Google Analytics Redirect rules

How to setup Google Analytics and Google Search Console/Webmaster Tools

When you move your site to ssl, you might have to adjust your settings in Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools/Search Console accordingly. It’s not much work, but it’s important you fix it. In short, you need to set your primary domain in both Webmaster Tools as in Google analytics to your https domain. I’ll discuss Search Console first, but it really doesn’t matter in which order you do it.

Prefix or domain validated

Before making any changes, check if your site is domain or prefix validated. You can test this by clicking on your domain in the top left corner, right below the Google Search Console text.

If your site is prefix validated, it will show all the prefixes (http://, http://www, https://, https://www) that have been validated (top part of screenshot below). Note that you might only see one prefix, for example http://. If this is the case continue with the Webmaster Tools / Search Console section below to add the other prefixes.

If your site is domain validated it will show as a Domainproperty (see the bottom part of the screenshot below). If your site is domain validated you don’t have to make any adjustments to your Google configuration at all! All domains and prefixes will automatically be tracked for a domain validated property.

Webmaster Tools / Search Console

First navigate to

In Google Search Console (Google Webmaster Tools), you should add a new property for the https:// variant of your domain.


Click on images to enlarge them.

Near the top-left corner of Search Console, next to your current property, click on the downwards pointing arrow to show the ‘Add property’ button. This button will appear on the bottom of the dropdown menu. After clicking ‘Add property’ a popup should appear, here you can enter your domain with https://www. If your site uses https:// without www, enter https://. The domain should match the one in the general settings of WordPress, the site url.

That’s all you need to do in your Webmaster Tools / Search Console setup. Now when you want to do something in Webmaster Tools / Search Console, just use the https://(www) property.

Google Analytics

First, navigate to

After you move to SSL, you should change your domain in Google Analytics to https. This way, GA starts registering your hits again. I would recommend using the .htaccess redirect if you’re on apache.  GA might not register hits if the site is not redirecting properly to https.

The language on the screenshots is not English, but it will look the same in English.

To update the GA settings, in Google Analytics, first go to your website dashboard, and click the cogwheel at the bottom, “Admin” .


Now there are two urls that need to be changed. For tracking, only the url under “view settings” appears to be important, but I would change both anyway. So first, click “property settings”, and change the default url. Then click “view settings” and change the website url.


Now, change the protocol to https for both url’s

That’s it! Your site is now correctly configured for SSL.

If Really Simple SSL fixed your issues and/or saved you time, you might consider buying the premium plugin to support the continuing development of the plugin. You’ll get some great additional features, like HTTP strict Transport Security, the SSL certificate expiration warning and premium support.


I’m not a regular user of Bing, but based on user feedback, I would recommend to follow these steps:

– Add a new sitemap with https
– Use the site move tool to make sure Bing knows it is moved to https:

Additional settings

If you experience any issues with your sitemap after migrating to SSL while using the Yoast SEO plugin, you can disable and enable the Yoast plugin once. That will change all links in the sitemap to https://.

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  • Noumaan

    I think users don’t need to add preferred URL in Google Search Console (webmaster tools) any more. Also I can’t find the option to select https variant. Indexing HTTPS pages by default

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Reading that article, I’d agree that Google does it’s ranking of http and https automatically, but in Google Search Console, you are encouraged to 1) add all versions of your site, and 2) set a preferred domain. See also this article of Google To select the https variant, add it first as site, then set it as preferred domain.

      • Kathy Fisher

        If I previously added my site to Google Search console as http, so I have to make an entirely new entry in Google Search console to add it as https?

        Thank you!

        • Rogier Lankhorst

          Yes, you add it as a separate property. It seems a bit strange, but that’s how Google like’s it 🙂

          • Palash Madakwar

            I hate that, now I have 4 properties in search console for just one website.

          • Rogier Lankhorst

            New in search console is that you can group properties, which is a great improvement.

          • Jaison

            How can I group properties ..I could not find that option.Please explain

      • Richie

        why are we encouraged to do this – does it help seo?

        • Mark Wolters

          Hi Richie,

          this is mainly done because it is a best practice defined by Google. This way Google knows what your main domain is and setting up the multiple domains ensures you don’t miss any hits on your website which came through another domain than your primary.


    • Carrol

      You have to change to ssl link in Google Webmaster or stats are not recorded,

    • Peluang Bisnis

      What I experienced, after making the change to https, my web visitors dropped by 50 percent. Is this normal all experiencing this when still new replace https

      • Rogier Lankhorst

        Please check if you have a correct 301 redirect: If that is the case, and you have followed the instructions in this article, your visitors should be back to normal in a few days.

