Monday, January 30

Install an SSL Certificate in Hostgator-Hosted Wordpress Site

One of my websites, iliganjobs.com, has been live for 2 years and has been receiving a significant amount of traffic and transactions. So I have been contemplating on installing an SSL certificate to secure the data transactions, increase credibility and improve search rankings.

The site is hosted in Hostgator along with the domain. After researching, I found out that the recommended SSL to install in my site is a Domain Validated Positive SSL certificate since there are no credit card transactions in my site but only jobs and resume submissions. Here are the easy steps on how I secured my website.

1. Buy the SSL Certificate
To buy the certificate, log into the customer portal, clicked hosting tab then click SSL certificates. Choose the domain you want the certificate to be installed in then click buy now.



After clicking buy now, it will take you to the following screen.


Fill up the information and validation method can be DNS CName then checkout. I bought 39.99 good for 1 year certificate.

2. Live Support

After buying the certificate, contact the support via live chat and inform them that you have bought an SSL certificate and they will install it for you.  Live chat link.

Normally, the agent will inform you to wait for 72 hours for the installation. In my case, the SSL certificate was installed after 2 hours from the chat. Just put https when you access the site to check if it is already installed. If you don't receive the Google 'not secure' warning, then it is good to go.   

3. Install WP Force Install

After validating that the certificate is installed, install the WP Force SSL plugin in Wordpress then activate it. It will automatically redirect all URLs to the https version. That's it!

When I saw the color green 'https,' I knew I was good to go and I was a happy camper!