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How to Get SSL certificate for Free

by Sep 27, 2020

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it secures the data that goes from the user browser to the website they are visiting. This secure link ensures that all data transferred remains safe. SSL allows sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, and login credentials to be transmitted securely.

I am going to show you how to get a free SSL certificate for your website.

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Create An Account On Cloudflare

Cloudflare is the SSL provided were we get our free SSL

So go to cloudflare.com

cloudflare home page

And then click sign up

Cloudflare Login page

As soon as you click sign up, it will take you to the page where you can create the Cloudflare account Now

Enter your details and

Click create account

Your account will be created

 

Add your website to Cloudflare

To add your site to Cloudflare.

Enter your website URL

Click add site

And then click Next to select a Cloudflare plan.and click Free plan and confirm

free SSL plan

Now Your website will be added to Cloudflare.

 

Change your nameservers

In order to connect Cloudflare to your domain, we need to add these nameservers as shown in the image to your domain. So to add these nameservers, you need to first, login to your domain provider’s website.

By clicking Continue you will be taken to this page. It will show your domain providers name. In this case I am using Godaddy.

namerservers Cloudflare

Login to GoDaddy and add the name servers.

Under Domains click DNS.

Under DNS, go to Nmae servers and click change

Now update both nameservers with the one provided in Cloudflare

Now go to Cloudflare and click Continue.

Now to check if the nameservers are changed just click Re-check now

 

Install the Cloudflare plugin in WordPress

Now to install the plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard and

Go to Plugins and  Click Add new

Now search for a plugin called Flexible SSL.

And you will get the Cloudflare Flexible SSL plugin. Install and activate this plugin.

This is the plugin which is going to help us to connect our site with Cloudflare and enable SSL on our website.

 

Enable SSL in Cloudflare

Now the final step is to enable SSL in Cloudflare. We have to go back to Cloudflare,

Click the lock icon as shown in the image

Click Edge Certificate

Now scroll down to ‘always use https’ And then turn it on. Now as soon as you turn this on, your website will now be secured with SSL

Now go to your site and refresh the page. You will now see lock icon. if you click the lock icon you can see that our browser says the Connection is secure.

Hope this step by step tutorial was easy for you to understand and get a Free SSL.

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