Greetings, my fellow website creators!
As the wizard of the web, I’m always on the lookout for ways to help you make your website as secure and professional as possible. That’s why I’m here today to talk about a crucial aspect of website security: SSL certificates.
What is an SSL Certificate, and Why is it Important?
An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is a digital certificate that provides a secure and encrypted connection between your website and a visitor’s browser. This ensures that any sensitive information that is exchanged between your website and the visitor, such as passwords, payment information, and personal details, remains confidential and protected from hackers.
Having an SSL certificate also adds an extra layer of trust and credibility to your website, which is especially important if you’re running an e-commerce site or collecting sensitive information from visitors. In fact, Google has stated that websites without an SSL certificate may not rank as well in search results, and visitors may see an “insecure connection” warning when visiting your site.
So, without further ado, let’s learn how to install an SSL certificate on your WordPress website!
Installing an SSL Certificate on Your WordPress Website
Before you begin, you’ll need to purchase an SSL certificate from a trusted certificate authority such as DigiCert, GlobalSign, or Comodo. Once you’ve purchased your SSL certificate, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to install it on your server.
Once you’ve installed the SSL certificate on your server, it’s time to activate it on your WordPress website. Here’s how:
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard.
- Navigate to “Settings” and then “General.”
- Change the “WordPress Address” and “Site Address” fields from “http” to “https”.
- Save the changes.
- Install and activate the “Really Simple SSL” plugin. This will automatically configure your website to use the SSL certificate.
- Verify that your website is now being served over HTTPS by checking the URL in your browser’s address bar. You should see a green padlock icon and the word “Secure” next to your URL.
How to configure the Really Simple SSL plugin ?
Once you have installed and activated the Really Simple SSL plugin, navigate to the plugin’s settings page in your WordPress dashboard. From here, you can configure the plugin to work with your website by clicking the “Go ahead, activate SSL!” button. You may need to add your SSL certificate manually, but the plugin will guide you through the process if necessary. To verify that your SSL certificate is properly installed, you can check the padlock icon in your browser’s address bar. If all is well, your website should now be fully secure and accessible via HTTPS. Happy website building!
And that’s it! Your WordPress website is now secured with an SSL certificate.
In conclusion, having an SSL certificate is an important aspect of website security and credibility. By following the steps above, you can easily install an SSL certificate on your WordPress website and enjoy the added protection and trust that it provides.
The Wizard of WebWizard.fr