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How To Secure Your Google Cloud Hosted Website With An SSL

How To Secure Your Google Cloud Hosted Website With An SSL

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arnold on Sep 06, 2021

The default hosting on your Google Cloud is probably not secure. You can see that at the top of your address bar. Website visitors could get a warning for your site and at the very least they will be notified that your website is not secure. So, we will secure it really quick with a free LETS ENCRYPT SSL.

First go to Cloud.Google.com

In the navigation bar on the left click on COMPUTE ENGINE and then select VM INSTANCES.

Setting Up VM instances on Google Cloud

Then click on SSH.

Click On SSH in the Virtual Instance

 

On the Command line next to the green lettering, copy and paste this after the ~$:  sudo /opt/bitnami/bncert-tool

 

SSH Command Line

Next you need to enter your domain list.  For this you just need to enter the url of your website without the www and with the www.  There is just one space between the two.


Domain List for your ssh

You will then be asked 4 questions. You can leave everything at default. Just press the enter key at the end of each question. When it asks if you agree to these changes press enter again.

Questions Asked For The SSH

You will then see the question that asks for your email address. Enter your gmail email address.

Email Address For PPH Lets Encrypt

You can then agree to the terms by pressing the enter key. The process to install an SSL will start.  It will take a few minutes to run.

Agreeing To The Lets Encryt Terms

When it is done running you will get a success message as shown below. You can press enter to continue.

Successfully installed Certificate

 

Type EXIT to close the command prompt:

exiting the pph comand prompt

You will know that what you did worked by going back to your website.  You should see that your URL now has a https and it should have the secure lock as shown below:

SSL Installed

You now have a secured instance of WordPress installed on a Google Cloud Server. You can log in to the backend of your wordpress website and start to use a website builder such as Themify.

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