I purchased and activated my SSL certificate from within my WpEngine hosting account.
You can read about the SEO advantages of serving pages on https:// on my blog.
With the recent Chrome browser alerts for website’s that don’t have an SSL certificate coming into play – I certainly didn’t want to disrupt my website visitor experience for anyone attempting to visit my website.
So – I didn’t think twice about setting up https:// URLs on my website.
Setting up SSL was relatively straight forward. I followed a 3 step process – which is listed on my blog. It’s important that you secure all URLs when you install an SSL certificate not just a few. The final part of the setup included me reaching out to WpEngine technical support via live chat to change my website permalinks to the https versions. Just so you know – there are lots of database plugins to do this, but WpEngine tech support will perform this task for you – if you ask them nicely!
With my SSL certificate active – I had nearly finished my WordPress Speed Optimisation Blueprint steps.