WEBFI-WordPress-How to Get a Free SSL Certificate for Your WordPress Website Beginner’s Guide

Did you know that Google shows non-SSL websites as “Not Secure”? SSL certificates protect your website’s data and by not having one you can be reducing your user’s trust in your site.
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In this article, we will show you how to get a free SSL certificate for your WordPress website and how to activate it.

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Different hosting providers have multiple tools and methods for activating your SSL certificate and if you reach out to their support you can normally get their assistance to activate it if the tools to do so are not visible. For example, we will be showing how to activate an SSL certificate on BlueHost’s hosting.

For BlueHost, we will log into their control panel, and under the My Sites section, we will click the button labeled Manage Site for the site we’re wanting to edit. This will bring up the settings for this specific site and we will navigate to the Security tab of the site and toggle the SSL Certificate setting. Activating that on BlueHost will enable SSL which allows you to have your site run on HTTPS.

While activating SSL ensures HTTPS works on your site, there are times where links or other tools may not work properly and to prevent these issues we will be adding the Really Simple SSL plugin found below:

Once the plugin has been installed and activated it should add a notification box at the top where you can activate SSL for your site. Once you click the button the Really Simple SSL plugin will go through and update your links to properly work with SSL and all of your content should load using HTTPS.

The setting for the plugin can be found under Settings, SSL, and by default, it should activate Mixed content fixer which will take the links that are currently HTTP and change them to HTTPS and enabling the WordPress 301 redirect will send any links that are using HTTP to the correct HTTPS version of the link.

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  • mat nice on December 14, 2020

    I’m so early lol thank you for the tutorial !!

  • Janeesh sai on December 14, 2020

    Wow! Its so easy thank you

  • Nasif Shah on December 14, 2020

    Great tutorial

  • Frank Stone on December 14, 2020

    Once the SSL is active on my website, can I "remove" this plugin?

  • Jorge Nava - SolidCapo on December 19, 2020

    Does this support wildcard subdomains? and also, when you've activated the really simple ssl plugin and executed it, can you remove it? or is it a plugin that will have to be there always?

  • Manjulata Pandey on December 23, 2020

    It is only for people who have taken hosting from bluehost.
    And not any other.

  • Ariane84 on December 30, 2020

    I absolute love your content! I started my blog a month ago and I have learnt a lot but still loads to go. Thank you

  • The Abominable SnowMan on January 3, 2021

    Will this work with GoDaddy?

  • English بالدارجة on January 22, 2021

    it sais activated but still not secure in top of the website

  • RUIZJOSE1625 on March 3, 2021

    woow I almost paid a fortune!!!!! you are great! I subscribed glad to have found this channel:) 🙂

  • Jen Johnson on March 24, 2021

    Thank you…thank you…thank you!! After watching 3 other tutorials and lots of anxiety….you are the one who finally helped me with this very simple task that others made it way more complex!! THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Jazzy Jose on March 25, 2021

    Thank you. So easy peasy was very confused at first and was getting a little frustrated.

  • Anne Hunt on April 29, 2021

    I just started with Bluehost and set the SSL , yet my site build in WordPress is still showing as not secure. What did I do wrong?

  • Mcfunding Usa on May 18, 2021

    Thanks its worked

  • 12m Hearts Music on June 9, 2021


  • Daryl on August 31, 2021

    fast, simple, ty

  • WPBeginner - WordPress Tutorials on October 20, 2021

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  • stefan cargoski on December 4, 2021

    Nice, my webhost says the SSL starts from $199 a year… Time to change I believe.

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