How to use Cloudflare free SSL for website

How to use Cloudflare free SSL for website

CloudFlare offers free SSL Certificate for every CMS website. SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This secure link ensures that all data transferred remains private. It’s also called TLS (Transport Layer Security). Millions of websites use SSL encryption everyday to secure connections and keep their customer’s data safe from monitoring and tampering

You can redirect your WordPress website to cloud flare ssl to make it more secure and load fast. SSL also help website to get index more fast in Google front  ranking page.

Activate Cloud flare free SSL for Website

Goto cloudflare.com signup for an account if you don’t have an account.  Enter your website URL & press add site.

CloudFlare Signup

Choose a free plan for your website and change the DNS name servers to cloudflare and wait for the status to be active. After 24 Hours your website will have SSL certificate you can redirect your url from the crypto setting from cloudflare.

If you use WordPress website then follow the steps below.

Activate Cloudflare SSL for WordPress

Make sure your PHP version is 5.3.10 or higher. Just download the cloud flare plugin after following the above method to activate free cloudflare ssl certificate for your wordpress website.

Cloud Flare SSL for WordPress
Cloud Flare SSL for WordPress

FROM YOUR WORDPRESS DASHBOARD

  1. Visit “Plugins” → Add New
  2. Search for Cloudflare
  3. Activate Cloudflare from your Plugins page.

FROM WORDPRESS.ORG

  1. Download Cloudflare
  2. Upload the “cloudflare” directory to your “/wp-content/plugins/” directory, using ftp, sftp, scp etc.
  3. Activate Cloudflare from your Plugins page.

ONCE ACTIVATED

  1. Go to cloudflare.com
  2. Login with your cloudflare account. (If you don’t have a Cloudflare account first sign up for Cloudflare)
  3. Press your account name on top right corner and select “My Settings”
  4. Scroll down to “API Key” → “Global API Key” → View API Key
  5. Copy the API key
  6. Return back to WordPress Cloudflare Plugin page
  7. Enter your email address and paste your API key
  8. Press Login.

After completing the process wait for 24 hours so that process will take place and your website will run on CloudFlare SSL Certificate for free.

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