Normally, any text sent from your browser to the web server is sent as
plain text. This means a cracker/hacker could potentially intercept the
information sent from your browser and read it. By using the
secure server, the information is encrypted before it is sent from your
browser. It would be practically impossible for anyone to decrypt it without
knowing the key.
How to Use
* Replace username
with your own control panel username.
Your welcome e-mail should have the link to use for the server you are on. If you do not know what server you are on, send us a support ticket!
If you would like to have your own certificate installed so that customers can navigate your site via https://www.yourdomain.com, you will have to purchase your own certificate. You will need to request us to generate a key and install it on the server.
Once the key is generated, you will need to request the certificate from a trusted source, e.g. GeoTrust or VeriSign.
We do charge a fee for installing the certificate. We can also handle
the purchase of your certificate and installation for you. For pricing
information, please visit http://www.theservercenter.net/addons.shtml
If you are calling the FormMail script through the secure server, your
action line and other code will look like the following:
The last two lines allow a link
back to your main page.
Sending data from a HTML form page, over a secured connection to a CGI
application running on the web server [e.g. the ubiquitous order processing
application] is likely to be your main usage of SSL, so we give it closer
It is the action part we are interested in here. This is the URL that the contents of the form will be sent to when the submit button is pressed. This is where we should use the https:// URL, so that the data is submitted over the secured channel. e.g.
<form name="order" action="https://hostname.theservercenter.net/~username/cgi-bin/something.cgi"
Note here that it is not necessary to load the order page itself over
https:// [who would be interested in a blank order form?] only to specify
that the data be submitted ['form action'] over SSL.
1. Click thru the following links: Administration -> Preferences -> Directories and Path.
2. Click on the text link "SECURE_SERVER" to modify this key field.
3. Then change the variable from "https://yourdomain.com" to: https://hostname.theservercenter.net (replace hostname accordingly)
4. Click OK. Then Click "Apply Changes" (near top).
5. Make sure the key field "SECURE_ENABLE" is set to
1 (enable). This field is found in:
Don't forget to click "Apply Changes" after you modify the key.
Now you can test it by going to your Order form or Checkout page. You
should see a key or lock at the bottom of your browser, this indicates
that the page is SECURED.