re you looking to get a free SSL certificate to secure your blog, protect your visitors, and rank higher in search results?
Then you’re in the right place!
If you run a blog or website you’ve probably heard about SSL certificates and the idea of moving your domain from the old HTTP to the secure HTTPS version. It’s a very important topic!
In fact, this is something that will affect the security, performance and even the search engine rankings of your blog.
Today we’ve got a huge post filled with information about how to get a free SSL certificate and HTTPS for your blog, including why people are moving, what Google has been saying about it, and even step-by-step instructions on how to get it done for free.
This is a pretty complicated topic and so we’ve gone into lots of detail to try and make it as pain-free as possible. Have a read and jump in the comments if you’re still unsure.
Before we jump in, here’s a table of contents so you can skip ahead to the section you’re interested in.
We’re starting off by answering some common questions first, but you can just click here to skip to the tutorial if you prefer.
Ready? Let’s begin!
What Is an SSL Certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and it’s basically technology that secures any data that’s transferred between your website and your visitors’ computers.
What data does it secure, exactly?
Whenever someone visits your website, information is passed back and forth between their browser and your website. That information can include sensitive data like:
- credit card numbers
- email addresses
- …and more
That means you’ll definitely need an SSL certificate if you have:
What about blogs or other types of websites?
Well, Google recommends that all websites use SSL to protect your visitors, no matter what kind of website you have.
They even recognize secure sites by rewarding them with better search engine rankings, so you’ll get more traffic.
How Does an SSL Certificate Keep Information Secure?
An SSL certificate is a digital computer file (or a small piece of code) that enables encryption.
Just like you need a key to lock and unlock a door, encryption uses keys to lock and unlock information. And unless you have the right key, you can’t access the information.
Each SSL session consists of two keys:
- The public key is used to encrypt (scramble) the information.
- The private key is used to decrypt (unscramble) the information and restore it to its original format so that it can be read.
Here’s how the SSL encryption process works: