Tricks to get free SSL for your website

I see a lot of publishers on facebook and twitter who have linked their website or blog in their profile info. I used to visit a couple of links to see how their site looks like. Let’s visit this site..


screenshot from ceoandhra.nic.in - tricked tricks
screenshot from ceoandhra.nic.in

Because I’m the guy who craves for best design layouts and great content. But those expectations never come true, because all those blogs dont have an SSL certificate linked to their website. To know, whats an SSL certificate, why do you need em and how’l you get it, you know the deal right…? You have to read further. 😉


What is SSL and why do you need them?

Technically, SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, but I know you don’t wanna know its history or whatever shit like that. So without boring you guys further let’s just know the needful.


  1. SSL is kinda like a layer which adds up extra security to your site and absorbs all the risky conditions all by itself.
  2. Risky conditions are the unwanted(spam) traffic that is directed to your site.
  3. You don’t want any spammers to affect your site, that why you use an SSL certificate. See, you are genius. You’ve understood the concept so easily. 😉

What are the benefits of SSL?

If you’re building or have an e-commerce site then SSL is required for your site to ensure that your site is properly encrypted to customer-client interface.

Because there maybe a numerous number of loopholes from which the hackers may reside in and steal all your money when you make a purchase. So SSL plays an important role in the development of the site.


  1. You see a spike in your traffic if you link your site to SSL, because people feel safe to visit your site more often.
  2. If your site involves in collecting payments, then adding an SSL encryption safeguards your transactions.
  3. It secures the webste and the websites are safe to use.
  4. It loads more quickly than the sites which are not yet using SSL.

How do I add an SSL encryption to my site..?

Cloudflare.

Adding an SSL, just means to redirect your traffic from HTTP to HTTPS. Thats what is all the science involved in it. Nah! Theres much science involved behind the scenes, but we aint talking that now.

So how do you add a free SSL to your site..? I mean absolutely free. You dont have to pay a dime to get your SSL rock and rolling.


cloudflare signup - tricked tricks
cloudflare signup form

  • After verifying all the stuffs like otp verification and many other things(figure yourself), login to your Cloudflare dashboard.
cloudflare dashboard - tricked tricks
cloudflare dashboard

  • Click on DNS from the menu.
  • Scroll down to Cloudflare nameservers.
cloudflare nameserver page- tricked tricks
cloudflare nameserver page

  • Change the nameservers from your current hosting provider to the all-new Cloudflare’s nameservers.
  • After changing all the nameservers to Cloudflare, toggle “Always use HTTPS” from the speed menu on Cloudflare.
ssl settings - tricked tricks

  • Your SSL would be activated within 24 hours or after a couple of hours. Enjoy!!

How do I know if the site is SSL protected or not..?

You can easily distinguish an SSL and non SSL site by seeing the two signs on a webpage.


  • LOCK – If the site is SSL encrypted, then it always displays a lock on the left side of the URL.
ssl settings - tricked tricks

  • Unlock – Told you that you’re a genius. It just means that it isn’t SSL encrypted, and may contain harmful malware.

Tricks to guess if the site runs a free SSL or paid SSL

We always give our fellow readers some awesome tricks every time we make a post live. But this trick is quite amazing, most of the surfers haven’t have tried it yet. Lets quickly know what the trick is…

The trick is that you can distinguish the sites which are using a paid SSL encryption(provides more security) and free SSL encryption(provides less security). 😉 So lets muster the trick!


  • You can tap on the LOCK and see if the certificate is valid or not, If its a valid certificate, then it shows in a green colour(if using mobile) or black colour(if using desktop). But it should be locked.
  • You can navigate to “Certificates” to check whether the site’s SSL is free or paid.
tricked tricks page

  • After selecting certificates, you’ll be shown a window where you can see “Issued to”, “Issued by”, and “valid from”.
tricked tricks certificate page - tricked tricks

  • Now, check on “issued to”, if the domain names are same to the respected site, then they are using a paid SSL encryption for their site. Like, if the website you want to know is google.com, then check the certificate and see, issued to. If the issue to matches with google.com, then they’re using paid SSL(more security).
site validity checker - tricked tricks

  • If the “issued to” doesn’t matches with the same domain name, then they’re using a free one. For example, check our site. Check it, I’ll wait..! So our site, doesn’t match with same domain name in “issued to” so we use a free SSL through Cloudflare. That’s how you distinguish between the sites.
tricked tricks site information - tricked tricks

So, the fun part is that you can also get a brand new free SSL certificate to your site by registering to Cloudflare, and tweak a few settings, and your site runs like crazy.

Your website speed will be more faster than it was before, you can also enable “Rocket Loader” to load the java scripts on your webpage more faster than ever. That’s how you can set your site with a free SSL certificate.


Some of the alternatives to get free SSL certificate

  1. Let’s encrypt.
  2. Comodo.
  3. SSL.com.
  4. SSL for free.
  5. StartCom.

Final words

This is a trick that our site Tricked Tricks is also using to ensure proper behaviour of our readers. We care for our fellow readers, so we have added an extra layer of security to our website.

You can also add a free SSL certificate to your site by following the steps that are listed above.

People are more intersted to click on your site rather than clicking a site which shows an alert sign. So add an SSL certicate to your site and boost your traffic! Cheers from Tricked Tricks..!


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