The giant tech industry (Google) is now working hard to make the web more secure. You now define the site as “unsafe” without installing the SSL certificate, but you continue to share the user data. For this reason, you must now provide services for your website via HTTPS / SSL to protect your visitors’ data and demonstrate your brand’s interest in security. It is recommended that the primary domain use SSL to inform visitors that you are serious. Adding SSL certificates to your website has many benefits, including improving your search rank. This article discusses SSL certificates and their types and explains how to freely configure your SSL (Cloudflare) on blogs or websites.
What is an SSL certificate?
On some current websites, you’ll find that they start with “https: //” in the URL with a green lock indicating the lock that results from using the SSL certificate. However, it’s not just a reference, there are a lot of things in the background.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) provides an encrypted connection between your Web server and the site visitor. This ensures that all data is transferred between the two, especially since no one in the middle can access it. Even if someone can use the connection, the data is not useful because they are encrypted from one participant to another.
How To Use SSL Cloudflare
The easiest way to get a free SSL certificate is to register in Cloudflare.
Register an account in Cloudflare
Enter your details and click on “Create an account”. And if you are already registered, kindly Login using your email and password.
Configure your website / domain
Add new domain and allow Cloudflare to scan your entire site. CloudFlare is scanning your website. When the scan is complete, click Continue Setup.
Configure the DNS records for your website
Once the scan is complete, an orange cloud appears next to your main domain. This means that the configuration is correct. FTP and Mail are detected by Cloudflare and must have gray clouds. Check the DNS for your website.
Make sure there is an orange cloud next to your main area.
If you see the primary domain as an orange cloud, click Next.
Select the Free CloudFlare plan
Choose a plan for your website.
Since we want a free SSL layer for our website, choose your plan as free.
For most websites, the free package is enough. Just select and click on “Next”.
Update your nameservers
You must point the name servers to Cloudflare. To do this, you must log in to your domain registration account and look for the configuration to change the name server.
Change your name servers
Change your Domain Name Server (DNS) to the one provided by Cloudflare
Delete the current entries and add the DNS provided by CloudFlare.
Add new name servers to your domain registrar
After changing the name server, return to CloudFlare and click Next. However, the publication of name servers can take up to 24 hours.
Configure SSL Cloudflare for your website
When you configure your name servers, you can access the SSL configuration. Scroll to the configuration overview and you will see SSL: Complete. Click “Finish” and you will be redirected to the “Encryption” page.
Change SSL to Flexible
There is a drop-down next to the SSL option. Choose “Flexible” here. The SSL certificate will be issued within the hour. You can check the status of the encryption page after it is published.
Redirect traffic to HTTPS
This is the last step of the configuration. We have defined a page rule to redirect all your website traffic to HTTPS.
Redirect all traffic to HTTPS
Modify page rules to redirect all traffic to HTTPS
In Site view, click on the rules of the page at the top of the page. We must now add some rules here. If you are using WordPress, you can install the plugin “Force SSL”.
configuration takes a few minutes. Once you’re done, you can open any page on your website and open the HTTPS protocol.