Get a free SSL certificate using Cloudflare

Cloudflare will give you a free SSL certificate, the steps involved are really simple, this guide will quickly run through how to get up and running with Cloudflare

First visit sign in or create an account and login then click add site enter your website address and click on begin scan.

Add site to cloudflare

Then all your DNS settings will be scanned, this is so when you set your name server to Cloudflare’s you won’t break anything on your site or email.

Once the scan is finished click on continue setup. A list of all found DNS records will be displayed at this point you can add/remove and update any DNS settings, click continue to carry on.

Next select a plan I find the free version adequate.

Cloudflare plan

Next you’ll be presented with 2 name servers update your existing name servers on your domain registrar to the ones provided. Go back to the Cloudflare setup and click continue.

At this point you’re done. Check over the settings on Cloudflare and customise them as needed. It’s not a required step but it’s worth getting familiar with the options.

Name severs can take up to 48 hours to become fully active, usually it’s very quick but that largely depends on the registrar.

The overview page will you show the status of your domain. 

Cloudflare Status

Once the DNS has fully propagated meaning you’re sure the domain is ready through Cloudflare then change your website to use https instead of http.

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.