SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is an encryption protocol that secures your information on the internet. We provide free SSL certificates to all websites hosted at Create.com. Our SSL certificates are automatically installed if your name servers are pointing to our server and are provided by Sectigo. The main use for an SSL is for e-commerce websites taking any form of payments. E-commerce websites always require an encryption protocol in order to take payments. The certificates that we provide will automatically renew so there is no need to worry about having to renew it.   

 

 

 

Third-party SSL Install

There are many SSL providers and you are able to use any third-party SSL certificates if you'd rather provide your own. You now have access to install these directly though your cPanel for any domain hosted on it. You can install these at anytime by logging into your cPanel and scrolling down to the bar that reads Security, then clicking on SSL/TLS.

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Once the page loads up it will give you the tools to manage the AutoSSL for your sites. The main feature on this page is that it allows you to select the type of ssl for the default to for out AutoSSL.  To right side gives you the option to manage the private keys, csr and certificates. For installing a thrid-party ssl you will need to click on "Manage SSL sites".

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On the page that loads up you will need to scroll down to the section "Install an SSL Website". In this section you can select the domain you want to install the ssl on and enter in the certificate information to install it on the desired domain.      

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SSL/TLS Status

This option that is located under the "Security" section of the cPanel allows you to view the SSL status of your domains. This also allows you to select which domains you want to be include or excluded from the autossl. By excluding a domains from the autossl it will stop checking the domain to see if it does not have a ssl or an expired one that needs to be replaced.  You can also click on "Run AutoSSL" when you add a new domain for the system to start the process of installing the ssl on it instead of waiting for out system to verify the existence of the new domain. 

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Forcing HTTPS to your URL

When you install an SSL certificate, the main way for any visitor to tell if the site is secure, is at the beginning of the site URL. The easiest way to verify is to look for the HTTPS at the beginning of the URL, the "S" at the end of the HTTP signifies the site is secured. Sometimes the "S" might not be visible, but the site can still have an SSL installed. If you ever want to verify if a site has a certificate installed, there are multiple websites available for verification such as:

www.sslshopper.com

www.ssllabs.com

 

cPanel

A new feature in cPanel is the Force HTTPS Redirect option. Just click Domains or Addon Domains in cPanel, depending on the URL you want to force to redirect to HTTPS. Then just click the slider that says: Force HTTPS Redirect to automatically force all HTTP requests to redirect to HTTPS.

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Wordpress

There are also many other ways to force HTTP requests to HTTPS. Typically most CMS (content management systems) such as Wordpress will have plugins available to install that will force a redirect from HTTP to HTTPS for you. A popular plugin that's recommended would be Really Simple SSL.

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HTML/PHP

When you have a site that's in HTML or  a PHP script, the best way to force HTTPS is to edit the .htaccess file. This file is commonly located in your websites public_html file. When you edit this file you'll be adding the following rewrite rule:

#Always use https for secure connections
#Replace 'www.example.com' with your domain name
# (as it appears on your SSL certificate)
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

 

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