What is an (HTTPS) SSL Certificate and how it works.

SSL Certificate

(SSL) stands for Secure Sockets Layer. HTTPS SSL certificates create an encrypted connection and establish trust. When you will install SSL Certificate on your web server, it activates the green padlock and the https protocol. Also, it will allow secure connections from a web server to a browser.
We are calling SSL certificate but is not really a certificate, it is a digital data file that contains a special key. This key contains your organization’s or company details and it is granted by a CA (Certificate Authority) to allow secure transfer of data to and from the website.

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) appears in the URL when a website browsing without the secured connection but when you will see green lock symbol with HTTPS ( Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) that’s mean this connection fully secure.
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Why Use HTTPS SSL Certificates?

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There are various reason to use HTTPS SSL certificate. We will try to explain some important points. Basically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions or card number, data transfer, signups, addresses, and payment or personal information, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites.

One other benefit of SSL is the fact that it will help you to gain visitors’ trust and search ranking. When you will use SSL certificate to your website that will be displayed with a green security padlock in the browser address bar. This is the sign to prove that the connection is secure and will show your website’s visitors that you take their privacy seriously. Beginning in July 2018 with the release google safety measures will become even more rigorous. With this release of Chrome 68, Google will mark all sites that have not adopted HTTPS as not secure. Also, Google Search Engine gives your website with encrypted connections a slight rankings boost.

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Where Do I Buy An SSL Certificate?

Your SSL Certificates need to be issued from a trusted and valid Certificate Authority. Browsers, operating systems, and mobile devices maintain a list of trusted CA (Certificate Authority) root certificates.
Before you buy an SSL certificate, you must decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your personal or business website.
To buy an SSL certificate you may contact your hosting provider. Nowadays most of the hosting provider company offer SSL certificate with there hosting and domain.
You may also buy SSL certificate from a third-party provider, but before buying SSL certificate please ensure that your hosting supported third-party SSL certificate.

Cheapest SSL Certificate Providers:

  1. Namecheap – A Cheap SSL Certificate Reseller

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Can I use a free SSL certificate?

Yes, you can use a free SSL certificate if you hosting support it. You can use a free SSL certificate but most of the free SSL certificate valid for 90 days. That’s mean you have to renew after 90 days. Let’s Encrypt is a free SSL project with Linux Foundation and this certificate authority sponsored by Mozilla, Akamai, SiteGround, Cisco, Facebook, etc. They are offers SSL Certificate in free. When you will finish your buying process or installation process, you should need to configure your HTTP to HTTPS.

Redirect http to https

If you are using WordPress, there are many plugins to redirect https. You can also redirect via .htaccess file.
Use this code to redirect via .htaccess file.
Copy this below code and keep on your .htaccess file.

# Redirect to HTTPS
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]

Note: this will redirect using the 301 ‘permanently moved’ redirect, which will help transfer your SEO rankings.
To redirect using the 302 ‘temporarily moved’ change [R=302,L]

This is the best for www and for https, proxy and not proxy users.

RewriteEngine On
# ensure www.
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www\. [NC]
RewriteRule ^ https://www.%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]
# ensure https
RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

To check your SSL certificate issue, these sites will be helpful.


You may face redirection issues and mixed content issues. You have to fix it to get Green secure socket. We are professional and expert to install or configure https or SSL certificate. Also if you have any question about SSL certificate, fill free contact us.

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