Setup CloudFlare Flexible SSL for WordPress

As we all know Google has announced that it will be counting HTTPS as a ranking factor now. That means if you use HTTPS it will increase the chances of Google ranking you higher in it’s search results.
Previously switching to HTTPS was expensive and technical having to buy SSL certificates and install them yourself. Thankfully Cloudflare have released a free version that does exactly the same job and is easier to set up.

Setting up your free Cloudflare Flexible SSL 
  • Sign up to Cloudflare 
  • Select the free plan 
Follow the step for adding your domain name 
When you have registered and set up your domain name, click on your domain 
At the top there will be a row of icons click on Crypto 
The first option will be SSL, select flexible SSL 

You have now requested a Flexible SSL Certificate from Cloudflare and will normally take around 15 minutes to issue you one. Cloudflare will tell your Flexible SSL is active by displaying a green active box below.
Preparing WordPress for Cloudflares Flexible SSL

IMPORTANT – In your WordPress backend leave your WordPress Address (URL) and Site Address (URL) as HTTP.

Next you will have to install both of these two plugins below.
CloudFlare Flexible SSL Plugin

This plugin is essential for enabling Flexible SSL on WordPress and will prevent infinite redirect loops when loading WordPress sites under CloudFlare’s Flexible SSL system.

CloudFlare Flexible SSL Plugin

WordPress HTTPS Plugin

This plugin isn’t essential if all of your plugins and links on your website are already HTTPS. Most people’s links aren’t so this plugin changes them all to https.

WordPress HTTPS Plugin

Configure WordPress HTTPS Plugin’s Settings 
Go into the plugin’s settings 
Select yes for the proxy setting 

Instruct CloudFlare to deliver our content via HTTPS 
Go back to Cloudflare 
Select your domain 
In the row of icons at the top select page rules 
Turn “always use HTTPs” on 
Add your domain name as the page rule in between two asterisks 
Click add rule 

Change your WordPress Site Address (URL)

Finally change your Site Address (URL) to “https://”, but make sure you leave the WordPress Address (URL) as “http://”.

**IMPORTANT** If you change your WordPress Address (URL) to “https://” it will break your site. If your change your Site Address (URL) to “https://”, without the Cloudflare Flexible plugin running it will also break.

Check your Cloudflare Flexible SSL is working

That should be you setup with your new free Cloudflare Flexible SSL Certificate. Just visit your website in a browser and check to see if the green lock is showing on the top left of your address bar.
Relevant Links

WordPress SSL Tutorial

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