Friday, 22 December 2017

Blogger Released Free SSL (HTTPS) for Custom Domains


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Yes! Blogger Users, you read it right. Blogger released free SSL (https) Certificate for Custom Domains. So from now, you can easily get free SSL certificate directly from Blogger. Previously, Blogger only supports SSL for Blogspot sub-domains and if we want to use secure https (SSL) for our blogger custom domain then we must have to purchase it from SSL providers but from now Google's Blogger itself providing SSL certificate for custom domains too. What you are waiting for? Let's check out its benefits and how you can enable it and make your Blogger blog more secure.
Before using Free SSL certificate for our blog, we must know what exactly is SSL and how can it benefit us.
Check: How to Setup Freenom Domains (.tk, .ml, .cf, .ga, .gq) as Blogger Custom Domain?

What is SSL Certificate?

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer which ensures the security of a website with a user. We usually do the online transactions, fill our personal information in desired forms so we do to send our information to the web servers. So we need a secure connection in order to protect our data and here the SSL certificate matters. By SSL certificate, HTTPS establishes an encrypted connection between a web server and a user so any third person can't access the particular information.

Moreover, most of the sites have a unique SSL Certificate this helps in identifying a secure connection. Any site that is pretending to have a secure SSL, HTTPS connection, and its certificate is not verified or does not match then your browser will show such warning message.

Why Moving To HTTPS is Recommended?

You must know that Google gives a slight boost to the rank of sites which are HTTPS enabled. But surely Google will increase the effect of this “boost” and of course, even a slight boost in SERP is essential to overcome our competitors.
Please Keep Following Points in mind before enabling SSL (HTTPS) :
  • Your traffic will be down for few days until Google correctly indexes all your URLs with HTTPS.
  • During this all process, if you made any mistake, then your blog can go down. So make these changes on such time when no or very few people are watching your blog.
    Check: How to Add/Install Google Analytics to Blogger to check real-time count on your blog.
  • You’ll have to remove all the widgets that are hosted/attached to non-SSL hosts as they won't work. I will surely provide the details of all the necessary changes in future posts.

How to Enable FREE HTTPS SSL Certificate for Blogger Custom Domain?

Roughly, a basic SSL certificate costs about $10/year but Blogger now offers a free SSL to its all Blogger users. No matters if you blog is hosted on Blogspot subdomain or a custom domain.
Note: This feature is currently in testing mode (beta version) and soon will be live at Blogger.com Dashboard but you can check and enable it through Blogger in Draft.
  1. Sign in to Blogger in Draft - (https://draft.blogger.com)
  2. Now, Select a blog on which you would like to enable HTTPS.

  3. Go to Settings > Basic > HTTPS Settings.

  4. In HTTPS Availability, select YES.
    It might take some time to enable HTTPS (SSL) on your blog. So wait for few minutes and let another HTTPS redirect option be ready for enabling.


  5. HTTPS redirect will help you in getting your HTTP traffic redirect to your new secured HTTPS server, so don't forget to wait sometime and enable it.


Congrats! Now your blog has a unique SSL certificate which will surely enhance your SERP and provide an extra layer of security to your blog. Now check your blog with https:// and enjoy free SSL support from blogger dancing on your blogger custom domain enabled blog.
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It's your turn now to share your views regarding this great featured by Blogger via the comments form below. Also, any suggestion or query will be welcomed. 

5 comments:

fathurhoho on 15 January, 2018 said...

Is it permanent?

Hammad Ansari on 16 January, 2018 said...

@fathurhoho
Yes! It is permanent :)

V. H. Testing on 17 January, 2018 said...

I don't see the HTTPS redirect option inside my blog. where are you located that you find it?

Hammad Ansari on 17 January, 2018 said...

@V. H. Testing
You have to visit Draft.Blogger.com instead of Blogger.com

FforFree on 18 January, 2018 said...

@Hammad Ansari Thanks man this worked fine for my blog.. great

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