How to set up a free SSL Certificate on your website

With sites like GoDaddy now charging €69.99/yr for a basic SSL Certificate, this guide will help you to protect your website for free, and in less than an hour.

 

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL is a security feature between servers and web browsers, that makes sure that data passed between the two are private.

Sites which are protected by an SSL are represented by a padlock alongside the website url.

 

Why is it important to have an SSL Cert on your website?

Aside from keeping your site secure, an SSL Cert is also important in terms of your SEO and Google page ranking. Sites which aren’t protected are marked by Google as ‘Not Secure’ and users can often receive warnings from their browser.

 

How to set up a Free SSL Certificate in 4 easy steps

Step 1

Visit Cloudflare.com and set up a free account.

 

Step 2

Click ‘Add Site’ and enter your website URL.

 

Step 3

Go to your website hosting provider, and click on ‘Manage DNS’ settings.

Add the 2 new nameserver links provided by Cloudserver, set them as default.

 

Step 4

Hosting providers such as GoDaddy say that the nameservers can take up to 48 hours to refresh and take effect, although I’ve found that it’s often completed in under an hour.