How to Add SSL in your WordPress Admin for Security
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and it’s a way to encrypt data that is sent over networks like the Internet. Every day you share your personal information with websites whether it’s making a purchase or simply logging in. In order to protect the data transfer, a secure connection needs to be created. That’s when SSL comes to play.
Why do you need SSL certificate?
If you are using public wifi then you might go to your WordPress login page and login the data that is sent to the website’s server. When you log in to verify it that you’re actually allowed to go on that site, that can be intercepted by somebody. However, if you have HTTPS at the front of your site where S stands for Secure then that means there’s an SSL certificate installed on your site, which means any data that is sent is encrypted.
So the information can still be intercepted but then the person who intercepts it also has to decrypt it and often SSL Certificates are bank level encryption. So it can be very hard and they are not going to waste their time trying to crack it.If someone is watching the wifi band and they see a non-secure site and intercept the login information then it’s a piece a cake for them to get in. So obviously, at that point if they want to crack websites they will be getting into yours.
How to get an SSL certificate?
It’s actually quite easy to force WordPress to the use an SSL certificate. You first have to purchase one and you can do that by calling your hosting company and ask them to add an SSL certificate to your account. An SSL certificated costs about 50 to 90 dollars a year. Once you have the SSL certificate, inside your wp-config file you can tell WordPress to use only the HTTPS at the front the website, so that it uses the certificate all the time.
How to add an SSL certificate in your WordPress Admin?
You need to login to your hosting account like HostGator, scroll down a little bit, click on file manager, find the website you want to secure.
HostGator Contol Panel
Choose the Document Root option where you will see a list of files and you will find the wp-config file.
File Manager Directory Selection
Copy this little piece of code and add it to the wp-config file
Click save changes. This will force the use of SSL certificate. This is all you have to do!!
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