If you're looking for a way to secure your website and keep your customers' data safe, you'll want to use an SSL certificate.
SSL is short for Secure Sockets Layer, and it's a security protocol that provides a layer of protection for online communications.
HostGator offers free SSL certificates to their customers, and in this blog post, we will show you how to get one and install it on your website.
What is SSL and why do you need it for your website?
SSL is a security protocol that encrypts data sent between a web server and a web browser.
This means that if someone were to intercept the data, they would not be able to read it.
SSL is important for websites that handle sensitive information, such as credit card numbers or personal data.
Any website that wants to be taken seriously should have an SSL certificate.
How to get a free SSL certificate from HostGator?
HostGator offers free SSL certificates to all of their customers.
To get yours, log into your account and go to the “Security” section.
From there, you'll be able to generate a certificate and download it to your computer.
When purchasing a hosting plan from HostGator, you'll also be able to select a free SSL certificate during the checkout process.
In that case, the certificate will be automatically installed on your account.
Installing the SSL certificate on your website
Installing an SSL certificate on your website is a fairly simple process.
First, you'll need to generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request) from your web server.
Once you have the CSR, you can submit it to a Certificate Authority (CA) and they will generate a certificate for you.
Finally, you'll need to install the certificate on your web server.
If you're with a host that doesn't offer free SSL certificates, you can purchase one from a CA.
There are also free plugins available that will handle the installation process for you.
Testing the installation to make sure everything is working correctly
After you've installed the SSL certificate on your web server, it's important to test it to make sure everything is working correctly.
The best way to do this is to use a tool like Qualys SSL Labs.
This will test your server's configuration and give you a rating from A to F.
Alternatively, you can simply try to access your website using the HTTPS protocol.
If everything is working correctly, you should see a green padlock in your web browser's address bar.
Tips for keeping your website secure
In addition to using an SSL certificate, there are a few other things you can do to keep your website secure.
First, make sure you're using a strong password for your web server.
You can use a tool like LastPass to generate a secure password.
Second, keep your web server and WordPress up to date.
New versions of software often include security fixes for vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.
Finally, consider using a security plugin like Wordfence to add an extra layer of protection to your website.
SSL is a security protocol that provides a secure connection between your website and your visitors’ browsers.
This protects their data from being intercepted by third-party attackers.
HostGator offers free SSL certificates for all of its customers, making it easy to add this layer of security to your website.
In order to install the certificate, you will need to create a cPanel account and follow these instructions.
After you have installed the certificate, be sure to test it to make sure everything is working correctly.
You can also follow these tips for keeping your website secure.