SSL Certificates, what are they and how to get one free

On most websites these days you will find a little padlock in the address bar of the browser, especially any reputable shopping website. People tend to trust websites with this sign of security and are more likely to trust the thing you are trying to sell or the information you provide. It is quite a crucial thing to do also because generally people are under the impression they are more susceptible to hacking/viruses which is something you definitely don’t want users to worry about.

In order to get this trusted symbol of authentication you will need to get yourself an SSL certificate, these make the connection between the visitors browser and the server secure. Your web host can provide you with this certificate and a lot of them are providing free certificates signed by a foundation called LetsEncrypt who are trying to make the internet more secure. If this is not supported by your hosting provider you will be able to purchase one from them. There are different grades of SSL:

  • Standard
  • Wildcard
  • EV

A standard certificate is all that is required to get you the padlock, the others offer more features such as PCI compliance & turning the address bar green. You can find the option to buy SSL certificates in your hosting’s billing control panel usually under add ons. It is generally pretty straightforward purchasing a certificate, all that is required is an address to register the certificate to.

Installing a LetsEncrypt certificate in cPanel

LetsEncrypt security certificates are very simple to install in cPanel if that is included with your hosting, here’s how:

Go to your cPanel homepage and under the category of security you will see an icon for SSL/TLS, click this icon.

You will be taken to this page:

You will see your domain name and any sub domains or prefixes. On the right of your domain click issue.

On this page just make sure all variations of your domain are checked that you want secured and select issue.

That’s it, your website is now secure! You can ensure this by prefixing your domain with ‘https://’ in the address bar in your browser and hitting enter. You should be able to see a padlock on the left-hand side of the address bar and if you click the padlock it should detail that the certificate was issued by LetsEncrypt.

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