SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security feature that is encrypted between a web server and a browser. This ensures that all sensitive data like passwords and credit card details passed between the web server and browsers remain hidden and secure.
As you probably know, couple of years ago Google announced that they would consider HTTPS as a ranking signal. Even though it’s a very lightweight signal and affecting fewer than 1% of queries, giving priority to your blog’s security would be a great idea.
So I was looking for a way to get an SSL certificate for my main Blog PassiveBlogTips.com. After some research I found there is an Open Source free, open certificate authority called Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt is completely free and is run for the public’s benefit.
The Main benefits of the Let’s Encrypt certificates:
- completely free
- Easy integration
- trusted by all major browsers
- auto renewable
- works without dedicated IP
However, if you’re a non-technical person, Installing Let’s Encrypt on your website might be little hectic. But don’t worry, in this article I’ll explain the easy and best method to get an SSL certificate without worrying about technical aspects.
Best thing about SiteGround web hosting is that they’ve partnered up with Let’s Encrypt. So you can easily install SSL for your site directly from Siteground cPanel.
How to Get a Free SSL Certificate for your Website with SiteGround web hosting
My main blog PassiveblogTips.com was hosted on Hostgator for several years with many small sites. So I decided to Migrate my Blog to SiteGround since they provide free AlphaSSL for one year and completely free Let’s Encrypt SSL. SiteGround Technical staff helped me to Migrate my blog for free.
Below are the easy steps to Integrate Free SSL Certificate on your Website with SiteGround web hosting:
Step 1: Buy a SiteGround Hosting. I recommend GrowBig plan which costs less than $10/mo. I’m using this plan for PassiveBlogTips.com.
Step 2: Go to the SiteGround provided cPanel and scroll below to the “Security” section and click “Let’s Encrypt”
Step 3: A new page will open up and select the Domain you want to add SSL certificate and Click Install. Within a Minute your blog will be protected with Secure SSL.
Step 4: Even though the SSL is installed on your blog, your site might be accessible from both http:// and https://. So you need to force https:// on your blog. If you’re a WordPress user then just install this plugin called Easy HTTPS Redirection, it’ll do the job. In case you don’t understand the above process, I recommend you to contact SiteGround Technical support team.
Above I’ve explained the easy way to Get A Free SSL Certificate For Your Website or Blog With SiteGround Web Hosting. If you have any doubts and questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
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