These steps below assumes that you are using Cloudflare to manage your website property so it is available closer to your users around the world.
So how do I check if SSL is working on my website using Cloudflare?
Step 1 – Check that the Connection is Secure
Step 2 – Check that the certificate is indeed live and verified by the web browser
You can check by using the Inspect element function available within your web browser.
- You can do this by selecting the Chrome menu at the top-right of your browser window, then select Tools > Developer Tools.
- Alternatively you can right-click on any page element and select Inspect Element.
- You can use the hot keys, Ctrl+Shift+I on Windows device (or Cmd+Opt+I on Mac device) to open the DevTools (DeveloperTools).
|Example of where to find the Developer Tools on a Mac device|
|You’ll receive a message if “This page is secure (valid HTTPS)|
Step 3 – How do I check what type of SSL is working on my website?
Once you have confirmed that the SSL certificate is working on your website and it is secure, you can check how it appears to website visitors.
Cloudflare offers you a few different types of SSL certificates:
- Free Universal SSL certificates
- Dedicated SSL certificates
- Custom SSL certificates
- Free Universal SSL certificates – shows ssl384038.cloudflaressl.com, managed by Cloudflare
- Dedicated SSL certificates – shows yourdomain.com, managed by Cloudflare
- Custom SSL certificates – shows yourdomain.com, managed by your SSL certificate provider
Example A – ssl384038.cloudflaressl.com – Using a free Universal SSL certificate
For my website https://www.dejavuguides.com/, you’ll notice that ssl384038.cloudflaressl.com appears as the SSL certificate for my website.
Example B – vulongtran.com – Using a dedicated SSL certificate
For my website https://www.vulongtran.com/, you’ll notice that vulongtran.com appears as the SSL certificate for my website.
Enjoy securing your website SSL!