Protect Your WooCommerce Store by Installing Free SSL Certificates

by Mustaasam Saleem  May 30, 2017

From blogging to ecommerce stores, WordPress can cater all kind of sites. With the popularity, WordPress has become the most favorite target for hackers. Many security researchers came forward, and Google is one of them to make the Internet more secure.

Google allows SSL certified websites to be on top in SERP rankings. The web index clearly leans towards SSL certified sites as compared to non-SSL ones. Besides SERP listing, SSL certified websites ensure that the data transmission is encrypted and secure.

Not just this, Google Chrome, the most-used web browser began stamping non-SSL sites as ‘Not secure’ from October 2017. For example, an ecommerce store powered without WooCommerce SSL can undermine your business as potential visitors and customers won’t visit your unsecured store once more.

This is a dire situation for the Non-SSL store as it will result in alarmingly fewer visitors as well as sales.

“Eventually, we plan to label all HTTP pages as non-secure, and change the HTTP security indicator to the red triangle that we use for broken HTTPS,” said Emily Schecter from Chrome Security Team.

WooCommerce SSL Certificate

WooCommerce is dedicated for ecommerce stores and other online businesses. Since almost all of the activity on WooCommerce store is related to money and transactions in one way or the other, it is an easy target for online theft. Therefore, securing your submission data (card details, login/signup forms) on WooCommerce store is essential step to consider.

If you are running an ecommerce store based on WooCommerce, then I’m sure you must know, why a WooCommerce SSL certificate is important to secure confidential information of your customers because — stealing data from form submissions has become a quite easy task for hackers.

To prevent online data theft, few security specialists began an open-source platform called Let’s Encrypt — and link client’s browser to the server. It ensures that the client’s correspondence is encoded and secure over the Internet.

Let’s Encrypt team defines Let’s Encrypt as:

“Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority.”

When you protect your site with Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate, a green padlock appears in the address bar, and the URL then starts with HTTPS:// instead of HTTP://

Secure WooCommerce Stores With Let’s Encrypt Free SSL Certificates

We, at Cloudways always take care of our customers’ online privacy and security. Back in 2016, we integrated Let’s Encrypt certificate into our platform, and made it a 1-click installation on all applications, and recently, we have introduced single SSL on multiple domains. For example, if you run a WordPress Multisite network, then this feature is very useful. Here is the proper guide, how you can add SSL on WordPress Multisite network.

Today, I will guide how you can secure WooCommerce data-transmission by adding Let’s Encrypt to your WooCommerce stores. First, signup with Cloudways and install WooCommerce in just 5-easy steps. Also, you can migrate WooCommerce to Cloudways with our migrator plugin.

Add SSL Certificate to WooCommerce Stores

Without any further ado, let’s start making a WooCommerce SSL certified store.

Login to your Cloudways account and navigate to Applications at the top of the menu bar. All installed applications will be listed here.

Choose Application to Install Let's Encrypt

Get into your WooCommerce application, and then tap on SSL Certificate from the left menu. Enter the email address, and primary domain name and hit Install Certificate button. It will take only few moments to install the SSL on WooCommerce store.

P.S: Before attempting to add SSL certificate, make sure the domain is working and propagated properly, otherwise the certificate will not be installed.

Add WooCommerce SSL Certificate

SSL on Multiple Domains

To add single SSL certificate on multiple domains, click on Add Domain button, another text field will appear to enter another domain name associated to your particular application. By repeating the process, you can add as many domains you want.

Add WooCommerce Multiple Domain SSL Certificate

Now, click on Save Changes button, a warning will appear asking the permission to remove existing SSL certificate and re-install single SSL with an updated list of domain(s).

Multiple Domain SSL Warning

Auto Renewal

By default, Let’s Encrypt restricts the certificates to be expired in 90 days and then you have to regenerate them. But, with Cloudways, you only need to Enable the above auto renewal option. You can also renew the certificate manually by clicking on “Renew Now” button. To remove an SSL certificate, click on Revoke button.

Final Thoughts!

WooCommerce demands and deserves SSL encryption and — if it is left unsecured, the risk of financial damage is unimaginable. Let’s Encrypt is the only solution whenever we think of FREE and POWERFUL data encryption. Besides your WooCommerce SSL store, there are 13 Security Tips For WooCommerce Stores that will help you to tighten the security.

After adding WooCommerce SSL certificate, don’t forget to make your store properly working with SSL.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that it is increasingly simple to add SSL on WooCommerce store. In any case, still, on the off chance that you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments section beneath. 🙂

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About Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at mustaasam.saleem@cloudways.com

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