How To Install Free SSL Certificate In Godaddy Economy Linux Hosting

If you are hosting your website on Godaddy’s Economy Linux Hosting plan, let me show you how to manually add and install a free SSL Certificate in order to have a secure and trusted site. If you are unaware, HTTPS encryption is one of the ranking factors for any site. This means that having a secure site means trust from visitors and other users.

When I signed up for the Godaddy Economy Linux Hosting plan, I had not read the plan specifications. And when I went on to read all about the hosting plan, I discovered that, unlike some hosting providers who offer free SSL to clients, this wasn’t the case with Godaddy.

That is when I came up with the idea of finding a simple way to fine-tune my website to support HTTPS to enjoy the associated benefits. I read several tutorials including on Godaddy help but somewhere, there was a step I could get past.

I went on to search for the free SSL certificate providers and found many including Lets Encrypt, Zerossl and etc, but somewhere, I could decrypt the CRT, KEY, and CA Bundles into text which was required inside my hosting under SSL/TLS.

Eventually, I was able to do so and successfully installed a free SSL certificate for my website hosted on the Godaddy Economy Linux Hosting plan. If you are looking for the same solution, follow the below procedures.

How to get a free SSL Certificate

  • Visit
  • Enter your domain name
  • Verify your domain using either email or DNS
  • Download the SSL Certificate zip file.

How to Decode SSL Certificate

  • Visit
  • Click browser and upload the CA, Certificate, or Key file
  • Copy extract and save on notepad for later use

How to add Free SSL Certificate on Godaddy Economy Linux Hosting

  • Visit Godaddy hosting cPanel
  • Click SSL/TLS
  • Click manage SSL sites
  • Click update certificate or install new
  • Copy extracted txt files saved above and paste into matching fields
  • Click Install

How to verify the installed SSL certificate

  • Visit
  • Click verify installation
  • Now log into WordPress
  • Click General under settings
  • Change WordPress and Site address from HTTP to HTTPS
  • Save settings and reload the page.

You might be logged out after saving depending on your settings. Simply re-login and you will be done. Your site is secure with HTTPS courtesy of a free SSL certificate.

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