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It is recommended that every website uses an SSL certificate. An SSL certificate encrypts data transmitted between the users computer and the website that has the certificate installed. Google will penalise you in search results for not having an SSL certificate, and popular browsers are now presenting users with increasingly stark security warnings when visiting a website that doesn’t use SSL.
Have a look in your browser address bar. If the web address begins with https:// rather than http://, you already have a certificare installed. You may additionally see a message from the browser showing the site is secure:
Speak to your webhost who will provide and install the SSL certificate for you. The price will vary, depending on the host and the certificate but for an average site expect to pay between £0 – £100 per annum. You may be able to get a better rate buying through Watch The Dot so it is worth checking first.
Once your SSL certificate has been installed, you will need to configure your WordPress website to do this:
Navigate to General > Settings and change your website web address from http:// to https://
This will automatically configure WordPress to use the SSL certificate.
If you use images on pages or posts (rather than featured images), you will need to update the links within the image tags to use https:// too. Doing this manually can be a laborious process so we recommend the Better Search Replace WordPress plugin for this.
In most cases, your website will now show the secure padlock next to your web address. If it is still missing, your site may have some hardcoded references to insecure content. In this case, we can get this fixed for you using our fixed cost WordPress support services