18 February 2017
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Free SSL with ICDSOFT Hosted Websites

ICDSOFT Websites now include free SSL Certificates

I've used ICDSOFT as my preferred web host for years now.

I've always been very happy with there prices, fast servers and fantastic customer service. Seriously - their sure support team are the best I've every worked with!

Let's Encrypt is a certificate authority that provides free SSL certificates, accepted by most browsers. While they provide security and authenticity when accessing your site over SSL, they do not provide end-user warranties or the additional features of commercial certificates. But it's totally free and easily implemented on any ICDSOFT website.

1: Log into the control panel

2-click the SSL icon to setup the SSL certificate

You are going to click CONTINUE on the LETS ENCRYPT section to enable SSL

Then click CONTINUE on the Force SSL to force it to be on

3 - Now check the .HTACCESS file

In the root of you website to enable the LETS ENCRYPT functions to work.

So launch the FILE MANAGER from the Control panel and edit the file:

Make sure you add these lines to the file:

# Start Force SSL directives
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !on
RewriteRule .* https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [R=301,L]
# End Force SSL directives

# BEGIN WordPress JetPack
<IfModule security2_module>
SecRuleRemoveById 114
</IfModule>
# END WordPress JetPack

# Begin Force website to correct port
<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On 
RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80 
RewriteRule "(.*)$ https://%{SERVER_NAME}%{REQUEST_URI} [R,L]
</IfModule>
# END Force website to correct port

So it should look something like this:

And thats it - *BOOM* you are now running a secure SSL encrypted website.

If you are running WORDPRESS or DRUPAL remember to update the master link in the website to using httpS://www.yoursite.com

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