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How To Set Up SSL For Your Website

When somebody tells you to set up SSL on your website, they’re telling you to enable an important security feature.

It’s a simple process, just follow this guide.

Set Up SSL For A WordPress Org Website

I’m going to show you how I assigned an SSL certificate to this website.

  • Step 1: Login to the HOST website. For, that’s IONOS.
  • Step 2: From the user menu, select ‘Domains & SSL’.
  • Step 3: In the panel on the right side of the screen, it says ‘SSL Certificates’. Next to this, it says, ‘Manage’. Click ‘Manage’.
  • Step 4: On the new page, called ‘Manage your SSL certificates’, choose the option to ‘Set up SSL’.
  • Step 5: You may have to purchase an SSL certificate now*.
  • Step 6: Complete the process from here, and assign the SSL certificate to the domain of your choice.

The process for setting up SSL at another HOST may be slightly different, but this guide should help you understand what you’re looking for.

*Note: Some hosting packages offer SSL for free, while others charge a small fee.

Setting Up SSL On Blogger & Other Platforms

If you’re on another platform and want to set up SSL, check your dashboard settings.

For example, on Blogger (Blogspot), you can find the option under ‘Settings-Basic‘, and in the panel called ‘HTTPS‘. Here you can select ‘YES‘ to ‘HTTPS Redirect‘, and this will redirect users to a secure version of your site.

How Can I Tell If A Website Has SSL?

An example of the Padlock symbol and https in the address bar

You can tell if a website has SSL by inspecting the address bar. Just before the URL (web address), there is a padlock symbol. Websites with SSL enabled, display a locked padlock (as seen in the image above), while those without, display an unlocked padlock or a red exclamation mark.

Another way to check if a website has SSL, is to check the actual URL (web address). This website has the following URL: https://ryanwebconsultant/ – Note the ‘s‘ at the end of the ‘https‘. That ‘s‘ signifies that the website has SSL.

What Is SSL? I Really Wanna Know

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It’s a security protocol designed to protect communications over a network.

SSL keeps data secure between 2 parties by encrypting it, with the keys for the encryption being generated uniquely at the beginning of each session.

That means, a visitor to your website can have some faith that a third party is not intercepting their data.

Why Is SSL Important?

SSL provides some security to your website users.

The more information you take from a visitor, the more risk they are exposed to. We share important information when we make purchase online, and it’s reasonable to expect the seller to take some precautions concerning its safety.

SSL, and other security technologies, represent those precautions; they help to keep our data secure.

What If I Don’t Have SSL?

If you don’t have an SSL certificate assigned to your domain, it may adversely effect your traffic.

Google, Apple, and other providers, may not allow their users to visit your website without it. Or, they may first warn their users that your website is not safe, as stated here by Apple.

Would you want to visit a website after seeing a warning?

If you get stuck and need a hand, I can help.

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