  • Erin Pavlicek

    Thank you so much, Rogier! This was a fantastic article, super easy, and very helpful! So grateful to you for all your work and services!

  • Barbara DiLucchio

    Hi Rogier,
    Does it matter whether I change the domain to https in Google Analytics first or Search Console first? Looking at the screen shots it looks like search console was done first but I want to be sure.

    Thanks very much,

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      No, the order doesn’t matter.

  • Felix

    I was change to https by let’s encrypt, but when I browse to my website, it does not appear blue locks. Pls help me. Tks.

  • Katia


    Even though I didn’t change this yet in Google Analytics, it does still count views on my website. One question I do have is, if I change http to https in GA, will I loose the historical analytics of the http address?

    Thanks for your help.

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Hi Katia,

      On the sites I did the migration for, the historical data is kept after the change to https. Even if your hits are still registered, it’s better to let Google know what your primary url is.

  • Leana

    At the Google Search Console, I only got to enter the first variant of my site’s name and now I don’t understand how to verify it or how t enter the other versions. Such as http://www..etc or https:… I’m not understanding the Google Analytics portion of how to proceed with the real simple SSL plug in? Please help?

    Thank you

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      You can just add a new property in Google Search Console. I’ve added a link to Google instructions how to do this to the article. As for Google Analytics, if you follow the steps described in the article, you should be fine. Is there anything in these steps that is not clear?

      • Jon Burr

        There’s one thing I would add, Rogier – and that would be to update the property association near the bottom of the Property screen via “Adjust Search Console.” You’ll have to delete the existing association and add the new https property.
        Also, in specifying the preferred domain in Search Console, the http/s option doesn’t appear.. the choice is between www. and non-www, and carries through both http and https variants…
        at least, that’s what I’m seeing.

        • Mark Wolters

          Hi Jon,

          thanks for the suggestion and indeed the choice is between www and non-www, I’ve updated the article. Thanks!


  • Saul C.

    Thanks for the article! One question: Do we have to add a new property in Google Analytics with https instead? Or is making the switch from http to https as you described here all we need to do? I followed the article, and in analytics it still shows at the top instead of https. Is this normal? I have it set to https as you showed here but just want to clarify that this is all I need to do, or if I should add another property in analytics. Your clarification will be appreciated!!


    • Rogier Lankhorst

      It sounds like you’ve done it right. Is it possible the name of your property is “”? the name doesn’t have to contain the protocol, it’s just a descriptive name.

  • Hanif Adnan

    Hello, i already add all 4 variant URL to Webmaster and those are verified. But…i don’t know how to set one of the https domains as “preferred domain”. Can you help please ?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I’ve updated the article with instructions how to set a domain as preferred domain.

  • Thomas Baruah

    Thanks for this amazing Plugin and Tips also 😀

  • Martine Loeffen

    Hi there!

    Thanks for a great plugin!
    One question tho: after reactivating the plugin in WP 4.7.1, the “SSL activated! Don’t forget to change your settings in Google Analytics en Webmaster tools. More info.” message in my admin section has lost it’s x to close it.
    I’m very happy it’s all working, but I’d like to get rid of the message 😉 Saving the settings didn’t help.

    Any tips welcome, tia!


    • Rogier Lankhorst


      I have tested it with the latest beta release from WordPress, and it works without problems. In some cases the x is hidden behind the “help” dropdown.

  • Satruk

    its true if using ssl/https, we can using histats?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I don’t really know histats, but I wouldn’t know why not.

  • mike

    Nice plug in. Thanks for explanation on how to update console and analytics.

  • Fernand

    Amazing piece of information right here. Thank you so much!

  • John Taylor

    Erg bedank Rogier, er zijn veel mensen dier dit vergeten.

  • Isa Joe

    Thanks Rogier for this wonderful plugin, just followed the link via the plugin and i gained alot of knowledge regarding the SSL certificate and verification on google. Going to google webmaster tools to ensure everything is verified.

  • Marques

    First of all, thanks a lot for making such a wonderful plugin. I used clouflare free ssl & then installed your plugin. Everything is working fine as of now. So, do I need to change anything in Htaccess file?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I checked your redirect on the http domain, it is already 301 redirected. So you’re fine.

  • Nick

    Hi Rogier,

    Seems my site is SSL Safe on the backend (dashboard) but not on the front end?

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated!


    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I can see a 301 redirect to https, and a nice secure lock on your site. Looks fine to me!

