SSL Certificates are one of the most important aspects of running a website. They’re incredibly important for the success of your website. So if you don’t have one yet on your Bluehost website, then you need to get one. Luckily, there are free options available that can help.
What is an SSL Certificate?
An SSL Certificate is a tool used on websites to secure the data that is being transmitted to and from your website. You can tell when a website is using an SSL certificate when visiting the site. Within the address bar of the website, there will be the prefix of https:// instead of http://.
Research has shown that 85% of customers will not interact with a website that does not have an SSL certificate. This can be very restrictive on the success of your business. At the same time, Google Chrome will warn visitors on your website that you’re not secure and Google has stated that an SSL certificate on your website helps with ranking.
Luckily, there are free SSL certificates available for all Bluehost customers. These are for all assigned and parked domains that are attached to your account. In most cases, you will have the SSL certificate already installed on your domain. So you shouldn’t need to do much.
However, there are times when the certificate would need to be manually enabled in order to work.
There are two ways of doing this and it depends as to whether you’re using Bluerock or the legacy account.
Enabling the Free SSL Certificate on Bluerock
To enable the free SSL certificate on Bluerock, follow these instructions.
Step 1 – Log in
First you need to log into your Bluehost account and access the control panel.
Step 2 – My Sites
Now you need to click on the ‘My Sites’ tab that can be found on the left-hand side navigation menu.
Step 3 – Locate Site
Locate the site that you would like to activate the free SSL certificate for. Click on the option that reads ‘Manage Sites’ button that should be close to it.
Step 4 - Security
Open the ‘Security’ tab. Under the section labelled ‘Security Certificate’ you can then toggle the ‘Free SSL ON’.
Once this is done it can take a few hours to install and activate. There are times when you might need to take further actions, but Bluehost will email you directly if you need to take action. Check your website in a few hours to see if it has worked.
Enabling the Free SSL Certificate on Legacy
If you’re looking to enable the free SSL certificate on your Legacy account, follow these instructions.
Step 1 – Log in
Log into your Bluehost control panel and then click on the WordPress tools tab from the navigational menu. This should be at the top of the screen.
Step 2 – Security
Now click on the ‘Security’ tab from the menu on the left.
Step 3 – Secure Certificate
Now scroll down to the ‘Secure Certificate’ options and then you can toggle the ‘Certificate issued by Let’s Encrypt’ to the On position.
This should not enable the SSL certificate on your website.
Final Word: How to Setup SSL on Bluehost?
An SSL certificate is an important part of your online marketing. It signals that you take security seriously and it helps with ranking and conversions. Above are the instructions to enable your free SSL on Bluehost.