In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to install an SSL certificate on your domain name and WordPress website.
You’ll go from having the http version in your URL to the https version on your website.
Having an SSL certificate is important as it protects your visitors information as it passes between your website and your web hosting server.
It is highly recommended and often required if you want to take payments directly on your website as it is imperative that you protect your customers personal details, as well as credit card information.
It’s also a Google ranking factor which means that your website will rank lower in search results if you don’t have an SSL installed, compared to those who do.
Add a Free Let’s Encrypt SSL Certificate in Cloudways
Cloudways is a cloud hosting platform that allows you to easily install and manage your WordPress website.
You can utilize their SSL feature to automatically add a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate which will then auto renew every three months.
Before we install the certificate, you’ll need to have added your WordPress installation in Cloudways, entered your domain name in the Domain Management section and added the IP address of your server to your domain name DNS record.
You can follow this tutorial if you haven’t already done this.
1. Click on SSL Certificate
From inside your WordPress application, click on SSL Certificate on the left hand panel.
2. Input your details
Put an email address and your domain name in the fields. Be sure to type the domain name as you did in the Domain Management section.
Then click Install Certificate.
3. Activate HTTPS Redirect
This new feature allows you to create an HTTPS redirect from inside of Cloudways.
So people will be redirected if they type in http://yourdomain.com to https://yourdomain.com.
To enable this, just click on Enable HTTPS when you see the popup.
And that’s it!
Your WordPress website will now have a free SSL certficate installed on the domain name.
Removing Mixed Content Errors
If after you’ve followed these steps, you’re getting mixed content issues, you can install a plugin like ‘Really Simple SSL’ to fix any errors.
With Cloudways, it’s so easy to install an SSL certificate.
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