  • Denilson de Andrade Pereira

    I understood that I must create property all my URLs in case 4. Well, my site had as main URL http: // www on it was my site map and my international follow up. Now my main URL is https: // www and here is my question. Do I have to leave the map site in the new URL and do the international follow-up configuration only for https: // www?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Yes, I would reset all these to your new url, that’s the best.

      • Denilson de Andrade Pereira

        After switching to https I see my website disappearing from Google searches.

          • Denilson de Andrade Pereira

            Hello! I tested in Redirect Checker and received this information Error: in URLs found how should I proceed? Help me please. I find it strange because in my .htaccess file a 301 redirect is created after installing Really Simple SSSL

        • Rogier Lankhorst

          Can you mail me the domain at rogier (at)

          • Denilson de Andrade Pereira

            Sent with subject: My domains.

          • Denilson de Andrade Pereira

            Hello Rogier! My sites are already normalizing and increasing in Google searches. Already started to have an increase of more than 50%. Thank you very much.

          • Rogier Lankhorst

            Glad to hear that 🙂

  • Maurizio Mau

    Hi and thanks for your plugin, work well, easily installed SSL, but now i lose over 50% of my traffic, and some keyword drop, any suggestion to fix ?
    I would not go back.
    Best Regards

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      If you have a 301 redirect, your traffic and ranking should normally be back in a few days, as all ranking will get transferred to the new domain. You can check this on

  • Muhammad Kholiq

    How to Fix website are ready in google console??

  • Rubin

    Hello Rogier,
    Thank you for your explanation.

    You also say that we should set the preferered domain. However, we can’t choose the https version. See screenshot:

    So should I just pick without https as the preferered domain?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Yes, you’re right. Just choose the domain that reflects your home_url in WordPress. So if your site is, choose as preferred domain.

  • Marc

    Thank you for this article and this plugin. That plugin was recommended by GoDaddy when I migrated 5 domains under SSL and it worked successfully.

  • eslam desouky

    After switching to https I see my website disappearing from Google searches.

    only appear in google usa

    note : i didnot put ant international target but i found that this site put to preferd domain www.

    now i changed to non preferd domains

    any advise ?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      In my experience a site will drop from rankings for a few days after moving to SSL. Then it’s back again.

      • eslam desouky

        thanks i found that when it was on http i was making preferd for www

        after upgrading to https i kept it with the www and that was the big mistake for my experience because google was targiting even after upgrading

        then i made 2 sites and

        then i removed the targiting to non www or any in just 24h i found my site again the first page like always

  • Car Tracker - gpskar

    very very nice… thank you

  • rukhs

    I found it working cool but all my facebook shares and pins are gone from post. I am afraid all that vanish as it all done to http:// ?
    I have checked through as it said everything is fine. Can you guide me little bit, don’t want to loose my sharing stats, as it is very good for new visitors.

  • Gillian McAven

    Really simple SSL worked immediately! I had previously tried to get a result with just using plugin Insecure content fixer…that didnt work at all. so this is fantastic Then in the search console I followed your above instructions to add another property for the https version. I also changed the protocol in analytics. It seemed to generate another duplicate verification number…I thought it would be different…but I uploaded that, just overwrote the file. Then I could not set the preferred version to https. it now says I have to reverify the http version but not sure how to regenerate that again … and then just to complicate matters, (I do have a multi-site) in my yoast, I tried to generate a new sitemap but it went to a 404 page. umm. Any ideas would be gratefully accepted. Oh and you will see pageIDs in my site because the theme HeatMap got stuck and I could not activate the template I wanted, using postname permalink. But that is another issue so just ignore that.. thanks!

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      To verify your site you can in most cases just click “verify” in Google analytics. As you already have done so before, you will still have the html file on your site. As for the 404, try re-saving the permalinks in settings/permalinks, or just retry it in Yoast.

  • BJ Wright

    We have all 4 variants submitted into Search Console (http://, https://, http://www, https://www). My question is specific to selecting the preferred domain. Within my preferred profile (https://), I will select my preferred domain as But in the case of the other 3 profiles, does this mean i need to use the ‘Don’t set a preferred domain’. Even though it’s not differentiated within Search Console to use the https:// version of our site.

    At the moment I have all 4 profiles setting the preferred domain as and I just wasn’t sure if I need to change this given which profile it stems from? Or if this even matters?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I would set the preferred domain for all properties, just to make sure.

  • Ibrahim

    Thank You so much you solved my problem .Very easy and good article.

