How to Get Free SSL for your WordPress Blog

by Meghan . updated November 1, 2018 . 0 shares .

Here are the essential things you need to know about SSL, how to get free SSL for your WordPress blog, and what to do to start using it.

What is SSL

SSL stands for ‘Secure Sockets Layer’, it is an internet communication protocol. It allows your computer’s browser to talk securely to the server of the website you are browsing.  All data leaving your computer is encrypted before being sent to the server and vice versa, meaning that anyone intercepting the communication cannot read the data. It is especially important for sensitive data, such as login and credit card details. Any site that displays a padlock and ‘HTTPS’ at the beginning of the URL is using the SSL protocol.

Why use SSL?

In addition to enhanced security, there are several more reasons why your site should use the secure SSL protocol:

  • Google favours HTTPS sites in search results
  • SSL gives your visitors confidence using your site
  • Chrome browsers now mark non-HTTPS sites as insecure

How does it work?

To have SSL working on your site, the server that hosts it must have a certificate which is signed as valid by a certificate authority, such as Comodo, Go Daddy, or Let’s Encrypt. This certificate is accessed and checked by your site visitor’s browser. If it is accepted, then encrypted communications between your visitor’s browser and your website can begin.

Which hosts offer free SSL?

Buying a certificate can be costly, but it is easy to get one free. Here are some great hosts that provide them without charge:

Hostgator

Dreamhost

SiteGround

WPEngine

Bluehost

All these hosts offer certificates authorised by Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt is a new free certificate authority that has made SSL accessible for all. Certificates usually last 90 days. Your host should automatically renew for you, so there is no need to do anything after the initial setup.

What to do in WordPress to set up SSL?

If you are starting a new blog, then make sure that your home and site URL in the Settings->General tab is HTTPS, not HTTP.

If you have an existing blog that you want to switch to SSL then there is a bit more to do, and I discuss this in my next post, How to move WordPress to SSL.

Did you love this article? Please share it if you did!


This post was proofread by Grammarly

>

Our website uses cookies and thereby collects information about your visit to improve our website, show you Social Media content and relevant advertisements. Please see our privacy page for further details or agree by clicking the 'Accept' button.

Cookie settings

Below you can choose which kind of cookies you allow on this website. Click on the "Save cookie settings" button to apply your choice.

NecessaryOur website uses functional cookies. These cookies are necessary for our website to work and to keep it secure. They do not identify you as a user in any way.

AnalyticalOur website uses analytical cookies to make it possible to analyze our website and optimize for the purpose of a.o. the usability.

Social mediaOur website places social media cookies to show you 3rd party content like YouTube and Facebook. These cookies may track your personal data.

AdvertisingOur website places advertising cookies to show you 3rd party advertisements based on your interests. These cookies may track your personal data.

OtherOur website places 3rd party cookies from other 3rd party services which aren't Analytical, Social media or Advertising.