Really Simple SSL

Can I deactivate Really Simple SSL after activating SSL?

The below article refers to Really Simple SSL >4.0. Version before 4.0 will revert to http when you deactivate in the plugins overview page, and stay on https if you use the option on the settings page.
Really Simple SSL is built to be very lightweight: the majority of the files are not even loaded when a visitor requests the frontpage. If you have not yet enabled SSL in Really Simple SSL, deactivating the plugin will do nothing except deactivating the plugin itself. If you have enabled SSL, when you click “deactivate” on the plugins overview page, you will get a popup which offers you two options:
– Deactivate, and revert to http
– Deactivate, and keep https

Deactivating, and revert to http

Most users that do this want do do this because their site has issues on SSL, and expect the plugin to leave the site as it was before the activation. If you choose this option, your site url will change back to http, and all changes made to your .htaccess file are removed.

Deactivate, and keep https

If you choose this option, only the plugin will deactivate, your site will stay as it is (on https).

Please note that:

  • The mixed content fixer won’t work anymore
  • If you use wp redirect for redirection, this won’t work anymore
  • The SSL redirect on rest_api redirect won’t be active anymore

What stays after deactivating the plugin:

  • If enabled, the .htaccess redirect
  • Your site_url will stay on https
  • Any wp-config fixes that were needed to do the change.


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8 Responses

  1. Great plugin, I’ve used it on two sights now. I have a quick question that you have touched on in your past responses, but have not specifically identified a workaround.

    I utilize a plugin that imports reviews from aliexpress, which includes pictures. However, aliexpress does not store their customer review pictures as HTTPS. Therefore when Really Simple SSL attempts to import the images as HTTPS they fail to load and appear broken.

    I want to continue to use both your plugin and the plugin that imports the reviews and images. Is there a way I can bypass image import verification by your plugin? Or any other workaround that will prevent it from attempting to import as HTTPS?

    1. Hi Bear,

      if the content is blocked it is so called ‘active mixed content’ and is blocked by most major web browsers by default. The easiest solution would be if aliexpress could serve the images over https://, but we don’t know when that is going to happen. What you can try is to exclude the aliexpress urls from the mixed content fixer. Check out this article:


  2. Hello Mark,

    Many thanks for your work!

    I want to install Really Simple SSL because my site has mixed content problems. However, I don’t know if it will cause conflict with .htaccess. Can you tell me if I need to remove the following part of my .htaccess:

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Georgi,

      there seems to be a https:// redirect already present in your .htaccess file. Really Simple SSL adds one as well when using the .htaccess redirect option. We recommend to only have one redirect to https:// active. You should be able to delete this part and let Really Simple SSL write the necessary code to your .htaccess file. We recommend to always create a back-up of your current .htaccess file before doing so.


  3. Mark I decided to install the plugin and to deactivate it until I get to hear you back. However, the moment the plugin got deactivated I was logged out of the admin page and this message showed up “This has been disabled.”. I’m using WPS Hide Login. What’s could be the problem?

    1. Are you unable to login? If so, you can try to deactivate the WPS Hide Login plugin via FTP by renaming the WPS Hide Login folder, that should disable the plugin and allow you to log-in via /wp-admin/.

  4. Great Plugin Mark!

    I needed to rename the folder to deactivate all my plugins because of another issue. Can I reactivate the plugin or will that cause a lot of work?


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