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. BigRock offers many coupons for cheap SSL certificates, you can also use GoDaddy. 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. 

56 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.

didou rahim on 26 February, 2018 said...

@Hammad Ansari

Thanks my friend for trying to help me
All the settings that You explained to me are activated
But the problem remains

Hammad Ansari on 26 February, 2018 said...

@didou rahim

Tell me if you're using Cloudflare. As this will not work when you use it.

didou rahim on 26 February, 2018 said...

@Hammad Ansari

no brother
I use the same method
From the blogger platform
This problem I found that many suffer from it and not just me

When type arabes1.com it works normally
When type www.arabes1.com it works normally
When type http://www.arabes1.com it works normally
When type http://arabes1.com it works normally

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

Hammad Ansari on 28 February, 2018 said...

@didou rahim
Yes! I totally understood your concern.
I kindly request you to get in touch with your domain provider's customer care.
They will look into this issue.

Sterb Sagar on 03 March, 2018 said...

tnx sir .it works. do i need to put the new url to google search console to be index?

David Orozco on 05 March, 2018 said...

Same here

Jobs Deal on 05 March, 2018 said...

Hello, Hammad!
How're you doing?

I just used your guide and it was easy and worked too. Still, there's something that is not working well.

When I open my blogger blog, it redirects me to the homepage (with https and in green color), but when it completes loading, the green color goes away i.e. the blog goes in the half-safe condition.

Please take a look at the my blog for see it yourself.
My blog: www.jobsdeal.in

Thanks in advance!
Saif

Hammad Ansari on 08 March, 2018 said...

@Sterb Sagar

Yes! You need to submit your blog's HTTPS version to Google Search Console.

Hammad Ansari on 08 March, 2018 said...

@Jobs Deal
This happens due to mixed content i.e. you blog is using both https and http scripts.

I request you to change all http scripts to https one.
You can take help of https://www.whynopadlock.com/ to find the http scripts on your blog.

Roy Cortez on 10 March, 2018 said...

I just discovered it when I saw the 'bell' notification in the Post tab, telling me HTTPS for custom domains is now available... Google is silent about this update. I feel very glad and happy they're offering it for free and I no longer need to buy SSL certificate.

Buffy, Fluffy and Renza on 11 March, 2018 said...

Thank you so much. I didn't know about this option because it showed unavailable. When I went to draft.blogger.com it worked! Took less than 5 min and now I have a ssl enabled site. Hope there's nothing else I have to do besides enabling ssl and redirects. Thanks again! :-)

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Raj Paul on 27 March, 2018 said...

Successfully converted my blog from http:// to https:// using the blogger new features for custom domains. Thanks admin for the useful post, but there is more task we need to perform after migrating our blog to secure SSL, i.e. Changing Google Analytics settings, Adding new property in Search Console, etc.

Cosmas Osezua on 29 March, 2018 said...

I have successfully done mine. Thanks admin

Humaira on 01 April, 2018 said...

@Hammad Ansari
Google never host the domain in nacked form. So basically domain with WWW is a sub-domain. And when you turned on the HTTPS Availability, Google installs an SSL certificate issued by Let's Encrypt, to the server for your sub-domain. So in simple words, you have the SSL certificate for the sub-domain not for the main domain. So whenever you visit your site (without www) with https, you will get an error.

Humaira Salah Uddin

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Dinesh Nandana Wijeweera on 11 April, 2018 said...

Hello , Free Google SSL shows a expiration date ? So is it permemant ?

Capitanul Hook on 14 April, 2018 said...

My traffis is down on my site! because i get free SSL(https)?
https://www.descarcaregratis.xyz/

Chetanya Vaishnav on 16 May, 2018 said...

So after adding https, also I have to change https in my search console web property url. Please tell me soon

Techlab Pro9 on 16 May, 2018 said...

Thank you for this post.Thank you for sharing your expertise. This post is very helpful. It's informative too!

OKOYE H.p.C on 23 May, 2018 said...

This is a very nice post and i really learned a lot from it.

Please i have a question, Do i have to submit another site map after my domain has changed to https?

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Svssms Kavali on 26 June, 2018 said...

Thanks for the update. It helped me a lot for my AP DSC 2018 Notification Online application form

Shere Khuda Hazrat Ali Radiallahu Anhu on 01 July, 2018 said...

i apply SSL for my blogspot blog https://www.sherekhudahazratali.com but now i am facing below error. i replaced all http:// into https:// but still errors appeared.

"Mixed Content: The page at 'https://www.sherekhudahazratali.com/2015/02/sohbat-sex-ka-islamic-tarika.html' was loaded over HTTPS, but requested an insecure image 'http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-htG7vy9vIAA/Tp0KrMUdoWI/AAAAAAAABAU/e7XkFtErqsU/s72-c/grey.gif'. This content should also be served over HTTPS."

Can You Please help me to fix this error.

thanks in advance.

Shahrina Shaharin on 04 July, 2018 said...

Great I'll try this. I have send a question in Facebook. Hope you check them out.

Shahrina Shaharin on 08 July, 2018 said...

yeay, thanks it works only a few minutes. I just needed to refresh twice. Thanks for this article

Hannah West on 11 July, 2018 said...

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