  • Yiannis

    Thank you very much Rogier,

    very nice article and replies on comments, both helped me set up this correctly and save some or alot of time 🙂

  • RS Pandey

    Very sincerely Thanks Rogier Lankhorst for such an elaborate and easy to implement article on the subject. It helped me a lot in a successful migration from http to https.

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot

    When I go to the search console it tells me to download a file after I’ve put my domain in. Where do I upload the file in Workpress?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      You can just put it in the root of your site, where you see the wp-config.php file as well.

      • Donna McBroom-Theriot

        I do not know where to find that.

        • Rogier Lankhorst

          You need to connect to your site using FTP, then you can look for the folder where the wordpress files are, like wp-config.php, wp-content, etc. That is the web root.

          • Donna McBroom-Theriot

            Thanks. This is greek to me. I’m totally lost.

  • Diana

    Thanks for the article, it was exactly what I was looking for!

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      It’s best to choose the domain used when you load the website. This is configured in settings/general.

  • Jan Liška

    Thank you so much for your great plugin Really Simple SSL and for this article. I’m using the plugin on my two domains (my main web about photography and also at a photo blog website). Both – this article and your plugin – saved me so much time! Thanks a lot for such a great job! 🙂

  • mike

    English screenshots would be good 🙂

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I’ll try to create some English ones 😉

  • Stefan Sprick

    Hey Roger,

    Do i have to simply put the second code below the normal https redirection or do i have to just use the code alone?


    • Rogier Lankhorst

      If you put it at the top of the .htaccess, it will work best.

      • Stefan Sprick

        Okay thanks Rogier, it worked perfect.



  • Karin Jonkers

    Hi Rogier,

    How about the different verification codes? I have verified the https property with a meta tag and put this code in the Yoast plugin. This is ok. I cannot set the prefered domain yet, so I guess I need to add the other properties too.

    When I create the other properties, I need to verify these again (so 4 verification codes??). In the Yoast plugin I can add just one verification code, or not? Should I add all verification codes to the head section in WordPress? Can you please help? I really don’t know how to fix this. Thanks a lot for your help and the plugin. Karin

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      You can use the same verification code for all properties on one website, so if you verified one, the rest can be added quickly.

      • Karin Jonkers

        Thanks Rogier. Sometimes things are so easy, just clicking on ‘verify.’

  • The Blogger World

    Really helpfull article Thank you so much.

  • Vasiliy

    Hi Rogier!
    On your screenshots from GA you change View settings, but not Property ones.
    Should I change to ‘https’ in Property Settings too? Or is View enough?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Hi Vasily, I think it’s best to change both of them.

  • Marcus Rockey

    Thanks for the analytics walk through. Would have forgotten that step otherwise.


  • Angela Beasley

    Thanks for this information!

  • Debbie


    Thanks for helping us 🙂 Can you check my site if im doing the right thing? Is it supposed to be redirecting to different sites?

    i checked my site via pingdom and this is one of the reports

    Remove the following redirect chain if possible

    thank you.

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Hi Debbie,

      Those results are all resources that are loaded by your site. You have some ads loading, these URLs contain redirects. There’s nothing you can do about that, apart from removing the ads.

  • Yosh

    Hi Rogier,
    Thanks for your info, very helpful.
    I have a question for you. I see you change the protocol to https in Google Analytics/View Settings/Website’s URL. How about this in Google Analytics/Property Settings/Default URL? Do you also change from http:// to https:// there?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I think it is best to change that one also, so I have updated the screenshots and instructions to match. Thanks for the feedback.

  • rohit agstam

    i add https version of my site in web master but it not verify that i tried alot both meta tag codes are same for http and https but http version is verified bit now htpps in not verifying error The connection to your server timed out. what to do now

    • Mark Wolters


      it seems your site is working fine over https://. Do you use any caching plugins? You could try clearing and/or disabling those. You could also try to use one of the other methods listed on to verify ownership.
      If you keep experiencing problems I would suggest to contact Google about this.


  • Iadranca Crisan

    Hi there,

    I recently added https and https://www properties in Console and my admin advised me to delete old ones, http and http://www, so I deleted them… and I have second thoughts, especially because I have issues when posting articles on my Facebook page.

    After deleting the 2 old properties (http and http://www), can I add them again?

    Thnak you

    • Mark Wolters


      Yes, you should be able to add them again.


  • Ali

    The contact form on this site isn’t working and this page is linked by the notification so I’ll post here. Since the last update your plugin’s notification in the admin area won’t go away that says, “SSL activated! Don’t forget to change your settings in Google Analytics en Webmaster tools. More info.”

