How to Add a free ssl certificate to your website or blog

welcome back to another post today  I’m going to talk about HTTPS and SSL  certificates and why it’s important for  your website to use one today recently  Google announced that having a website  that has eight TTP s is going to be a  ranking factor for search engine  optimization this is important because  it’s one thing that you can control that  will potentially gives you a better  opportunity to rank well within Google  and the fact that Google is telling you  directly you know is a sign that is  something you should be doing all right  so what is HTTPS typically when you  visit a website you’ll see HTTP you know  in the URL bar and that just means is  the standard URL it’s not encrypted when  you have the s that means it’s secured  encryption and your data is being  encrypted in transit so this is a lot  more secure it’s a better in terms of  ensuring your user credentials and your  traffic is not being easily monitored  and also if you’re doing stuff like  purchasing stuff online you want to make  sure that information is secure and  encrypted all right so how do you get an  SSL certificate well the first way to do  so is you can visit a website called  let’s encrypt org it’s a free or may  automatically thority and is backed by  some very large names in the industry  these are some of the sponsors and  people behind it so chrome is behind it  obviously that I mean cool goals behind  it and you’ll recognize some of these  other names here as well so this goes to  show you that you know it’s not prices  not a major factor if you can get a  certificate for free so you can read to  get started documentation and to see how  you can implement let’s encrypt as a  substance of kit with your website if  for some reason your hosting provider  doesn’t support the let’s encrypt SSL  certificate you can always purchase a  SSL certificate from us over  pick some web domains and we saw SSL  Certificates as well but basically I  recommend you definitely check out the  free options first because they should  be supported by the vast majority of  hosting providers all right so once you  get your SSL certificate and you get it  you know setup for your site and you  want to use it on WordPress there’s  something you can do now the very simple  measure you can take is go to the  WordPress repository and identify some  of the plugins that are specifically  made to help you implement the SSL for  your website there’s one plug-in right  here really simple as itself as you can  see it’s installed on over 100,000 plus  active installations as for it’s been  updated four days ago has five star  reviews and has a lot of people  reviewing it and it’s very simple to get  to start with no setup required you only  need an SSL certificate and this plug-in  will do the rest  that makes it very simple you know to  get started with it so you can take a  look at this plug-in and I’ll show you  how to install it on my local  development environment now warning this  is on my local server so I’m not going  to be able to walk you through the whole  entire process I just want to show you  the basic steps involved another plugin  option is the ssl insecure content fixer  so this cleans up a wordpress website  with insecure content meaning you know  if your site’s been around for a while  you know maybe you have images or links  or things of that nature that are  directing traffic to a non secure URL  well this will fix that up for you it’s  a great way to um you know to take care  of all of that with just a plugin and  not having to worry about code another  one is a WP force SSL and this is the  last set of plugins I’ll be reviewing  and demonstrating but it’s Monday you  study checkout and it’s another one to  just redirect all traffic from HTTP to  HTTPS and now if you’re adventurous and  you’re comfortable with code then you  may want to see some code options that  you have and again I only recommend  people are comfortable with code who  understand how to properly insert the  code of TP it up to their servers and  also to revert from a backup if and a  mistake is made this next option is only  for people who are more comfortable  working with code alright so I’m going  to go to my text editor on my my local  server so if you want to have as a cell  for your site you can insert this code  here in your htaccess file so you will  have the F module mod underscore rewrite  period C and then the closing if module  tag here so this is the opening tag this  is the closing tag make sure you have it  instead of collecting and then you can  have the rewrite engine on rewrite  conditional and then your going to use  server port 80 and we write rule and  then you’re going to have it we direct  it to HTTPS and then obviously you would  change this here to what your whatever  your domain name is but this is a small  snippet of code you would insert into  your htaccess file that will help you  with having SSL on your site now for  your WP config file you would need to  insert code like this this is define and  then you have your parenthesis opening  parenthesis and closing right here  inside there you would put single  quotation marks and then in uppercase  force underscore SSL underscore admin  and then comma and then true so there’s  a boolean value he always ends your PHP  statement with a semicolon so you would  have this line of code right there and  your wp-config.php file again take a  backup of your database of your files in  case something goes wrong you can revert  to a backup but this is pretty simple to  implement and you just place it right  above this section here red commented  out says that’s all stop editing happy  blogging so you will put this snippet of  code right there alright so I’m just  going to comment this out because again  I’m on my local