If you enable the Simple SSL feature for a domain that is not currently pointed to Flywheel (for example, if you enable Simple SSL before your Flywheel site goes live), you’ll first need to validate your site.
To validate, you’ll first need to point your domain to the Flywheel site’s IP address to take the Flywheel site live. Your site’s IP address can be found in the main Overview tab of the site’s Flywheel dashboard, right under the Domains list.
Helpful tip: you can track DNS changes using our DNS Health Checker tool!
Once your domain is pointed to Flywheel and propagated, you can retry validation from the Overview tab. Validation may take some time, and Let’s Encrypt™ only allows a certain number of attempts in a certain timespan. So we recommend you do not attempt validation again unless 10–15 minutes have passed and your dashboard still doesn’t show that Simple SSL is active when you refresh the browser window.
If the site’s Privacy Mode setting is on, it will block validation, and you’ll see a “Please remove password protection” message in your dashboard when attempting to validate. Be sure that Privacy Mode is toggled “off” before attempting validation:
Once these steps are complete and your site has been validated, the Simple SSL certificate will be installed on your site’s Flywheel server and you’ll be up and running:
Your site will be able to serve pages and assets over HTTPS, and you can even force HTTPS site-wide by toggling the new “Force HTTPS” button in the Advanced tab of the site’s Flywheel Dashboard if you like.
If you have any questions about Simple SSL, or if you run into any issues during the installation process, please let us know in the Flywheel app. We’ll be happy to help out!
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