HostGator with WordPress and Apache - Enabling HTTPS


#1

I contacted Hostgator about putting LetsEncrypt on a client’s site, Madlyfab.com, and they wanted to sell me on a few upsells instead. I told them I dont want to deal with that spam. Anyway, I got an app that supposedly added a cert, but when I go to the checkout pages as https, it says it is not working. http://madlyfab.com/my-account/ works, but https://madlyfab.com/my-account/ does not. What did I do wrong?

The “let’s encrypt” app I used is WP Encrypt.


#2

Hi @mrdeleted

You have obtained a certificate.

https://crt.sh/?q=madlyfab.com

The next steps is to install it (you currently have another certificate installed)

You will also need to updated WordPress to use HTTPs.

Andrei


#3

Here is what they send me: https://support.hostgator.com/articles/ssl-certificates/acquire-ssl/how-do-i-use-the-third-party-ssl-certificate-i-purchased

so whats my next step?


#4

@mrdeleted, one thing to keep in mind is that under this fee schedule, you will not save money overall by using a Let’s Encrypt cert compared to a paid cert from another CA, because you will have to pay HostGator these fees at least 4× per year. You would save money in the long run by paying for a DV certificate from a different CA because then you would only have to pay HostGator to install it around once per year (or by switching hosting providers to one that doesn’t charge a fee for this service).

Can you get WP Encrypt to show you the underlying PEM files associated with the certificate that it obtained? I guess that’s what Hostgator is looking for you to give them.


#5

I saw the files, yes, but what else would I have to do? I mean, I have not done anything like this in years. I think 2011 or so when I was a customer service manager for an internet marketer.


#6

Assuming you want to pay the HostGator fees and go ahead with this, they have their form at

https://secure.hostgator.com/installssl.php

The content of the file cert.pem goes into their field for “SSL Certificate”; the content of the file chain.pem goes into their field for “SSL CA Certificate (Trusted Authority / “CA Bundle”)”; and the content of the file privkey.pem goes into their field for “RSA PRIVATE KEY”.

Remember that you will need to repeat this process every 90 days.


#7

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