How to install SSL certificate in WordPress

How to install SSL certificate in WordPress

WordPress is the easiest way to have a website of your own. It is flexible and easy to use CMS platform and acquires 35% of the web. The world is getting digitised day by day and also the risk of privacy is getting more. When we browse any website we provide private information which should be encrypted to prevent easy access and viewing. Insecure browsing leads to threat of data and privacy leakage. In order to prevent this threat of insecure connection and data transfer , the website should use HTTPS and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). In this article we will know what is SSL and how to install SSL certificate in WordPress.

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer is a secure protocol for sending information securely over the internet. When you visit a Web address starting with ‘https,’ the ‘s’ after the ‘http’ specify the website is secure. Which means the website is SSL certified.

How to install SSL certificate in WordPress?

Buy an SSL certificate:

Before installing SSL certificate to your WordPress website you need to purchase an SSL certificate. Now a days many web hosting service providers are offering free SSL certificate when you purchase hosting from them. In case your service provider doesn’t offer you the same, you can also purchase SSL certificate from a third-party web hosting provider.

Install certificate:

Remember, SSL certificates are not installed on WordPress website. They are installed on hosting provider servers.

  • If you already have SSL certificate provided by your hosting provider, then you have to install the certificate on your dashboard.
  • If you have purchased from a third-party hosting provider, ask them to install the SSL certificate on your dashboard.

Once it’s installed on the physical server, then you can begin setting up your WordPress site.

After the certificate has been issued and activated to you by the hosting provider, you can proceed with deploying the certificate in your cPanel.

Follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your cPanel account
  2. Click on SSL/TLS Manager in the Security section.
  3. Click on ‘Manage SSL Sites’ under the Install and Manage SSL for your website (HTTPS) menu.

Note: Some of the hosting providers do not have the option Manage SSL Sites in their cPanel . In this case you have to contact the hosting provider directly to perform installation process.

4. Copy the certificate code you received from the service provider including ‘BEGIN CERTIFICATE’and ‘END CERTIFICATE’ and paste it into the Certificate field on the next page.
5.Click on the Autofill by Certificate, which appears next to the certificate entered, and the system will attempt to fetch the domain name and the private key.

If you have multiple domain name registered then you can also choose the domain from the drop-down list and manually enter the certificate and private key. Begin/End headers and footers for the certificate and the key.

6. Copy and paste the chain of intermediate certificates into the box under Certificate Authority Bundle (CABUNDLE) if it is not filled in already.

7. Click on Install Certificate.

Congratulation !

The certificate is now installed on the server for your website. The site should now be accessible via https:// and completely secure to browse.

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