Siteground is one of only 3 hosting providers recommended by WordPress at the time of writing. They’re renowned for their 24-hour support and the latest technologies to make the websites that it hosts load faster. Did you know that you can also get a free SSL Certificate with Siteground? I know – it just keeps getting better.
When I started The Blog Genie I asked other bloggers who they were hosted with and if they’d recommend them. Siteground came out as the winner; everyone I asked was either hosted with them or planning to move to them. I’ve not looked back since making the switch and in-fact I’ve recently moved my other domain over to Siteground too, and noticed a big difference in page loading times.
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What is an SSL Certificate?
A valid SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate is the reason that websites have the little green padlock in the status bar. It’s basically a digital passport for your blog. It’s used to authenticate the identity of the website and send information back and forth using securely across the web.
How to Install your SSL Certficate with Siteground
Firstly, you need to log in to your Siteground account and go to the ‘My Accounts’ tab. Click the ‘Manage Account’ button next to the domain you want to install the certificate for.
On the next screen click the red ‘Go to cPanel’ button.
Scroll down to the bottom of the next screen to the Security panel, usually the second last panel on the screen. Click the ‘Let’s Encrypt’ icon (highlighted in blue).
Choose whether you want to install a basic Let’s Encrypt SSL or Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL, then click ‘Install’.
The basic SSL will be enough for most bloggers. The Wildcard option is there to allow users to install one single SSL certificate against a domain and all of it’s subdomains (if it has any). It’s really easy to come back and remove an SSL certificate too. So if you decide, at a later date, that you need the other one you can easily change it.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Install’ you’ll see a popup display with a status bar which then changes to a success message once it’s finished.
You have now installed your free SSL certificate on Siteground. You can stop there if you like, but I like to go one step further.
Click the Action dropdown and click HTTPS Settings.
You’ll then see this popup
Set HTTPS Enforce and External Links Rewrite both to ON. Turning these options on means that your site will always be accessed securely using https and that if you have any content on your site pointing to domains without a SSL certificate that they won’t be loaded.
Click OK and you’re good to go.
Installing a SSL certificate with Siteground really is that easy. It’s totally free and you can install the certificate against your main domain and any sub-domains you have. The process is really straightforward and you’re there in around 10 clicks of your mouse. It doesn’t come much easier than that.
If there was anything in this guide that wasn’t completely clear or you have any questions please pop them in the comments, via social media or pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the tech side of blogging right now? Why don’t you get in touch and let me take care of it for you? I’ll have it done in a jiffy and you’ll have your hands free to do what you do best.