Best free 'trusted' SSL (https) certificate providers list for you!

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(Pradeep Kumar) #1

We recently migrated from ‘http’ to ‘https’ for all our blogs. This is a move I badly need to make so that we can make our blogs future-proof. Google officially said this:

“Over the past few months, we’ve been running tests taking into account whether sites use secure, encrypted connections as a signal in our search ranking algorithms. We’ve seen positive results, so we’re starting to use HTTPS as a ranking signal.” (via Official Google Webmaster Central Blog)

So it’s a wise move to start doing this now. When people see the term(s) like ‘SSL’ or ‘HTTPS’, they think they need to invest a lot of money, even I was worried about this initially, but we do have some best & trusted free SSL providers.

1) Let’s Encrypt

So, this is one we are using for our Slashsquare blog network, including this forum powered by Discourse. Let’s Encrypt is also recommended & used by popular brands like WordPress and Bitly.

2) Cloudflare

Yes! The popular free CDN provider also has a free SSL (https) option for you. You can log into your account and find the option to activate and proceed further.

3) SSL For Free

I haven’t used this one, but it’s widely recommended by our HBB group members, so adding this here. But nevertheless, they generate certificates using Let’s Encrypt ACME server by using domain validation.

These 3 SSL certificate providers are the ones we know about, is there any other names you want us to add here? :slight_smile:

In our previous post, we discussed the difference between free SSL and paid/premium SSL certificates, you can look into that before deciding as well.


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(Punit khatri) #2

Bro is this safe to use free ssl certificate or i have to buy paid one for my website?? Please tell me brother i m confused


(Pradeep Kumar) #3

If you are going to run a normal blog, then free SSL is quite fine bro. If you are going to start an advanced website like an e-commerce portal, then I would suggest you to get the premium ones which are much more secure.


(Punit khatri) #4

are you using free ssl too ?:slight_smile:


(Pradeep Kumar) #5

Yesss. We are using “Let’s Encrypt” bro.


(Punit khatri) #6

Oh thats sounds great but i dont know how to install :fearful:


(Pradeep Kumar) #7

Will publish a tutorial on hellboundbloggers.com soon. :slight_smile:


(Punit khatri) #8

Thanks brother you are awesome.


(Arun Sathiya) #9

If your sites are on DigitalOcean, chances are that they already have LetsEncrypt enabled.


(Arnab Mohapatra) #10

If I am not wrong, then Let’s Encrypt & SSL For Free is same,
SSL For free Guys gives SSL Certificate Generated from Let’s Encrypt.


(Pradeep Kumar) #11

Hi @Arnab_Mohapatra, we already mentioned that in the post bro. Though, I would prefer “Let’s Encrypt” more than “SSL For Free”. :slight_smile:


(Arnab Mohapatra) #12

So technically, there are two free SSL providers, not three :stuck_out_tongue: .


(Pradeep Kumar) #13

Technically. :stuck_out_tongue: Then, if I say “Hostgator”, “Bluehost”, and “A Small Orange” are 3 web hosting providers… then does it really count as “3” or “1” since “Endurance International Group” owns them all and probably uses the same resource? (._.")


(Arnab Mohapatra) #14

Ha Ha LoL nailed it, like a Boss :sunglasses:
Nothing to reply :stuck_out_tongue:


(vamshi) #15

Does its affect ranking while migrating from http to https?


(Pradeep Kumar) #16

Google considers ‘https’ as a ranking factor bro, when you migrate from ‘http’ to ‘https’, it’ll take some time for the search engines to update the new structure, but the traffic won’t be affected during that time. :slight_smile:


(vamshi) #17

bro any post on how to migrate successfully from http to https


(Pradeep Kumar) #18

I would suggest you to use WP Encrypt WordPress plugin bro, and you can follow this post.


(vamshi) #19

installed lets encrypt certificate in cpanel and changed url in wordpress http by https now im unable to login into my wordpress and while im trying to open my website its redirecting to some other website in thailand please help me anyone?


(MC Naveen) #20
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