SSL Installation: Google & Bing Guide

After SSL Installation on your server/host, you have to adjust your settings in Google Analytics and Google 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 Google Search Console first, but it really doesn’t matter in which order you do it.

SSL website links to Google Webmaster Tools / Google Search Console

First navigate to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/home.

In Google Search Console (previously known as Google Webmaster Tools), you should add the https (SSL) variants, and select a preferred domain. This can be both the www or non-www variant of your domain. You should add all variants of your domain:

  • http://domain.com
  • http://www.domain.com
  • https://domain.com
  • https://www.domain.com

If you don’t know how to add a new property, follow these instructions from Google.

As you will have four properties for each site, you can also create a set, in which you bundle all properties for one domain. To create a set, click the “create a set” button to the right of the red “create property” button.

The preferred domain should match the one in the general settings of WordPress, the site url. To set as your preferred domain, do the following:

  1. On the Search Console Home page, click the site you want.
  2. Click the gear icon, and then click Site Settings.
  3. In the Preferred domain section, select the option you want.

Google Analytics

First, navigate to http://analytics.google.com

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.

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.

SSL website links to Bing Webmaster Tools

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

– Add a new sitemap with https (SSL enabled links are called https)
– Use the site move tool to make sure Bing knows it is moved to https:
https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/how-to-use-the-site-move-tool-bb8f5112

Additional Information

If you are struggling with all this Nerdy Techy problems, you might consider buying the premium SSL assistance service here to solve your SSL issues throughout the site/domain. (highly recommended)

Amir Latif
Amir Latif