Updating my BlogEngine.NET blog to use SSL (HTTPS) from HTTP

by filip 28. October 2014 14:57

I’m using this post to document how I upgraded my blog for HTTPS.

The first thing I needed to do was to get a SSL certificate. I really didn’t feel like paying for one, so I went with a free certificate from StartSSL. Their free certificates expire after a year (I wish it was longer), so I’ll need to do this again next year.  But they work and… they’re free.

After I got my p12 certificate above, I asked my web host (Arvixe) to set everything up. It took them about 2 days (it was the weekend though, so maybe it would have been faster if it was during the week). This was pretty much the easiest part since all I had to do was to provide them with the cert, and they got it installed and set up the correct ports for HTTPS.

At this point, I could browse my site using HTTPS. I did have some security warnings, and to fix those I had to update my stylesheets with secure paths to my images. Also, I needed to update some script paths, as they were not secure either.

Finally, I added a rule into my web.config file so that all traffic always gets re-routed to HTTPS.


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