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Module 1: Setting Up WordPress

How To Install An SSL Certificate And Configure WordPress

Action Plan

Step 1: Install An SSL Certificate Using Let's Encrypt


Why This Step Is Important

An SSL certificate is extremely important for both security and Google search engine rankings. After installing the Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate your website’s URL will be using “https”. This tells your visitors that they are accessing a secure connection and that their personal information will be protected.

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how install a free SSL certificate in cPanel using Let’s Encrypt.

Video Summary

  • Go to cPanel in your SiteGround admin (0:20)
  • Search cPanel for “encrypt” and click on “Let’s Encrypt” (0:40)
  • Install SSL certificate (1:05)
  • Adjust the HTTPS settings (1:33)
  • Turn on “HTTPS Enfore” (1:38)
  • Turn on “External Links Rewrite” (1:45)

(I installed the SSL certificate)

Step 2: Configure Your WordPress Settings


Why This Step Is Important

Before you can start using WordPress it is extremely important that you use our recommended WordPress settings. This will ensure that you don’t run into any problems in the future as you work through our course.

Watch Our Video Tutorial For This Step

This video will walk you through how to configure the options in the “Settings” tab of your WordPress admin. This includes the recommended settings for General, Writing, Reading, Discussion, Media, and Permalinks.

Video Summary

  • Log into your WordPress admin (0:18)
  • Bookmark your WordPress admin login page (0:36)
  • Clean up the dashboard (1:05)
  • Deactivate and delete Jetpack and Hello Dolly plugins (1:29)
  • Change your site title (2:12)
  • Change your WordPress address and site address to https (2:25)
  • Log back into WordPress since https URLs were changed (2:50)
  • Turn off comments (3:15)
  • Turn off month and year-based folders for media uploads (3:50)
  • Change permalink structure to “Post name” for better SEO (4:00)

(I configured the settings in my WordPress admin)

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Setting Up WordPress

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