integrate free cloudflare SSL certificate to Wordpress site

How to integrate free cloudflare SSL certificate to WordPress site

Integrate free CloudFlare SSL certificate to WordPress site :

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. So  what does SSL do and what is the need of it. When you integrate a SSL certificate on your website, all the traffic on your site pass through the SSL. It means when a user try to access your website at first his request is send to SSL provider of your site. After that they have send the request to your website on behalf of him and then pass the response given by your website to the user. You can call the SSL as a bypass for the traffic on your website. In between this process the SSL certificate encrypt the data passes from user to your site and vice versa so that no unauthorized user can access any credential like password, username, credit card details etc. It also save your website from any DOS attack.

Is is necessary to have a SSL certificate on your website :

No, I is not necessary to have a SSL certificate on your site. But if your website have any payment gateway integration, it is good to have a SSL certificate on your site. In Search Engine point of view, Google says that website with SSL certificate get some advantage in case of ranking over the website that has no a SSL certificate. And also users always want to access a secure website. So, why not to integrate a SSL certificate on your site when it is totally free from CloudFlare.

How do I know if a website has a SSL certificate or not :

This is very simple to check that a website has a SSL or not. Just check any URL of the website. If the url starts with https:// then it has a ssl certificate and if it starts with http:// then there is no SSL certificate on the website. In some popular browser like Firefox, Opera, Chrome you can see a green colored lock at starting of the URL. It denotes that the site has an SSL certificate.

Integrate free CloudFlare SSL certificate to WordPress site :

So in this article I am going to talk about how you can integrate a free SSL certificate on your wordpress site. For that follow the instruction below.

STEP 1 : First of all you have to create a account on cloudflare and add your website to it. I have already written an article on it. You can access it from below.

STEP 2 : After integrating Cloudflare to your website you need to configure some setting on Cloudflare. I have already written an article on it. You can access it from below.

STEP 3 : After that you need to active SSL certificate on cloudflare for your website. To do that just go to Crypto tab from Cloudflare dashboard and change the select Flexible from the SSL option as shown in the screenshot below. You can also use Full or Full (strict) option from that but I like to recommend you to use the Flexible option. It may takes upto 24 hours to active the SSL certificate on your site.

integrate free cloudflare SSL certificate to WordPress site

STEP 4 : Now you need to install the Really Simple SSL plgin by Rogier Lankhorst on your worpress dashboard and after installing it configure it as follows.

Really Simple SSL

Congratulation. Your site now has a SSL certificate.

Conclusion :

I have been using the CloudFlare free SSL Certificate on some of my site for more than one years. I have not got any issue with this. So, I recommend you to use this free certificate on your website. The best thing I loved about it is that it is totally free, reliable and 24 hours on time. So, I hope the article “Integrate free cloudflare SSL certificate to WordPress site” is helpful for you to make yourself a pro blogger. Visit us regularly for more article like this. If you have any question, you can comment it below.

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