In this Cloudways SSL tutorial, I’ll show you how to add an SSL to your WordPress site.
Your website will go from having the http version in your domain name to the https version.
Having an SSL certificate is important because it protects your visitors’ information as it passes between your website and your web hosting server.
It’s recommended and often required if you want to take payments directly on your website. It will protect your customers’ personal details, as well as credit card information.
It’s also a Google ranking factor, so your website will rank lower in search results if you don’t have an SSL installed, compared to those who do.
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How to Use Cloudways SSL Certificate and Secure Your Website From Hackers
Cloudways is a cloud hosting platform that allows you to install and manage your WordPress website.
You can use their SSL feature to activate HTTPS on your domain, using a Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate.
Watch this video to see how it’s done or follow the steps below.
Before you install the certificate, you’ll need to have added your WordPress installation in Cloudways, entered your domain name in the Domain Management section and added the IP address of your server to your domain name DNS record.
You can follow this tutorial if you haven’t already done this.
1. Click on SSL Certificate
From inside your WordPress application, click on SSL Certificate on the left-hand panel.
2. Input your details
Put an email address and your domain name in the fields. Be sure to type the domain name as you did in the Domain Management section.
Then click Install Certificate.
3. Activate HTTPS Redirect
This new feature allows you to create an HTTPS redirect from inside of Cloudways.
So people will get redirected if they type http://yourdomain.com to https://yourdomain.com.
To enable this, just click on Enable HTTPS when you see the pop-up.
And that’s it!
Your WordPress website will now have a free SSL certificate installed on your domain name.
Removing Mixed Content Errors
If after you’ve followed these steps, you’re getting mixed content issues, you can install a plugin like ‘Really Simple SSL’ to fix any errors.
With Cloudways, it’s so easy to install an SSL certificate. I hope this tutorial helped!