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Free SSL and Stripe Payment Gateway for Woocommerce

Soooo… If you’ve landed here you’ve probably spent the time looking for all sorts of solutions to get stripe to work on your website without an SSL or searching multiple different free SSL solutions. As a small business owner I know SSL and premium plugin costs can be stressfulfor start-ups with small budgets. I am happy to share our solution for a Free SSL on your woocommerce website, with FREE functioning stripe payment gateway – No Coding Needed. Follow the 5 steps below and you will be running in no time! For our example we will be using www.wearATA.com


1. Install and activate all the following FREE plugins

2. Register and Set up Stripe

Sign up for a free stripe account here.


Once you have filled out everything from stripe and your account is all set up your going to want to head to the top right corner of the screen click your account name and select account settings. From there navigate to API keys in the modal window and save these keys for later.


3. Link Stripe and WooCommerce

  • Head into your wordpress dashboard and find woocommerce > settings on the left hand side.
  • From the nav bar on the top select checkout
  • Select stripe from the checkout options
  • Enable Stripe and make sure you have the following fields filled out. Live Secret Key, Live Publishable Key, Capture: Capture card immediately enabled, Saved Cards: Enable payment via Saved Cards Enabled.
  • Hit Save

4. Set up CloudFlare and CloudFlare Settings

Sign up for CloudFlare here and follow their set up procedure. (this will also make your site faster! YAY!) Once you have your CloudFlare set up follow the next steps to make sure its ready for your SSL. (note: the following work with my server set up and should work with yours, if your having trouble you may need to alter some settings

  • Crypto Tab – Set the following options SSL: Flexible
  • Firewall Tab – Security Level: Medium
  • Speed Tab – Auto Minify: All Selected, Rocket Loader: Off (very important)
  • Caching Tab – Caching Level: Standard, Cache Expiration: 4 Hours, Always Online: On
  • Page Rules – See image… Make sure yourdomain.com/checkout/ has SSL:Flexible, Rocket Loader Off
  • Network – Websockets: On, IP Geoloaction: On
  • Scrape Shield – Email Address Obfuscation: On, Server-side Excludes: On.


5. Set up Cloudflare Plugin

  • In your WordPress backend navigate to settings > Cloudflare on the left hand side bar.
  • Input your domain name as it is registered with Cloudflare,
  • Input your cloudflare API Key (which can be found in cloudflare under (top right) my settings > API KEY > Global API KEY
  • Your cloud flare Email address.
  • Turn on HTTPS Protocol Rewriting



You should be all done. Your website should be able to take credit card payments over SSL + Stripe at no additional cost of plugins, or paying your host for an SSL.=

Feel free to leave comments below and we will do our best to answer them in a timely manner.


I am a quick learning, entrepreneur that believes anything is possible with dedication. I am a hardworking individual with a heart for business and a head for problem solving.

  • Lee Ashby
    August 4, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Cool, Thanks for the post. I am giving this a go for one of my sites. Startup costs for things like SSL are annoying. I hope it works. Cheers.

    Keep up the good work 🙂

    Regards, Lee.

  • Elisa Planellas
    August 18, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    I followed all the steps but my checkout page still isn’t showing an SSL. Perhaps it takes time for CloudFlare to apply the page rules or get the certificate set up. Is there a way to add the CloudFlare Free SSL to WordPress manually? If so, would that speed up the process? I get the feeling that I’m missing something, but maybe that’s just paranoia setting in…

  • jason
    September 14, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Great article, worked for me.
    Until I saw a validation error saying new Stripe accounts require TLS 1.2, which is $200 pm with Cloudflare.
    I’m thinking I’m gonna need to get something like letsencrypt 🙁

  • R. Has
    September 20, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Trying to get this set up.. but I’m stalling on the CloudFlare setup. My setup menu does NOT look like that, and doesn’t have an option for HTTPS protocol rewriting.

    I’m curious whether you have the right plugin linked, as the CloudFlare plugin you’re linked to is not authored by Ian Pye.

  • Graham Ferguson
    September 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Hi, How does this work if Cloudflare is set up via the host (Siteground) and I am using a free LetsEncrypt SSL?

  • Dc Liao
    October 2, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    I am not using wordpress, will this work on my website?

  • dan
    October 5, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Hi how long does it usually take to become active if you are changing over nameservers in orders to use the ssl

  • Mike
    December 10, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    This worked perfectly for me. Thanks for the tip! I was about to purchase a 2-year SSL cert from GoDaddy for $100. I really like Cloudflare.

    Only thing I would suggest is to also check the box that says “Force HTTP when leaving the checkout”. That keeps the rest of the site at HTTP and just the checkout pages at HTTPS.

  • Michael Frethy
    December 10, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Genius. This is exactly what I was looking for. And thanks for introducing me to all that Cloudflare has to offer as well.

  • Håkon
    December 14, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Amazing. Worked like a charm! It was all set up in about 10 minutes. Thanks man! 🙂

  • Stephen Leung
    December 31, 2016 at 2:10 am

    Hey John thanks for the post!

    I’m at the last step, and as you know the settings screen changed.

    Do I need to turn on “Automatic HTTPS Rewrites”?

  • irene
    January 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm


    With this do you also get the green lock on the website bar?


  • Dan
    February 26, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Hi John, I’ve implemented your solution, but when I submit the Stripe payment, it completes ok, but the email received states the payment failed? Is this an SSL issue? I’ve forced the secure checkout in the woocommerce settings, the SSL cert is active according to Cloudfare and I’ve tried tweaking their settings but it still won’t take the payment. My Stripe account all looks ok, I’ve used their keys etc.

    I’m struggling to see where I’m going wrong! The only thing I’m not quite understanding is how the free cert works when it’s not applied by my hosting provider? (123-reg.co.uk).

    Any advice you can give would be hugely appreciated – I’m almost there! Thanks, Dan.

  • BobbuBrowne
    April 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Hello! Cool post, amazing!!!

  • josh
    May 31, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Hi I already have my site with SSL certificate provided by instantssl. Are there chances of putting up these plugins there?

  • Nicolas Mahy
    June 8, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Hi John,

    Thanks for the information, very useful!
    However, I think that woocommerce nowadays is only compatible with dedicated ssl certificates, so shared ones will not work.

    Kind regards,
    Nicolas Mahy

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