If your business is looking to get on page 1 of Google and you don’t have an SSL… chances are, it won’t happen!
Google has been flagging websites that are not secure with an SSL (HTTPS aka the lock on the left side of your URL) and will continue to knock those off of the SERPS. Obtaining an SSL can be a simple and painless process.
There are multiple ways you can get an SSL, rather if it’s a paid version from your Hosting Provider or if it's a free “Let’s Encrypt” SSL that’s added. We won’t go into detail about what the difference is between getting a paid or a free SSL but we will dive into how you can add one to your WordPress website using SiteGround Hosting.
Let’s get started on this SiteGround SSL!
After you log into your SiteGround account with your Username and Password you will be taken to a screen similar to the one in the photo below.
You will select ‘Websites’ from the top navigation.
Once you have chosen ‘Websites’ from the previous screen, you will be taken to a new screen displaying a list of your current websites under your hosting account.
You will choose ‘Add New Site’ if you have not yet added your website to your hosting account. In that case, go through the steps to add the website (after you choose ‘Add New site’, SiteGround will walk you through adding your WordPress website.
If you see your website already listed then your next step is to hit the ‘Site Tools’ button which is listed inside of your website (See Image Below)
After selecting ‘Site Tools’, you will be taken to a screen that looks like the following :
The 2 widgets you want to look for are HTTPS Enforce & SSL Manager (Highlighted in the image above).
Once you select the SSL Manager you should now see a screen similar to the one below :
Make sure your domain is selected and then in the dropdown menu next to it you want to select the ‘Let’s Encrypt’ SSL and then proceed with the ‘GET’ button
The last and final step is to enforce the SSL and this is done in the same dashboard you are currently in from the preceding step.
At the bottom under ‘Manage SSL’ you will see a column titled ‘Actions’. Click the icon with the 3 dots and choose enforce SSL.
That’s it! You just added your SSL on your SiteGround WordPress website. You should now see your URL reflecting your adding of the SSL.
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