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How to set up SSL on your Shaw-hosted website

Learn how to set up SSL on your Shaw-hosted website using SSL Manager, an online tool that helps set up SSL security for websites and web applications.

Securing your site

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Adding a SSL certificate to you website can increase your Google ranking?

Websites using forms, taking payment, or collecting sensitive information require SSL security. It is only available on select Shaw Hosting packages. With the Shaw Hosting SSL Manager you can choose between generic SSL certificates or creating a vanity certificate specific for your site.

Did you know?
Adding a SSL certificate to you website can increase your Google ranking?

Websites using forms, taking payment, or collecting sensitive information require SSL security. It is only available on select Shaw Hosting packages. With the Shaw Hosting SSL Manager you can choose between generic SSL certificates or creating a vanity certificate specific for your site.

You can access your SSL Manager by following these steps:

  1. Log in to the web portal at shawhosting.ca/.
  2. Go to Advanced Tools.
  3. Under Utilities, launch SSL Manager.

Launching Shaw Hosting SSL Manager
Launching Shaw Hosting SSL Manager

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How do I create a generic SSL certificate?

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Included in select Shaw Hosting packages is a free generic SSL certificate. The difference between the generic and vanity SSL certificate, is the URL for your secured files will look something like this: https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/mydomain.com

The URL cannot be customized like Vanity SSL certificates.

To create your free generic SSL certificate follow the steps listed below.

Included in select Shaw Hosting packages is a free generic SSL certificate. The difference between the generic and vanity SSL certificate, is the URL for your secured files will look something like this: https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/mydomain.com

The URL cannot be customized like Vanity SSL certificates.

To create your free generic SSL certificate follow the steps listed below.

Launch the SSL Manager

  1. Select Generic SSL.

Select Generic SSL Certificate
Select Generic SSL Certificate

  1. The generic SSL certificate will automatically be installed.
    • The URL for your secured files will be provided on the next screen.
      • Example: https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/mydomain.com

SSL Manager: Generic SSL certificate install success
SSL Manager: Generic SSL certificate install success

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How do I create a vanity SSL certificate?

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With a vanity SSL certificate, the URL is chosen and paid for by a third party SSL issuer or Vanity SSL (extra cost). This is a two-part process. First, you will have to generate a certificate request in the Shaw Hosting Portal, and then purchase the certificate through the third party SSL issuer.

Follow the steps listed below.

With a vanity SSL certificate, the URL is chosen and paid for by a third party SSL issuer or Vanity SSL (extra cost). This is a two-part process. First, you will have to generate a certificate request in the Shaw Hosting Portal, and then purchase the certificate through the third party SSL issuer.

Follow the steps listed below.

Step one:

Generating the CSR

  1. Launch the SSL Manager.
  2. Select Vanity SSL.
    Select Vanity SSL
    Select Vanity SSL
  3. Select either a custom URL name (e.g., https://securepurchase.mydomain.com) or just your domain name.
  4. Once the CSR is generated, copy the info under CSR and paster to notepad exactly as shown on the screen.
  5. Take the copied certificate request to a third party SSL issuer (e.g., Verisign) where you can purchase the certificate.

Copy text in CSR box and paste to notepad
Copy text in CSR box and paste to notepad

Step two:

Installing the purchased SSL certificate

  1. Once you receive the certificate from the 3rd party SSL provider, log back into SSL Manager.
  2. Copy and paste the certificate information exactly as received from the SSL provider.

Copy and paste certificate information
Copy and paste certificate information

  1. Click Next.
  2. The installation process can take 3-5 hours to complete. The SSL manager will appear to be stuck on "INSTALLING" during this process.
  3. A confirmation screen will confirm that the vanity SSL has been completed and will provide a secure IP address for you to copy down for your DNS records.

SSL certificate installed successfully
SSL certificate installed successfully

It can up to 48 hours for the IP address to be activated.

  • Confirm it is active by entering IP address into a browser

  • If you see the below message than the IP is active and your DNS can be updated

    Active SSL Certificate
    Active SSL Certificate


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How to secure your files

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Now that once the SSL certificate has been created, you can secure your files using the following method:

Now that once the SSL certificate has been created, you can secure your files using the following method:

Step one:

The files that you want secured will need to be uploaded/copied into secure folders. These folders are hidden when viewing through File Manager Pro so use a FTP program (i.e., Filezilla) to upload/copy all files into the /secure and /secure-cgi-bin directories under the root folder.

Upload files to /secure under root folder
Upload files to /secure under root folder

Step two:

This step only applies to Vanity Certificates. Skip to next step if you have a generic SSL certificate

  1. Go to DNS Manager in your hosting portal.
  2. Update _ and www to point to secure IP.
  3. When completed, click Apply.

Allow up to 24 hours for DNS propagation.

Update A record to point to secure IP
Update A record to point to secure IP

Step three:

Test the security of your files by entering the following in the address bar of any browser and confirming that the URL begins with 'https':

  • Generic SSL: https://secure11.securewebexchange.com/mydomain.com
  • Vanity SSL: Your website URL

Example HTTPS URL
Example HTTPS URL

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