How To Convert Your WordPress Site to SSL


WordPress sites at NC State are generally one of two kinds: managed (multi-site) or stand-alone. If you are trying to enable SSL for your site and are unsure which kind of site you have, login to the backend/admin area of your site and look in the upper left-hand corner.

Managed sites will generally have a link for “My Sites” in the far left, as demonstrated in the image below.

View of multisite install WordPress

Sites that are a single, stand-alone install will simply have the site name.

View of single-install WordPress

If you have a site in a managed environment, the SSL settings must be configured by a Super-Admin; single site administrators do not have access to change this configuration. Please contact your IT or web support person.

If you have a stand-alone site or if you are the Super-admin of a managed WordPress environment, you will need to change the site address settings for your WordPress site(s).

Single “stand-alone” Install

In a stand-alone install, this is done by going to Settings > General and editing the “WordPress Address (URL)” and “Site Address (URL)” to use “https://” instead of “http://.”

Multi-site Install

In a managed (multisite) environment you will need to go to the Network Admin area and view the “Sites” section. Each site has an “Edit” option which includes four tabs: Info, Users, Themes, and Settings.

  • On the “Info” tab, edit the “Site URL” to use https instead of http. Save changes.
  • Check the “Settings” tab to make sure that the “Siteurl” and “Home” fields have updated to also use “https.”
  • In some configurations the “http://” portion of your URL may not be editable on the “Info” tab. In that case you should still be able to edit it for the site by changing the “Siteurl” and “Home” fields on the “Settings” tab.

There are other ways to change the site URL configuration for WordPress and some installations may need to use other solutions based on their configuration. If you have further questions about WordPress and SSL we recommend using the WordPress Codex, specifically the section on SSL for WordPress. You may also email us at help@ncsu.edu with more specific questions.