Starting in July 2018, Google Chrome will mark all website not secured with an SSL certificate as “not secure”. Hence, this is the best time to install an SSL certificate and get that secure green padlock for your website.

Let’s Encrypt is a certificate authority that provides free SSL certificate which you can use for an unlimited number of domains.

Switching to HTTPS will also give a small rankings boost to your website, helping your SEO efforts.

In this guide, I will take you through all the steps required to install your free SSL certificate. Please keep in mind that the certificate issued would be for 3 months only and you would need to renew it before expiration to prevent any problems.

I will be assuming that you have already completed your WordPress installation and know your way around the cPanel admin page.

Step 1: Create The SSL Certificate

Go to SSL For Free and enter your domain name. Make sure to enter the name correctly complete with all the special characters (if any).

SSL For Free

Step 2: Select Validation Method

Select “Manual Verification (DNS)” as it is the easiest one.

Select Manual Verification

 Step 3: Add TXT Records To Your DNS Server

Add the values highlighted in bold to your DNS records.

Add TXT Records

Login to your domain manager and enter these records. Make sure to set TTL to “1” second or the least amount possible (1/2 hour in my case) and hit save. 

TXT Record in DNS Manager

Step 4: Download The Certificate

After verifying your identity click on “Download SSL Certificate”. Open up your cPanel Admin page and go to Security>SSL\TLS. Click on manage SSL sites. 

Manage SSL site 

Step 5: Install Your SSL Certificate

Select your domain name and click on “Autofill by Domain”. cPanel will automatically populate the data in all the fields. Click on “Install Certificate” and close the window.

Select Domain

Step 6: Verify Your SSL Certificate

To make sure everything is correct, go to Qualys SSL Server Test and enter your domain name. If everything is fine like in the screenshot below proceed to step number 7.

Qualys SSL Test

Step 7: Install And Activate “Really Simple SSL” Plugin

Really Simple SSL will help you to solve mixed content errors that often plague website when switching to HTTPS. Activate the plugin and your website is now secured with SSL.

Really Simple SSL

Note: You may need to log in again to your WordPress dashboard after activating the plugin.

If you have any questions regarding the installation process feel free to contact us and we will help you out.