How to Install SSL and HTTPS in WordPress

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 the 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 an sham 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, specially 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

Step 1:

The very first thing you should do is create a account in Cloudflare, after creating a account click on Add Site and enter your site url. Now click on Begin Scan and click on Continue.


Step 2:

In this step check all the DNS Records of your site are correct and click on Continue.


Step 3:

In the 3rd step you choose the plan according to your needs. For starters I will recommend going with Free Plan.


Step 4:

In this step Cloudflare provides you their Nameservers to replace the old nameservers in your domain.

In your Domain Name Service Provider dashboard.

Step 5:

In this step Nameservers are verified. Now click on Recheck Nameservers and logout.

Note: It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour for the nameservers verification.


Step 6:

Now go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Plugins and search Really Simple SSL. Install and activate the plugin.


Step 7:

After activating the plugin, you will see a notification in the WordPress dashboard and click on Activate SSL.

After this step you have to login again to your dashboard.

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