SSL, or secure socket layer, encrypts the exchanges between web browsers and the server being viewed. This protects sensitive data like credit card information that might be transferred to your store by a customer. SSL mode is recognizable by the familiar HTTPS:// that precedes the URL in a browser’s address bar. Next to this, you should also always see a green secure padlock symbol, oftentimes found in the status bar at the bottom of the browser window or in the address bar. SSL is an extremely important security measure that all ecommerce stores should take to prevent online fraud. In this Zen Cart tutorial, we will tell you how to enable SSL in your zen cart store.
The first thing you need to do is find out what kind of SSL service your web hosting company provides. Talk with your web host to have SSL capability added to your hosting account, and decide whether a dedicated or shared SSL certificate would be best for your business. We recommend a dedicated SSL certificate, for a number of reasons, most of which are related to customer conversion and comfort. For example, when you have a dedicated SSL certificate, your store URL is formatted like this: https://www.your_site.com. With a shared certificate, on the other hand, your URL would be formatted more like this: https://your_username.your_host.com. When customers visit your site and see the url format provided with a shared certificate, the majority of them will become wary of your site. When this happens, the likelihood that they will complete a purchase on your site drops drastically. Others may become confused, and leave for that reason. Either way, the negative impact that this can have on your customer conversion rates is substantial.
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