Paid Memberships Pro requires a valid SSL in order to process the membership checkout on your domain (if you are using an offsite payment gateway – PayPal Express, PayPal Standard or 2Checkout – you do not need an SSL).
Where can I get an SSL (and how much should I pay)?
If you don’t have an SSL, click here for information on how to obtain one.
What is an SSL?
An SSL is a digital “signature” by a trusted certificate authority. It allows visitors verify the identity of a secure site before they provide private information, such as their account password or billing information. It validates the HTTPS protocol, allowing the web browser to communicate private information with your secure website.
What is the SSL Seal Code?
If the SSL has been properly installed on your web server, you can place a “seal” that allows users to verify the security of the connection. Your certificate authority such as GoDaddy or GeoTrust provides a seal that a majority of web browsers already trust. As the website owner, you can include the SSL seal code on the Membership Checkout page so that visitors to your site know that their private information is safe.
Don’t know who your SSL issuer is?
If you don’t know who your SSL provider is, go to your website and click the “lock” icon in the browser’s URL field. This should give you the name of the issuer.
- SiteGround’s GrowBig and GoGeek plans include an SSL provided via AlphaSSL
- 1&1 Internet, Inc. SSLs are provided via GeoTrust Quick SSL
- Bluehost SSLs are provided via Comodo
- Pagely SSLs are provided via Comodo
- Pressable SSLs are provided via Comodo
- Synthesis SSLs are provided via Comodo
- WPEngine SSLs are provided via RapidSSL
Other banners and verification images
Depending on your gateway, you may want to include other “powered by” or “verified” type badges, such as a PayPal or Stripe logo. We use Stripe as our payment gateway, so I also recently added a “powered by stripe” image to that page.
Here are some links to verified and banner images for various gateways and third party security providers: