J
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Alan Hocking Premium
Don't worry about it at this stage Shlomo it will all be in the training as you work your way through it
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ShlomoJ Premium
Great. :) So as far as SSL goes I'm good to go... right?
I mean if I don't know what those are, then I don't need to update it I guess... lol
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Alan Hocking Premium
Yes you can update to ssl now and then you will naturally cover the other parts in the training as you carry on working your way through it
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ShlomoJ Premium
Thanks for the help. :)
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Alan Hocking Premium
You're welcome :)
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