server I’m going to go  back to my htaccess file I’m going to  remove this here but  take a moment write this down jot this  down if you want to use this on your on  your server alright some of the leat  that bring this back up save the file  and let me go back to my browser alright  so now I showed you the three plugins  you could use and the location that you  can go to the get an SSL certificate now  I want to show you how you know to  install the plugins on your website  alright so again this is not going to be  a 100% walk do I apologize for that but  I don’t have web sites at the moment  that need to have it migrated to SSL so  bear with me for now this is just a  partial demonstration all right so I’m  on my local host when I go to the  dashboard I’m going to go to plugins and  then add new and then the three plugins  I’m looking for this is one of them  really simple as a cell I’ll just paste  that into the search field there and  you’re going to see it comes up right  here the first one I’m going to install  it I’m not going to activate it yet  because I want to go to the other ones  as well so I’ll just go back here I’ll  grab this you see that one’s already  installed now over here I’ll just paste  that in and then the first one should be  that one again alright perfect  I’ll install that now I’ll go back here  that’s installed and I’ll replace that  with this and then it will automatically  search and it’s the first one there as  well so I’ll install all right so now  that’s installed so now I’m going to go  back to the installed plugins I’m gonna  do this one by one so let me start with  the first one really simple SSL again  you would need an SSL certificate to get  started this is just a partial  demonstration so you just activated and  then I’m getting this notice up here  because I do not have an SSL for my  local server obviously about pretty much  you would just be installing this  plug-in and activating it and then  you’ll be presented with a question to  enable the SSL and if you go back to the  really simple  CEL documentation here on installation  it says go to plugins in your WordPress  admin then click activate you will now  see a notice asking you to enable SSL  click it and log in again you’ll have to  log in again because it will log you out  of your session and then you’re done  very simple all right so now we’re going  to go back over to the settings section  see what’s available there and of course  there’s no SSL detected so we’re getting  this warning but you can let’s take a  look at the settings and then the same  settings to optimize your SSL  configuration or to replace mixed  content that’s a good thing to do if you  want to debug it and if you want to stop  at any editing VHC access file you can  do that as well want to set up the debug  mode you can do that as well on to view  results here and able to see both  options in the settings tab right here  so you just enable that alright so  that’s pretty much it you would activate  it and then you would set it up very  easy to do alright let me go back to my  plugins I’m going to deactivate this one  and then I’m going to activate the SSL  insecure content fixer alright so now I  activated that one we can go to the  settings section and then this is the  settings page for that you get to choose  what you want to focus on select the  level of fixing try the simple level  first has the least impact on your  website performance so you can try that  first and then you can go down the list  to see what else you want to clear out  with if you have content inside the in  content inside the pages or in post or  text widgets you can take care of that  by using these options I’m going to use  the capture option capture all you know  you can go down this option this and see  which one you know is applicable for you  and your website again the  recommendations are start off as simple  and then go from there test out your  website make sure everything still works  and make sure you’re not getting a mixed  content type of warning in the URL so  that’s one way to do it and it’s very  simple to use with this this plugin all  right so I’m going to go back to plugins  installed and I’m going to deactivate  this one and I’m going to go to WP force  SSL and then this one you know gives you  this pages that talks about some of the  things you need of course you need the  SSL but pretty much you just install it  and activate it and it’s done it’ll take  care of everything for you so it’s very  simple to use a very user friendly so  again you just need to get an SSL  certificate and I do apologize for not  being able to demonstrate on a live web  site you know this is just a walkthrough  of the three plugins that you could use  to to have SSL on your website or if you  want to use code I will bring that code  back here for a second just to show you  this is for the htaccess file this will  redirect all HTTP to HTTPS and this  closing your htaccess file and then your  WP config file it’s this snippet of code  uncommented right here that will force  SSL for the admin section alright so  hopefully this video helped where I  demonstrated how to you know use either  code or a plugin to implement SSL and  HTTPS on your websites you want to have  this where it says secure this is my  website you know you would have this and  it means it’s secure you would see they  also have it and other websites have it  as well alright so hopefully you found  this episode helpful I just wanted to  introduce you to the three plugins that  you could use to make it easy to  implement and utilize SSL HTTPS on your  website your WordPress power website and  also some code that you could use you  know to help you with the process as  well if you found a post helpful give  as a thumbs up .

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