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Hi Ali, possibly your problem on the contact page is caused by Google Recaptcha, but the support form should always work. I don’t see this behaviour you describe on the sites I manage. Sometimes the dismissal does not work when another plugin causes a javascript error. If you check the developer console in your browser, do you see any errors?

  • John Paulding

    Few things; It’s a multisite so that fix isn’t very efficient. Yours is one of two plugins out of several that have this problem. The other is wp-spamshield but several other plugins, I can click and it goes away for good so there’s something there. Lastly, it’s a bit of an unnecessary, proactive message.
    While I appreciate the effort, and I don’t mean to sounds rude, but what business is it of yours whether I keep google up to date? Especially since your plugin isn’t an seo plugin. WP-spamshield, same thing. Warning about a bug in the wp core. Nothing to do with spam. One good thing about plugins like yours and Scott’s is that they stayed out of the way and did their jobs. We like that. No longer the case maybe? Having messages the pop up that keep popping up after dismissal for admins is not the best thing on a multisite.

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I have added a multisite script:
      As for your question why this message is there: this message has been added simply to lower the number of questions I get from people who did not do this, and see their hits drop, and ask me how Really Simple SSL has caused this. This saves me a lot of time. Which means it clearly answers a question for a lot of people.
      Probably the other dismissals work with a submit, which I’m planning to add. A submit does not depend on javascript. I can’t reproduce it on any site, so it must be something specific on your site.

  • Aashirvad Kumar

    Moving from HTTP to HTTPS is it really effect the search consol/webmaster tool and AdSense?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I don’t know about AdSense, but it affects analytics, and Google recommends to add all 4 variations to the Search Console.

      • Aashirvad Kumar

        Thank you sir, I will work on it.

  • Aykut

    I use it on two sites.
    Thank you

  • TonyW

    Thanks Roger!
    I had changed over to SSL and saw a decrease in impressions and did lots of searches to try and figure out what I did wrong. I found your article to extremely helpful…Thanks for the article!

  • haaldop

    sir my domain is showing result’s with https or without https in google search engine so can any one help me how to fix this issue. I want to show the results with out https. Please some one help me

    • Mark Wolters


      could you please explain what you want to achieve?


  • Webbing Diseño Barcelona

    Many thanks for this explanation! I could appreciate a decrease in WMT, but not that much in Google Analytics, does it has the same effect in both (not changing to https)? Because in Analytics still counting some visits..

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      How the visits are counted seems to depend largely on the request url => a https request might not get counted when GA is set as http.

  • Indianmovieplanet

    Great tutorial , Can you please make another tutorial of making free SSL certificates using cloudflare or any other networks?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I’ve added it to my todo list. 🙂

  • Vidyadhar

    Do I need to change my /sitemap_index.xml of wordpress site once really simple plug in installed. I am using free Yoast plug in for site map links. after installing really simple plug in and cloud fare free plug in, site map contains htpp links in google webmaster. I have added as new property in google webmaster. But my website shows https. correctly.

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Yoast should regenerate the sitemap when you visit the settings page from yoast. That should fix the http links in the sitemap.

  • Lancelam

    Hi there,
    I was really looking for a detailed step by step guide to do this because I was really confused about doing this.
    Thanks a lot, buddy.
    Keep posting good stuff. Cheers.

  • Salman khan

    Hello i have activated SSL on my website but, when i open my website without Https it will open normally and when i just open it with https. It also load normally.
    Please suggest me where i have to do changes so it will open with https and do i need to change my sitemaps also??
    thank you

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Probably your issue is solved when you enable the .htaccess redirect in settings/ssl

  • Akashwebsolution

    Great Post,
    But Can you please tell me, using a free SSL for website is safe?
    Because i just asked some of bloggers they says free SSL is not Safe.
    Please tell me
    Thank you

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      You mean like let’s encrypt? Sure, let’s encrypt is safe.

  • Ekene Melya

    Already did it but I have some problem when I’m adding https domain in webmaster tools.. Its need new verification.. But i always fail adding new txt record on my dns domain..
    Can you help me??

  • Tecmobs

    thanks bro, i just installed the plugin now and everything is working fine

  • Mateus Leal

    Very nice! Thanks for help!

  • Yogesh Khetani

    If you disable the plugin, again the problem is coming up. How to solve it.

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Yogesh,

      what sort of problems are you experiencing? Normally when you disable the plugin your site reverts to http://. If that’s what you want, you’d need to make those changes in analytics and search console as well.


