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Today I’m going to walk you through the process of installing an SSL certificate on a GreenGeeks hosted WordPress site, as well as how to set up an email address on your domain.
SSL Certificate Installation
What is an SSL Certificate?
In my GreenGeeks overview, we briefly went over what an SSL certificate is and the benefits to having one installed. In this post, I will go over a little more detail, but primarily focus on how to get it up and running on a GreenGeeks hosted, WordPress site.
An SSL certificate stands for Secure Sockets Layer, and at its basic level, it acts as a type of site verification.
Essentially, it says that the website you are visiting is owned by the person or company it says it is owned by.
On a more complex level, it provides the ability for encryption of sensitive data entered in on your site. So a name, login username and password, credit card information: these are all examples of users’ sensitive data.
If you would like for me to cover the types of SSL certificates (Domain Validated, Organization Validated, and Extended Validation) and look more deeply into the subject in another post or video, leave me a comment below, but for now, let’s get started installing the free DV SSL certificate (that comes with GreenGeeks hosting) onto your WordPress website .
Add SSL Certificate in GreenGeeks
After you’ve logged into GreenGeeks, click on Security in the menu to the left. You’ll see a list of your current domains, their billing status, SSL type, Renewal Date, and SSL Status. Click on the Add SSL Certificate button at the top right of the page.
In the dropdown menu on the next window, select the relevant hosting service, and in the next menu, select the domain you wish to install the SSL certificate on. Then click Continue.
You will be brought to a page where you are given the option to select a provider. For the sake of this tutorial, we’re going to choose the SSL certificate that comes free with GreenGeeks hosting.
Click on the link to the document to review important information about your SSL installation. It will be located on the green ribbon below “Please recheck your selections before submitting.”
This will open up in a new tab. After reading this document, when you are ready, go back to the confirmation screen tab and click on Confirm and Create.
You may either see an error message, or you will see on your main security page that the Certificate has been issued. If you see a DNS validation error message, wait thirty minutes and try again, per GreenGeeks instructions.
If this message occurs again, contact technical support at GreenGeeks. If you see that the certificate has been issued, you are now ready to push the SSL certificate through to your WordPress site.
Steps to Activate SSL in WordPress
Really Simple SSL is a WordPress plugin you can use to essentially verify you have an SSL certificate installed on your host and help configure and transition your pages from http to https. It’s not the only SSL plugin out there, but it is one recognized by GreenGeeks, which is why I am choosing to use this plugin for the tutorial.
Log in as an administrator to your WordPress site, and click on Plugins.
Go to Add New and click on the Search field.
Search for Really Simple SSL and click on Install Now once it pulls up. Then click Activate.
You’ll see a warning with a list of things to check for before you activate the SSL on your site. Once you are ready, click on Go ahead, activate SSL!
After this, you should be able to see the lock symbol in your website URL field when you reload it.
Set Up Email Account in GreenGeeks Hosting
Having an email address associated with your domain can give your blog or business a more professional presence, but how do you set it up with GreenGeeks hosting?
Choose the Domain
Once you have logged into your GreenGeeks account, click on cPanel, located beneath Actions under the Quick Server Login.
The menu for cPanel will open up in a new tab. Scroll down until you see the section called Email and click on Email Accounts.
Click on the Create button, and you’ll see Create an email account at the top of the page. Choose the domain you want to use for your new email address.
The Domain is a dropdown menu where you can choose the domain name where you want the email address to be. It is the part that comes after the “@” symbol in your email address.
Create a Username and Password
The Username field is where you will enter the name of the email address you would like to create. This will be the part that precedes the “@” symbol in your email address.
For instance, I may enter Kimberly in the Username field after selecting “sitesteps.tech” in the Domain dropdown.
Create a password or click on Generate if you want to have one created for you. Be sure to remember your password for future logins.
Select Storage Space
Next, choose how much Storage Space you want your email account to store.
Unlimited is an option, but just keep in mind that emails do use inode space, so you may want to keep an eye on that in cPanel, where it is called File Usage. Having a bunch of emails adding up without deleting them can take up this inode space.
Plus Addressing Options
The next option you have is to either Automatically Create Folders for Plus Addressing, or Do Not Automatically Create Folders. This is up to your personal preference.
If you’re not familiar with plus addressing, also known as subaddressing, it basically is a feature that allows you to keep your email organized, as well as potentially catch when or if your email address has been compromised, sold, etc. without your consent.
For instance, if my email address was [email protected], and I was signing up for a website’s newsletter, I may not want the emails coming in from that newsletter to clutter up my primary inbox.
So if I give this website an email address like [email protected], the emails they send me would still get to me, but they would be automatically sorted into a folder called “Newsletters.”
Now if I started to see emails coming in from a company I didn’t recognize, that would alert me to the possibility that this company got my email address from the newsletter subscription I opted in for.
So by using plus addressing, it gives me the option to not only organize my folders, but it also helps me keep an eye on potential spam.
Just keep in mind that not all email accounts or clients support subaddressing, so it might be good to do some research on your mail client if this is something you are considering.
So if you click on Automatically Create Folders, it is basically the same thing as saying you want the webmail client to create a folder named newsletters if you use +newsletters at the end of your username.
Or if you decided one day to do your username +affiliates, +clients, +promos, +networking, etc., your email folder would automatically be created for you using that tag.
If you don’t want this to occur, just click on Do Not Automatically Create Folders.
If you want a welcome email sent to you with instructions to set up a mail client, keep the next box checked. Then click on Create.
Check Your New Email
When you go back to your email accounts page in cPanel, you should now see in the list the email address you have created. To view your email, click on the Check Email box.
A new tab will open, and there are a couple of ways you can view your email from here.
You can choose your webmail client, which we see roundcube and horde are available through GreenGeeks cPanel, or if you want to view your email using a mail client, click on Configure Mail Client.
Configure Mail Client will give you information that you can use to log into your account using a mail client. I won’t go into detail about setting up a mail client in this post, but just so you know, that information is available on the site.
In my YouTube video, I take you through both roundcube and horde so you can see how it appears online.
To open the webmail client, simply click on the option you prefer, then click Open (the blue button displayed under the image at the top left of the page).
If you have one that you prefer over the other, you have the option to open your inbox as soon as you log in, by clicking on the checkbox to the right of Open. Each webmail client has a different visual display, and roundcube has an option to change their user interface as well.