HTTPS is a must for all websites.
Why not make the installation process as easy as possible?
WidePath offers automatic SSL for managed WordPress websites. You read that right: you do nothing, and HTTPS is the default.
From the minute your hostname is added to our system, your Secure Socket Layer certificate is registered.
Let’s go over and Hows and Whys of SSL auto install for WordPress, and address some more complicated scenarios.
Setting Up An SSL Certificate
On the surface, securing your website is not a massive challenge.
You click a few buttons on your hosting plan, purchase your certificate depending on what your needs are, install it, and your site is now protected. Some hosts even install this for you after your purchase.
But, many hosting packages still don’t have this available in an obvious way, and in a worst case scenario, you have to install this SSL certificate from a third party provider. This takes time, and can be frustrating.
Also, there’s no standardized procedure for installing HTTPs on your WordPress site, so even if you’ve done it before, the process is unlikely to be the same when switched hosting companies.
This means that you have to dig around, sometimes completely outside your own hosting provider, and then install these security certificates in a convoluted way.
Or, even worse – spend time on a call with technical support.
As a developer, multiply this by the dozens of websites that you manage. All of a sudden you are spending hours securing websites instead of designing or building your client base.
Why can’t this just be streamlined?
Well now it is:
With every hosting package, WidePath automatically performs the installation of secure certificates. No instructions, research, or support calls required!
Once a hostname is added into our dashboard, everything else is done for you.
Of course, there are other scenarios beyond the simple install of a security certificate for a new primary domain.
Let’s look at a few of them.
Handling SSL Certificates When Switching Domains
It is not uncommon for a developer to switch the domain name of their website, and move files to another server or location. The SSL certificate doesn’t follow you when you do this.
You will have to reinstall and configure HTTPS again. Although this doesn’t seem like a big deal, you have to contend with those configuration files.
Your database contains the old protocol configuration, and this means you have to update it, switching everything to HTTPS.
There are plugins that exist like Search and Replace that will search a database and change HTTP to HTTPS, however this is not enough. Many themes and plugins cache this information, and then you have to manually go into their codebases and flush the cache.
Sounds like another waste of time that could be spent on more productive work.
With WidePath, you avoid this entirely. You don’t have to reinstall anything, and if you are bringing secure domains over from another location, you don’t have to go through the process again.
Securing Multiple Subdomains
Setting up HTTPS for WordPress subdomains can be difficult, and if your site is running deeply nested domains, this can be a massive headache.
You will also need a Wildcard certificate 9 times out of 10. This can cost a couple hundred dollars.
We auto install the SSL Certificate on all of your subdomains, so this becomes a thing of the past.
Developers have been asking for this ease of installation for a long time. We listened.
Disabling SSL for Development
Although HTTPS is highly preferred for production WordPress sites, there are instances that you will need the old HTTP protocol.
Say you are testing on your development site build.
Or using an API that needs ease of access for connections.
Maybe you are working with very specific dependencies.
It doesn’t matter — we offer very simple disabling of SSL Certificates and reinstating them with the click of a button.
This functionality is instantaneous, as with the re-initialization of HTTPS.
One more way that our hosting packages are developer friendly.
Does WidePath Handle Automatic SSL In A Unique Way?
A few other hosting companies offer automatic security features.
These outcome of these features will hinge on the certificate authority challenge type.
So depending on the DNS setup you desire (or must follow), the challenge type affects your options. For example, if the challenge offered is DNS-01, you’ll have to use the host’s DNS service (which may not be optimal).
WidePath uses an HTTP-01 challenge. Which means you can point your domain any way you want.
Further, some hosts have separate settings for HTTPS and using a TLS certification.
This might be confusing…
Which is why we streamline the usecase, and group them together.
Because if you want a security certificate, it’s probably to do HTTPS. So in WidePath there is really nothing to fiddle with in your settings.
It just works. Automatically.
This is managed hosting for the post-secure world.
You know SSL is the new norm.
And you’ve dealt with the hassle of security certificates in the past.
Your time is better spent on design, client follow-up, and building effective WordPress websites.
That’s why automatic https rewrites are a no-brainer. You pass this benefit immediately on to your clients; they may not understand the ins and outs of HTTPS but they LOVE the word “secure” (and for good reason).
The beauty here is that WidePath handles this all for FREE, and makes sure your SSL Certificate is renewed on an annual basis.
Ready for auto HTTPS?