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    Em Howes

    Website was converted to HTTPS. Think it was done through .HTACCESS.

    Really Simple SSL plugin says: Almost ready to migrate. Go ahead, activate SSL (in a large box).

    But then underneath, it says: Deactivate (revert to http).

    Then under settings, it says: SSL is not enabled yet.

    It’s confusing! Can I remove the plugin?

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    Hi Em,

    the plugin detects your site has an valid SSL certificate and therefore shows the ‘Go ahead, activate SSL’ button. Clicking this button will perform the following actions:

    – The plugin handles most issues that WordPress has with SSL, like when you’re behind a reverse proxy/loadbalancer, or when no headers are passed which WordPress can use to detect SSL.
    – All incoming requests are redirected to https. Default with an internal WordPress redirect, but you can also enable a .htaccess redirect.
    – The site url and home url are changed to https.
    – Your insecure content is fixed by replacing all http:// urls with https://, except hyperlinks to other domains. Dynamically, so no database changes are made (except for the siteurl and homeurl).

    You can uninstall Really Simple SSL if these changes have been made manually.

    Since you haven’t pressed the ‘go ahead, activate SSL’ button, the plugin settings will show that SSL hasn’t been enabled (at least not by Really Simple SSL).

    SSL activation is different from plugin activation, on plugin activation Really Simple SSL will detect if your site has a valid SSL certificate or not and will then either show a warning that it failed to detect a certificate or an activation box if everything checks out. The ‘deactivate and revert to http’ settings is the plugin deactivation button. We have added the (revert to http://) part to warn users that disabling the plugin will undo all changes that Really Simple SSL has made and thus reverts the site back to http://.


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