If you are new to Siteground, configuring SSL, or Let’s Encrypt, then these instructions will guide you in setting up your WordPress installation with SSL. Assuming you have already successfully installed WordPress in your Siteground account, follow these steps in Siteground to configure SSL with Let’s Encrypt. Note that example.com is to be replaced with your domain.
Let’s Encrypt is an open-source Certificate Authority (CA) that is trusted by all major browsers and offers free SSL certificates. The certificates are valid for 90 days, and the underlying Siteground infrastructure will automatically renew your certificate. It is as easy as your first configuration, and never having to worry about handling SSL certificates for your domain again, unless you add additional subdomains you wish to cover with the same SSL certificate.
Siteground SSL Let’s Encrypt
In Siteground configure SSL with Let’s Encrypt by following these steps. These steps assume you are an administrator on the account.
- Log in to your Siteground account.
- Go into the “Manage Account” section.
- Click “Go to cPanel”.
- Click “Let’s Encrypt” under the security section.
- Keep the default options and click “Install”.
- Click “cPanel Home”.
- Wait a few minutes for your certificate to be installed. Siteground has submitted your request for you, and Let’s Encrypt the Certification Authority, will issue your certificate within minutes.
WordPress Admin Panel Configure SSL
To configure SSL in WordPress, most of the work is done by your hosting provider. In this case, Siteground.
- Log in to your WordPress admin panel, usually at http://example.com/wp-admin.
- Navigate to “Settings”.
- Update the WordPress Address (URL) to https://example.com
- Update the Site Address (URL) to https://example.com
- Navigate to your site at http://example.com and it should be redirected to https://example.com.
- Your account in Siteground is configured with SSL and Let’s Encrypt.