Imporant info re htttps settings for your blog

Hi everyone!

The oddest thing happened yesterday!  I was trying to add a (new to me) blogger’s blog to my blog list ‘gadget’ / sidebar yesterday, and when I clicked the ‘edit’ icon on my blog’s front page to do so, I kept getting a big, red MacAfee (my virus software) warning that the site I was trying to go to was extremely risky.  I tried it multiple times, same thing.  I shut my pc down, restarted, same thing.  Then I tried other gadget edit buttons, I couldn’t get past the red MacAfee screen no matter how hard I tried!

I then went to the Blogger Support Forum, couldn’t find any similar complaints, so I created one.  I came to find out that Blogger is changing many things ‘in the background’, and one of them is the https (safety) settings.  I had apparently ignored an admin panel notice previously (clicked it dead), and didn’t realize.  According to Blogger yesterday, Blogger blogs that don’t change their https settings by the end of the month, well, in their words  “Otherwise your blog will no longer work properly in popular web browsers starting next month.”

So/but don’t worry.  I followed the easy directions, and within 5 minutes all was fixed and working properly.  But I want to explain to you here

1.  how to determine (if you don’t know) if you need to do this,
2.  how to fix it if you do need to
3.  what to do if you have a private domain name and need to fix it to.  It’s easy.  🙂

First, this applies only to Blogger blogs.  But if you have a WordPress.org or .com, you might want to check with them re https settings, if they aren’t already set up.

To know if you, as a Blogger user, needs to do this, look at your url line.  Does it start with https?  If so, you must’ve made the changes Blogger told you to make and didn’t ignore then ‘x’ out of the Admin Panel notice a couple months back.  But if you DON’T see ‘https’, please follow these directions.  Also, if you have a private domain, please still check the steps below, just to be sure.

1.  Go to your admin panel, and click ‘settings’ and then ‘basic.’  
2.  Scroll down to ‘https availability.’  
3.  In the first box, if it says ‘no, change it to yes.  Then you will get a notice that it could take a few minutes to activate.  Wait a few minutes-up to five minutes, but it was only a few minutes for me.
4.  when it seems to be done (it will tell you to wait, otherwise), then click the 2nd box ‘https redirect’ to yes as well.  Once it takes a moment or two, to permanently change to ‘yes’, you are done.  There were no hiccups for me, and that’s it.

Apparently this all has to do with the British or Europe changes taking place, web safety wise, next month, whether you live in that area or not.  So you definitely need to make sure you are set for https.  It seems MacAfee’s warnings were a good thing for me.  

Anyhow, if you have any questions, I can’t technically answer them, but here is the link to my thread at the Blogger Support Forum, and Blogger could help you there:

https://productforums.google.com/forum/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer#!msg/blogger/uOiXMu8d2Ro/1_vYx78WAgAJ

I don’t know about you, but all this techno stuff is a pain, but sometimes we need to deal with it.  I hope this helps you.  Back to regular programming tomorrow!

50 thoughts on “Imporant info re htttps settings for your blog

  1. Grace

    Thanks – I only use my blogger blogs for reference now (switched to WordPress a few weeks ) but I changed it anyway . The only choice I had was “https redirect” which I changed to 'Yes”.

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  2. Silver Willow

    great! I've used WordPress in the past, but it's more work for me to set up, and I lost some gadgets I really liked (and was too lazy to figure out on WordPress), and I ultimately came back to Blogger.

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  3. Sally

    Thank you so much! Now I'll check mine.It's always nice to have someone help, like you, as I'm a total 'non-computer' person. 🙂

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  4. Silver Willow

    Well, for my age, I'm actually pretty good on computer stuff. But compared to the younger generations, yeah…not so much. 🙂 This, I only found out thanks to MacAfee basically shutting my editing down here. Necessity is the mother of invention. 😉

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  5. Jean R.

    Thank you! When Bloggers gives you options to change something they don't do a good job explaining why or how so it's so easy just to ignore them. Glad when someone like you tracks information down and shares it.

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  6. Marcia

    I didn't have the first option but did have the redirect to select yes on. Looks like it has the https now in front of my url. Thanks.

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  7. BootsandBraids

    Wow! Impending crisis diverted thanks to you as I don't recall getting anything from blogger saying I needed to change anything and probably wouldn't have known how to effectuate the change if I had. Good going girl!

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  8. Elaine

    I have just checked mine and it seems that I have already complied – but thank you for this, it would have helped me work through the unknown.

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  9. Ann Thompson

    Someone recently asked how to find my blog and I said that I though the link was on my Facebook page. I went to check to make sure and when I clicked on the link it said it was blocked, suspected malciou sight or something like that. I had to delete the link and then add it back in with the https

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  10. ellen abbott

    Thanks. I also had only the one button 'HTTPS redirect' which I switched to 'yes' even though my address bar still showed 'https'. perhaps it would have changed at the end of the month.

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  11. Silver Willow

    I read later (a little while ago), that the first box was set by Blogger to default, but for some reason, not the redirect box. Glad you got it worked out, Ellen.

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  12. ellen abbott

    thanks. I had noticed a decline in page views which I attributed to NetworkedBlogs going away even though I still post the link. I fixed that and added the 's' to my website address link too, but now it's a broken link since my web address doesn't have the's'. any idea how I can adjust my web site address?

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  13. Silver Willow

    Sorry Ellen, I don't. Best thing would've been to copy and paste your new url line. I would suggest going to the link I provided, and either ask the question in that thread, or create a new thread with your problem. That said, I looked at your website address and it is the correct: https://ellenshead.blogspot.com/ So just copy and paste that wherever you need to. I think.

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  14. Cathy

    Same for mine – don't use my old blogger blog except for commenting…..in some circumstances….where there is no name/url box to use. All looked well, had an s in place. Not sure how as I haven't posted for years.My current WordPress blog looks good as well. Thanks for alerting us to this Willow – there will be some who will be left behind next monthCathy

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  15. Joared

    Thanks for the direction. I changed my no to yes — it says now my https redirect is on and all visitors to my blog will be redirected to my https blog address. I didn’t get a second box or instruction I have to do anything more.

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