How to avoid SSL/Cloudflare issues

With the past 2 websites I’ve set up, I’ve run into issues where pages weren’t secure, then while trying to get https to work on every page, I’d run into issues with CloudFlare. So, I’m wondering if there’s an order to set up a new page that will avoid the issues and make Let’s Encrypt and Cloudflare play nicely together without having to go through the steps later of pausing Cloudflare, getting Let’s Encrypt to work on the site, then restarting and changing the settings on Cloudflare.

You’re not fully identifying the issue with CF, but you should start with getting your site fully SSL compliant.

So if you haven’t already done this…

  • Generic Steps from HTTP to HTTPS *

• Read all info at your host concerning certificates & switching to HTTPS and when applicable, follow those instructions.

• Install security certificate.

• Have your host enable HTTPS (if needed.) This will enable access from both HTTP & HTTPS allowing normal access while you test.

• Go through site, page by page & make sure all file paths are relative (no protocol.) Test by accessing site using HTTPS and look for any browser alerts.

• Edit any absolute paths to HTTPS

• Update any Plugins or APIs to HTTPS

• Install 301 redirect code in .htaccess file

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

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