How do I add a free self-signed SSL certificate?

Before attempting to set up Secure Hosting, please familiarize yourself with the information in the Secure Hosting article. It's crucial that the initial configuration is done correctly as there are some parameters that cannot be changed afterward without completely removing and then re-adding Secure Hosting from your domain.

Once you familiarize yourself with the information in the Secure Hosting article, proceed with the following steps to add your SSL certificate. 

Please review the Self-signed vs. Professionally-signed Certificate article in regards to the warnings/errors that visitors to your site see with a self-signed certificate.

There are two methods to add a self-signed certificate.

First method to add a self-signed certificate

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Secure Hosting') page. The top section titled 'Active SSL certificates' lists any active SSL certificates for your domains.
    The next section titled 'Add a new SSL certificate' lists three options to add an SSL to your domain:
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  2. Click the option to add a 'Self-signed SSL'.
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  3. From the dropdown, choose your domain and if you wish to purchase a Unique IP address.

    In order for a domain/subdomain to show in the dropdown menu, it must be set as 'Fully Hosted', 'Redirect', 'Mirrored', or 'Parked'.

  4. Click the 'Add now!' button.
    A Success message appears confirming the certificate has been added.

Second method to add a self-signed certificate

  1. Navigate to the (Panel > 'Domains' > 'Manage Domains') page.
    The 'Manage Domains' page opens:
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  2. To the right of your domain, click the Add button under the 'Secure Hosting' column.
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  3. Choose your domain and if you wish to purchase a Unique IP
  4. Click the 'Add now!' button.
    A Success message appears confirming the certificate is added:

Test if the SSL certificate is working

The certificate is now installed on your domain. Visit the secure URL of your website at:

      • https://example.com
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You can see the browser bar shows a lock icon confirming the connection is secure.

If you just installed the certificate, you may need to wait a few hours for it to update online.

 

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