Before Starting a Free SSL for WordPress installation process.. You should have some basic understanding of SSL and it’s purpose? In the end of this post and follow all these 5 steps. You can easily install / Add SSL Certificate in wordpress.
What Is SSL?
SSL is an encryption-based internet service protocol. It was first developed by Netscape in 1995 for the purpose of ensuring privacy, authentication, and data integrity in Internet communications. SSL is essential for protecting your website. It also helps your visitor to trust your website.
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In five step’s you will understand how to get free SSL and install in wordpress.
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Step 1: Create an account on Cloudflare
You will need to create an account on Cloudflare, This is a website which give you a free SSL. Now go to website Cloudflare.com and then click signup button. After that you will see a login credential screen enter your email and password to create account.
Now your account is created.
Step 2: Add a Website
Now add your website in this account. Just enter your website and then click on Add site.
You will see next screen scroll down and click on next button. After going to next step you will see a Select plan option.
Go with free plan and then click confirm plan. Next screen will come up click on continue button. Ok so now your site has been added to cloudflare.
Step 3: Change the nameserver
Now you need to add Cloudflare name servers to your domain.
If you try to find out your domain provider click on “I need help changing my nameservers”. For eg: If you domain server is godaddy, So you need to login godaddy account. After sign-in to Godaddy, Click on DNS button and scroll down to nameservers and then click on Change button.
Now select custom option and paste name server there which cloud flare provide you. And then click on save button.
So now you have successfully added the nameservers to your domain.
Now go back to cloudflare and then click continue Done Check nameservers. Now for check if the nameservers are changed. Click on Re-Check now button. After that you will see the top notification “Great news! Cloudflare is now protecting your site” Which means your nameservers have been changed.
Now even if you don’t green icon immediately.
Go with the next step at the end of this post everything will work fine !
Step 4: Install the Cloudflare Plugin In WordPress
To install the plugin let’s go to wordpress and then click on Plugins and then add new.
Now search for “Flexible SSL” Plugin and install it and then click on activate button.
So now you have installed Cloudflare Plugin in WordPress, Once you installed the plugin you can go with the final step.
Step 5: Enable SSL in CLoudflare
Let’s go back to cloudflare. So now click on lock icon and scroll down your screen you will see a option Always use HTTPS and then turn it on.
Now let’s go to your website link and check it out the SSL Status. If you still not see the lock icon in website. Don’t worry It can take upto 2-3 hours to update the SSL certificate.
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I hope this post helps you to install free SSL in wordpress. Do Comment below If you facing any problem or difficulties to install SSL in wordpress.