Before you get free SSL for your website from Cloudflare, you need to know 2 things well. What are Cloudflare and SSL?
What is Cloudflare?
Cloudflare is a content delivery network (CDN) that acts as a security net between server and user. When you add Cloudflare to a website, it will act as a proxy and other users will not be able to access your server and IP address directly. Cloudflare protects your server from DDoS attacks and other types of Attacks.
What is SSL?
SSL means Secure Socket Layer. SSL is the most widely used cryptographic protocol for providing security over Internet communications. This means that the security of your website depends on SSL. SSL is a very important element for the security of every website which is now essential to secure the data of your website visitors and also to improve the ranking of your website. You can read this blog to know more about What is SSL And How it works?
How to get free SSL from Cloudflare?
SSL is a Paid Service but IT Nut Hosting provides SSL for free with all the shared hosting packages. However, if you want, you can get SSL for free from Cloudflare for your website. Follow the steps below to get free SSL from Cloudflare.
First, log in to your Cloudflare Account. If you do not have an account in Cloudflare then create an account first and log in.
Add your website in Cloudflare to which one you need free SSL. If you don’t know how to add a Website to Cloudflare, you can follow this guideline: How can I add Cloudflare for my Domain and Hosting?
Once the website has been added, now click on Active Website
Then click on SSL / TLS from Website Overview and select Flexible.
Turn on HTTPS by clicking on another Tab Edge Certification of SSL / TLS here.
You’re done. It may take up to 24 hours for this change to come to your website. You have got an SSL Certificate for your website for free. Now your website will be automatically redirected to HTTPS.