  • Suc khoe cho moi nguoi

    Hi everyone, my site is over 10 posts, should not declare to google search right? If the penalty is google, how to do?

  • Anthony Tornambe

    I have reinstalled the plugins to fix this issue. Thanks.

  • mihan

    we have install plugin . very good plugin. good article. thanks

  • Travelzout

    Sir, I’m Little confused over here, when I add the SSL to my website, then go to google webmaster and add it there, Do I have to delete the old one from google webmaster ? or keep them both in Google webmaster ?
    is this going to cause a duplicated content ? since I have add the XML Sitemap for both one with SSL the old one without SSL ?
    Clarify, Thanks.

    • Mark Wolters


      you should keep all four version of your domain, http://, http://www, https:// and https://www. You can set the https:// one as the primary domain. You could bundle these four properties into one set.


  • pengak

    hi mark,
    i used https:// but in analytics not change anything?
    i’m install multisite and i’m used your plugins

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Pengak,

      have you set the primary property to https://? Could you explain a little bit more about what is not changing? Thanks.


  • Tendai

    Hi Rogiers,

    Many thanks for the wonderful plugin. It works!!!

    I was wondering what would happen after the plugin’s work is complete, does anything get reset if the plugin is deleted after its work is complete?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Ammar,

      you should add all four domain variations as properties and select the https:// one as the preferred domain.


  • Ammar

    2nd Question : Should i aldo have to add http version as my property ? IF yes than how to handle meta tag issue? Https has a different meta tag and Http has different ?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Ammar,

      see the previous answer, you should add http://, http://www, https:// and https://www to your properties and select the https:// one as the primary property. As far as I’m aware, there are no issues with meta tags.



    I think the article is very helpful but I am stuck with a question

    If I am switching my domain and website, I will be doing a 301 redirect slowly and monitor my analytics but should I be using one google analytics account and add two properties or should I create a separate google analytics account and later delete the first one. please advise

    from to (eventually moving to https as well)
    So do I use one google analytics account?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      I would personally just move it in one go. But that’s not what you want: as far as I know, there’s no option to add two domains to google analytics, so if you want to track two domains at the same time, you will have to create a new account.

  • Noel Lee

    This is strange. My site has been changed to https successfully at first. After I’ve added it to google search console,
    “create a set” and verify the https site, suddenly my site is shown as “Not secure” and I couldn’t log in to my wordpress anymore. What’s possibly gone wrong?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Noel,

      that’s strange, while the timing makes it look like it these events are unrelated. Do you still experience issues? Your site seems to be working fine for me. Have you tried clearing your browsers cache? Let me know if you still experience issues.


  • Niels

    This was super helpful, thank you!

    I’ve just installed the plugin and converted to HTTPS. Something I’m not quite sure of is: Do I still need to do a 301 redirect from old URLs to https or does “really simple ssl” do that autimatically?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      That is handled automatically with the default wp redirect. I recommend to enable the .htaccess redirect as well, which is faster.

  • Martin

    Hi Rogier, I have installed your plugin and I am using Cloudflare which does http redirects etc. Everything works. Do i need to update robots.txt and sitemap.xml which points to https site?


    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Usually the sitemap updates automatically. But it doesn’t hurt to check of course.

      • Martin

        Thanks Rogier, as long if i updated them files, hope it doesn’t cause any issues.

  • Martin

    Do I need to ‘Request indexing > Crawl this URL and its direct links’ for all 4 properties in GWT?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Martin,

      you can let Google crawl your primary property, the other properties will be redirected to this one.


  • Thiết kế web Hải Phòng

    Thank you, Rogier!
    A great plugin. Easy!

  • David

    Thank you so much! I have just done it. You have created a great plugin! 🙂

  • Mark Wolters

    Hi Boyacı,

    if you don’t change it, Google won’t know your site has moved to https://. Therefore it’s important to update this setting.

    Let me know if you have any other questions!


  • Moses Achanga

    I have followed these steps to the letter. Quite straight forward I must say – Thank you so much for taking your time.
    I have a couple of questions though:
    How much does it affect ranking?
    Is there anything else I need to do?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Moses,

      I’m unable to tell you how much it will affect your ranking exactly, however to my knowledge Google does provide a small bonus for sites on SSL. If your site is up and running on SSL and you’ve made these changes there’s nothing else you need to do.


