In an age where online security is a vastly important topic, you should consider using a Secure Sockets Layer on your CubeCart website. This encrypts information to and from your guests keeping them protected from hackers trying to steal information.
It also works to improve your search engine optimization as sites like Google prefer secured domains on the results page.
In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to set up SSL in CubeCart. It’s a real quick process and goes a long way to developing a successful online store.
Getting Your SSL
The SSL certificate is purchased from your domain hosting account or through your registrar. Sometimes this may be the same company. For example, GreenGeeks gives you a free domain name registration when creating a web hosting account.
An SSL is a premium service that requires a nominal monthly fee. However, these costs are offset by the improvement in SEO as well as trust from online shoppers.
In reality, many people don’t put much faith in an unprotected online store. As a result, they don’t make a purchase. If your site doesn’t start with “https://”, there’s a good chance shoppers will move on to one that does.
As of October 2017, those who use Google Chrome are now presented with a status message when using a website that has fields for customers to enter data. If the site isn’t secure, the web browser will give them a message stating the fact. This can easily hurt sales.
Consider Google Chrome users make up more than 54% of all web traffic around the world. More than half of your guests may be seeing an “Unsecured” message when shopping if you don’t have an SSL certificate.
Once you purchase the SSL and verify the account, you can make changes to CubeCart to use it.
Using SSL for CubeCart
From the admin dashboard of CubeCart, scroll down and click, “Store Settings.”
Click the “SSL” tab from along the top options.
Change the drop down for Enable SSL to “Yes.”
Change the Store URL to match your secured changes. For example, you will need to use “https://” as the prefix when using SSL. If you don’t, it may throw errors when someone tries to access the store depending on how you have the site set up.
Click the “Save” button to finish setting up the store.
Keep It Secure
Adding the SSL is just one method to secure your website. It protects visitors while boosting your online store’s reputation among shoppers. Do what you can to keep your site efficient and safe for yourself as well as your patrons. It will help you be successful in the realm of eCommerce.
Author: Josh Dargie
My name is Josh Dargie and I’m the Operations Manager at GreenGeeks. I’ve been with the company since 2009. I have over 16 years of experience working with and for various web hosting providers specifically in development, day-to-day operations and customer service.