Setting up an SSL Certificate on Vend E-commerce

The only DIY guide you need for setting up an SSL Certificate - for free

If you use Vend E-commerce, then you are probably familiar with the issues around setting up an SSL certificate. You can't do it inside Vend, and you can't purchase one to add on to your domain. So where do you even start? If you don't have one all of your visitors will see a warning saying that your site is "not secure". That's a huge problem! Luckily, I have designed a short online course to help.
For over a year now, I have offered a service to set up an SSL certificate for Vend businesses, and I am grateful for the hundreds of retailers who have trusted me to help them with this. However, since I began this service I have found new ways to do this, often for free, so I see no reason to continue charging for my time if I can instead help you use the free tools available online.
In this online short course, I will walk you through, step-by-step, in getting a free SSL certificate through Cloudflare. Some beginner to intermediate technical skills will be required, but I hope to make this as easy as possible. Plus, if you don't find this course useful, it's 100% free itself, so there is nothing to lose. In total, it should take about half an hour to complete all the steps required, and you won't have to pay for this course or any resource that I recommend.
I have answered some frequently asked questions below, but if you are stuck, or need extra help, let me know. I still offer the setup service to select retailers and will be more than happy to help!
Thanks for your interest in this content. I look forward to helping you.

- Angus Allan

Your Instructor

Angus Allan
Angus Allan

Angus is an experienced digital entrepreneur who has worked with clients around the world and grown Hello Digital into a reputable international agency. Angus is a certified Vend Expert and Shopify Expert partner who led the team that built the first Vend Ecommerce sites back in 2014 and subsequently developed the Fleur and Kokoa themes. Alongside his work helping clients to achieve their goals, he is also passionate about technology, change, and transformation. He was recently endorsed by the UK Government as a “World Leading Exceptional Talent in Digital Technology” and is currently working with clients in the UK, USA, NZ, and Australia.

Course Curriculum

  Setting up an SSL Certificate on Vend E-commerce
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What is an SSL certificate?
Simplified heavily, an SSL certificate is a small piece of data that sits alongside your website and certifies that you and your business are exactly who you say you are. One piece of the certificate sits on the website and the other is used by the browser of your visitors. When a visitor loads your website the certificate “authenticates” to your visitor that they are actually visiting your website, and not the website of a scammer or hacker.
Why do I need an SSL certificate?
Without an SSL certificate, it is harder for visitors and search engines to build trust with your business. Some visitors may see a warning that their connection is “insecure”, and others may not be able to load the website at all. Additionally, SSL provides a layer of encryption to protect the data of your visitors. Starting July 2018 Google will begin showing an “insecure content” warning for Chrome users on any website that is not using an SSL certificate. This includes Vend Ecommerce websites. Given that Chrome accounts for approximately 60% of all web traffic, this is a huge risk for any Ecommerce store that isn’t already using SSL.
Why can't I just do this all in Vend? Why do I need Hello Digital and this course?
Vend Ecommerce does not support the ability for you to upload an SSL certificate of your own. Instead, you need to set up a server already has an SSL certificate and then redirects your web traffic to your Vend Ecommerce website. This is costly and time consuming for the average business owner and requires technical expertise. Rather than doing any of that, this course will show you how you can get set up for free without any of the hassles of running your own server.
What if I need extra help with Vend E-commerce?
If you require extra help with setting up an SSL certificate or any other query related to Vend E-commerce, please let me know! I am always open to feedback and questions, and especially with Vend announcing that their E-commerce platform is "no longer available for use" it is especially important to plan for the future of your website.

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