  • Arbaaz

    Hello everyone , i just got my new SSL , but i am finding new error and re-directly issue , i had fix the above task in google webmaster & WA but i more curious to know is there any changes i need to bring in my WordPress account & cpanel , i am afraid of losing my ranking in google with the updated https://arslanenginery dot com , i am really in need of help , please guide me. Thanks in advance .


    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Arbaaz,

      if you have made the changes to Google search console and webmaster and the plugin is active there’s nothing more you have to do in WordPress or Cpanel. Google will know your site is on https:// now, it might take a few days to adapt but you won’t lose any ranking because of it.


      • ARBAAZ

        I really appreciate your quick reply Mr.Mark,

        I just get to know that back linking may get effected by this new SSL as of now my website are showing 3 variants – just got it in

  • atlas mountain bike

    thanks for your help full

  • CT Kaupp

    Hey there – I just moved my first client’s to SSL today. I’m a bit confused with Google Analytics/Search Console so wanted to follow-up & make sure I did things correctly.

    1) Made all 4 variants in Google Search Console & then grouped them into “a set”
    2) Went into Google Analytics & updated the “default URL” under “Property -> Property Settings” & under “View -> View Settings”. For example, if the website loads as, then I made the default URL as Or if the site loads without WWW, then I made the default URL as

    Did I do everything correctly? Anything I’m missing? I appreciate any feedback you have!

  • Mark Wolters

    Hi CT,

    that’s correct, the changes you have made are the ones which need to be done.


  • Ash.if

    Hi there,

    I deleted from Webmaster and added again with https://.

    Will that affect SEO?

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Google encourages users to add the site with both http and https, and with both www and non www, as described in this article. I can’t say if not doing this affects SEO. Removing and adding again shouldn’t make any difference.

  • Roger C.

    Where is this “cogwheel at the bottom, ‘Admin'” that I am supposed to click on? I am using WordPress 4.9.1and I can’t find it on my dashboard. Makes updating my GA settings impossible, given the instructions.

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Roger,

      the cogwheel should be in the bottom left corner. It’s there to access the admin settings. Do you have admin rights for Google Analytics?


  • Roger C.

    One of those mysteries of life: At the bottom left corner of my dashboard I see “AVH Extended Categories” then “Google Analytics” then “Link Library” then “MetaSlider” then “Collapse menu”. A little to the right it says “Thank you for creating with WordPress”. But no cogwheel. No “Admin”.

    As per admin rights for Google Analytics, I would assume I have those rights. I mean, I am the creator and sole administrator and manager for my website,, so I assuming GA admin rights would come with that. But, as I am sure you have probably determined by now Mark, I am not that technically savvy.

    Thanks for your response!


    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Reading your reaction, I suspect you are looking at your wordpress dashboard. If you go to, you will see the analytics dashboard. Hope that helps!

      • Roger C.

        Aargh. Okay, I am now in Google Analytics and found the cogwheel. I had to register. And now I have a different tracking ID than the one I see on my Google Analytics plugin settings. The one on my plugin is also for the http version of the site while the one on the Google Analytics site is for the https version of my website. Any suggestions? I will quit bugging you after this. I just need to find someone who can help me with all these technical issues….

        • Mark Wolters

          Hi Roger,

          I’d suggest to use the one that’s on the Google Analytics site. That should track all activity. Entering the code from the Google Analytics site in the plugin should update the tracking code on your website.


  • perbankan indonesia

    Hi .. Thanks for the tips, I am 100% successful applying on my blog thank you

  • Alexis Llontop

    Very good article. I have a question, should I include the URL of the sitemap to the new HTTPS or is it no longer necessary? Thank you

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Alexis,

      when a site moves to https:// this is seen by search engines as a different site then the http:// version, while they both contain the same content. Therefore it’s advised to update the sitemap to use https://. If you use a plugin like Yoast this can be done automatically by disabling and re-enabling the Yoast plugin once.


  • Mazhar Khan

    After setting up all above instructions still cloud-flare plugin not working properly.

  • Rogier Lankhorst

    Hi Mazhar, this is a bit off topic here. Can you submit a support request or start a forum topic with some more information about your issue?

  • Shivam Singh

    Thank you so much, Rogier!
    This was a fantastic article, easy to understand and very helpful! So grateful to you for all your work.

  • ozumbobar

    Thank you for this great article.
    I signed up to Cloudflare and got my SSL certificate last night, then downloaded the “Real Simple SSL Plugin” in WordPress. After changing the needed information on Google Analytics and Search Console (exactly how it is explained here), everything was working fine. But now, I’m receiving this when I try to load the page on Firefox:
    It is down for a couple of minutes, then it comes back up. It’s also not letting me login to WordPress while the website is down.
    Why is this happening and what should I do to fix it?
    Thank you!

