How To Install Free SSL Certificate On Your Website 2020
If your website is displaying this not secure error that means you either don’t have an SSL certificate installed or the one that you do have installed isn’t activated.
So, in this post I’ll show you two methods how you can turn that not secure error into a green padlock completely free. go to cloudflare.com and sign up for a free account.
Type in your website name that still doesn’t have an SSL installed and choose the free plan. Cloudflare will do a quick scan just click continue after it’s over.
You’ll see two name servers that you need to point your domain to.
So, this next step is different for every single web hosting provider in my example I’ll be using Hostinger but if you don’t have access to your name servers or you just don’t want to mess around with that skip to this time in the post where I’ll show you a method how you can get you free SSL without updating the name servers.
Here’s how you update the name servers on Hostinger. Near your domains click manage delete all four name servers that are here and type in the two that CloudFlare gave you. Finally, click update.
Yeah it’s that simple! You’ll get this screen when the process is complete after your name servers are updated go to the SSL / TLS and choose the flexible option. Click on edge certificates and enable always use HTTPS option.
Now, you’ll want to go into your WordPress account and install a couple of plugins. You can reach the WordPress dashboard by typing in your website name followed by /wp-admin hover over the plugins choose add new in the search bar type in CloudFlare and next to the CloudFlare flexible ssl click install then activate.
Then click add new again and in the search bar type in “Really Simple SSL” click on install then activate then go ahead and activate your free SSL certificate.
And that’s it now you have an unlimited SSL certificate for a lifetime and you can have as many as you like for different websites and all of the renewal processes will be taken care of by CloudFlare.
If for some reason this method didn’t work for you I’ll show you another method that you can use and it doesn’t require you messing with the name servers all you need is access to the file manager of your website.
Visit sslforfree.com and type in the domain name that you want to have an SSL installed on. Click create free SSL certificate and choose manual verification.
Click on manually verified domain and download both files, keep this page open for later, go to the control panel of your web hosting provider and access the file manager.
Most web hosting providers use a cPanel so you’ll find this option under files file manager if you’re using Hostinger you’ll find this under files file manager as well and if you’re using DreamHost you’ll find this under “Managed WordPress”, “Manage Files” once you’re inside the file manager you want to find is the public folder where all of your WordPress files are stored.
Now, you’ll need to go into settings and activate show hidden files now you should see a folder named .well-known and if you don’t don’t worry just click on +folder and name it well-known inside the well-known folder you should see acme-challenge again if you don’t see this folder just create it yourself.
Go inside acme-challenge and upload the two files that you’ve downloaded from sslforfree previously.
Now, go back to the SSL for free page that you kept open and click on these links they should take you to a page that looks something like this and if it doesn’t that means something went wrong.
So, try repeating the process again when everything is working correctly click on download SSL certificate then go into your cPanel and navigate to the SSL / TLS tab once inside click on manage SSL sites. Scroll down, choose the domain name you want to install your SSL on and copy paste all of the information from sslforfree into the different tabs then click install.
Once the installation is complete you’ll need to go into WordPress and install the really simple SSL plugin and that’s it!
Now, you have a fully functional free SSL certificate no matter which method you use and I know some web hosting providers charge quite a bit of money for their SSL certificates but most of the time what you’re getting is this exact same SSL certificate that we just installed ourselves but web hosting providers don’t actually charge for the SSL certificate itself.
They take money for the installation and the renewal processes but since now you know how to do it yourself you’re never gonna have to pay money ever again.
My name is Manish with the hosting movie team and I do website and web hosting related tutorials and reviews.
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