How to Migrate an Existing Divi website to HTTPS (SSL) Without Relying on a Plugin Longterm

Divi, General, Tutorials

One question that comes up pretty often is how to migrate an existing Divi website from the standard HTTP protocol to the secure HTTPS protocol after you install an SSL certificate.

A lot of people like to use a plugin like Really Simple SSL which does make the process easy, however, you need to leave the plugin installed and running at all times otherwise your site will revert back to the HTTP protocol – which is something I’m not a fan of.

Instead, I’m going to show you how to use a plugin once to do the heavy lifting, then uninstall it and keep your site running smoothly over HTTPS.

I’m a fan of lean and efficient websites. It helps keeps website bloat down and makes things easier to debug if you run into problems.

Note: Having a lot of plugins isn’t necessarily bad. I currently run a website with almost 40 active plugins that are necessary to automate a lot of things, make my life easier and enhance the user experience and the site is running perfectly fine.

BUT, if I can eliminate a plugin I will.

IMPORTANT: Always, always, always backup your website before making changes like this where the database is involved. I’ve NEVER run into an issue using the following method, however, if you break the site it’s good to have a recent copy handy to fall back on it.

Let’s get into it.


The plugin I use in the video is Velvet Blues and it’s available for free on the WordPress repository.

If you have any questions or get stuck, let me know about it in the comments below! Always remember to test the connection after you change things to ensure things are still loading as expected.

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Alex Brinkman

Alex Brinkman

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Alex is addicted to lifestyle design, a sucker for motivational quotes and: "... just an all around great guy." - everyone When he's not busy banging on a laptop in a some obscure coffeeshop, he enjoys obstacle course races, giving random strangers compliments and automating as much of his life as possible.