  • PanC

    Hey guys, i started new site and its https by default.

    Now i want to submit it to Google Search Console.

    I know i should add all 4 variations of the site but i’m keep hearing about some redirects.

    I’m not sure why i need those on new site that has originally indexed pages with HTTPS and it’s not moving from https to https.

    So should i just add the 4 variations and chose the preferred one and just leave it there or should i do something more?

    I’m not sure what to do cuz i’m new and i just keep hearing for these 301 or whatever redirects for unknown reason.

    What should i do? Is there any guide?


      • PanC

        Thanks for the answer, however why would anyone type “http://mysite in the browser? I still don’t understand why do i need to install this plugin on fresh site that is already indexed and using ssl from the beginning.

        Just adding that preferred version to GC wont work?

  • fatih

    First of all great plugin with great explanation..Thank you for that

    I have completed your guide, But I have couple of questions

    1 – I have verified https version of my web site. but during verification I had to replace the google html code in ftp to verify https version. Did I lose the verification for http version of my site?

    2 – I checked the site settings for both http and https to choose preferred domain as or, it gives me warning as bleow.

    Part of the process of setting a preferred domain is to verify that you own Please verify

    3 – The letsencryp SSL is now active on my pages with the help of you plugin. Bu only pages, when I click menus that are created with category links or single post the ssl is not active. What is the reason for that?

    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Fatih,

      Google states here that removing the verification file from the site can cause the site to lose verification status. Is it possible for you the set https:// as the preferred domain? The http:// domain will have a permanent 301 redirect to https:// anyway, so https:// should become the preferred domain.

      The redirect added by Really Simple SSL should redirect all http:// requests to https://. What redirect option have you enabled in the plugin? We recommend to enable the .htaccess redirect option since it’s the fastest and most reliable. If you can provide me with your site address I might be able to provide you with more information about why the redirect isn’t working.


  • edd_user_5029250


    Thanks for the great article. Just to check as i have updated my website to google webmaster with now having both https://www and http://www (my website was previously http://www). Do i need to add site link maps to my https://www on google webmaster? Any other things that i have to be aware when i add the https://www on google webmaster?

    Because i have set my website 301 redirect from http://www to https://www I still awaiting for google webmaster to show the results out for my https://www version. How long will it take to process and see the correct results?


    • Mark Wolters


      you can set the https:// domain as the preferred domain in. You can also regenerate the sitemap for https:// and resubmit it to Google. Once that has been done Google should process the change soon.


    • Mark Wolters

      Hi Sarah,

      you can verify the https:// domain, it’s possible the headers/footers method doesn’t work because of caching. In this case you can use for example HTML file verification, this will likely work.


  • Romona Foster

    Hi Rogier,

    Your post mentions if this helped upgrade to premium. I am ready to upgrade to premium, but this did not help. My website still does not show the lock.

    If I purchase premium, can you help me to get my lock to display? My site is

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Hi Romona,
      Usually running the scan in the pro plugin will show you any issues with the green lock, and if you still run into issues it gives you access to premium support, so you can rest assured we can fix your mixed content problem.

  • edd_user_5149354

    Hey i have recently installed really simple ssl plugin from wordpress and installed free ssl using cloudflare, But i am facing a problem, seeing a red cross line over https;// verion of my site i have changed to to using plugin and cloudflare. I have clicked in red https:// cross and seen the certificate is valid to my old domain which was previously linked to my cloudflare account (But i removed and added this site(onlinerechargetricks), still why its showing certiface for my old domain? i am not able to understand what to do, to install certificate on my new domain.

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      Your site loads just fine over https, possibly the issue has resolved itself.

  • scooterwithseats

    I installed myself but only installed 2 cases 1 is http: // https: // the other two I have not installed so good for the seo does not?

    • Mark Wolters


      you can set the preferred domain to use https://, that should be sufficient.


  • Devendra Pandey

    Hi, I am using this plugin on my website but now to surprise, google is not indexing the new pages with https. I can only get this message – Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical

    Can someone guide me what could be the issue and what needs to be corrected??

    • Rogier Lankhorst

      The canonical URL seems to be set correctly, and the redirect to https is correct as well. Do you have GA and search console configured as described in the article above?

  • balu

    Now It is 2019. Search console not accepting adding https or http protocols. What to do?

    • Mark


      a domain validated property will automatically track https:// and https://www, you don’t have to make any changes to your configuration.


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