Whether you’re going to be running an eCommerce store or you’d just like the slight SEO boost from securing your site, adding Simple SSL to your Flywheel site is easy! To get started, just log in and head to the Overview tab in the site’s Flywheel dashboard. Look for the Domains card on the right-hand side of your screen (or scroll down on mobile).
In the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard, click the “Enable SSL” link:
This is where you’ll choose for which of your site’s domains you’d like to enable Simple SSL.
You can select any or all of the domains that appear in the site’s Domains list on the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel Dashboard. Keep in mind that DNS for every domain selected will need to be pointed properly to the Flywheel site’s IP address, else Simple SSL installation will fail. An initial DNS check for each domain in the Domains list will be run automatically.
You can see the DNS status of each domain on the domain selection screen:
In the above image, you can see that the top three domains have been verified by our DNS checker as having been correctly pointed to the Flywheel IP, indicated by the green checkmark.
Any domains that are not pointed to Flywheel will show an orange warning icon. Double-check the DNS settings for this domain, and then click the Check DNS Again button in order to retry.
If you are sure that DNS is set up correctly, feel free to ignore this warning.
Once you’re satisfied with the results of the DNS check, click that green Complete SSL Setup button, and our system will get to work installing SSL for you!
If Simple SSL successfully validates and installs on your site, you’ll notice a few things change on the Overview tab of your site’s Flywheel Dashboard:
You’ll notice in the top-lefthand corner of the screen a little lock and shield emblem signifying that the Primary domain on the Flywheel site is secured by SSL. You’ll also see in the Domains card a list of domains that are now secured by SSL.
Any domains in the Domains card that were not selected to be secured with Simple SSL will appear in the Insecure domains portion of the Domains card.
If Simple SSL fails to validate, you may see one of the following error messages in the Domains card:
This error message indicates that Simple SSL failed to validate because the DNS of one of the selected domains is not properly pointed to the Flywheel IP address. The link, Troubleshoot DNS issues, will take you to a help document which describes the proper way to set up DNS.
Once you’re satisfied that DNS is properly set up for each and every domain you’ve selected to secure, hover over the ellipsis. This will reveal a dropdown menu with the option to Retry SSL Setup. Click that, and Simple SSL will try to validate and install again.
If there’s an issue other than DNS that’s preventing Simple SSL from validating, you’ll see the following error message:
If this is the case, please reach out to our Happiness Engineers, and we’ll dig into the problem for you!
Enjoy your newly secured domains! If you run into any issues, you can reach our team via the Flywheel app!
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