How to enable HTTPS in Drupal?

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Enabling HTTPS in Drupal involves several steps:

1. Obtain an SSL/TLS certificate

You will need to obtain an SSL/TLS certificate for your website. You can obtain a free SSL/TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt, or you can purchase one from a certificate authority (CA) such as Sectigo/Comodo, RapidSSL or GeoTrust.

2. Install the certificate

Once you have obtained the SSL/TLS certificate, you will need to install it on your web server. The process for installing the certificate will depend on the web server software you are using.

3. Configure Drupal to use HTTPS

After you have installed the SSL/TLS certificate, you will need to configure Drupal to use HTTPS. To do this, you will need to modify the settings.php file located in the sites/default directory of your Drupal installation. You will need to add the following lines of code to the settings.php file:
Code:
$base_url = 'https://www.yourwebsite.com';
$conf['https'] = TRUE;
Replace "www.yourwebsite.com" with your website's domain name.

4. Update internal links

After enabling HTTPS, you will need to update any internal links within your Drupal site to use the HTTPS protocol. You can use the "Search and Replace" module to update all the links.

5. Test your site

Finally, you should test your site to make sure that everything is working correctly. You can use an online tool like SSL Labs to test your SSL/TLS configuration and ensure that your site is fully secured.

By following these steps, you can enable HTTPS on your Drupal site and secure your users' data.
 

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Can you explain how to use the Search and Replace module to update internal links to HTTPS? I don't understand this because I am not familiar with Drupal.
 

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Hi Dopani,

First, ensure you have an installed "search and replace" module or scanner. You can download and enable this Search and Replace scanner.

  1. Go to the configuration page of the module by clicking on Configuration in the Drupal admin menu and selecting Search and Replace.
  2. In the Search field, enter the old URL of your site with HTTP (e.g. http://example.com).
  3. In the Replace field, enter the new URL of your site with HTTPS (e.g. https://example.com).
  4. Select the content types and fields you want to update from the Target tables list.
  5. Click the Preview button to preview the changes that will be made.
  6. If the preview looks correct, click the Replace button to apply the changes.
 
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