How to Install SSL Certificate on EasyWP

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In this guide, you’ll learn how to install SSL certifcate on EasyWP hosting platform. You’ll also learn how to generate free SSL certificate from LetsEncrypt.

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Installing SSL Certificate on EasyWP

If you haven’t purchased your SSL certificate already and would like to use free LetsEncrypt SSL, scroll to the creating free LetsEncrypt SSL section

Step 1. Log into EasyWP dashboard then click "Domains"

If you haven’t already, log into your EasyWP dashboard then click on your website which should lead you to a similar screen like on above.

Step 2. Click "Domains"

In the dashboard, switch to domain section by clicking on “Domains”

You should now see “SSL Certificates” section. This is where you get to install and setup your SSL certificates from.

Step 3. Upload SSL Certificate

Under SSL Certificates, you should see a gray box on the left hand side with “Missing SSL Certificates” text.

Click on “Upload” to select your SSL certifcate from the folder sent to you by SSL issuing provider.

Navigate to folder where you downloaded your SSL files and locate “certificate.crt” file.

Double click on the file to upload

File upload should take a second or less.

So, you may not notice the upload process but once the SSL certificate has been successfully installed, you should notice “Upload” text change to “Change”

You may see an error if you try to upload a non .crt file. So make sure the file you’re uploading here has .crt file extension.

Step 4. Upload Private Key

After installing a certificate, next step is to install private key.

From SSL Certificates section, on the right hand side, click on “Upload” under “Missing Private Key”.

Again, from the folder that contains your certificate files, locate and double click on “private.key” file.

Make sure the file you’re uploading has a .key file extension.

It should take a second or less before the file uploads.

You’ll notice the text on the Private Key gray box change. Such as “Upload” to “Change” green text.

If you’ve uploaded an incorrect file, you’ll see an error message. Review the error and try again.

Step 5. Turn on SSL

After installing SSL files, that is Certifcate and Private key files, all you have left is to click on the gray toggle button under “SSL Certificates” section to switch on your SSL

The toggle button will turn to green. This indicates that SSL has now been activated on your website.

Step 5. Test your website on https

Now head over to your website and try refreshing. If everything went on well you should see your website redirect to https without issues.

However…

Sometimes, you might see an error such one below

Don’t freak out..

If you see connection not private, try refreshing the page one more time.

If problem persists, go back to EasyWP dashboard and turn off SSL by clicking on the green toggle button, then refresh your website then turn on SSL again and usually.

it should work unless if the certificate is invalid only then will the problem persist without fixing.

That is it!

You’ve successfully installed an SSL certificate on your EasyWP website.

See following section on how to get a free SSL Certificate from LetsEncrypt

How to get a free SSL from LetsEncrypt

Unfortunately, Namecheap doesn’t provide free LetsEncrypt SSL for EasyWP unless if you generate the certificate yourself.

See the following steps on how to get a free SSL certificate for your website 

Step 1. Visit SSLforFree.com Website

First thing is visit SSLForFree.com on another tab of your browser

Step 2. Type in your website address

Inside the input field, type in your website address then click on the green button to create your free SSL Certificate

Step 3. Choose Automatic FTP Verification

On the next screen you’re required to verify your domain.

There’re 3 options to do this but choose “Automatic FTP Verification” as this one is easy with EasyWP hosting.

So, click on the “Automatic FTP Verification” then see next step.

Step 4. Type in your server information

As a process to verify your domain, you’ll be required to fill the form above.

The information required here is available on your EasyWP dashboard

Login into your EasyWP dashboard

  1. Click on “Files & Database”
  2. Click on “Access Files” button under SFTP Access section to view details

You should now see your EasyWP server information available for use.

  1. Server is Host on the form
  2. Username is the username that is required in the form
  3. Password is the password required in the form

Now all you have to do is copy and paste this information into SSLForFree.com form

  1. Choose “SFTP” as server type
  2. Copy and past “Server” information from EasyWP dashboard
  3. Port should automatically switch to 22 when you changed server to SFTP
  4. Copy and paste in your username from EasyWP dashboard
  5. Copy and paste in your password from EasyWP dashboard
  6. Leave Directory empty – you don’t have to do anything there

Then click on “Download Free SSL Certificate” button to generate your free SSL

Step 5. Download your SSL files

If previous step went through successfully, you should now see your certificate files available for download.

Click the big green “Download All SSL Certificate Files” button to start download.

You should now have an “sslforfree.zip” file on your computer drive.

To use the files, you will need to unzip the file so you can see the SSL files that you will be uploading to your server.

There you have it!

Free SSL files ready for install.

See first part of this tutorial on how to proceed with installing and setting up your SSL certificate on EasyWP hosting

Over to you

Let me know if you found this tutorial helpful

And if you need help

Let’s take it to the comment section!

Oh, by the way, I recently reviewed EasyWP hosting, click here to take a look!

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Daniel Emunot

Daniel Emunot

Over 5 years ago, I had no idea on how to use WordPress. Now I professionally build websites for my clients using WordPress. Over the past years I have gained experience and therefore, I spend my spare time writing articles that help beginners skip the Jibber Jabber and quickly start launching websites in the shortest time possible.

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