SSL Certificates and HTTPS: What You Need to Know

OneRooftop has been hearing more and more buzz about getting an SSL certification for your vacation rental website. For some owners and managers, this is old news and you just need instructions about how to get one set up for your website. For others, SSL certification is a totally new idea and is a bit intimidating. We’d like to create a nice introduction to what SSL certification is all about, explain some context about what it means for your OneRooftop account, as well as provide some information about how to get an SSL certificate started.

What is an SSL Certificate?

An SSL certificate is a file that encrypts transmitted data on web page. In e-commerce, this most often means protecting credit cards, but it also means sensitive information about your guests.

Having an SSL Certificate means your website is secure and will have an https:// in the URL bar. You may have noticed your website up until now has only been http:// — there is no “s” for secure. You can learn more about https from Google itself.

Why didn’t my website have https before?

Great question. In truth, your website did have an https url on the pages where it mattered most to have one: on the booking page where your guest is submitting credit cards.

You’ll notice when you send out a payment link to guests or when guests click through to request a stay, they are doing so on a OneRooftop link that has https and says Secure.

Websites built on OneRooftop redirect from your custom domain name to our secure payment link to ensure the safety of you and your guests.

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Adding logo will brand your payment page. However, to ensure the security of your guests and your business, OneRooftop uses a secure link under our domain name.

The privacy and security of our clients and their guests has always been our number one priority.

Do I need a SSL certificate?

Whether or not you need an SSL certificate is a question we’re hearing a lot. We have taken measures to ensure your guests can book with confidence. However, there are more reasons you may want to purchase an SSL certificate for your domain name.

Namely, Google Chrome is introducing a new feature that will warn users about a domain name that is not secure. Last January, Chrome introduced they’d put a “Not Secure” tag on pages where there were either passwords or credit card fields. This ultimately leads to their HTTPS everywhere goal.

Your best bet to continue inspiring confidence in guests will be to get an SSL certificate for your domain name.

How do I get started?

We’ve put together these instructions for SSL Certificate Installation Instructions. Please be aware, getting an SSL certificate costs an annual fee to Godaddy or the provider of your choice.

  1. Buy SSL – If you wish to have an SSL certificate, you will need to purchase it yourself. We encourage you to buy one from Godaddy or one of it’s affiliates. You can get started by following this non-affiliate link.
  2. Tell OneRooftop – We will need to know the EXACT domain that they are wanting secured. This means you will tell us that you purchased www.domain.com or just domain.com.Once we know, we can generate a CSR for you. CSR stands for Certificate Signing Request.
  3. Add CSR to Godaddy account – It will look like this:—–BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST—-
    MIIC4DCCAcgCAQAwgZoxCzAJBgNVBAYTAlVTMRAwDgYDVQQIDAdBbGFiYW1hMRMw
    EQYDVQQHDApCaXJtaW5naGFtMRowGAYDVQQKDBFPc3RlciBHb2xmIEhvdXNlczEg
    MB4GA1UEAwwXd3d3Lm9zdGVyZ29sZmhvdXNlcy5jb20xJjAkBgkqhkiG9w0BCQEW

    F3JpY2tvc3RlcmdvbGZAZ21haWwuY29tMIIBIjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQEFAAOCAQ8A
    MIIBCgKCAQEA2fThV7tugETs3aUMfG1/+4Bg6WpS1kx4aLgYgc3ckuWaDtoSv+WE
    gZsNZbOHiIa08qwSWBFGKVQTUTbXpB0dA38qoEOkvgWMcedA3IFsBGtaKf75NZKW
    s7PbENL7KWFx/W0MeYmIj91GHlBSIVjS0V3x9b8ksNVR3tj3gP7df9uSWWQ8662D
    s+QDBdIMIdX7pJY75Isp0LJuoL246mc4LA6XYX73Ug/1o/ZL1LRfo0TH4Y7l3j6z
    Jko8fli8csNnE7AEFQUNXFxewIE=
    —–END CERTIFICATE REQUEST—–
  4. Activate your credit
    > Log in to your GoDaddy account.
    > Click SSL Certificates.
    > Next to the SSL certificate credit you want to use, click Set up.
    > If you have multiple credits, select the credit you want to use, and then click Set up.
    > Refresh the page; you should see a New Certificate. If you don’t, continue to refresh the page until you do.
  5. Request your certificate from GoDaddy
    > Next to your New Certificate, click Manage.
    > Select Provide a CSR, and then enter the CSR for your server (Linux/Apache).
    > After Godaddy verifies everything by these steps then you then should be able to download the zipped
    godaddy-ssl-certificate
  6. Send OneRooftop Support the Zip file.
  7. OneRooftop will enable HTTPS for your website 

 

 

 

 

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