Monday, May 18 2020

Free SSL Certificate for GoDaddy using CloudFlare

HTTPS is the secured version of HTTP. HTTP is the protocol used by your browser and web servers to communicate and exchange information. SSL/TLS. When that exchange of data is encrypted with SSL/TLS, then we call it HTTPS. The ‘S’ stands for Secure.

Cloudflare provides free SSL certificate with limited access which is enough for blogger or any website.

Activate Free SSL for GoDaddy:

Below are the steps to configure SSL certificate of Cloudflare.

Step 1: Go to cloudflare.com and create a free plan account.

  1. Add your domain name.
add-domain-in-cloudflare-free-plan

2. Select a free plan.

Step 2: cloudflare gets your domain record information and new nameservers with the following content:

Current Nameservers:New Nameservers:
xxxx.domaincontrol.comxxxx.cloudflare.com
xxxx.domaincontrol.comxxxx.cloudflare.com

Step 3: Go to GoDaddy hosting account here.

Note: Take backup of your CNAME,TXT, and Domain record settings. Because if you’re using third party nameservers, GoDaddy never maintain the DNS records.

After updated new nameservers, Cloudflare takes the CNAME,TXT information from GoDaddy and You can see the details in DNS page.

add-dns-in-cloudflare

Step 4: Activate your free SSL certificates (https). Enable Always Use HTTPs turn on.

Page scroll down, By default enabled Automatic HTTPs Rewrites is set to on.

Step 5: If you’re a wordpress user, go to Page Rules and following page rules. This will helpful to redirect existing pages to HTTPs.

In free plan, they allowed 3 pages only. If you want to more pages you have to buy the premium plan.

Note: Above steps are used to configure Free SSL(HTTPs) for your domain in Cloudflare,

Hereafter, the following steps for wordpress user only.

WordPress Users Do below steps:

Step 6: Go to your site admin login. Once you’ve logged please update the following content:

  1. Menu > Plugins > Add New
  2. Install Really Simple SSL plugins
  3. After installed, Menu > Settings > SSL and See your SSL status.
  4. Go to menu > Settings > General
  5. Update the WordPress Address Url and Site url (http into https)
  6. Update .htaccess file for allowing http to https redirect.

Add your website in Google Webmaster Tools for Google search indexing.

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