How to Set Up Free SSL for Your WordPress Website

SSL Is Extremely Confusing

bored face simple black and whiteSSL is confusing. Setting it up can be a bear. And understanding certificates and their never-ending variations can be next to impossible. Should you pay for a certificate? Should you get a free certificate? Self-signed? Extended verification? I’ll be honest with you. I don’t understand it all. But in this article I’ll tell you what I do understand. And at the bottom of this article there’s a video tutorial that will show you how to set up free SSL for your WordPress website, step by step.

Google Says “Make Your Site Secure”

If Google says it, you should do it. Google pretty much runs the Internet world and when Google talks, website owners should listen.

Google has made it quite painfully clear that very soon insecure websites will be punished. You don’t want to be one of those websites.

Ecommerce vs. Non-Ecommerce Websites

If you have an Ecommerce website (i.e., a website that sells products or services and accepts payment), you shouldn’t use the method I’m going to describe. You should contact your web host and get a full-featured SSL certificate. Yes, it’ll set you back a little but you have an online business so just do it.

If you are a small business owner that does not accept online payment, or if you have an informational website or a personal blog, the method I’m going to show you for free SSL will work perfectly.

Step By Step Video Tutorial

The following video will demonstrate, step-by-step, how to get your free SSL certificate for your WordPress website. If you have questions, be sure to ask, either in the comments section for this article or in the comments section for the video you’re about to watch.

How to Get Free SSL With WordPress – HTTPS

9 Comments


  1. Stumbled upon your post and glad I did. I was getting ready to drop real money to goddady to get an SSL for that Google thing that is supposed to happen in the near future. Glad I didn’t.

    Your easy to follow instructions are perfect. My site now secure for FREE!

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    1. Glad you found it helpful. I would love it if you would thumb up the video and give a comment on YouTube. It’s not getting the traffic I think it should.

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          1. Just a follow up comment about cloudflare. On the “speed” tab I enabled “rocket loader” My baseball blog load time decreased dramatically. Gtmetrix before was around mid to high 60’s for pagespeed and yslow…now low to mid 90’s. Pingdom grade at 93..

            Do you have any posts on other blogs or youtube about site load speed?


          2. I personally wouldn’t use Rocket Loader. I don’t use it for my sites as it has caused problems with my CSS, etc. I use Autoptimize and W3 Total Cache in combination and I don’t use Cloudflare’s caching options or Rocket Loader. Be sure not to let W3 Total Cache and Autoptimize duplicate any functions.


          3. Feel free to email me via my site and I can help you with your site speed.


  2. i dont have a featured content pls help, i was the guy who ask you yesteday

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    1. Yes, I responded to you on YouTube and I also answered your email today. I told you to send me your url, username and password and I would help you sort it out. Maybe my email went to your spam box.

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