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. 

27 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

Para Lá Da Kapa on 25 January, 2018 said...

Great Blog!

Rendra Budi Hutama on 25 January, 2018 said...

My site going to error after set to https,
"This site can’t be reached"

Trace BaBa on 26 January, 2018 said...

This article was really helpful...Thanks

Hammad Ansari on 26 January, 2018 said...

@Rendra Budi Hutama
It will takes sometime to install SSL on your blogger blog's server.
So just wait around 10-20 minutes and you're ready to go :)

MJ Haider on 28 January, 2018 said...

Hi Hammad,

Thanks for this awesome guide man.

Hammad Ansari on 28 January, 2018 said...

@MJ Haider
Buddy! Stay Connected with BBeginner. More awesome guides are on the way :)

Jack Gerdes on 07 February, 2018 said...

Thank you. Many people have been posting tutorials without mentioning that you need to go to draft.blogger instead of the regular page.

I don't suppose you know how to keep blogger dynamic from eating HTML when you change from Compose to HTML modes do you? Because that would be a game changer :)

RAHIM MERCIFUL on 08 February, 2018 said...

This link works : https://www.arabes1.com


But this does not work : https://arabes1.com/

Is there a solution to this problem

Des Donnelly on 09 February, 2018 said...

Hey Hammad... greetings from Ireland, this works perfectly... thanks very much :-)

Freeman K on 11 February, 2018 said...

After you changed the https availability wait for some times it will then allow you to change the https redirect. After that still you have to wait for 5 to 10 minutes for google to process your blogger costom domain. My website: https://www.news-topic.in/ works fine after that

Hammad Ansari on 13 February, 2018 said...

@Jack Gerdes

Go to your Blogger Dashboard > Settings > Basic

and Under Blog Address Click on Edit.
Now Tick Redirect arabes1.com to www.arabes.com

Wait for sometimes and You're Done.


Stay Connected :)

AAHH on 17 February, 2018 said...

Hi,
Tried draft.blogger but in my blog I can't select a yes option with the https (step 4)? Any ideas what to do now?
I'm still working on the blog so it's not public yet but that should not make a difference I understand?

Hammad Ansari on 18 February, 2018 said...

@AAHH
Why you need a SSL if your blog is not public?
Buddy! You need to make your blog public in order to use SSL. Cheers!

Stay Connected.

Ridlo Muhammad on 20 February, 2018 said...

Huhu..why not working in my blog ridlowrites.com
Iam wait 20 min https redirects not active..give me solutions

Hammad Ansari on 20 February, 2018 said...

@Ridlo Muhammad
Usually it takes around 5-10 minutes but Sometimes it takes longer than expected.
I request you to wait few hours and it will works fine :)

Russell on 21 February, 2018 said...

Thanks for this article!!
I've followed all the steps.

I have activate "HTTPS Availability" since 3 days, and the "HTTPS Redirect" option is not activated yet today.

Anyone have the same problem like me???

Sanjay Singh Rawat on 23 February, 2018 said...

Hello Bro!

Very great article in the web. But when i enabled HTTPS its showing this message please see this - http://prntscr.com/iir1vw and note i'm using CloudFlare with Blogger. Please give me your opinion about this issue!

Thanks.

Hammad Ansari on 23 February, 2018 said...

@Sanjay Singh Rawat

Yes, this will happens. As I stated above, it takes some time for the HTTPS redirect tab to get activated. Try it after few hours.

Stay Connected :)

Sanjay Singh Rawat on 23 February, 2018 said...

Yes Bro!
Site working on SSL. But my blog's "Home Page Posts" requests not redirect to HTTPS any solution?

Hammad Ansari on 24 February, 2018 said...

@Sanjay Singh Rawat

Share your blog's URL through contact us page so that we can check and help in a better way.
Contact Us

didou rahim on 24 February, 2018 said...

brother i still can find solution to this problem
This link works : https://www.arabes1.com
But this does not work : https://arabes1.com/


Hammad Ansari on 25 February, 2018 said...

@didou rahim
Add a CNAME record in your domain's DNS settings.

@ and point it to www

Then click redirect arabes1.com to www.arabes1.com in your blogger's blog settings tab.

Confused? Feel free to ask!

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