Godaddy Implementation SSL Cert on WordPress Website
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In any case, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “How can I get an SSL certificate on my WordPress website?”
If you’re looking to do the same, this article is for you. We’re going to cover a few steps that will help you get started.
Step one: Get an SSL certificate from a reputable company
You need to get an SSL certificate from a reputable company to ensure that your customers can feel safe making transactions with you. If you get an SSL certificate from a less reputable company, you run the risk of having your website hacked. That’s all there is to it.
Luckily, there are reputable companies that offer SSL certificates, and I recommend checking out Godaddy’s website to learn more. They’re a company that I’ve had good experience with, and if you read their reviews, you’ll see why. Plus, at the time of this writing, they’re offering a special deal where you can get an SSL certificate for free.
Step two: Install the certificate on your website
Once you’ve gotten your SSL certificate from Godaddy, you need to install it on your website. To do so, you need to visit your site’s dashboard and click on the “install certificate” button. Then, you’ll be given a.pem file that you need to upload to your website.
You’ll also need to specify a couple of things such as the brand name of your site (i.e., foodblogger vs gardeningblogger), whether you want the certificate to be visible on search engines such as Google or Bing, and the subject of your website. Basically, all you need to do is follow the instructions that appear in the popup window.
Step three: Configure your WordPress site to use the certificate
Once you’ve installed the certificate on your website, you need to configure your WordPress site to use it. To do so, you need to navigate to the site’s dashboard and click on the “edit” button on the top right corner. Then, you’ll be presented with a screen that looks like this:
From here, you need to enter the information listed in the following table. You can leave the other fields at the default values:
- SSL Certificate: This is the name that will appear along with your website’s URL (i.e., https://yourname.com) when someone makes a purchase via a credit card on your site. You’ll need to install the certificate in Step 2.
- Payment Method: Enter either “CC” or “Paypal” in the following field to specify how you’ll process payments on your site. You can leave the other field at the default value of “CC”.
- Public Key: Enter the.pem file that you uploaded to your site in Step 2.
- Private Key: This is a secret key that will enable the SSL certificate to encrypt your website’s traffic. You’ll need to keep this key safe as it can be used to decrypt your website’s traffic at any time. If someone else obtains this key, they can decrypt your website’s traffic, and all of your customers’ personal information is at risk of being stolen.
- Activate: Select “Activate” to enable the certificate to work on your site. You’ll need to enter your site’s URL when prompted.
- Cipher Suites: Select “OpenSSL up to version 1.1.1” to enable a modern, secure, and trusted connection to your website.
Once you’ve entered the information in the previous table, click on the “save changes” button at the top right corner of the page.
That’s it! Now, when someone makes a purchase on your site using a credit card, they’ll see a popup similar to the one below:
- They’ll see your brand name and the website’s address (i.e., https://yourname.com)
- They’ll see a green lock displayed next to the address
- The site’s address will appear in blue and a small padlock icon will appear to the right of the address
- If someone clicks on the padlock icon, they’ll be taken to a secured site
- If someone clicks on the blue address bar, they’ll be taken to the site’s home page
I recommend using a free tool like Easy Revolver to automate this process. It’s quick and easy to use, and it can dramatically reduce the amount of time that it takes to get SSL set up on your site.
Step four: Test the setting
Once you’ve configured your WordPress site to use the SSL certificate, you need to test it to make sure that it’s working properly. To do so, you need to go to your site’s dashboard and click on the “read” button next to the URL. Then, you’ll see a message similar to the one below:
- Congratulations! Your site is now using a secure connection
- You can also verify that there’s a green lock displayed next to the address bar and a small lock symbol is displayed to the right of the address bar
- If someone clicks on the padlock or the blue address bar, they’ll be taken to a secured site (i.e., the SSL-protected version of your site)
- You can access the unsecured site by clicking on the “read” button next to the URL
If everything is set up correctly, you’ll see a green lock next to the URL and a small padlock icon to the right. If you click on either of these icons, you’ll see a message similar to the one below:
- Welcome to [your site’s name] – the digital hub for information on self-sufficient living. We’re sorry, but the page you were looking for doesn’t exist.
If you’ve followed all of the steps in this article, you should see a padlock icon next to the URL and a small lock symbol to the right of the address bar.
Final step: Promote your website
Finally, you need to promote your site to make it easier for people to find. To do so, you need to create a short description for your site in the form of a blog post. Then, you need to distribute this post to as many blogs and forums that you can think of (e.g., Pinterest, Hacker News, etc.)
Each of these blogs and forums will then add your site to their RSS feed, and you’ll be able to promote your site to their audience. You can also put a link to your site in your signature on social media platforms such as Twitter.
Hopefully, this tutorial will help you get started creating your own food blog or website with the use of WordPress. Feel free to leave a comment below to ask any questions about the process!