5 Steps to Remember When Adding SSL to a Website

Posted by Marty Dickinson on Sep 6, 2013

Financial institutions will typically need https: in front of their URL for every page on their website. Here are a few things to remember when you need to add SSL to a website needing https: for their core pages.

  1. Static IP – You might have one or two as part of your hosting package that are not being used. If not, you’ll need to upgrade your account or buy them individually or in a small package group.
  2. Register SSL Certificate – These are typically registered and installed through your hosting company.
  3. Manual renewal annually is required – Yeah, that’s the sucky part. Really no way to automate this one. You just have schedule 11 and a half months before your renewal date so you know to manually renew.
  4. If you want the .com to be SSL, you’ll need an additional static IP and SSL Cert if you want the .com or .biz or whatever to have https: too.
  5. If you want the .com to point to the secure .org (must choose only one domain extension for the SSL Cert), you need to add the following to your HTACCESS file* just after RewriteEngine On,:

    you need to addRewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
    RewriteRule ^ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301]

*Note: This instruction is for a WordPress site. Your HTACCESS could have different functions so consult your web person before implementing.

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