How To Install A Free SSL Security Certificate On Your WordPress Website

Welcome back for another video my name is Adam from WPCraftercom were I make videos for non-techies now this is to be a longer than normal video and working to talk SSL and that is adding a security certificate to your website working to talk about what's the difference between some of the the paid certificates and the free certificates and what Webhost will except I want to try to explain everything in this video as concisely as possible now let me first tell you in SSL certificate has nothing to do with website security of someone hacking in your website it has nothing to do that and the reason I bring bring this up as I did make an SSL video before some guy was all criticizing me that I didn't have an SSL certificate on my website in and I'm not practicing what I'm preaching and stuff like that but SSL certificates are for securing in encrypting information that goes from your website to someone's computer that's what it's doing is not preventing someone from hacking into your website now typically if you're going to take any kind of credit card payments on your website now nothing about PayPal and someone goes your website clicks a button and then it takes them over to PayPal that does not require an SSL certificate because all the payment information goes back and forth on PayPal's website not your website but if you want to use the PayPal where you're actually taking the payment on your website or if you want to use stripe which is one of the most popular online payment integrations for pretty much any e-commerce platform then you need an SSL certificate on your website so that information that goes back-and-forth will be fully encrypted now there's different types of security certificates there some free ones and there some that cost reasonable amounts of money like 10 or $20 or $50 and then there's some that are in the hundreds of dollars and I just kinda want to explain in layman's terms what's the difference between all of these so for instance let me just show you that the easiest way is to show you all and let me go back if you see on my website I did add an SSL certificate to my website Lemme let me step back a minute the reason why you really want to give some serious consideration to adding an SSL certificate your website is because number one it's a and SCO factor for Google so basically if you had the same content on a non-SSL site and and and a website that did have a certificate Google's gonna favor the one that has the security certificate Google wants everything encrypted so much so in the year 2017 on the Google Chrome web browser they are going to have notices when people go to a website and it's not running behind an SSL certificate so this right here is an image of what that warnings gonna look like so right now you can see right here is if someone was on your website and trying to login it would look normal that's Outlook today but come 2017 this big warning sign this is not secure is going to show and that might freak some people out in people the average users not even in the know what the heck that means they're going to think that the whole website is not secure so that would appear kind of right here this nonsecure message so that is a another important reason why you have a lot of web people saying right now you really want to get onto an SSL certificate and start encrypting the traffic on your website so that is that so those are two reasons why you really gotta give some strong consideration to implementing it now there are some different categories of paid certificates so when you're looking at a Google search I just did a quick search for by SSL certificate and I want to show you the difference between what a six dollars certificate costs and looks like in a web browser and what a more expensive and the hundreds of dollars certificates can look like and so let me just click on this first adhere kinda stinks there good paper that click this is a normal certificate you got the padlock in the top left and it says in green HTTPS that your typical basic security certificate let me show you the difference between the ones that cost a lot more when I click on this link you see right here it doesn't just have the padlock it says in green the name of the company that is called an EV certificate which stands for extended validation certificate and those of the ones that cost in the hundreds of dollars so for instance this website right here sells that EV certificate for $300 so it's gonna cost a lot more so six bucks or even freeing him to talk about that will give you get to this padlock and that's what I have but if you want to spend more money now if you're a big e-commerce website or if you have anything to do in the banking financial industry you really want to pay the money and get the EV certificate to have it say your name there you really that that's a must that's a definite must but if you're just the average web user and you've got a website and you don't want people to get that morning when they're using Google Chrome and visiting your website then a basic certificate is going to be fine so let me show you some of the options to get a free certificate there is a new project that started I think it might've been in 2015 called let's encrypt and they are a free certificate issuing entity so you can essentially get a security certificate for free now there are a lot of Webhost that support let's encrypt and there's a lot of Webhost that don't and I don't know why Webhost in 2016 I think was early 2016 it was in all the news and so I wonder if the Webhost are taking a wait-and-see approach with them and that's why they don't so all your big name of Webhost do not support let's encrypt security certificates including the Webhost that I use and I recommend which is InMotion hosting they don't support it at all now there's an alternative if you want a free security certificate on your website and I use this extensively and it's through a company called cloud of flair they make it super easy I want all my websites through cloud of flair they give you a content delivery network is a free service by the way a free security certificate and they'd have some denial of service protection of someone's attacking your website they protect you from that as well and you get all this for free so in this video I just want to show you how to get a free certificate with cloud of flair running on your website and one of the reasons I wanted to make this video was for people that I've suggested go to InMotion hosting and then they want a free security certificate that's why wanted to make this video that you just wanted to pay for a security certificate you're fine with that by far the easiest way is just the log into your web hosting and order it some it might be 50 bucks or 100 bucks and they do everything for you and some of them require was called the static IP address all this techie stuff but they'll handle it all for you you just pay the price and that's an annual fee if you wanted to do something like that that that's by far the easiest I know with InMotion hosting that button right there you just click on it you pay for it and you'll have your certificate in 24 hours so if you want to do it that way that's totally fine or you can go the cloud of flair route now with cloud flare what you're going to do here and sign up for free accounts and then you're going and let's just let us take a look at it together she come here you're gonna click on hoops I didn't actually want to see this video you want to just go ahead and click right here on sign-up in its gonna take you to this page to get a free cloud flare account just popping your email and choose a password agree you'll get an email you click on it it just verifies your email address and then you can login for the first time in which you want to do is you want to click on this plus add site right here in the menu on the top right and the right here you're just going to put in your website URL so if I go to show demo

