Security

Free SSL Certificates: Secure your website

Secure your website with a free SSL certificate

All of our Web hosting Plans include Free SSL Certificates for every website hosted


THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘HTTPS’

Why you need an SSL Certificate

Having an SSL certificate - giving your website URLs beginning with ‘https’ - is no longer a luxury. It’s a necessity.

If you run a site where a user has to enter any information - such as contact forms, search bars, login panels, online stores etc. - not having an SSL certificate could harm your business. Users are less likely to trust a non-’https’ website. Google has been encouraging web designers to implement ‘https everywhere’ since 2014, and sites without SSLs are now being marked with security warnings.

Free SSL Certificates

How SSLs Work

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are used to encrypt the information travelling to and from the hosting server. This is instead of sending that data by plain text - which could be intercepted. It can be used for websites and email systems.

A very simple explanation of how SSL works would be:

  • A browser tries to connect to a website
  • The browser first contacts a DNS server to find where the site is hosted, then contacts that web server
  • If the the website is secured by SSL, the web server sends a copy of the website’s SSL certificate to the browser
  • The browser checks to see whether the certificate is genuine with the issuer of the certificate. It needs to be a trusted certificate authority, such as Geotrust
  • If it checks out OK, the browser sends a message to the web server and exchanges the necessary encryption information: a key and hashing cypher - basically a code!
  • Encrypted data is shared between the browser and the web server

How SSL Certificates Work
How SSL Certificates Work


How do I activate my free SSL?

Every CMS Wales hosting package comes with a free SSL certificate, enabling you to use the recommended 'HTTPS' protocol to keep your site users secure. To activate the SSL, you’ll need to make sure you’ve pointed the domain name to our nameservers.

These are:

  • ns1.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns2.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns3.cms-wales.co.uk
  • ns4.cms-wales.co.uk

With that done, you need to:

  • Login to your CP (Control Panel) at https://www.stackcp.com
  • Under Security, click on the SSL/TLS icon
  • You will then see your domain name and an option to Activate Free SSL next to it - select this and the SSL will be applied to your domain
  • If you’d like all your visitors to use SSL connections (i.e. for HTTPS to always be used - recommended), simply select the Enable option at the bottom of the page.

Once the SSL Certificate has been activated, it will take up to 30 minutes to secure your website. This is due to the changes needed to be made on our load balancers.


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