Enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain

How to Enable HTTPS (SSL Certificate) in Blogger with custom domain in just 2 clicks


It is a good news that we can enable https or SSL certificate in Blogger custom domain. One of the weakness of using Blogger platform was the lack of SSL certificate or HTTPS protocol in custom domain. Blogger that is using custom domain can not use HTTPS redirect in their website address. Now it has changed. We can enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain.

Currently there are two ways to enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain. The first one is using Cloudfare CDN service and the second one is using draft.blogger.com. I preferred to use draft.blogger.com to enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain since it is very easy. All you need is just 2 clicks. I'm not kidding, the steps taken to configure the SSL certificate in Blogger custom domain is merely just 2 clicks.

How to enable HTTPS in Blogger Custom Domain, all you need is only two clicks
How to enable HTTPS in Blogger Custom Domain, all you need is only two clicks

I preferred to use draft.blogger.com to enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain since it is very easy. All you need is just 2 clicks

Before we go through the detail step, there are several things that need to be understand. The draft.blogger.com is a back door for testing the beta feature of Blogger. The HTTPS protocol is still not available in normal Blogger dashboard. The team are testing this feature and plan to release it officially latter on. I don't know when they will release this feature officially.

If you want to wait this feature available in normal Blogger dashboard so don't use this way and keep HTTP protocol on your blog. For my self, i will take the opportunity to taste this feature earlier before the official release.

Step by step to enable HTTPS on Blogger Custom Domain

Below is step by step to enable HTTPS or SSL certificate in Blogger custom domain.

  1. Go to your blogger account using address https://draft.blogger.com
  2. Select your blog that you want to change to HTTPS
  3. Go to setting | basic | 
  4. Find HTTPS section on the right
  5. Turning on HTTPS availability (change from no to yes - first click). There will be message that said the HTTPS is not available, wait 1 minutes and refresh the page
  6. Turning on https redirect (change from no to yes -second click)
  7. Try to open your blog. Your blogger custom domain has already used https protocol

Below is the illustration of every step how to enable HTTPS (SSL) in Blogger with custom domain.

We have to use draft.blogger.com to show the option HTTPS availability. In normal Blogger dashboard Setting | Basic, we can only see the information that HTTPS is not available in custom domain. Below is the warning message when we want to use HTTP redirect for Blogger with custom domain.

Warning message in Blogspot when we confiure HTTPS redirect "warning: https is currently not available for custom domain blogs."
HTTPS is not available at the moment for custom domain blogs in normal Blogger Dashboard
warning: https is currently not available for custom domain blogs

On draft.blogger.com dashboard we can see in Setting | Basic the option of HTTPS availability as shown in the picture below.
  Go to Setting on draft.Blogger dashboard and choose Basic
Go to Setting on draft.Blogger dashboard and choose Basic

There is additional column on draft.blogger.com, above the HTTPS redirect we can see HTTPS availability. The default setting is no. W need to change this to Yes.

HTTPS availability is new column that present on draft.blogger.com to enable HTTPS in custom domain
HTTPS availability is new column that present on draft.blogger.com to enable HTTPS in custom domain

We need to change the HTTPS availability from No to Yes. There will be message that said the HTTPS is not available. Just wait a few moment and refresh the page. You will find that the HTTPS redirect now become available. Just change the HTTPS redirect from No to Yes. Your Blogger custom domain already run in HTTPS.

There will be warning message "HTTPS availability is being process. Try again later". Wait for 2 minutes and refresh the page to change HTTPS redirect to YES

HTTPS availability is being process, we need to wait a few moment and refresh the page
HTTPS availability is being process, we need to wait a few moment and refresh the page

HTTPS redirect are now available and we can change to Yes for HTTPS redirect
HTTPS redirect are now available and we can change to Yes for HTTPS redirect

Our Blog is now secure and running on HTTPS
Our Blog is now secure and running on HTTPS


What is the benefit of using HTTPS

Google has been used HTTPS as ranking signal officially since August, 2014. The idea is, Google want the web that is coming in their search result are safe for the user. In other word, Google will consider that the blog that is not run in HTTPS is not safe. So by using HTTPS will help our blog rank better in Google search.

The blog that use HTTPS also looks more professional since this protocol has been used many years in website that demand high security like bank and online shopping.

HTTPS will help our blog rank better in Google search.

What is the impact of switching from HTTP to HTTPS

Switching from HTTP to HTTPS will have impact on the SERP result. One thing that we can see is the Google search result will shows a HTTPS  url. It means Google will index every page and put the HTTPS as search result. Some people said that it will reduce the blog traffic for a while. We can see the URL on Google search of our blog that has been redirect to HTTPS now using HTTPS in its URL.

The search result in Google Page now shows URL with HTTPS
The search result in Google Page now shows URL with HTTPS


So,..have you change your blog to HTTPS? Please share your experience so we can learn together.

As an update for this article, since May 2018 Blogger has errolled this feature in their official dasboard. Right now you don't need to use draft.blogger.com to enabled HTTPS for Blogger with customs domain. Cheers.

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5 Responses to "Enable HTTPS in Blogger custom domain"

  1. I am waiting till 1 day but our https processing is not removing

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    1. Hi Nomi, As you can see that my blog are using https. I used the step by step listed in this post.

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