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Why You Need an SSL Certificate on WordPress for Membership Sites

If you want to retrieve account and billing information on your new membership site, you will need to install an SSL Certificate on WordPress.

Why an SSL Certificate on WordPress Is So Important

SSL is the standard technology used to secure the information that passes between your website and any online visitors. If you’re planning on utilizing any private information such as login passwords, online purchases, and personal information, it is necessary to keep this data protected.

By encrypting the information, the security provided by SSL will serve as a barricade against hackers and other malicious individuals who would love to see what credit cards are being used.

You’ll know that you’ve set up your SSL Certificate on WordPress successfully when you see these “secure icons” when you visit your membership site:

SSL Certificate Enabled Screenshot

How to Set Up your SSL Certificate

An SSL certificate is available at an additional cost, and may be purchased from your hosting provider. Once purchased, most hosting providers will automatically apply the certificate to the website domain name designated by you.

Some hosts will automatically issue and set up an SSL Certificate for you for free, like our recommended host WPEngine (this is an affiliate link).

If you’re looking for another place to purchase your SSL from, we recommend using namecheap.com, then asking your host to install it for you. Keep in mind that some hosting providers will not install SSL from a third party.

After everything is set up, double check the settings to ensure that SSL encryption is enabled for all website pages.


For more detailed information on setting an SSL certificate for your WordPress site, refer to your hosting provider’s support or FAQ documentation.

Once you have your SSL certificate installed, you’ll be all set to install the AccessAlly plugin and continue installation steps.

Updated on October 11, 2019

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