Bluehost Web Hosting Help
How to use the Free Shared SSL Certificate
How can I use my website with the Free SSL Certificate?
To use the shared SSL Certificate, update the hyperlinks that need to be secure to use the base URL of:
In the above example replace box### with the server for your account. You can find that on the left side of your cPanel in the stats column. Also replace "username" with your 8-character cPanel username. This also is listed on the left side of your Bluehost cPanel.
Please note the Shared SSL Certificate does have data limitations; in order to prevent abuse by others using the free secure.BlueHost.com SSL proxy, any embedded data (images, audio clips, etc) larger than 100kb will be truncated; this is a per-file limit, not a total page size limitation. This can cause elements on your websites to only load half-way, especially on those websites using larger images.
If you experience problems with your site only partially loading when using the Shared SSL Certificate through the secure.BlueHost.com, try the following:
- Reduce the number of images on your website.
- Resize the images on your website.
- Convert the images into a type that has better compression, such as .png and .gif.
- Verify your elements are not reaching the 100kb limit.
Note: If none of these suggestions resolve your problem, you'll likely need to upgrade your hosting account with a private SSL certificate and a Dedicated IP address; please see our article regarding that here.
Recommended Help Content
How to move an SSL certificate to another server?
What files do you need to make your SSL certificate work on another account/server? (updated 1366 days ago)
SSL Installation of 3rd Party Certificate
I need to have an SSL 3rd Party Certificate installed for my domain. (updated 23 days ago)
Purchasing or Renewing SSL certificates
How to renew an existing SSL certificate--or purchase a new one, within your cPanel (updated 253 days ago)
Related Help Content
Configuring CubeCart to use an SSL Certificate
How do I setup CubeCart to use an SSL Certificate? (updated 162 days ago)
SSL Installation of Self-Signed Certificate
I need to have an SSL Self-Signed Certificate installed for my domain. (updated 163 days ago)
Manage Service SSL Certificates
How to add a new SSL certificate for your different WM services. (updated 886 days ago)
Comodo Positive SSL Certificate Seal
Where do I get a copy of the site seal for my SSL I purchased through Bluehost? (updated 1170 days ago)
VPS or Dedicated Hosting - Installing an SSL Certificate for a Website
To help with installing an SSL certificate for an account on a dedicated server through the WHM (updated 159 days ago)
Wildcard SSL Certificates
How to use a WildCard SSL Certificate (updated 82 days ago)
Shared vs. Dedicated IPs & Port Access
What is the difference between a Shared & Dedicated IP? How do I get Port Access? What type of SSL Certificate is right for me? (updated 162 days ago)
Installing the WildCard SSL on a Reseller account
How to install the provided WildCard SSL on a reseller account (updated 323 days ago)