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We all know having an SSL (secure socket layer) certificate installed on your domain helps protect users coming to your website. An SSL certificate would be required if users are coming onto your website and ordering goods or services from you to protect both their identity and payment information.

Using an SSL can also help your website SEO as it shows Google, Bing and other search bots that your website is protected and safe.

A lot of companies are not aware when having a website that they can have more protection added to their website leaving them at risk from 3rd parties that try to tamper of gain access to your website. Our recommendation is that even if you don't have an online shop or sell goods/services on your site having one will simply show people coming on your website that you are secure and mean business and chances are they'll be more happy to browse your site.

Advantages of having an SSL certificate

So what are the advantages of http vs https? We'll quite a few actually

- Increased Rankings - Yes its confirmed by Google and you'll notice a slight increase once you have installed your SSL on your website for several days but only accounts for about 1% of Google's Algorithm.
- Security & Privacy - HTTPS prevents tampering by third parties, makes your site more secure for visitors and encrypts all communication between the server and user including browser history and credit card numbers.

What do I need to look for in an SSL?

When choosing your SSL certifiate the main points you need to look for

- How secure is the SSL key? - We recommend a 2048-bit key certificate.
- Don't block your website from Google or any other search engine bots as they won't be able to access your robots.txt which is required to keep your website updated on search engines
- Add an HTTPS version of your website on Google Webmaster Tools and get Google to crawl all new HTTPS URL's

How do I install an SSL certificate?

Our recommendation is if you aren't very IT savvy is to let your web hosting provider do it for you, and they usually do it free of charge if you are hosting with them. If available on your hosting panel you have the option to generate and install an SSL

installing an SSL certificate

Where can I get a free SSL?

Until recently to get an SSL you had to pay for and they weren't cheap, unless you was creating a self-signed certificate for personal use, but this left errors for anyone coming to your site. Now you can get a free SSL from Lets Encrypt. They have had a massive amount of support with their campaign for all websites to be able to get a free SSL certificate.

Getting your free SSL is easy simply head over to https://certbot.eff.org where you can select the server software type you are using on your server. If you don't know what software is running on your server ask your hosting provider.

- Apache
- Nginx
- Haproxy
- Plesk
software types

and also includes a wide variety of operating systems that are compatible

- Web Hosting Service
- Debian 7 (Wheezy)
- Debian 8 (Jessie)
- Debian Testing/Unstable
- Debian (Other)
- Ubuntu 16.10
- Ubuntu 16.04
- Ubuntu 14.04
- Ubuntu (Other)
- Gentoo
- Arch Linux
- Fedora 22
- Fedora 23+
- CentOS 6
- RHEL 6
- CentOS/RHEL 7
- FreeBSD
- OpenBSD
- Mac OS X
- Other Unix
- Non-Unix
operating systems

Lets Encrypt can also be found at https://www.sslforfree.com.

Install Lets Encrypt on cPanel Server

All hosting accounts can use Lets Encrypt's FREE SSL service by installing it on a cPanel Server. To do this simply login into your server as root SSH using a programme such as puTTY then copy and paste in the following command
/scripts/install_lets_encrypt_autossl_provider

The server administrator can then use Auto SSL to install new SSL certificates on domains from Lets Encrypt and hosting customers on the SSL/TLS icon in their cPanel control panel. We also provide free SSL installations on our server and can install these by contacting us.

Uninstall Lets Encrypt on cPanel Server

Should you at any stage want to uninstall Lets Encrypt free SSL this can be done by copying and pasting in the following command in SSH.

/uninstall_lets_encrypt_autossl_provider
Did you know BWDHS also provide a free SSL with all our hosting plans? To order your plan visit https://billing.bradfordwebdesignandhosting.com/order/forms/