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How do I add Simple SSL to my site?


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.


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

Enable SSL

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


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.


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.



Enter your information

We’ll ask you for some basic information about your site and domain which we’ll need to generate a CSR for your cert. Just fill out the required fields, then choose your domain.



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?


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.

Validate your domain if needed – otherwise, just sit tight!

If your site is already live – in other words, if the domain you selected above is already pointed to this Flywheel site (and the temporary Flywheel password is switched off in the dashboard), Simple SSL should validate automatically within about 10–15 minutes. Sit tight, and you should see this in your site’s Overview tab after that (you can periodically refresh your browser to check on the progress):


Otherwise, if your site isn’t live yet, you’ll need to validate your domain at this point, and you’ll see this screen:

Point your domain to Flywheel in order to validate for Simple SSL

For more information on validating  your domain, check out How do I validate my domain for Simple SSL?


Both the www and non-www version of your domain must be pointed to Flywheel for DNS validation to complete successfully.

Once your Simple SSL cert is installed, validated, and active, your site will now be able to serve encrypted HTTPS pages and links, and you’ll find a new “Force HTTPS” option in the Advanced tab of the site’s Flywheel Dashboard.


While it’s not required, we strongly encourage all sites to Force HTTPS, especially because Google marks sites that do not require HTTPS as insecure. 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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