Why is SSL important?
As a website owner, you might have heard of the terminology SSL certificate. If you are not sure what this is and why would you have to add it to your website, this post is for you.
SSL certificate is needed to make your website secure and most of all protect your customer’s data.
You might say “But I’m not collecting any data on my website, I don’t need this then”.
Well, unfortunately, that is not true. The reason is, that if your site is not updated with this certificate it will be considered unsecured by Google. This means that Google will rank your website lower and even though you have a killer SEO on your site, it won’t matter. This will affect your website’s performance overall.
Also, if you are looking for creating Google Ads campaigns, you won’t be able to set them up until you have an SSL certificate.
How to get an SSL certificate?
There are several ways you can do to get an SSL certificate.
The easiest is if you check with your hosting provider and ask if they offer free SSL encryption. In many cases, this service is included in the hosting contract. When it is included, you can ask them to install it for you.
If you don’t have SSL included in your services with the hosting company, you can do it yourself easily.
Just go to the following website: https://wordpress.org/plugins/really-simple-ssl/
Download the plugin and upload it into your WordPress admin account.
Then activate and run it.
The last step is – and don’t forget about this – to go into the General settings in WordPress and change the website URL from http:// to https://
How do I know it’s set up correctly?
If SSL is activated it shows on a website as a little lock near the website URL.
Reload your website and check if you can see yours.
If any cases you don’t see the lock, delete your cache and try again.
PS: If you are still facing issues with SSL, use this website to check where is the problem.
The analysis will tell you which page, image, or link is wrong – so you can go in and change it manually.