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If you already have purchased your hosting from HostGator, congratulations on making the right choice! If you are still debating whether HostGator is the right choice or not, this article might help you. A lso, you can use the discount code NEWDISC to get a 60% discount on your hosting needs.
I have already covered most of the things about HostGator but I realized I left out something important! If your website doesn’t have the “https” in it, then not many people are going to trust your website. Here is why!
Why do you need an SSL certificate?
In July 2018, Google announced it mark all sites that have not migrated to HTTPS as “not secure.” This has been a long time coming as Google has been trying to incentivize users to move to non-secure sites by even hinting at some ranking boosts. So, the move isn’t quite a surprise yet. This has proved successful by considering these stats :
- Over 68% of Chrome traffic on both Android and Windows is now protected
- Over 78% of Chrome traffic on both Chrome OS and Mac is now protected
- 81 of the top 100 sites on the web use HTTPS by default
In order to provide users with a more safe and secure browsing experience, Google Chrome immediately alerts its users that the website is not secure. Here is how :
But, what is HTTPS? and what is SSL?
An SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. This has become a standard technology for keeping an internet connection secure and ensuring that any important data that is being sent between two systems is completely encrypted. This prevents other people/criminals who might read/modify your data from doing so.
Once you have SSL installed, your site automatically migrates from “http” to “https”.
This is how my website looks after installing an SSL certificate. Trust me, no one is going to trust your website if their browser tells them not to. Oh, and if you are collecting any information or payments from your users, just forget about it if you don’t have an SSL certificate installed! If you are running an e-commerce store, I suggest you even invest in a paid SSL which offers a much higher level of security to you and your users!
How does HostGator help you?
HostGator provides a free SSL certificate on all its plans. This helps ease the burden on the user. If you are not sure which HostGator plan is right for you, I have written an in-depth article comparing the different shared hosting plans, this might help you.
HostGator applies the free SSL automatically to all its accounts, however, you need to put in some extra work to activate the SSL. If you have got your domain and hosting both from HostGator, this is a very straightforward process which should be done in a few moments. I am hosting one of my websites on HostGator, and my SSL was activated within a few moments itself.
I was having some trouble with it, and HostGator Support was really very helpful and sorted it out for me in a few moments. Usually, your SSL is ready to go once you install WordPress or any other CMS on your hosting. There are a few simple steps that you need to do on your end and HostGator has a pretty comprehensive guide for different platforms. I have previous experience in installing it on WordPress, so I can help you with that:
To enable HTTPS on your WordPress installation HostGator recommends using either of the following plugins:
Important note :
- It is always a good practice to backup your website before you install any plugin.
- This enables you to go back to the original version if something goes wrong
This is all you need to activate your SSL certificate. Your website will be migrated to “https” in a few hours at the most. It usually gets updated immediately, but you should give it some time before you panic! If you are using other CMS platforms, I suggest you to take a look here.
What is included in the free SSL from HostGator?
As you probably already know, there are two types of SSL certificate. The first one is ‘Free SSL Certificate’, which as the name suggests is available for free. The other one which is paid is simply known as ‘SSL Certificate’. Let’s have a closer look at both.
Free SSL certificates fit into two categories. ‘Self-Signed Certificates’ are the ones in which there is no need for any Certificate Authority to sign them. They are signed by the issuer him/herself.
On the other hand, the second type of free SSL certificate available in the market is signed by a Certificate Authorities (CA). As far as the level of encryption is concerned, a free SSL certificate provides the same level of encryption as the paid ones. This kind of certificate is offered by HostGator which will make all the interactions that your website visitors have with your website encrypted.
A free SSL certificate works great for your small up and coming website or blog! So, if you fit into this category you may want to go ahead with this kind of certificate. A free SSL certificate comes with only Domain Validation (DV), you need to pay if you want to transfer to a positive or EV SSL certificate.
If you own a business website where you are going to collect payment information from your users, a paid SSL is most recommended. It comes with a positive or Extended Validity(EV) SSL certificate. You can purchase it right here from HostGator.
Depending on your business needs, you can choose the right kind of certificate for you!
If you want to move to HostGator
I’ve heard of other web hosting companies, especially website builders, that have a challenge with SSL. If you’ve been trying to install an SSL with another company and can’t seem to get it done, consider switching to HostGator.
HostGator allows you to move your website with no downtime at all! You can check out this article to learn more about that. Remember, all HostGator plans come with a free SSL! All you gotta do is activate it with the plugin I have mentioned above.
Remember: HostGator has a world-class customer support team that is available around the clock – 24/7/365 – via chat, phone, or email ticket. Contact support if you get stuck installing SSL,