How I bought and set up an SSL cert in less than 20m for $9.
Folks who are looking to implement SSL, don't want it to be expensive, and don't want it to be a pain in the ass, here's what I did. I don't think there's a cheaper solution and from everything I've read, unless you want "the green bar," all certs are the same with only either some flashy stuff that means nothing, or it's a wildcard cert (ie: applies to *.domain.com
rather than just sub.domain.com
This entire process cost $9 and, including me stumbling around finding documentation on setting up SSL in Apache, took me no more than 20 minutes. That's 20 minutes of work time...there was wait time between emails. With wait time, it was two hours.
Here's what you can do to get set up with your site on SSL:
- Go to Namecheap and get the $9 cert from Comodo called PositiveSSL. For whatever reason, it's $49 when you buy straight from Comodo. So don't do that. Just buy it from Namecheap.
- You'll get your confirmation email. Then you'll get emails about configuring a cert on your server and all that. Do all the business you need in *nix and Apache, copy your CSR into the Namecheap interface, do some stuff via email with Comodo, and you'll end up with a zip file with some stuff in it. Basically, follow the very straightforward instructions and configure your server.
- But then you're going to hit a wall because Comodo "strongly recommends" (it's even in bold, red type) you "click here for instructions." That link takes you to their general support site. Thanks guys. So you dig around and find the installation instructions for Apache...and the files in the instructions are not at all the same files in your zip. They're not even named similarly enough to figure it out.
- At this point, make sure all weapons, animals, and small children are not around...and do whatever you do when you're frustrated.
- Then go to this link and follow the very straightforward instructions:
That's it. You get your green lock and green https protocol in the URL field at the top of the browser. It looks exactly as it would for any other cert until you get to the "green bar" certs.
You don't actually need
to do anything differently with Wordpress, if you're into that. (this is a Wordpress site) But if you only want to use SSL on parts of the site, or if you want to force SSL, you'll need a plugin for that. (Although you might be able to force SSL in Apache. I didn't look.)
I did this to secure an order form on a new site. I'm posting this because Google just announced that secure sites could get a rankings boost. I don't follow the SEO news, but I'd geess SEOs are all over this. And since I know a lot of SEOs, I figured you might find this useful.
If you turn this into a blog post on your site, a link to Ontolo would be awesome.