How to add Free SSL Certificate on Website or Blog.

Google has announced recently that every website and blog should come with SSL certificate and it will help in rank faster in Google. There are lots of hosting companies out there that provide free SSL certificate.  But, Some of the hosting companies doesn’t provide free SSL certificate such as Godaddy etc.

There are lots of websites out there also that provides free SSL certificate such as Zerofreessl.com, Letsencrypt.org and Cloudfare.com. You need to renew it every three months, means you don’t need to pay for it. It is free for lifetime. But SSL certificate by Cloudflare gets renewal automatic. It is the best thing for SSL. you don’t need to renew free SSL certificate after every 3 months to activate SSL If you are getting SSL by Cloudflare. Therefore I am going to activate SSL through Cloudflare.

Today I’m going to show you how to activate free SSL certificate for Godaddy hosting using Cloudflare. Also, if you are using another hosting platform even then the process will be the same almost.

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Here is how to add FREE SSL certificate.

It’s a long process, but I divided in 3 sections so that your eyes catch whole the process with easy.

Section 1: – 

Step 1:- First, see below screenshot where you can see my website without SSL Certificate.

Free SSL Certificate

Step 2: – After that, Type www. cloudflare.com in the address bar or you can search also on Google or Bing.

Now need to sign up on Cloudflare. (See below screenshot)

Step 4: – Thus, you need to put email id and password to create an account. (See below screenshot)

Step 5: – After that, add your site name and then click on the Add Site. (See below screenshot)

Step 6: – Click on Next. (See below screenshot)

Step 7: – After that ,select Free Plan and then click on Confirm Plan. (See below screenshot)

Step 8: – After that, click on Purchase. (See below screenshot)

Step 9: -There are three screenshots I mentioned below. You don’t need to do anything with first 2 screenshots. You need to click on continue on the 3rd screenshot. (See below)


Step 10: – Thus, your Cloudflare account has created. Click on Overview and see name server in Red Mark, I didn’t mention proper name server due to security reason.(See below screenshot)

Section 2: –

Now It is time to go to your hosting platform and change name server there. I use Godaddy hosting. So I am going to show how to change hosting name server to Cloudflare server using Godaddy hosting. Almost same steps will be there for another hosting platform.

Step 1: – Type www.godaddy.com in your address bar and then click on Sign in. (See below screenshot)

Step 2: – Click on Sign In again under Registered Users.(See below screenshot)

Step 3:- Fill your Username or Customer id and Password and then click on Sign In again.(See below screenshot)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 4: – Click on DNS. (See below screenshot)

Here also I didn’t mention the proper name server due to security reason. Now click on Change. (See below screenshot)

Step 5:- After that, click on drop – down menu and then click on Custom. (See below screenshot)

Step 6: – Add Cloudflare add the server in both the fields and then click on Save. (See below screenshot)

Step 7: – Thus, you can see Godaddy doesn’t have DNS records as name server has changed. Now Cloudflare will handle your DNS. (See below screenshot)

After the change in nameservers then you need to Sign In on Cloudflare.com and then click on Overview and Recheck Nameservers. (See below screenshot)

Step 9:- Thus, it is showing status Active. (See below screenshot)

Step 10: – Click on Crypto and click on Flexible. (See below screenshot)


Section 3: –

Now you need to add 2 plugins in your WordPress to get the Green lock, means SSL certificate for your website. Therefore, I’ m going to show step by step procedure to install and activate the plugin.

Step 1:-  Go to your WordPress dashboard and click on Plugin and then click on Add New. (See below screenshot)

Step 2: – After that, search for Cloudflare in keyword section and then click on Install Now. (See below screenshot)

Step 3: – After that, you need to click on Activate. (See below screenshot)

Step 4: – After that, scroll down the plugin section and then click on Settings under Cloudflare plugin.(See below screenshot)

Step 5:- Click on Here.(See below screenshot)

Step 6:- After that, click on Here again. (See below screenshot)

Step 7: – After that, click on Send verification email.(See below screenshot)

Step 8:- After that, open your email account where will you see verification email by Cloudflare. Open that email and then click on Verify email. (See below screenshot)

Step 9: – Thus, you will get this message ”Your email address is now verified”. (See below screenshot)

Step 10: – After that, you need to open Cloudflare API credential window again from plugin section, and then click on Here again. (See below screenshot)

Step 11: – After that, click on View to get the Global API Key. (See below screenshot)

Step 12: – After that, you need to copy this key. Select this key and then Press CTRL+C keyboard button to copy this key. 

Step 13: – After that, put your email id and API key in Email and API Key section and then Click on Save API Credentials. (See below screenshot)

Step 14: – After that, click on Settings and then scroll down the window. (See below screenshot)

Step 15: – After that, you need to ON ”Automatic HTTPS Rewrites” then click on that. (See below screenshot)

Step 16: –  After that, you need to activate the 2nd plugin. Go to Plugins and click on Add New. (See below screenshot)

Step 17:-  Search for Really Simple SSL in keyword section and then click on Install Now. (See below screenshot)

Step 18: – Click on Activate.(See below screenshot)

Step 19:-  Now you will face some error. Don’t worry, click on Reload over https.(See below screenshot)

Step 20: – Thus, your WordPress login dashboard will be opened. Add your Username or Email id and Password and then click on Log In. (See below screenshot)

Step 21: – Click on Go ahead, activate SSL! Please take your site data backup before doing that. It is an error, but Sometimes it occurs, not every time. (See below screenshot)

Congratulation! SSL has activated. (See below screenshot)

Thus, you can see my website with the Green lock. (See below screenshot)

Thus, you can get SSL certificate free using Cloudflare.com.

I hope the above article will be helpful for you.

If you need any information, please let me know through the comment section.

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Mohit Chaudhary

Mohit Chaudhary

Mohit Chaudhary is a founder and author of Erudition. He is fountainhead of Eruditionhub. He has been blogging since May 2018. He has been taking an interest in Technical things Since 2010. He learnt lots of things and keep update to date yourself with the latest news and technology. He is also fond of books and reads new 5 books in a month of great authors. Now He wants to spread the knowledge of books and technical things and relief you from the technical pain.

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