I have written an article about getting a free SSL but since then the startssl.com website is changed and I’m writing this new article to get a free SSL certificate from an updated 2015 version of startssl.com. The free SSL certificate validity is for 1 year and you can always renew it and get free SSL certificate for free after expiration.
Registering at StartSSL
Head over to www.startssl.com and follow the below steps. (<Please visit using Chrome browser)
- On startSSL.com main page, choose startSSL Free
- Now click on Sign-Up
- Now fill in your details and enter a proper email ID
- You will receive a verification code on the email ID you have provided. Put in your verification code in the form and click Sign Up
Now a login certificate will be installed on your chrome browser. Click on Login Now and you will be logged in with the certificate installed on your browser. If prompted choose your installed certificate and click OK.
Validating your Domain
You are now logged in into your StartSSL account. Select Validations Wizard from the tabs above and choose domain validation and click continue.
Now enter your domain here without www or any subdomain, and click Next.
You will see a list of email address from which you need to choose one which you have access to. You will see an email from which you have registered your domain and you can select that email also. Click on send verification code and you will receive an authorization code to your selected email, copy the code and paste it just below it in the form and click Validation.
You have successfully validated your domain and now you can generate an SSL for that domain. Select Certificates Wizard from the tabs above and choose Web Server SSL/TLS Certificate and click on Continue.
Enter your domain and CSR in the form and click on Submit.
You will see a message highlighted in a green box, from this box click on the link where it says click here to download the certificate. You will get a zip file with all the required certificate files for different servers.
Getting additional files
You can always move to the Tool box tab and find the certificate files and other required files for your server.
So, that’s all. You own an SSL certificate for your domain. Comment below for any doubt and help. Share and comment if you liked this article.