SSL means Security Socket Layer and it always shows beside your domain name in the browser. When certificate is not installed or activated, the ssl padlock show unlock or insecure. On the other hand when it is installed or activated then ssl padlock shows locked. Few year ago when hosting providers do not provide ssl for free. That time they were charged separately for SSL service. That times we the website developers got many freelancing jobs that was to install and activate SSL certificates for client’s website. That times we used free SSL certificate with 3 months expiry date. After that time it was subject to renew manually. Though such option still alive which is known as Let’s Encrypt. But now a days the use of such scripts is reduced as hosting provides providing it for Free now as a part of their hosting package.
Why SSL certificate is important for online business:
Now a question arise that why all of online business people run towards the activation of ssl certificate? well. the answer is pretty simple, every clients who have Woocommerce shop, ssl certificate is very important for them. Because ssl certificate makes a website secure and reliable. When customers shopping from online platform using their debit or credit cards, the credentials are kept confidential via https protocol. Without having SSL enabled, customers won’t like to purchase from a website as we don’t want to make our wallet in danger!
Now since the couple of years situations have changed and most of the top level web hosting provider like Hostgator provides FREE SSL Certificate with its domain and hosting packages. I mentioned here hostgator, because it is the best hosting provider at the most cheapest price. In addition, they always provide 60 to 65% discount and a FREE domain for a year, isn’t that cool!
simple steps on how to install SSL certificate in cPanel:
Step 1: Login to your cPanel >> go to SSL/TLS status and click here.
Step 2: It will take you to the domain list and beside the domain name it will show red circle if ssl is not installed or activated. In my case it is already activated. But in your case it may not and shows red circle that means the ssl is not activated yet. In that case, you need to click on the check box >> click on the “Run Auto SSL” button. By doing this you will see that the red circle turned into green that means you have successfully activated your SSL certificate.
In most of the cases newbies become worried and search to learn how to install SSL certificate in cPanel. But it is not that complicated at all as you see. But, if you still face any issue, you can let me know in comments.