Published on: Oct 10, 2019 

We once thought the internet was a safe place… Not anymore.

An important (a MUST have) for any online business that is collecting people’s data is to make it secure. When customers see a padlock before your domain in the address bar, they feel confident in making purchases. That padlock is called an SSL certificates and it creates a foundation of trust by a securing connection to and from the server.  This used to be a green padlock.

  1. Buy an SSL Certificate or Use Let’s Encrypt (FREE)

There are many websites that will sell you an SSL Certificate very cheaply but before you buy, have a look at Let’s Encrypt they provide FREE SSL Certificates that your Web Host might be able to auto install.

  1. Install the SSL Certificate

Have your hosting company install the SSL Certificate if you don’t know how. Using Cpanel you can do this yourself once you’ve created the private key (you’ll need this key if you’re buying the certificate.

  1. Check links have been switched to HTTPS

Go to your-doamain and make sure you put https:// before the domain name, if the SSL Certificate is installed and setup for your domain you should see the padlock in the address bar.

  1. Edit your hosting files to force HTTPS

If you have an. htacess file you’ll need to edit to and copy this code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} [L,R=301,NE]

This code should work 90% of the time. What if you don’t have that file? Make sure you can see hidden files. You can always create the file by creating .htacess file in a notepad and saving it as all types then copying it over into your hosting root folder, If you your website shows error 500 this means there is something wrong with your .htacess file.