com which is one of my websites and then click on begin scan then what is going to do is it's going to do some scanning of something called your DNS records I know it's a little technical so it's gonna get those records and then it's been instance can a request for you to make a change where your domain names are registered so if you have your domain name registered it in motion her name cheap I use name cheap you will have to make a little change to what's called your DNS records are your answer you can make a change your name server not your DNS records so it's doing is little scan and it should just take a moment and it's going to give us some more options that will look at together I've been using cloud flare for probably the last two years it's pretty amazing service what they do and the and also through using it service will speed up your websites when people are visiting your website the experience will be more fluid and more fast okay so stunned doing it scan you would go ahead and click on continue set up now right here it's showing you some technical things it's just it's just verifying and confirming your DNS records now this is a little bit too technical for most people and that's okay you can just scroll down to the bottom and then click on continue its to be right these DNS records okay so right here you're going to choose a plan and you're just going to go ahead and choose the free website plan like that and you can see right here it's the free SSL go ahead and click on continue and this is where you need to change your name servers so right here it shows me my current name servers which are with InMotion hosting but I need to change it and then type in the word change name server and you will have instructions for itself if it's name cheap that you're with you can even contact their support and I'll tell you what to click on and how to do it it's usually pretty easy in these control panels when you log in and you look at your domain name don't be something there that says said her change your name servers and that is something that you're going to have to do in order to get it to work you needed to change it to these two check name servers that it gives you to change it and what this accomplishes is now when someone visit your website their first going to flow through cloud flare and what cloud flares can do is some of the content it's going to serve up off of their servers which makes your website load a bit quicker and it's also been allow them to put that security certificate in so you can want to go ahead and do that and when you make this change it might take a few hours to go into effect and you'll come here and be able to verified some just going to go ahead and click on continue and see how it's a status pending its goodness that say status pending until it verifies that this changes done in this change goes into effect and by default you can see right here it's going to add a security certificate but I want to go ahead and click on full and what you're going to want to do is changes from full to flexible and flexible is going to be the most easy way to get the security certificate on your website you can easily click help right here to read what the differences but just go ahead and choose on flexible and you don't have to click save it's one of the things I like about cloud of flair they are good soon as you change the option it's going to save that for you so now it's just a waiting game you're probably going to have to wait 24 hours for the certificate to be issued and if you make your change to the name server for that all to go into effect and what you're gonna want to do as you gonna want to test your website by entering a HTTP as and then the website URL in seeing if it gives you what's called a certificate warning so that's a warning that says there's no valid certificate now if the certificates been issued it's not can give you that warning now all that's good to be left is you're going to have to install a plug-in on your WordPress based the website and what this plug-ins going to do is it's good to do everything word press needs to make it so whenever someone visits your website they're going to get the HT TBS the secure version of your website so someone types HT to and then your website URL it's gonna redirect them to the secure version HT to the and that's what this plug-ins can to do which is called really simple SSL I have a full video on the plug and it really easy all you have to do is go to plug-ins add new search for really simple SSL install and activate in a pretty much does everything for you it couldn't be any easier and I have a video on that up with a link to that video down below also put some links to cloud a flare for you and I'll put a link to let's encrypt it as well but this is the easiest way to get an SSL certificate on your website so in January when Google Chrome's going to start throwing up that warning you will not have that warning for your website visitors and you'll also get this SCO boost in this SCO benefit of having a security certificate on your website so that's all there is to installing a free SSL certificate on your website now I know this might be a little more technical or a little more complicated than some of my other videos if you need help in this process feel free to leave a comment down below and I'll gladly respond to you and help you in any way if I might've left a little piece here out or there if you're running into any trouble I totally want to help you get an SSL certificate on your website before you go I have something for you and before I get into that I wanted to ask you to do something for me if you could give me a thumbs up on this video and if you're not a subscriber click on the subscribe button right beneath me if you have a question on this video be happy to answer it you can also leave a comment or question down below this video hey I put together a course and just for you and I'm in a give it to you for free all you have to do is click on the button right here on the right it's called the three steps to WordPress success it's an awesome course you're gonna love it I would love for you to join in and enroll as a student in this course thanks for watching this video I really appreciated and I do it just for you that there's a lot of Webhost that won't support it but I do know they had some security problems with the certificates to these now if you don't know how to do this you can easily Google it and come up with an answer so you would google the name of where your domain names are registered

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