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How do I add Simple SSL to my site?

Updated on May 1st, 2020

Note

This guide is only intended for sites that do not currently have an SSL certificate installed. For directions on how to switch from using your own certificate to using Simple SSL, you’ll want to check out this guide instead.

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 and then look for the Domains card on the right-hand side of your screen.

Note

Privacy Mode must be disabled and your domain must be pointed to Flywheel in order to add Simple SSL for your live domain.
1

Enable SSL

In the Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard, click the “Enable SSL” link:

2

Choose your domain

This is where you’ll choose which of your site’s domains you’d like to enable Simple SSL on. We strongly recommend you select your site’s primary domain. 

You can also select a different domain in the site’s domains list if you prefer, or you can get Simple SSL for a new domain that you haven’t added to the site yet. Just bear in mind that your certificate will only work on the domain you select here.

 

Once you’ve selected (or added) the domain for the cert, proceed to the next step.

3

Choose Simple SSL certificate

You can choose between a Simple SSL certificate or bringing your own. Just make sure “Simple SSL certificate” is checked and then scroll down to the next section.

 

4

Hit the 'Complete SSL Setup' button

Once you hit this button, we’ll send you an email when the activation of Simple SSL is complete. We’ll also automatically Force HTTPS once the SSL is active and installed on the site, for your convenience.

 

Note

Simple SSL can only be applied to one domain on a site at a time. Unfortunately, wildcard and multi-domain certs are not available with Simple SSL at this time.

If you need to switch which domain Simple SSL is applied to after it’s already installed, see How do I change the domain of my Simple SSL certificate?

Note

It can take 10–15 minutes for your Simple SSL cert to be installed. We recommend that you avoid retrying or updating any settings once the process has begun to avoid delays.

Note

More information about fully securing your site after flipping the Force HTTPS switch can be found in this help guide.

That’s it! Enjoy your new SSL-secured site. If you run into any issues, you can reach our team via the Flywheel app!

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