Saturday, March 16, 2019

Add Free SSL Certificate on your Website!

Add Free SSL Certificate on your Website!

Website security plays the most important role in rankings. To make the rankings better you need to use HTTPS instead of HTTP. This article is all about how you can redirect your website from HTTP to HTTPS. There is no need of adding an SSL certificate to your site if you are using Blogger because Google will automatically provide an SSL certificate.

What are HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP or HyperText Transfer Protocol is the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web or WWW. This protocol defines how messages are formatted and transmitted. Also what actions Web servers and browsers should take in response to various commands. Unfortunately, there are many loopholes in this protocol by which attackers steal sensitive information. Sensitive information in the sense, Credit, Debit Cards, Passwords, etc. To replace this HTTPS or HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure or HTTP over SSL. Now the main question is what is SSL?

What is SSL?

SSL  or Secure Socket Layer is a sublayer under HTTP. This works as extra security by encrypting and decrypting the requests from the user on web pages. This SSL is also known as TLS or Transport Layer Security.

How to Add Free SSL Certificate to the Hosted Site?

There are many methods for adding a free SSL certificate on to Hosted site. Many providers give the certificate with limitations. So, the best SSL Certificate provider from them is Cloudflare. Cloudflare is a website which protects most of the websites from many attacks like DDOS. So, for every user, Cloudflare provides a free Universal SSL Certificate. This will convert HTTP into HTTPS. To add free SSL certificate on to your website, create a free account on Cloudflare. Then follow the steps given by them. This will let you change the nameservers of your Domain name to the Cloudflare's nameservers. This will make all the traffic which is coming to your site go through Cloudflare server. This provides extra security to your hosted website. Go to Cloudflare's website and login with your email and password. To Add SSL Certificate to your Hosted Site, follow these steps
  1. Click on the website to which you want to Add SSL Certificate.
  2. Go to website section.
  3. Click on the option called "Crypto" as shown in the image below.
  4. In the SSL section, select the Flexible.
  5. This will load your site over HTTPS.
  6. If you select Full or Full(Strict), HTTPS only works on modern browsers because of security.

How Long Will It Take The SSL Certificate To Become Active?

Usually, it takes no more than 20 to 300 minutes but in some cases, it takes more than 24 hours. So, that's all you have to do in order to Add SSL Certificate on to your Hosted Site. If you have any doubt regarding this article, feel free to comment down below and I will reply you ASAP!

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