Modern Blogging Made Easy:
It’s Time to Set Up Your SSL Certificate!
Are you having issues with SSL certification? Welcome to my Modern Blogging Made Easy blog series, and congratulations on creating your new website!
Table of Contents
- It’s Time to Set Up Your SSL Certificate!
- “Your connection is not private” Browser Error: What Does it Mean?
- What is an SSL Certificate?
- Why Does My Website Need SSL Certification?
- How Do I Get My Website to Be SSL-Certified?
- (*Bbbut… I Don’t Have a Blog Yet?)
- All Set?
How do I know that your blog is new?
Well, you’re here because you’ve been receiving a browser error on your website, perhaps something along the lines of:
Sometimes, this error page can even prevent you from accessing your own website to make edits or try to diagnose or address the issue from the admin dashboard.
Well, fret not, my friend – because in this article, I’ll be breaking down how to set up an SSL certificate on WordPress and all things SSL certificates, as well as what you need to know to get rid of that darn browser error page, once and for all, today.
“Your connection is not private” Browser Error: What Does it Mean?
This is a common issue experienced by WordPress users, small business owners and new bloggers taking the reigns of a brand new OR old blog (that desperately needs updating).
If you see this error page while browsing the internet, it means that the website you’re trying to go on doesn’t have an active SSL certificate configured in place.
It means that your browser doesn’t trust this website, and that visitors trying to click into it are advised to stay far far far away from it.
This is the worst case scenario if you’re trying to grow a business.
What is an SSL Certificate?
“SSL” stands for Secure Sockets Layer.
SSL Certification indicates to your visitors’ browsers that your website is safe to use.
What Happens When I Set up an SSL Certificate?
Having an active SSL certificate will help transform your “http://” URLs to “https://”.
The ‘s‘ indicates to web browsers that your website is secure, meaning any data transferred to and from your website is encrypted.
Why Does My Website Need SSL Certification?
After Chrome version 62’s release, any website with text input now requires an active SSL certificate to be deemed and marked as safe to use for its browser’s users.
If you don’t have the SSL certificate, a secure connection cannot be established, which means, your company information will not be digitally connected to a cryptographic key. SSL Certificate has the following information: Name of the holder. Serial number and expiration date.— ServerGuy, “Why Google is Forcing You To Have SSL Certificates on Your Websites?”
This really boils down to: as long as your website has text on it, it’s gotta be SSL certified.
How Does This Affect My Business?
A broken website with critical errors (such as this one!) can be detrimental to your brand and your business. It can even cancel the brand entirely in the visitor’s subconscious mind.
No one likes to be disappointed, and whenever your website serves a poor impression or experience for its visitors, it simultaneously decreases the chances of them ever coming back again or recommending your products or services to others.
Not being able to click into your website to learn more about your products or services is more than enough to turn away hopeful customers.
What’s At Stake If I Don’t Set Up an SSL Certificate?
How hard is it to shut the door on a door-to-door direct salesperson if they’re knocking for the 8th time in a row that day? That’s the kind of experience you’re giving to a potential buyer if they can’t access your website.
Your site visitor might try again once, or maybe twice if you’re lucky, but if things aren’t fixed quickly enough, and with global attention spans shortening + your competition thriving and soaring — it’s unlikely they’re going to come back again.
Remember, every move a user makes on your website is a step closer (or away) from completing a transaction with your business. How can you try to increase brand visibility, build an audience or make sales for your business if you have a broken website?
How Do I Get My Website to Be SSL-Certified?
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First things first, you’re going to need to make sure you have a valid SSL Certificate to set up and install onto your website.
PRO TIP: SSL certificates are sometimes offered for free by your web host provider upon signing up for their hosting services — e.g. upon sign-up by Bluehost or through Namecheap’s shared hosting packages.
If you haven’t gotten the chance to do so yet, make sure to visit your web host’s products or services page to check for special deals or promotional offers before purchasing a new SSL certificate.
Alternatively, you can try to get in touch with your web host’s customer support team directly and ask about how to get SSL certification for your domain.
To learn more about Bluehost’s recommendations for proper SSL certification for your website, click here.
Configuring Your SSL Certification to WordPress
Click here to learn more about how to use Really Simple SSL and set up an SSL certificate for WordPress.
(*Bbbut… I Don’t Have a Blog Yet?)
I hope you’ve read this far because you have an existing website and you’re facing the screen of (browser-security) death due to an un-SSL-certified website.
But if you haven’t created a blog just yet, and you’re just reading this simply for fun (I mean… why not!) — I’ve got you covered.
Here’s my simple guide on how you can set up your own blog in 10 easy steps today: “Modern Blogging Made Easy: How to Start a WordPress Blog in 2020”.
After you’ve followed all the steps above, you should be able to set up and configure your SSL certificate to your WordPress website.
This wraps up today’s SSL Certification 101 for Your WordPress Website. A simple guide specifically designed for WordPress bloggers, online business owners and service-based entrepreneurs.
I hope you found this article useful, and feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or would like further clarifications.
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Until next time!