How to Use an SSL certificate for WordPress Multisite

If you want to enable HTTPS everywhere, then there are simple steps that can make your multisite network secure with robust SSL certificate. This will activate SSL across the network.

  • Browse Network Admin dashboard, click on setting where you will have Domain Mapping option, scroll down the section “Force http/https (Only for original domain).
  • Select “Yes” option that will enable https on login and admin pages.
  • There is a second label named “force https or http for front end pages” where you have to select Force https. It means your main website and it’s all web pages are secured with SSL and URLs occurring with HTTPS in the browser address bar indicates that the website has the highest level of security.

force https for original domain
Now, the main website is protected with SSL protocol. Further, it is also essential to protect user’s websites, you can follow below steps.

Your users are stated as Admin users, there are four features, and you can allow them to select pages to be excluded from being mapped as well they can use your SSL certificate.

enable forced urls

Once you are done, your users can browse admin dashboard>>Tools>>Domain mapping and can add their domain name and share your SSL certificate without allowing them to purchase individual certificate. Thus, a single certificate can secure users’ multisite on WordPress.

Once you set SSL certificate on Multisite, you should look for the green padlock in the address bar. If the padlock isn’t green and facing nonsecure items warning, it means some HTTP non-secure elements (like- Images, CSS, JavaScript) are being delivered on HTTPS secure page. You can identify such non-secure files using “Why No Padlock” tool. It will give you full details about insecure elements on your website and shows you the secured status of a website.  To fix nonsecure items warning error, you should refer this article.

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