How to enable your free SSL certificate in WordPress

In recent changes to the search engine, Google now shows your customers if your site is secure, and when it isn’t. Confirmed by google themselves, they now also use HTTPS as a ranking factor in results.

This initially meant that every site would suddenly need an SSL certificate, something that normally costs about £30 per site.

But we have good news! FreshSites now use LetsEncrypt to provide SSL certificates for free on all of our WordPress hosting!

The SSL is automatically managed and installed on all of our hosting accounts and its very simple to activate it on site.

To do this simply:

  • Login to your WordPress Dashboard yoursite.com/wp-login.php
  • Go to Plugins -> Add New
  • Search for Really Simple SSL, Install it and activate it.
  • A banner from Really Simple SSL will now appear at the top of the screen, click the activate button.
  • When you click to activate, you yourself will be redirected to https, you will now be asked to sign in again.

And it’s that simple! Your site will now redirect all HTTP links to HTTPS and show the green padlock in the Address bar.

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