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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.
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