What is SSL?
SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.
Every day we share our personal information with different websites whether it’s making a purchase or simply logging in.
In order to protect data transfer, a secure connection needs to be created.
Using SSL, your site visitors can validate that they are connected to your web server and not a spam server. In addition, it helps your visitors establish an HTTPS connection, so information exchanged between visitors and web server is encrypted.
HTTPS is very important for e-commerce sites, especially if you are collecting payment information.
Recently, Google also announced that they are going to mark HTTP sites as ‘Not Secure’.
In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install SSL using Cloudflare and Really Simple SSL.
Steps to Install SSL using Cloudflare and Really Simple SSL:
- Create a Cloudflare Account and add your site.
- Verify your records and change the Name Servers.
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard and install Really Simple SSL plugin.
- Activate the plugin.
The very first thing you should do is create an account in Cloudflare, after creating an account enter your site’s URL and click on ADD SITE.
In the 2nd step, you choose the plan according to your needs. For starters, I will recommend going with Free Plan and click on Confirm plan.
After selecting the plan, the next step is verifying your DNS records. We get a screen saying querying your DNS records.
Next, our DNS records are shown, which are the A records, AAAA records, CNAME, TXT and MX records.
In this step, Cloudflare provides you their Name-servers to replace the old name-servers in your domain name provider dashboard.
After changing the name-servers click on Continue.
In this step, Name-servers are verified. Now click on Recheck Name-servers and logout.
Note: It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour for the name-servers verification.
Now go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins and search for Really Simple SSL. Install and activate the plugin. As soon as the plugin is activated, we get a notification at the top of our WordPress dashboard showing almost ready to migrate to SSL.
Click on Go ahead activate SSL button, you will be logged out of your site and you will see HTTPS and green lock on your browser next to your site URL.
If you are stuck anywhere in the process, you can ask help through the comments section.