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Why is my website blocked on secure networks?

I can’t get my website to load on secure networks. I have had an SSL Certificate created, not sure if that helps.

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To use an SSL Certificate to access https://yourdomain.ext, you’ll need to generate a CSR (Certificate Signing Request), supply that to your SSL Provider and then add the SSL Certificate that they issue to your VirtualHost configuration.

To do this, once you have the required file(s), you’d want to edit the VirtualHost associated with your domain and find either:

<VirtualHost DROPLET_PUBLIC_IP:80>

or

<VirtualHost *:80>

and change it to:

<VirtualHost DROPLET_PUBLIC_IP:443>

… where DROPLET_PUBLIC_IP would be the Public IP Address assigned to your Droplet.

In the same file, find:

ServerName yourdomain.ext:80

or

ServerName yourdomain.ext

and change it to:

ServerName yourdomain.ext:443

… now, still in the same file, you’ll want to add the following towards the bottom of your VirtualHost configuration:

SSLEngine on
SSLCertificateFile        /path/to/ssl-cert.pem
SSLCertificateKeyFile     /path/to/ssl-cert.key

… where /path/to/ = the full path to the pem and key file for your SSL Certificate.

Now save, close the file and issue the following command from the CLI:

a2enmod ssl

The above command will enable the SSL Module if it hasn’t already been.

Finally, you need to restart Apache by issuing:

service apache restart

or

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart