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How To Activate Free SSL Certificate - Free WordPress SSL Setup

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How do I use the free shared SSL Certificate?

Bluehost offers free SSL certificates for all domain names that are assigned or parked in your account. For the most part, the SSL will install and assign itself to all of your domains — new and old — but certain users might need to manually enable the certificate.

Enabling the Free SSL Certificate

If it's properly set up, it should show an Active status. If it says, In Progress, you should be able to receive an email that contains a link to your account for further instructions.

  1. Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
  2. Click the Security tab from the side navigation. From here, check your Security products, and you should be able to see the Single Domain SSL active.
    Single Domain SSL
  3. To check your website, navigate to the Hosting tab in the side navigation.
    Hosting Tab
  4. Select the website you're working on under the Site section by clicking Settings.
    Settings Button
  5. Click on the Security tab.
    Security Section

It may take several hours for the SSL to install and activate after you've switched it on. We might occasionally need your assistance to finish the process. If so, an email with instructions will be sent to you.

Disabling the Free SSL Certificate

  1. Log in to your Bluehost Account Manager.
  2. Click the Hosting tab from the side navigation and select your website.
    Hosting Tab
  3. Navigate through the menu and click on Security. On SSL certificates, from the right corner, click on the 3 vertical dots and select View SSL logs.
    View SSL Logs
  4. Click on the checkbox next to the domain name for which you need to uninstall the SSL certificate. Then, select Exclude Domains from AutoSSL and click View Certificate
  5. Lastly, locate the domain for which you do not want an SSL certificate and click on the Uninstall option.

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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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