SSL (secure socket Layer) is a cryptographic process for securing communication on the internet. Use of SSL is the best and latest security measure against hackers. SSL certificates encrypt your data and hence keep it protected against being intercepted by anybody. Today, a site being hacked is not something shocking yet it is the worst nightmare that a webmaster or a web owner may have to deal with. The risk of a site being hacked is high especially for websites that use popular ready-made content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress. This is because a hacker can easily access the gateway to the dashboard of a WordPress site through the “domain/wp-admin” URL. WordPress is also majorly used by bloggers who are not very smart in web programming and thus more likely to leave security loopholes that hackers use. It is thus very important to ensure that you implement extra security measures for your WordPress site to stop attempts on hacking by implementing SSL in your site.
Use of SSL is the highest level of security that you can implement on your WordPress site. It is the security level being employed by financial sites and sites dealing with e-commerce that require high communication security over the internet. Here are a few easy tips to help you in implementing SSL on your WordPress site:
- The first step to implement SSL in WordPress is to get an SSL certificate and set it up. You should check if your web server can handle SSL, your hosting service can tell you if they allow use of SSL. Most hosting service providers understand the security needs and almost all allow SSL use with some providing the certificate for free as coupons and others at a fee. Thus you should first check with your host if they already have one for your account. If your host does not provide you can easily get one at a fee from most hosting service providers.
- After obtaining the certificate the next thing is to set it up on your site serve and implement it on WordPress. To set it up on your server you can simply give your hosting service provider details and they will do it for you.