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Thread: How can I apply an SSL certificate to my web pages

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009

    How can I apply an SSL certificate to my web pages

    I created a site using DW CS4. Subsequently purchased an SSL certificate and need help on how to apply the certificate to the various pages.
    There are about 50 pages that need to be secured.

    Not sure how to go about it.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    Ther are various companies which provide SSL certificates. Some of the good names are GEOTRUST, VERISIGN and many more.

    ON their websites you will find the link to apply for SSL certificate. Once you have done that they will do the verification process and will issue you a SSL certificate. The certificate issued will have to be given to your hosting company fo that they can install it on your domain and you are done. Now you will be able to browse your website with https.

    If you talk to your hosting company that you are looking for SSL certificate, I am sure they will be able to get it for you.

    Hope this helps,


    Maneet Puri

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Hi maneetpuri,

    I have already purchased the SSL certificate. It is already "set up" on the hosting company side. However, because I am using DW to generate my site and not one of their in-house products, they " do not support DW"....

    If I manually type on the web address bar https://; it will correctly display the ssl certificate. My issue is how to redirect the page when the user simply types in "www.siteaddress.com".

    I was given the following code to put in the top of the page:
    if($_SERVER['SERVER_PORT'] != '443') {
    //Force SSL upon this page
    header("Location: https://&quot;.$_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'].$_SERVER['PHP_SELF']);

    This works fine when I view the page from within DW (F12 key).
    But if I open the site in a new browser window; it displays the normal http://
    In essence it is not forcing the SSL on the page...

    Also, on DW Site Definition, I have set the HTTP address as :
    and Links relative to: Site and Document (I've tried both).

    Any other suggestions??


  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2007

    What URL do you see in the address bar when you hit F12 from your DW.


    Maneet Puri
    Maneet Puri

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Hi Maneet Puri,

    This is URL I see: https://siteaddress.com/index.html
    Which in essence is correct.

    But, when I type the URL in a new tab (www.siteaddress.com) it returns: http://siteaddress.com/index.html

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2008


    Dreamweaver has NOTHING to do with anything.
    IF your hosting company says something like "WE don't support XYZ html editor" (except for Front Page because it does require special folders, etc. but you can get around that too) they are blowin' smoke.

    PHP Code:
    is wrong!!! it should be
    PHP Code:
    IF your SSL is set up use your .htaccess to FORCE the site to https:
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.domain.com/$1 [R,L]
    and that will force the whole site https:

    IF you just have a certain folder to worry about
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} somefolder
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.domain.com/folder/$1 [R,L]
    and everything in that folder wil be https:

    IF your hosting company doesn't support .htaccess, change hosts

    and of course... try typing the url https://www.domain.com in the address bar...
    ...but stupidity is terminal.

  7. #7
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    Oct 2009
    Thanks opifex.

    Your input is much appreciated and very valuable.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Hi There!
    This is Saniah
    Im new in this site!
    Thanks for that post.
    Just keep on posting and help the other to their prob.
    Thanks again.
    Good Luck!...

    Building My Own Website

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2012


    Quote Originally Posted by opifex View Post
    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{SERVER_PORT} 80
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.domain.com/$1 [R,L]
    Where would we put this? I have a very similar question as this person.
    Pretend I am at filezilla and logged into my server.
    can you explain from there please?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    May 2012
    You need to install that SSL certificate on your web server (At your web hosting service/control panel). If you need help, you can directly contact your web hosting service provider (customer service team). They might help you in installing the SSL for your website.

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