This Zen Cart tutorial is the second in an instructional series that focuses on teaching zen cart users and store owners how to enable SSL on their web sites as a measure against online fraud. In the first segment, we left off on the topic of dedicate versus shared SSL certificates.
We recommend dedicated certificates, but you might also consider a shared certificate. Shared certificates differ from dedicated certificates in that they are owned by your hosting company, and shared among many users and stores, mostly at no charge. Shared certificates, however, should mostly be used for testing and development. When you use a shared certificate, your store url will look something like this: https://your_host.com/~your_username/. This url format is alarming to some customers, and therefore has been known to negatively affect conversion rates. This is the main reason why it is not recommended for use on a live store.
If you decide to use a dedicated certificate, this is how to enable SSL in your zen cart store. First, ensure that SSL is enabled in your hosting account. You will need to speak with your hosting company in order to purchase, install, and configure your SSL certificate. It is rather important to note that you should register the certificate to your ‘WWW’ web address(I.e., ‘www.your_site.com’ rather than ‘your_site.com’). Make sure that you can access ‘https://www.your_site.com’. If you can’t, talk to your hosting company to determine and resolve this issue. If you cannot enter your site while using an HTTPS:// address, then do not enable SSL in your live zen cart, as this will break a lot of your pages. Instead, get the SSL working on a test site before you enable it on your live zen cart store.
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