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I have recently loaded my osC site and am still in the process of making tweaks and modifications. I currently to dont have a unique IP (which is required by my hosting company for an SSL Secured Server).

 

If I add the unique IP and obtain an SSL certificate will I need to reinstall or make major modifications to my site?

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I have recently loaded my osC site and am still in the process of making tweaks and modifications. I currently to dont have a unique IP (which is required by my hosting company for an SSL Secured Server).

 

If I add the unique IP and obtain an SSL certificate will I need to reinstall or make major modifications to my site?

 

Most ISP's offer a shared SSL along with their hosting accounts. Requiring you to purchase your own to get a secure site sounds like a bit of rip off to me... Still - you don't need to do anything at all to use the Shared SSL other than set the URL to it in your configure.php files. From a security point of view there is no difference in using a shared SSL over your own one.

 

If you buy a dedicated IP and SSL your ISP should install and configure this for you, and move your site over to the new server for you (or they should do if they are half decent). Again you have to do nothing more (once it;s ready) than point your config files to the new URL (https://mysite.com for example).

 

cheers

 

Jason

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If I add the unique IP and obtain an SSL certificate will I need to reinstall or make major modifications to my site?

I just did this. Site has been up since November. Added unique IP and SSL Certificate last week. The only issue I had was that my host (lowesthosting) uses a two folder system as standard (httpdocs and httpsdocs). Once that was straightened out and the couple changes to the two configure files - all is up and running. Back up everything before and test when done, but it really could not have been easier.

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I just did this. Site has been up since November. Added unique IP and SSL Certificate last week. The only issue I had was that my host (lowesthosting) uses a two folder system as standard (httpdocs and httpsdocs). Once that was straightened out and the couple changes to the two configure files - all is up and running. Back up everything before and test when done, but it really could not have been easier.

I have the same hosting compnay. Can you give me some details on exactly what you did. I cant seem to figure it out. thanks

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First, you will need to contact them to setup a static IP. I think it is $3 per month for this. Then you can get the certificate directly from them, in which case they install everything, or purchase from somewhere else and set it up yourself. If you get it yourself, upload the file from the certificate window. Send their support a message requesting a symbolic link between the httpsdocs directory and httpdocs directory. That way you don't need to have duplicate files in each. Once that is all done, make the couple changes in the configure.php files (admin and catalog) and you should be good to go.

 

This thread SSL Guide for the Innocent is a good place to start.

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