FREE SSL Certificate For WordPress (The Why & How)

Hello Everyone, my name is Robert and in this video, I will tell you exactly what is an SSL certificate, why you need it and how to implement that useful security feature on your WordPress website with just a couple of clicks, for free SSL, which means Secure Socket Layer, is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser

This link ensures that all data passed between the web server of your website and your visitor's browsers remain private and integral You can notice a website with a Secure Socket Layer on when you see the HTTPS protocol instead of HTTP at the beginning of the web address The main reason you need to think about using SSL on your WordPress website is SEO Yes, this is a Search Engine Optimization factor Your website security is one of the top 10 ranking factors used by Google when somebody searches for what you have to offer online, and if you are a big business that receives daily payments through your website or you think about building a huge online store you definitely need a trusted SSL which will appear as a custom certificate with your business name on it

If you type PayPalcom, for example, in your link field of your browser, you will notice the name of the business which means they use a custom SSL certificate and if you type WordPressorg there is a simple certificate which ensures that the website is secured If you think about starting your own e-commerce business using WordPress I recommend this video to see how it's done Moving forward, a Basic SSL certificate is something you can get, usually, for free and you can install it on your domain name by yourself

If you know nothing about how to do that, contact your hosting provider and they will be happy to do it for you, usually, free of charge I use Sitegroundcom as my favorite hosting provider for WordPress so and I can show you how easy it is to install the free SSL certificate provided by Let's Encrypt on your domain name with just a couple of clicks I log in to my cPanel now and then I will create a new subdomain for a demo purpose here Next, I am going to install the free SSL certificate on that subdomain You can browse through the options of your cPanel until you find what you want but the easy way is to use the search function here Type in Let's Encrypt and then click to open the admin panel of that feature Select the domain you wish to install the SSL certificate on it, change the email here if you want then click install

What you will see next is this pop-up window which is showing you that the certificate installation is in progress Seconds after pushing the Install button a new pop-up window will prompt you that the process is overand the Let's Encrypt certificate installation succeeded Click OK and you are done! What you can do next, is to activate the HTTPS Enforce and External Links Rewrite functions which can be both very helpful if you have an old WordPress website with lots of files like images and other external links without HTTPS These functions will automatically do the job for you, which otherwise you need to do manually in hours of your precious time

Now, If you check the subdomain on your browser you can see that the SSL certificate works fine and your website is secured If you want to learn more about WordPress for beginners and advanced, check out these videos and then please subscribe to get the new content we publish every Monday and Wednesday

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