Setup And Install Free SSL Certificates on WordPress Multisite

by Mustaasam Saleem  May 16, 2017

Whenever you want to create a network of local business with subsites of different owners; the only choice is WordPress Multisite—but the only restriction is your sites should be hosted on the same hosting provider. However, there are many tools available, like MainWP that can help you to manage all subsites of a Multisite network regardless of hosting provider.

Add SSL on WordPress Multisite

Popularity has its own hazards, so is the case with WordPress. It has now become the most favorite target of hackers to steal form submission data. Here it should be noted that form submission can be registration/login forms and credit card details etc.

To overcome such kind of online theft, few researchers started an open-source project called Let’s Encrypt, which is a bridge between user’s browser and the server. It makes sure that the user’s communication is encrypted and secure on the Internet.

We, at Cloudways, provide Let’s Encrypt Free SSL certificates to facilitate our customers. We have received many queries regarding SSL on WordPress Multisite. Therefore, today we will guide you how you can easily install WordPress Multisite SSL certificate on your application.

First thing first, If you don’t have a Cloudways account, sign up from here to experience fastest WordPress Multisite hosting or log in to your existing account and install WordPress Multisite. In addition, you can use our guide on setup WordPress Multisite Network.

Add SSL Certificates on WordPress Multisite

Once WordPress Multisite is installed and configured properly, get into your WordPress Multisite Application. Navigate to SSL certificate tab, enter your email address and primary (main) domain name to install SSL certificate on WordPress Multisite.

SSL Management

It will take a few seconds to install SSL certificate on WordPress Multisite. Once the installation is done, your main domain can be served via HTTPS. To make sure SSL is properly configured on your WordPress site, follow our guide installing SSL on a WordPress site.

Add SSL Certificates on WordPress Multisite Subdomains

To add SSL certificate on subdomains, click on Add Domain button, another text field will appear to enter subdomain of your WordPress Multisite network. By repeating the process, you can add as many subdomains as you want on WordPress Multisite network.

SSL on WordPress Multisite Subdomains

Now, click on Save Changes button, a popup will appear asking permission to revoke existing SSL certificate and re-install certificate with an updated list of domain(s).

SSL Warning

Note: Before adding SSL on WordPress Multisite, make sure your main domain and all subdomains are propagated properly otherwise, SSL certificate will not be installed.

Add SSL Certificates on WordPress Multisite Subdirectory

It should be noted here that the above guide was for subdomains only. If your WordPress Multisite Network is based on subdirectories, you just need to add SSL certificate on primary (main) domain only. There is no need to do any additional work to add SSL on subdirectories of WordPress Multisite.

Congratulations! You are done with WordPress Multisite SSL setup.

Final Thoughts

Google ranks SSL certified websites higher in SERP. Not only this, Google Chrome, the most-used web browser started marking NON-SSL sites as “Not Secure”. This can be threatening for your business, potential visitors and buyers as they will not visit your unsecured website again.

Isn’t it easy enough to install SSL on WordPress Multisite network? But, still, if you have any query, feel free to ask in the comments section below. I would love to answer. 🙂

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About Mustaasam Saleem

Mustaasam is the WordPress Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed WordPress Hosting Platform, where he actively works and loves sharing his knowledge with the WordPress Community. When he is not working, you can find him playing squash with his friends, or defending in Football, and listening to music. You can email him at mustaasam.saleem@cloudways.com

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