JSM's Force SSL / HTTPS – Simple, Fast, Effective, and Best for SEO

Description

A simple, fast, and effective way to make sure URLs get redirected to HTTPS dynamically.

Simply activate the plugin and you’re done:

There are no plugin settings to adjust, and no changes are made to your WordPress configuration — simply activate or deactivate the plugin to enable / disable the filters and dynamic redirects.

Significantly different than other plugins of this type (in a good way):

Other plugins use PHP’s output buffer to search and replace URLs within the webpage document. Using PHP’s output filter is error prone and much slower than hooking native WordPress filters in combination with permanent 301 redirects (which are considered best for SEO when moving from HTTP to HTTPS).

Checks for and honours proxy / load-balancing variables:

  • HTTP_X_FORWARDED_PROTO
  • HTTP_X_FORWARDED_SSL

Requirements:

Your web server must be configured with an SSL certificate and able to handle HTTPS request. 😉

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Installation

Automated Install

  1. Go to the wp-admin/ section of your website.
  2. Select the Plugins menu item.
  3. Select the Add New sub-menu item.
  4. In the Search box, enter the plugin name.
  5. Click the Search Plugins button.
  6. Click the Install Now link for the plugin.
  7. Click the Activate Plugin link.

Semi-Automated Install

  1. Download the plugin ZIP file.
  2. Go to the wp-admin/ section of your website.
  3. Select the Plugins menu item.
  4. Select the Add New sub-menu item.
  5. Click on Upload link (just under the Install Plugins page title).
  6. Click the Browse… button.
  7. Navigate your local folders / directories and choose the ZIP file you downloaded previously.
  8. Click on the Install Now button.
  9. Click the Activate Plugin link.

Reviews

May 20, 2019
In the split second changed all HTTP to HTTPS and increased speed ! I'd recommend this plugin. Thank you @jsmoriss 😉
November 19, 2018
Thank you so much for developing this plugin. It works great.
November 16, 2018
Spent on/off the last three days trying to get a WordPress website HSTS eligible which runs over the www sub domain and after constant messing about with umpteen configuration and https/www rewrites, nothing would work to pass HSTS preload checks for subdomains. Installed this plugin (handles all wildcard http >> https redirection), set the Strict-Transport-Security header in .htaccess and worked perfectly passing HSTS preload check for browser preload list submission. Life saver of a plugin!
May 2, 2018
I looked at a number of other plug-ins to amend images from http to https and even those with the highest number of good reviews were all complicated to handle as far as settings are concerned particularly for a novice. This plugin is so easy. You install it and activate it and when you look you see all conversions have taken place. There are no settings to mess with. What could be easier? OK so I did have one problem but I don't blame the plug-in. My site was showing mixed content. Despite all the images being https, a slider on the site had not reloaded the images. I simply removed the five images and reloaded them from the library for a perfect result. Thank you JSM - great plugin!
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Contributors & Developers

“JSM's Force SSL / HTTPS – Simple, Fast, Effective, and Best for SEO” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

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Changelog

Version Numbering

Version components: {major}.{minor}.{bugfix}[-{stage}.{level}]

  • {major} = Major structural code changes / re-writes or incompatible API changes.
  • {minor} = New functionality was added or improved in a backwards-compatible manner.
  • {bugfix} = Backwards-compatible bug fixes or small improvements.
  • {stage}.{level} = Pre-production release: dev < a (alpha) < b (beta) < rc (release candidate).

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Changelog / Release Notes

Version 3.1.0 (2019/05/07)

  • New Features
    • None.
  • Improvements
    • Added support for the $scheme argument when filtering the ‘home_url’ and ‘site_url’ values.
  • Bugfixes
    • None.
  • Developer Notes
    • None.