SSL certificates are mandatory for websites to establish secure connections between the server and the browser. These certificates will, in turn, secure the website visitors’ data and the websites too. When it comes to a WooCommerce store, an SSL certificate is important as it will show the users that the website is secure and that their data will be secure when they browse through the store or make a purchase by providing their payment details.
If you own a WooCommerce store and are looking forward to installing an SSL certificate, here are the step-by-step instructions you can follow to successfully install the SSL certificate on WooCommerce. Remember that you will have to install the certificate on each server and device if you own more than one server or device.
To start with, you will need a server certificate, intermediate certificates, and your private key.
Server certificates will be issued for your domain by the Certificate Authority that issued an SSL certificate. You can check your email, as CAs generally email the server certificates to the registered email IDs. If you do not find it there, you can visit your Account dashboard and click on your order to download the server certificate.
You might have one or more intermediate certificates and you can find them in the ZIP folder in which you got your certificates or in the CA Bundle. These intermediate certificates help the devices that connect to your server to identify the CA that issued your SSL certificate. If you are unable to locate the intermediate certificates, you can try downloading the right CA Bundle for your SSL certificate and find your intermediate certificates there.
The private key, the most valuable aspect of your SSL certificate, can be found on your server.
- Based on the server type, you will need to follow the instructions and install the SSL certificate on your server.
- The next step is to configure your server by redirecting all the URLs in your website to HTTPS. (Steps to redirect URLs might vary based on the type of server.)
- Now, head to Settings and click on Checkout > Checkout Options > Force Secure Checkout.
The above are the steps involved in the process of installing an SSL certificate on WooCommerce. After you complete the steps mentioned above, restart your server and then you can visit your website in Chrome or any other browser you might use and check if HTTPS works properly.