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Installed ok, but stumped with SSL (9 posts)

  1. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I've just done a manual installation of WordPress on my Domain.com hosted website. Everything went fine, but I'd really prefer to use SSL to login to the admin section of the site. Now, here I'm totally stumped. My site's FTP has a httpdocs folder (where WordPress is installed) and a httpsdocs folder, but surely I don't need to have my WordPress installed in both?

    I've Googled around and read the documentation, it mentions virtual hosts but I see no way of setting that up in my hosting control panel. Other sites suggest htaccess edits, but my hosts don't let me access this. I'm really lost. At the moment if I go to the https version of the login page I just get 404 file not found.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

  2. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  3. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, I've read over that but I don't understand the virtual hosts part, how do you typically set one up on a webserver?

  4. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    it's not something you can do - ask your webhost - they should be glad to

    if you administer your own server
    https://httpd.apache.org/docs/1.3/vhosts/

  5. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Okay, I've sent them a message asking how, I'll let everyone know how it goes.

  6. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Well, here is what I got back,

    "We have no way of supporting a custom install of WordPress. It looks like you are on the right path with the tutorials that WordPress has included.

    I can advise that we do not support SSL without a SSL certification from GEOTRUST."

    What a crappy answer. Also, they do support self-signed SSL certificates because I had them working before.

    So, I'm back to square one. I will e-mail them again, but in the meantime does anyone anywhere have any idea how I can easily get SSL working without actually having two copies of my WordPress installation?

  7. Samuel B
    moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  8. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks, I'm going to try http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-https/ as that seems more actively supported. I will post my results for the benefit of anyone else struggling with SSL installation.

  9. BuckoA51
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The plugin didn't seem to make much difference. I just don't understand why this is so difficult, surely most people want SSL logins for their admin page, I've been going round in circles with this for days.

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