How To Check For An SSL Certificate On Your Website

SkyStra
Oct 13, 2020

Checking if your site has an SSL certificate can at times throw you for a spin!

Sometimes a site has an SSL certificate active and working, however the browser shows the connection as Not Secure.

So, how can you check if your site has an SSL or not?

If it has an SSL, why would the browser show the connection as Not Secure?

Not Secure

When you go to your website (or any site), you might see a Not Secure warning on the left-hand part of the browser bar.

You might think this has to do with having no SSL certificate.

For example, let’s say our website is iqnium.com, when I type iqnium.com in my search bar, there’s a Not Secure sign in the browser:

Does this mean there’s no SSL certificate on that site?

Not necessarily.

You’ll need to go to the HTTPS version URL of the site to find out.

HTTPS Version URL

When you’re checking for an SSL certificate, you want to always visit the website URL using the https:// version URL.

For example, if my site URL is iqnium.com, the https:// version URL would be https://iqnium.com

When I type in https://iqnium.com, we’ll see a padlock in place of the previous Not Secure:

The Padlock means there is an active SSL on the site.

Certificate (Valid)

To check for the SSL, click on the Padlock and from the window that opens, click on Certificate (Valid)

Once you click on the Certificate (Valid), you’ll see the SSL certificate info popup in a new window:

On the main window, you’ll see details about the SSL issuer and expiry date. If you want some more detailed info, you can click Details to get the dropdown.

If you have your website hosted with us at Skystra, you can ignore the expiry date because your SSL certificates will automatically renew every 90 days on their own.

If you see the Not Secure in the browser for a site even when you’ve checked the SSL certificate is valid and active, it means there are elements (usually images in the WordPress media library, if you’re using WordPress) on the website loading over an insecure connection, i.e. – http

Once the files on your site are switched to https (for a secure connection), the Padlock from the SSL will pop up in the browser over the HTTPS version URL of your site!