Bluehost provides free SSL certificates to its customers. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol for establishing a secure and encrypted connection between a web server and a web browser. SSL certificates are important for websites because they help to protect sensitive information, such as usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers, from being intercepted and stolen by hackers.
Bluehost offers a free SSL certificate to all customers who use their hosting services. This certificate is provided by Let's Encrypt, a non-profit certificate authority that is sponsored by several major technology companies, including Mozilla, Google, and Cisco. The Let's Encrypt SSL certificate is automatically installed on your website once you sign up for Bluehost hosting.
To enable the free SSL certificate on your Bluehost website, you need to follow these steps:
- Log in to your Bluehost account.
- Click on the "My Sites" tab.
- Select the website that you want to enable SSL for.
- Click on "Security" in the left-hand menu.
- Scroll down to "Free SSL Certificate" and click on "Enable".
- Wait a few minutes for the certificate to be installed and activated.
Once the certificate is enabled, your website will have a secure HTTPS connection and visitors will see a padlock icon in their browser's address bar, indicating that the connection is encrypted and secure.