The purpose of this tutorial is to explain What is an SSL Certificate, What does an SSL Certificate do, and just how easy it is to Find any Website's SSL Certificate Information.



What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) Certificate is a digital certificate that creates a secure link between a website and a visitor's browser.


What does an SSL Certificate do?

It authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server. When an internet user sends any confidential information, the browser will access the digital certificate and establish a secure connection.


Why do you want/need an SSL Certificate?

  • Proves Domain Ownership

  • Boosts your Google ranking

  • Protects your visitors sensitive information, including personal data and payment information


HOW DO YOU VERIFY YOUR WEBSITE HAS AN SSL CERTIFICATE?

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BobbyAllen Premium
Thanks for the article Cris, was going well until i went to view certificate (Had my website changed yesterday to another domain as i miss-pelt the original site address) When i click on the green lock it says "Secure connection" but also "Firefox has blocked parts of this page that are not secure"
Can you please advise where i go from here?
Cheers
Bobby
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cris1018 Premium
Hi Bobby. Often times when that occurs, it is referring to images. You can usually fix (then avoid in the future) by first downloading the images you use to your computer, then uploading to your site, rather than uploading directly to your site from another source. Hope that helps!

Cris
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BobbyAllen Premium
Thanks Cris, so how do i get rid of that Firefox message, or doesn't it matter!
Bobby
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cris1018 Premium
It does matter because if you are seeing it, then others can see it as well. I would check your sitemap for mixed content and fix (locate any http links, remove, add as https, resubmit new sitemap) You'll probably find that it's images, because our content permalinks are automated, so if your SiteSSL is turned on, they will be https.

(You said you changed your domain? So did you "transfer" content from the old one to this new one? Did you use "move" in the Site Manager to do so?)
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BobbyAllen Premium
Thanks Chris! .... I haven't got a site map yet but I'll work on it today. And yes I changed the content over and its all good.
Cheers & thanks again!
Bobby
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cris1018 Premium
Ah. Ok. You haven't quite gotten to that point yet in the training. Sometimes you end up having a question right before it's covered in the next lesson. It's okay. Just continue with training and it will be there :-)
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BobbyAllen Premium
Thanks Chris!
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MThompson3 Premium
Thanks Cris for an excellent tutorial. You covered every possible question anyone could have regarding the SSL Certificate.

Mark
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cris1018 Premium
Thank you, Mark!
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Raquel14 Premium
Thank you for this very informative lesson. God bless you.
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cris1018 Premium
Thanks Raquel! What a great way to start my morning! Have a good one!
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Babou3 Premium
Thanks for this nice lesson!

Have a nice day!
Ingrid
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cris1018 Premium
Thanks, Ingrid!
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ShihTzuSteve Premium
Thank you for sharing, Cris. Important information comprehensively put across.
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cris1018 Premium
Thank you, Steve!
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MHead1 Premium
Hello Cris,
This information was very helpful. Although I have one question? After following these steps what if you get a message that says "Your connection to this site is not fully secure"? What do I do now?

Thank you.
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cris1018 Premium
Hmmmm. Hopefully others will see this and chime in, but...

1. Could have something to do with the browser you're using, and it's ability to verify the certificate.

2. Could mean there is "mixed content" on the website

In either case, here's a "check" you can use to see if the pages you're on are https:

Go to the website with Google Chrome
Press F12
Click on the "Network" tab
Press F5 to reload everything
Hover over any URL listed to check whether it uses http or https

Let me know what you find
P.S. Is this your site here at WA?
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MHead1 Premium
Yes it is my site on here.
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MHead1 Premium
I'm not sure but I do see under the Network tab that there are some images that use the http and not https. Those are the only ones I see on there that have that browser heading.
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cris1018 Premium
Ok... in the case that it's just for images, check out this post by Loes: Let me know if that helps!
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cris1018 Premium
So basically, try to save the images first to upload from your device rather than directly from the source. Some images will cause the "mixed content" issue.
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MHead1 Premium
Thanks
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Triblu Premium
Wow Cris, this came at a perfect time. A new member just posted a question about this and I shared your tutorial here in my comment to that member.

Excellent tutorial!
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cris1018 Premium
Yay! Great, Trish!
Thank you :-)
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