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[resolved] Dedicated IP and SSL (12 posts)

  1. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I have a multisite install using domain mapping and sub-directories. I current have two mapped domains and my main domain. I understand that I have to purchase a dedicated IP in order to activate an SSL certificate.

    1. Purchasing a dedicated IP will mean that all my sites (within my multisite network) share one IP address, and my sites are the ONLY ones on the IP address. Right? This would mean that my network has a dedicated IP and it would be impossible for each individual mapped domain to have a dedicated IP?

    2. Say I want each of my sites (within my multisite network) to be able to use one SSL. Is this possible? Will I be able to use one for all?

    3. If my entire network is covered under one SSL, that means I can handle secure transactions from each site's shopping cart, right? So the main domain which my mapped domains stem off of AND the two mapped domains will also show a padlock along with https:// as opposed to http://?

    4. If one SSL doesn't cover all domains with my multisite network, then how do I go about assigning an SSL to each mapped domain (parked domains)? I'd have to pay $45 a year for each one?

    I appreciate every response if it is related at all to this issue!!!! I am here to learn! Thank you!

  2. 1. Yes, but ... that's true anyway. All your sites are on one IP anyway with WP.

    2. Possible, yes, but it's a function of what SSL cert you buy more than WP. You have to buy one that'll work with your setup (i.e. domains, subdomains, etc).

    3. Yes.

    4. Alas, yes, you need to pony up the money for a cert that covers all your parked domains too.

  3. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    does the name wildcard SSL certificate sound familiar?

  4. Yes.

    A Wildcard SSL certificate secures your website URL, and an unlimited number of its subdomains. So you could have foo.domain.com abd bar.domain.com but not seconddomain.com :/

  5. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hmmmm... This is what the bluehost guy said i needed. Would it work the same for my multisite sub directories? For example, one of my domains is mapped to http://www.brookebot.com/stellaandsheri . Not stellaandsheri.brookebot.com . Have I been misinformed?

  6. Unified Communications Certificates (UCC) are SSL Certificates that secure multiple domains and multiple hostnames within a domain.

    Wildcard SSLs are the ones that let you have all your subdomains.

    They are different things.

  7. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    So, because i made the one decision to use the subdirectory install for multisite instead of using subdomains, i can't use wildcard ssl?

    You are saying I need a UCC?

  8. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Is there a way i can switch to subdomains now and still keep my 2 working sites intact? I don't know why i didn't choose subdomains months ago when i installed multisite:( I guess after reading i had decided subdirectories were the way to go:(

  9. No. What I'm saying is this:

    Wildcard SSL certs are for subdomains
    UCC is for Mapped domains

    You said " one of my domains is mapped to http://www.brookebot.com/stellaandsheri"

    So I'm assuming you mean you mapped stellaandsheri.com (whatever) to that. You need UCC if you want SSL to cover it.

    The wildcard SSL won't matter.

  10. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    oh ok! That makes sense now! Thank you for explaining that!

    So, I've checked out the pricing plans for UC certificates and wowzer.

    I feel it's going to be best if I switch over to subdomains for my multisite. That way I can purchase one wildcard SSL to blanket my entire network even as it grows.

    Is there an easy way to switch from subdirectories to subdomains? Or should I just wipe everything out and start with a fresh install, reinstall my plugins, load my themes back up, redo my mapping, and import the database from my existing sites?

  11. Yeah, SSL certs are the biggest scam in the online world, IMO :/

    Is there an easy way to switch from subdirectories to subdomains?

    Yes, but fixing your existing sites is a pain.


    That's the easy part. The hard part is fixing the sites in the DB to point the right way :/ You can't just import the DB cause that's what needs fixing. You have to search for /sitename/ and manually change it to be 'right'

  12. brookebot
    Posted 4 years ago #

    yuck, ok thanks for all the info!

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