Users' trust depends on the security of your site. In fact, all modern search engines pay attention to this, including when ranking their results, so installing an SSL certificate on Apache is extremely important. If there is no SSL, the domain will be marked as insecure. And this is a direct path to lost traffic.
If you order a certificate on the hosting, its installation is semi-automatic - you just need a minimum setting, uploading the file to the server (to check the rights to the domain), and redirecting from http to https. However, this is not always the case, because not every hoster provides a service to install the certificate. In this article, we will tell you how to install an SSL certificate on Apache Ubuntu and Windows. Following the step-by-step guide, you will manage this task in literally 5 minutes.
To install a certificate on Apache, you will need:
The procedure for installing the certificate itself does not depend on what CMS is used (Opencart, WordPress, or any other). The main thing in the settings of CMS would be a permission to use HTTPS.
The procedure to install SSL for Apache consists of six steps:
Installation of SSL certificate on Apache Windows follows the same algorithm, the syntax of commands is similar to that of Linux PC. However, to transfer files from your local computer to the server you need WinSCP program (thanks to it you can connect via SSH and drag and drop certificates to a remote directory).
If you have followed the instructions, the final result will be a successful installation of the certificate on Apache. To check how well everything went, run the web server in your browser using the HTTPS protocol. If it's installed correctly, you'll notice a padlock icon appear at the top of the window. If you click on this icon, you will see information about the SSL certificate that is installed on the site.
In case you encounter difficulties and can't solve the problematic issue by yourself, contact a professional. Experienced professionals from HostZealot will help to set up SSL on Apache in the shortest possible time.