Adding an SSL certificate to your site’s domain is one of the best ways to secure your WordPress website. Although a secure (and SSL-enabled) site is necessary for many sites, the cost and implementation concerns linked with it have stood in the way of its widespread deployment.
Up until recently, getting started with a functional SSL certificate was no cakewalk. However, the new open source certificate authority, Let’s Encrypt, changed that forever in hopes of creating a more secure and privacy-respecting web.
In this post, we’ll walk you through step by step instructions to install a free SSL certificate to your WordPress site using Let’s Encrypt. However, before we begin, let’s briefly review what an SSL certificate is and why you should install on to your site’s domain.