What is a free SSL Certificate?

Last Update: September 19, 2018

As members of the Wealthy Affiliate University, you have the opportunity to add an SSL Certificate to your domain name for FREE! This gives you a huge lead on the competitor.

What is a free SSL Certificate?

SSL = Secure Sockets Layer
TLS = Transport Layer Security
Both often referred to as SSL

The SSL protocol aims primarily to provide privacy and data integrity between two communicating computer applications.

Advantages of SSL

  • You offer your visitors a secured private connection
  • The connection ensures integrity
  • Every message is transmitted using an authentication code to prevent data loss
  • Google Starts Giving A Ranking Boost To Secure HTTPS/SSL Sites

Checklist for SSL

  1. Click the button on: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites
  2. Check your SSL here: https://www.whynopadlock.com/
  3. Change your Google Analytics settings
  4. Add property on Google webmaster tools
  5. Send in a new sitemap, also to Bing
  6. When you do this training, it will lead you through point 2-3-4: The Switch to SSL, Some Things to Remember
  7. There will be a redirect for your http to https, but it looks nicer when you change all Social Media advertising and email advertising links.
  8. Check your site again: https://www.whynopadlock.com/
  9. Still having issues? Add a plugin, you find on this training: SSL Activation - No Padlock - Mixed Content - Google Search Console
  10. Check all your posts and pages separately if they have the green padlock.
  11. Check all widgets
  12. Check all comments
  13. Check the Pretty link plugin
  14. Check your galleries and sliders

Go for it!

When you've done everything possible and you still do not get this green padlock, you can install this plugin: Really Simple SSL of Rogier Lankhorst, we do not want to many plugins, I know that, but we also want that green padlock. This might just help you to get it.

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EdC1 Premium
Thank you very much for sharing this information. Really appreciate It.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Ed, have a great day
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EdC1 Premium
Thank you! You have a nice day as well.
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ownonlboss Premium
The part in Google Analytics is a simple matter of changing a little choice box from http to https. No new entities to create there.

The SSL certificate procedure should be easy enough, but minor issues might occur. The SSL certificate is free for everybody, including Wealthy Affiliate.
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Loes Premium
I have done a week work to adjust all those "minor" issues on 3 websites, Steven
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E-Udoh Premium
I have activated SitePlus+ but I keep losing the padlock on my website and just remain with information button. When I refresh SitePlus+ everything comes back.

Any advise on how to fix that?

Also, how do we change Google Analytics?

Thank you for the information!
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Loes Premium
No, sorry, I am having the same problem, and I just don't know how to fix this on and of green padlock.

For Google analytic, you need to add the new https website in the manager
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Loes Premium
A few things you can check
Do you have comments with links? Add https or remove the links
Do you have checked your plugins. e.g. the EU Cookie law plugin, deactivate and activate again to get the https
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E-Udoh Premium
Thank you.

I just fixed the Google Analytics. I am going to wait 24 hrs and see if that fixes the problem.

If that does not work, I will check my comments with links as I do have few of those.

I am trying to limit my plugins to 5 so not yet. I have not tried the plugin.

When you figure out how to get the padlock to stick, please do share how you fixed it. I will do the same as well.

Thanks again!
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Loes Premium
Good morning, I have sent in a support ticket last evening, and they reassured me that my website has a green padlock, even though I do not see it, I wonder if it has something to do with my cache
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E-Udoh Premium
Good morning,

That's great news!

But now I have a question, if your website has a green padlock (which you don't necessary see) I am guessing your audience will also not see it, right?

And if that's so, they will be probably think the site is not safe if they were to take some action requiring exchange of information and such.

Mine is still showing the information sign and will try couple more things and if nothing works, then I will call in a ticket as well.

Thank you Loes!
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Loes Premium
If you can be so kind to check it out for me?
https://workathomefuture.com
and when you give me your url, I will check yours too
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HoraceT Premium
Hi Loes, you do have the green padlock on your site. It seems to be working perfectly.
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Loes Premium
👍
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E-Udoh Premium
Yours is good...it got the green pad lock and everything. I love your website....it has tons of useful info.

Mine is : https://residualincomeseekers.com/

Thank you Loes!
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Loes Premium
Thanks Ephiginie:)
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SuzetteH Premium
Procrastination over, printed out the checklist, away I go!
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Loes Premium
Thumb up! Go for it:)
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Lilika84 Premium
Thanks Loes, I am going to do it now. It seems to be very complicated and I am already affirming "I finish all my Wealthy Affiliate tasks with an ease" LOL
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Loes Premium
Take one step at the time:) You can do this Sanela
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Lilika84 Premium
I am in the middle of the process :)
I got my Secure badge up in the browser. I even created a video on finding HTTP-S in the posts that need a change lol

