After obtaining your SSL certificates and installing them on your web hosting account, the next set is to complete the HTTPS migration.  Depending on the method you decide, there are a different series of steps.



The steps to complete your HTTPS migration on Cloudflare are:

  • Go the Crypto section and turn On “Always Use HTTPS”

Note since Cloudflare also does caching it will take a while for everything to migrate over before doing the tests below.


Media Temple

The steps to complete your HTTPS migration at Media Tempe are:

    • Change HTACCESS file to have this code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off [OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\. [NC]
RewriteRule ^{REQUEST_URI} [L,NE,R=301]


Additional HTTPS Migration Steps

Here are some things to change:

  • Google Search Console
    • Add Properties for each version of your website using HTTPS
  • Google Analytics
    • In Administration Property Settings, change Default URL to HTTPS
  • WordPress
    • If not using Cloudflare, go to Settings –> General and change both URL to use HTTPS
  • ad code blocks not use HTTPS
  • Google Analytics code blocks not using HTTPS
  • social media embeds not using HTTPS
  • update any 301 redirects in HTACCESS
  • update robots.txt
  • generate new sitemap using HTTPS
  • add note in Google Analytics with date of change
  • Test at


Testing HTTPS Migration

Here are some tests to do after enabling HTTPS on your website:

  • Check the “secure” indicator is in your web browser
  • If doesn’t show, in Chrome open Developer Tools (F12) and go to Security tab to look for issues
  • Test redirection by going to:
  • Manually check by clicking internal links
  • test using Screaming Frog
    • enter only domain name without http, https or www
    • look for status code not 200
      • If 301, look where inlink from and change the source code to use HTTPS
  • test using Website Auditor
    • confirm only scanning domain name without http, https or www
      • review resources with 4xx status code
      • review pages with 301 redirects
      • review HTTPS pages with mixed content issues
    • change source code to use HTTPS


Related updates

Here a few other things to update:

  • update website links at other sites
    • social media
  • Update any monitor services
    • Pingdom
    • Uptime Robot
  • check rankings before and after