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Can I deactivate Really Simple SSL after activating SSL?

Really Simple SSL is built to be very lightweight: the majority of the files is not even loaded when a visitor requests the frontpage. But if you want to remove the plugin after enabling SSL, do NOT use the WordPress deactivation in the plugins overview.

Important! Deactivating the plugin in WordPress reverts your site 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. Therefore, the plugin reverts the site to http on deactivation. All changes are removed. Your site_url becomes http again, the .htaccess redirect will get removed.

Is it possible to deactivate Really Simple SSL without losing SSL?

Yes, it is possible, by renaming the plugin folder through FTP. But 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.
If these last three is sufficient for you, you can deactivate by renaming the plugin folder through FTP. To do this, open your website in your FTP Client, and navigate to wp-content/plugins/really-simple-ssl. Rename this folder to really-simple-ssl-bkp. Now the plugin is deactivated, but the deactivation procedure does not run and the site url, wpconfig fix and .htaccess redirect will stay.

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  • Bear Lewis

    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?

    • Mark Wolters

      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:


  • Georgi

    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!

    • Mark Wolters

      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.


  • Georgi

    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?

    • Mark Wolters

      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/.

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