I was recently asked to look into creating some secure http headers as well as forcing a website to load over TLS1.2+. Below are my “how to” instructions for updating these settings within WordPress and Cloudflare.
- Install & Configure the Cloudflare WordPress plugin.
- Make sure an SSL Certificate is installed on your host for your domain (I use LetsEncrypt, but you can use any SSL provider).
How to Set up Cloudflare SSL for WordPress
Under SSL/TLS->Overview, select “Full (strict)”, make sure to click the “Enable Universal SSL”, then:
Under SSL/TLS->Edge Certificate, choose the following options:
Click the “Change HSTS Settings” or “Enable HSTS” and select the following options:
How to Configure http Security Headers in WordPress
- Install the Redirection WordPress plugin and add the Security and CORS presets via the “Site” menu option in that plugin:
Also, make sure to change x-frame-options to “sameorigin” to make sure Gravity Forms (and other plugins?) work properly:
- TLS In WordPress by WP Speed Matters
- WP Beginner article about TLS and Secure Headers
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