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How to get a free SSL Certificate

How to get a free SSL Certificate

Secured Socket Layer

Before we get started, SSL simply means Secure Socket Layer. In human language, it means that the connection between the webserver and the browser is encrypted. And what does encrypted means? It is simply a process of converting data or information into a code, thus, making your connection private.

Notice an ‘s’ in the ‘http’ when you visited a secure site? It should look like the one below:

This is also the same with other sites with SSL installed.

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SSL Certificate

For your connection to be secure, you need an SSL Certificate installed in your server. This blog will tell you how to get that digital certificate for free.

Why do we need it?

In 2014, Google has announced in their HTTPS as a ranking signal blog that sites who use SSL Certificate get a ranking boost, though might not be a really big one, but it’s still a boost. However, beginning in January 2017, they have taken it further. Google has announced in their Moving towards a more secure web that HTTP sites that collects passwords, or credit cards as non secure, as part of their long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non secure.

COMODO SSL

They’re basically one of the many providers of SSL Certificates. For more information about the company, just check their Wikipedia page.

The site URL is https://ssl.comodo.com/free-ssl-certificate.php which gives us a free certificate valid for 90 days! To get started there, simply click on the “Free Trial SSL”:

The next page will ask for the CSR:

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The next page will ask you to key in the Certificate Signing Request (CSR). This can be obtained through your hosting, and since not all providers are the same, you may need to contact them to help you attain one. It will look like the image below. It’s a combination of anything, what you need to do is to copy it and paste it in the provided filed on the Comodo SSL site.

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Simply copy the code and paste it in the field. Next is the dropdown option asking you the server software used to generate the CSR. Just ask your hosting provider in case you don’t know this.

Domain Validation

The next step is to prove your ownership of the domain.

To confirm your ownership of the domain, they have listed options on how to do that. I chose the first one as this is the easiest and requires less work. The email address is protected by whois Guard that’s why it’s like that. But the message will be forwarded to the admin email of the domain.

Simply fill-out a form to complete step 3 and click next.

Then put a check on the I accept in their SSL Certificate Subscriber Agreement.

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This is free and they won’t require a credit card number. However, you’d need to validate your ownership of the domain. To do that, simply check the inbox of the admin email registered with the domain. If you encounter any issues, you may contact your domain registrar.

Click on action required button to reveal the input field.

Then check your mailbox to get the code.

Copy the code from the email they sent and paste it in the field to validate your ownership.

Then proceed to the next step by clicking next and you should be able to see the screen below:

Clicking on SSL certificates will give you access to download the ZIP file. This file contains your SSL Certificate where you can install to your server.

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Installation

The downloaded file needs to be extracted and installed to your hosting. Since hosting providers are different from one another, you may need to contact their support to help you install the certificates. I’ve also covered the 3 best free hosting providers, however, it looks like for the free hosting, SSL isn’t provisioned.

SSL For Free

Another good option is to get it from https://www.sslforfree.com/. Getting a certificate from this site is apparently easy.

Simply key-in your domain name and just provide your FTP access credentials to validate your ownership of the domain.

Just fill-out the required fields and you should be good to go. However, if in case you could not get your FTP credentials, you may contact your hosting provider.

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Other non-free option

The cheapest that I know and is reliable is through NameCheap.

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They have a $9.00 per year as the cheapest tier for SSL.

Configuring SSL with WordPress

After you have installed the certificates to your hosting (or you had helped from your hosting support), your visitors can access your site via “https://”, however, you work is not done yet. You still have to properly configure your WordPress site. Worry not, there’s an awesome plugin that does all that for you.

Please note that activating this plugin will log you out of WordPress, simply because your url has changed from “http://” to “https://”. Just log back in, there’s nothing to be worried about.

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Final Thoughts

Since Google is now pushing for HTTPS Everywhere, and that there’s a long term plan from them to mark all HTTP as insecure, it would be best to install a certificate now.

The good thing about it is that you’ll have a secured connection and a boost to your ranking.

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Loves green tea, dogs, and cats. I'm also a freelance WordPress site developer.

3 Best Free Hosting Provider 2017

3 Best Free Hosting Provider 2017

Let me cut to the chase

I’ve narrowed it down to three providers where I’ve personally used, tested, and have experienced using. We use different hosting types depending on our needs. When we only need a very small amount of hosting resources for our website, we may want to consider using the free ones as they are sufficient enough just to run about anything we have, e.g. a small landing page, small blog, resume site, etc. But there are free hosting providers that can do the job just fine.

Why three?

To simply make it uncomplicated and easy. Listing every free webhosting defeats the purpose of the blog – “Best Free”. These three are just enough to host a simple site.

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So without any further ado…

 

1. Hostinger.ph

 

Specifications

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Disk Space

2000 MB

Bandwidth

100 GB

Number of Websites

1

Uptime Guarantee

99%

MySQL Databases

2

FTP Users

2

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Sadly, they don’t offer email services for the free account anymore. An announcement was sent via email on the 5th of April that they will be shutting down their email services.

Here’s the quoted message:

Hi Ernest,

We’re proud to have created almost unlimited free web hosting that many of you use and love. However, over the past years, we’ve learned that in order to be able to provide extraordinary service for our paying customers we need to focus. Our email service was constantly being abused by users who are sending spam and damaging reputation of our email delivery system. With this in mind, we had to make a difficult decision.

On the 30th of April, we’re shutting down webmail service for Hostinger free hosting plans.

This information is also available on their pricing page – email features are x-ed out.

WordPress Optimized

They also advertised that for their hosting, it is optimized for WordPress. With 100GB of bandwidth every month and uptime of 99%, their free account should be more than enough to host a small blogging site.

Using their free hosting for my WordPress site gives me a Limit Resource Reached error message when I install multiple plugins. But that does not happen all the time. Since this is free, of course we expect limited resources will be provided.

 

Hosting Removal

Please also note that when your site has not received any visitors in a month, or there’s no uploaded site, you will be notified by Hostinger.ph of the account removal. Well, this could mean that they only want an active and working site for their free account.

Overall, as a free hosting provider, they offer a very decent resource to run your small site. If you’d like to give them a try, go ahead and sign-up here.

 

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2. 000webhost.com

 

This is actually powered by Hostinger Cloud, and I would say, is performing better than Hostinger.ph. This is primarily based from my experience when uploading and installing WordPress themes and plugins. With 000webhost, I almost never experience the “reached resource limit” message.

The complete lists of features are listed here. But I also listed some of the basic specs:

Disk Space

1000 MB

Bandwidth

10000 MB = 10 GB!

Websites allowed

2

The allocated server resource should be enough to run every WordPress themes – I have tried Divi and the Extra theme from Elegantthemes.

File transfer is easy to use, fast, and allows you to edit files right there!

While they don’t offer a full POP/IMAP email services, 5 email forwarders are available for their free account. Although I actually expected to have full email service, as it was advertised, I guess I couldn’t complain for a free account and unlike Hostinger.ph who has shut down this free service.

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2. x10hosting

This offers an actual cPanel for free! While Hostinger.ph and 000webhost have their own custom control panel, which is not bad, x10hosting provides the cpanel even for free accounts. Though a user has an option to switch between the x10 Basic or the cpanel x3.

As for the specs, here’s a screenshot from cpanel showing, I guess the actual allocated server resource:

Their free account requires a user to at least login once a month or it will be closed. I also tried to login under VPN and it didn’t let me in. According to their terms, it isn’t allowed. 🙁

As for email accounts and some stuff, here’s what I could pull up:

Email Accounts

3

Subdomains

2

Parked Domains

1

Addon Domains

2

FTP Accounts

3

MySQL Databases

1

Final thoughts

It’s definitely okay to use any of the three, however, I noticed that 000webhost has fewer restrictions. x10hosting on the other hand restricts a lot and sometimes will give a resource limit reached error message. And with Hostinger.ph, although they no longer offer email services, is I would say, decent for my liking.

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Loves green tea, dogs, and cats. I'm also a freelance WordPress site developer.

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