What is SSL?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a protocol providing secure communications when navigating online. This is important when you share information via a webpage. With SSL enabled for your Typepad blogs, the URL for your webpages will include HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), instead of HTTP.
How does SSL work?
An SSL certificate creates an encrypted connection between browser and the Typepad server. This all occurs behind the scenes and does not impact the reader's experience when visiting your blogs.
What do I need to do to enable SSL?
Nothing. All Typepad blogs have an SSL certificate and will load over HTTPS. This includes blogs which have Domain Mapping in place and are using a custom domain.
Why is SSL important?
SSL is added security for visitors to your blogs. Additionally, search engines and browsers have made it a higher priority to flag insecure websites. With an SSL certificate, your blogs will not be flagged as insecure. Google and other search engines have started to consider SSL in determining search rankings as well.
You don't need to worry about the technical details as Typepad has taken care of this for you. However, if you do want more information, Google's web master help guide has helpful information.
Why is my blog showing a mixed content warning in the address bar?
Your browser may identify your blog is not secure due to mixed media items which includes content like videos and images. This is happening because these files are uploaded on another site, not Typepad, not using secure https links.
For instance, if you're using an image hosted on an outside site not on Typepad on your blog, even though all of your Typepad files are secure, this image is not, breaking the secure SSL lock in your address bar when visiting your blog. We would recommend uploading the image to your Typepad account to avoid mixed media content from displaying your blog as not secure.
To determine which content on your blog is not be secure, you can use a service like Why No Padlock? which will provide you with a list of content not from a secure source.
Why is my blog showing as not secure?
A Typepad blog could be showing as not secure for a number of reasons:
- Visiting an incorrect blog address. If you place a www. before your Typepad address, you will not see a secure page. For example, www.everything.typepad.com is not a valid address and therefore does not have an SSL certificate in place.
- Domain Mapping is not set up correctly. A CNAME Record needs to be in place for your custom domain which points to your Typepad domain name. e.g. example.typepad.com If the CNAME is not in place or points to an incorrect domain, your blog will not display as secure. See the article on setting up Domain Mapping for more information.
- Custom domain is forwarding or masked to an incorrect address. Update the settings at your domain registrar to point to the correct blog address or better yet set up Domain Mapping.
- SSL certificate did not resolve correctly. If you have Domain Mapping set up correctly and are still receiving an insecure warning, please open a Help Ticket to report the problem to the Typepad support team.
Updated 08 November 2018
Not quite what you are looking for? Check out these other articles:
- If you are considering changing your blog's address, see the article on changing the domain name before making any changes.(This does not apply if you are using a custom domain.)
- To register and map a custom domain name to your blog, the article on Domain Mapping can help you with the process.
- Do you have questions not answered in the Knowledge Base? Reach out to the Typepad support by opening a New Ticket.