Enabling the Auto SSL within cPanel

AutoSSL is the solution to SSL installation and renewal. Once you enable AutoSSL, your websites are automatically secured with a free, Domain Validated SSL certificate. Perhaps more exciting is the fact that your coverage will never lapse because at expiration time a new, free SSL is requested and automatically installed. In past blog posts, we have explained the difference between a paid SSL certificate and a FREE SSL certificate. See the following link to the last  post for complete details: https://blog.olm.net/general/sni-ssl-vs-ip-ssl/

How do you enable the FREE SSL certificate on your domain?

In the Domains interface in cPanel (Home >> Domains), there’s an option to enable Force HTTPS Redirection from the insecure version (HTTP) to the secure version (HTTPS) with a toggle switch.

What does the SSL Certificate do for you?

Having an SSL on your website enables the padlock icon in the left side of the URL bar of your browser:

This informs your site’s viewers that the site is secured and that data transferred back and forth between the end-user and the site is encrypted. There are several added benefits (aside from security) that having an SSL on your site provides.

  • SSL Protects Data

  • SSL Affirms Your Identity

  • Better Search Engine Ranking

  • SSL Improves Customer Trust

If I have WordPress, do I need a certificate?

If you’re a WordPress user (as many of you are) or are actively trying to increase your page’s rank in Google searches, Google announced that websites using an SSL certificate would get a slight ranking factor boost in searches using their engine.