Why use HTTPS

If you sign in to via a non-secure Internet connection, like a public Wi-Fi connection at your local coffee shop, your account could have been more vulnerable to hijacking. To keep the bad guys out, we always use HTTPS on all of’s administrative pages, as well as front end if your blog uses a * subdomain (not a mapped domain).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it slow down ?
With this option turned on, you may find that is more sluggish over the https connection. That’s because nothing that’s transmitted over SSL is cached, so it takes some extra work to re-download all the information on a page.

How do I get those annoying security warnings to go away?
You may receive warnings as you navigate around your admin with HTTPS enabled.

When you connect to your Dashboard over an HTTPS connection, we use an SSL certificate to encrypt your connection. SSL certificates need to be signed to a specific domain, and we can’t provide certificates for every mapped domain, so our certificate is signed for

When you connect to your Dashboard via your own domain but your security software sees a certificate signed to it’s alerting you that may be intercepting your connection, which of course is perfectly fine. You may also see this warning if you attempt to reach your blog (not your Dashboard) using “https” instead of “http” in your blog URL.

Most security systems should have a way to add a permanent exception so you will never see the warning again in this instance.

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Manage in Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Tools > Internet Options in your browser menu.
  2. Add * to your list of trusted sites under the Security tab. Make sure to uncheck the box for “Require server verification (https:) for all sites in this zone.”
  3. Set Internet Options> Security> Trusted Sites> Custom Level> Miscellaneous> Display Mixed Content to “Enable” (you’ll have to do lots of scrolling to get there).
  4. Click OK on all windows.
Security -> Trusted Sites

Security -> Trusted Sites

Add * to trusted sites

Add * to trusted sites

Enabled the display of mixed content

Enabled the display of mixed content

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Manage in Chrome


  1. Click on the padlock icon in the address bar
  2. Click on “Certificate Information”
  3. There should be a blue-framed “Certificate” icon – click and drag that image to your desktop.
  4. Double-click on the certificate file (*.wordpress.cer)
  5. Keychain will then ask you if you want to add this certificate
  6. Go to Keychain
  7. Choose “login” under Keychains and “Certificates” under Category
  8. Double click on the correct Certificate
  9. Twirl open the “Trust” area
  10. Select “Always Trust” in the When Using This Certificate dropdown.
  11. You will be prompted for your computer password to make changes to your Keychain.
  12. The red X will turn to a blue +
  13. Restart Chrome.

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Manage in Firefox

  1. Go to Firefox menu > Preferences > Advanced > Certificates
  2. Choose your preference
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