When somebody tells you to put SSL on your blog, they are telling you to enable an important security feature for your website.
It’s a simple process, so let’s get straight to it.
Note: Before making any changes to your website, create a backup. The following is not advice, simply information. Seek professional advice if you’re unsure.
Setting Up SSL For My Blog (WordPress.org)
I have a WordPress.org blog, and if you want to learn how to start your own, check out my beginners guide.
I’m going to show you how I assigned a SSL certificate to this blog (WebBlogLife.com).
- Step 1: Login to the HOST website. For WebBlogLife.com, that is 1&1.
- Step 2: From the user menu, select ‘Domains & SSL’.
- Step 3: In the panel on the right side of the screen, it says ‘SSL Certificates’. Next to this, it says, ‘Manage’. Click ‘Manage’.
- Step 4: On the new page, called ‘Manage your SSL certificates’, choose the option to ‘Set up SSL’.
- Step 5: You may have to purchase an SSL certificate now*.
- Step 6: Complete the process from here, and assign the SSL certificate to the domain of your choice.
The process for setting up SSL at another HOST may be slightly different, but this guide should help you understand what you’re looking for.
*Note: Some hosting packages offer SSL for free, while others charge a small fee.
Setting Up SSL On Blogger & Other Platforms
If you’re on another platform and want to set up SSL, check your dashboard settings.
For example, on Blogger (Blogspot), you can find the option under ‘Settings-Basic‘, and in the panel called ‘HTTPS‘. Here you can select ‘YES‘ to ‘HTTPS Redirect‘, and this will redirect users to a secure version of your site.
How Do I Know If I Have SSL On My Blog?
You can tell if a website has SSL by inspecting the address bar. Just before the URL (web address), there is a padlock symbol. Websites with SSL enabled, display a locked padlock (as seen in the image above), while those without, display an unlocked padlock or a red exclamation mark.
Another way to check if a website has SSL, is to check the actual URL (web address). This website has the following URL: https://webbloglife.com/ – Note the ‘s’ at the end of the ‘https‘. That ‘s’ signifies that the website has SSL.
What Is SSL? I Really Wanna Know
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. It is a security protocol designed to protect communications over a network.
SSL keeps data secure between 2 parties by encrypting it, with the keys for the encryption being generated uniquely at the beginning of each session.
That means, a visitor to your website can have some faith that a third party is not intercepting their data.
Why Is SSL Important?
SSL provides some security to your website users.
The more information you take from a visitor, the more risk they are exposed to. For example, you share important information with banks, and when you make an online purchase, or when you sign up with your email address. You would not want that data to fall into the wrong hands.
SSL, and other security technologies, help to keep that data secure.
How Does SSL Effect My Blog?
If you don’t have an SSL certificate assigned to your domain, it may adversely effect your traffic.
Google, Apple, and other providers, may not allow their users to visit your website without it. Or, they may first warn their users that your website is not safe, as stated here by Apple.
Would you want to visit a site after seeing a warning?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.