Having SSL Conversion Trouble? Something I Learned That May Save You Trouble

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com SAL.2002007747
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1s and 0s make the internet go round

If you don't have a Wordpress site, you can probably skip this post.

If you're super sharp on running and modifying your Wordpress site, you can just click Next!

But if you've got a Wordpress site and know just enough to be dangerous to yourself, then this post MIGHT be for you!  Consider this a bonus Ask An Ambassador post for the week.

And if you have no idea what SSL is, you might want to go read Tammy Emineth 's post about what SSL is and her offer for you to hire her to take care of your conversion.   That $75 fee might save you a lot of time and effort, or you can go FSBO like I did...and with all the problems that come with that :)

What helped me was some general guidance from WPBeginner.com.  That site is loaded with great tutorials and for the most part not too tech speak heavy.  So their SSL tutorial got me through the basics along with some instructions from my IDX provider's site.

Now like any do it yourself project, it wasn't as simple as I hoped.  A plugin called Really Simple SSL helped automate some of the conversion steps, but there was a point that I was REALLY glad that I have daily back ups for my Wordpress site.  And of course while most of the roadmap was performing according to plan, there WERE wrinkles.  Things like my php version not being current enough to support the conversion and have my website look even close to what it was supposed to.  So down the rabbithole to find out how to check php versions and how to update (fortunately Google and instructions on my site host gave me the info I needed).

For the most part I got it done.

I had the green lock on Chrome:

 

But I didn't have it on all my pages.  There was an issue with my IDX pages, so I wasn't 100% there. No green lock.

At first I assumed that my IDX provider or MLS hadn't followed through on hosting the photos on a secure site like they'd said was happening.  And so far multiple emails to the MLS provider have NOT been responded to.

But this morning I noticed something I hadn't caught before.  It wasn't ALL my IDX pages without the green lock, but just some of them.  So that blew the theory that it was bad security hosting on the MLS photos or ALL the pages would have had an issue.

Some more poking around this evening and it clicked.  The pages with problems were the ones that I'd copied into IDX from ActiveRain to be the starting point for  new search pages.  And in copying over the posts, I'd also brought over the photos from those posts.  And those imports were from BEFORE ActiveRain implementing SSL/https, so the photo hosting links were all http and NOT https.  That one letter is all it too to make my photos not Secure in Google's eyes.  So root cause and solution identified!  Either bring the photos into Wordpress for hosting, or edit the links in the IDX pages to https and problem solved.  Since AR has updated to SSL, adding the s in the photo URL would work.

I tested it for a few pages and sure enough, all went from yellow to Green Lock.  Now I have another project, a few hundred IDX pages to check one by one, and refresh those photos or links where needed.  So add that to my To Do list.  I'll probably need the eating an elephant approach, get a handful of pages at a time until the whole thing is done.

Hopefully my experience saves you some grief!  But converting to SSL is something you want to do.  We depend on our website for new clients, and having Google chase off consumers with a warning about your content not being safe is NOT something any of us need.

 

Bill of Liz and Bill aka BLiz 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Bruce Hicks
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Thanks for the update of info on SSL Liz and Bill Spear .  I do not use Word Press and maybe should in the future.

Jun 16, 2018 02:23 PM #8
Rainmaker
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M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Thanks for suggesting Tammy and $75. I scanned your post and threw up my hands!

Jun 16, 2018 05:45 PM #9
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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I read this and totally forgot to type my comment a day or two ago, Bill! I popped back over to check out that Really Simple SSL name so I can get some lagging links taken care of. 

Thanks for posting this!

Jun 16, 2018 08:35 PM #10
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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Tammy Emineth
Did a great job on my Podcast.
This is a good post and great you included her.

Jun 16, 2018 09:05 PM #11
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
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I've heard it can be this way for a lot folks. Thank you for calling attention to this. Good stuff!

Jun 16, 2018 10:48 PM #12
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simon smith

very good article

Jun 17, 2018 02:35 AM #13
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Yes, I highly recommend switching to https.  I made this switch and had my hosting do it for free (I upgraded hosts).  I'm glad I did.  I actually needed 2 sets of redirects as my URL structure change in December (dropped the .html at the end as that plugin).  Unfortunately, I had 2 other issues: 1) broken links that had been broken since December and I didn't realize (yes, I hate my former host) and 2) temporary 3 week drop in google rankings.  Thankfully, everything came back and stronger than before.

Jun 17, 2018 03:42 AM #14
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Oh, and if you haven't yet, you should update your google search console and submit new site map.  also check back there for any broken links.  But, wait a few days before checking.  Check back as needed.

Jun 17, 2018 03:44 AM #15
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Muhammad Mushtaq
Weichert, Realtors® - SBA Group - Fall River, MA
Broker/Realtor

Was it worth for saving $70. We preach FSBO not to get in the business they don’t know and here you are, digging yourself into a deep trouble. We all should just stick to what we do best and leave tech to the tech gurus 😁. Thanks for sharing your experience though.

Jun 17, 2018 04:26 AM #16
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Mark Neighbor
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Good Stuff relating to SSL and word press. Thanks for the information. Broken link checker is also a help. 

Jun 17, 2018 04:50 AM #17
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Liz and Bill Spear,

As usual your information is invaluable..thanks for all the info on SSL and word press! Congrats on the much deserved featured post.

Jun 17, 2018 10:25 AM #18
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Sam Shueh
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mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

That is another reason I never used Wordpress. If not one it is the other......

Sam Shueh

Jun 17, 2018 11:19 AM #19
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Congrats Bill on the feature, This is important info we should all be aware of.  You give us a great starting point. 

Jun 17, 2018 02:45 PM #20
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Athina Boukas
Virginia Capital Realty - Richmond, VA
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So much good info in your post and the suggestions from the many comments. Congratulations on the feature.

Jun 17, 2018 05:33 PM #21
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Excellent post and points well taken!

Jun 18, 2018 07:15 AM #22
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Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great information for anyone who hasn't switched over yet.  Thankfully have 2 web providers that did that work for me  - whew!  Good for you!

Jun 18, 2018 11:03 AM #23
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Monique Ting
INET Realty Honolulu, HI - Honolulu, HI
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Thank you for sharing. Have a great week!

Jun 18, 2018 11:55 AM #24
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Thanks for this post. I never thought to check my IDX so just did and the few pages I checked seem to be OK. I use iHomefinder which is fairly clunky yet continues to work. I would switch IDX but I have too many custom pages and would lose all my sold listings.

As for the conversion, I paid a pro to do it. If I can find a way to screw it up, I'll do it.

Jun 18, 2018 07:19 PM #25
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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I had my developer help with the SSL issue since I knew I would goof it up. Based on what you share, though, I have some other things to check on.

Jun 19, 2018 07:32 AM #26
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

On a side note: SSL notwithstanding, upgrading to php7 is a good idea. It really makes a WP site faster.  I did the SSL conversion a year ago and did it with help. Something went wrong and it was such a headache. Not fun, but necessary. There is no avoiding the SSL conversion if you want your site to rank. 

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