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Free SSL: Who, What & Why

Launched in July 2018, all Gator customers received a free SSL (Secure Socket Layer) for no additional cost! This is due, in part, to some significant changes happening with Google's Chrome browser update and some security changes which will affect how potential customers will view your website.

First, why is this happening? Google is making this change to ensure that the websites you browse are secure. If they are not protected, the site will be shown as 'not secure' and have negative SEO implications. Since Google will use these new notifiers to boost the rank of websites that use SSLs, it's understandable that you would like to take immediate action!

SSL Certificates through Gator give you:

  • Encrypted website traffic and data, helping to keep it safe.
  • Boosted site credibility via visual indicators like "green padlock."
  • Receive a positive impact on your Search Engine rankings.
  • CDN helps site speed and security.

This is big news for everyone, and this article will explain what to do if necessary. Keep an eye on your account's admin email for additional information. To learn more about SSL, check out: FAQ: Secure Socket Layers.

So what do I do? (How to install) 

Domains purchased from Gator:

As a courtesy to all our customers who have their domains registered with us, we will automatically update any necessary areas to ensure your site displays with the "HTTPS."  

  1. Once your domain has been purchased, you will receive an email to the registered email address to verify the contact information.
  2. Within this email, click the link to verify the domain information.
  3. Your domain will now be verified, and the SSL certificate will begin to propagate and automatically go live within 24-48 hours.

Domains purchased from a 3rd party:

If you have your domain registered elsewhere, there may be some additional steps to follow before you can begin utilizing the SSL in your account; Like Verifying your Domain link:

  1. Log in to your Gator account and select Domains from the left-hand menu to verify a domain.
  2. Scroll down to the My Domains section to click the arrow > to the right of the domain you need to verify.
    click the arrow > to the right of the domain
  3. On this new page, you will see an overview at the top containing the Destination IP for your domain. Before proceeding, ensure your domain is fully connected to this IP address by following the steps lower on the domain's page or following our help guide: 3rd Party Domains.
    overview at the top
  4. Next, locate the Verify button to the right of the area entitled Verification Status and click this button to verify the connection of your domain to the Destination IP.
    click the button to verify the connection
  5. Once successful, you will see a green confirmation banner appear, and your SSL will begin to generate.

    Pro Tip: Your SSL will go live within 24-48 hours of verifying your domain without any action.

    green confirmation banner