Looking good on this haha

Thanks Loes :)
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Claudioj Premium
Loes, excellent information many thanks for sharing!!
Claudio
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Claudio:)
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MPollock Premium
Nice tool and advice, thanks, dear
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Loes Premium
Glad to have these tools, it took a lot more than just hit that button on the manager
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MPollock Premium
I know that feeling, thanks, dear
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Marith Premium
It works!!
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Loes Premium
Super girl!!!
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Snoetjies Premium
Thank you good info, saved it.
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seconds2work Premium
We should find some way to make this go viral
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Yulandi :)
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Loes Premium
You are free to share LeNard:)
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CateR Premium
Wow Loes - that is really nice of you! Thanx.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Cate:)
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seconds2work Premium
Thank you Loes, Let's spread this news.
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Loes Premium
I did already, now it's your turn ;)
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seconds2work Premium
I'm all over this, Thank you
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JewelCarol Premium
Awesome, nice, thank you Loes dear.:)
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Loes Premium
Glad you like it Jewel:)
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pranavmutty Premium
thanks Loes.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Pranav
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mybiz4u Premium
Thnx, Loes.
Michelle
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Michelle:))
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RandallW2 Premium
Thanks, Lois! You're a great teacher.
- Randy
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Loes Premium
Thank you Randy, must be in my genes, my Dad was a great teacher
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adreyna Premium
Great information, Lois! Thanks for breaking it down.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Audrey
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Sui_generis Premium
As usual, Loes comes through with goods. You're still the best.

~Debbi
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Loes Premium
Thanks Debbi, nice to see you're still here:)
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RDoren Premium
Good info Loes; as usual. Thank you.
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Robert:)
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MKearns Premium
There are other layers. the encrypting over the network layer is also important!
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Loes Premium
Can you elaborate your answer Michael?
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Gerlinde Premium
Very nice summary of all the information needed! Thanks, Gerlinde
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Gerlinde
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Bimby Premium
Bookmarked this training.

Thanks again Loes.
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Loes Premium
Thanks Beatrice, success
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TanyaCHA Premium
Thank you Loes for the good check list. I am working on my ssl now..Do you see a ranking boost for your websites after switching to https? Tanya
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Loes Premium
I don't know about the ranking, I see a rising line for visitors with all 3 sites
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TanyaCHA Premium
Thank you Loes for sharing. More visitors are already great. How much time did it take to see the rising traffic for you? I will share my experience when I finish my transfer as well..
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Loes Premium
a week, and that week I didn't even published any blog
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TanyaCHA Premium
Thanks again Loes.. I appreciate your insight..
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weemrst Premium
Tremendous knowledge again, Loes.
Thanks lots.
Take care.
Lynn
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Loes Premium
Thank you Lynn, hope to help some people with more insight
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KeithMaki Premium
I am going to bookmark this and make sure I go over all of my pages. As always, thank you for all of your help Loes!

Take care my friend,

Keith
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Loes Premium
Success Keith, and thanks:)
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rich6153 Premium
I love you dearly for helping me and increasing my knowledge on technology and social media. I am so honor to know you. Please continue to share with me. I really do appreciate it. Sincerely, Dr. Marilyn M. Carr

You have truly made my day and experience!
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Loes Premium
Thank you Marilyn, I will keep sharing new gained knowledge:)
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Steve1958 Premium
You are INDISPENSABLE Loes...
Thanks very much for this...
Very handy indeed...
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Loes Premium
Thanks Stephen, much appreciate your comment:)
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Mike-Writes Premium
Thanks for the great info, Loes!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Mike, my pleasure sharing
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KMeyer Premium
Thanks for sharing
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Kevin:)
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks for the link Loes much appreciated :)
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Loes Premium
YW, I will push you to level 5 ;)
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Alan Hocking Premium
Not quite sure what that means but thanks anyway ;)
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Loes Premium
Hmm, you do not know you get paid for training?
Level 1 $5, level 2 $10, Level 3 $15, Level 4 $20, Level 5 $25
With 131 likes you must be entering level 3 by now
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Alan Hocking Premium
Yep on level 3

I didn't realize we got credits for training as it was the first one I've done so it was a nice surprise to get the 30 credits and I've spent them on Site Comments already! :)

Didn't know there were more levels though

Thanks for the info :)
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Loes Premium
You can let them paid out to you too, just use the second slider for payment and click exchange for $$$
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Alan Hocking Premium
Yeah I know that thanks
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Ivine Premium
Hi Loes, once again many thanks for the information. Irv.
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Loes Premium
My pleasure Irv.:))
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mergie1 Premium
Thanks for the advice. I have changed a few of my sites, but didn't do all the things you suggest on the list afterwards.
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Loes Premium
You do need to take care of those Michel
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reanna1 Premium
Thanks for the info, Loes!
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Loes Premium
You're welcome Rebecca
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Ndstad81 Premium
I just clicked it cause it looked cool, thanks for the info
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Loes Premium
Success the rest of the day Nathan
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GautamWorld Premium
Many joining here are from a non-technical background. I bet, it confused them when everybody was talking about SSL.

Great post, great timing.

Thank you, Loes.
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Loes Premium
My pleasure sharing Gautam
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KayWinkler Premium
Awesome Info, Loes. Thanks!
Kay
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Loes Premium
Thank you, much appreciate your comment, Kay:)
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