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SSL certificate feature release

Hi everyone!

Many of you have been waiting for us to launch the new SSL certificate feature - so here it is! The migration process will be performed in several stages. Currently the feature is available for 3.0 networks only.

The migration of the networks with * domain name is automatic, and has already begun. Hopefully, by the end of the next week the process of mass implementation will be completed. The networks with custom domain names will soon follow.

As a second step later this year, we will focus on 2.0 networks. We are already working on transferring these networks to HTTPS protocol, and everyone willing to volunteer in the testing process is welcome to contact our Support team to sign up.

Here are a few things an SSL certificate will help you with:
- safeguard your website from hackers, phishing, eavesdropping, man-in-middle-attack, and sniffing attacks
- keep sensitive information that is sent across the Internet encrypted, so that only the target recipient can use it
- protect sensitive information, such as customer names, phone numbers, addresses, and credit card numbers
- receive ranking advantage in search engines placement, since Google has recently updated its algorithm and added HTTPS as a ranking signal
- become more secure and trustworthy to the customer who wants to deal with a verified company and keep their personal information private.

These will help you ensure that your network gets more trust, which will ultimately bring more users to your community.

Thank you for your feedback on the importance of having an SSL certificate, and your active comments about Ning platform improvement.

Kindest regards,
Ning team

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  • It's been 24 hours and I'm having the same issues nothing has been fixed 

    • Hi there!

      You can find the reply here.

      Best wishes,

      Ning Team.

      Come on not again Ning
      This is popping up again my site isn't working on mobile more desktop..
  • Hi Ning team!

    When is SSL protocol ready for 2.0 networks?

    • Hi there!

      In order to obtain or install the certificate on 2.0 network, you should get in touch with somebody from our support, and let them know whether you wish to have the certificate from Let's Encrypt (which is free of charge) or install your own certificate, it's in case if you are using the custom domain.

       If you haven't enabled domain mapping for your network, everything you need to is to open the domain mapping section on the admin panel, tick "yes" under "use SSL for your domain" and save the changes.This is not working for the networks which are on Mini plan, as the person with Mini doesn't have access to the Domain mapping section.

      Best regards,

      Ning Team.

      • Thank you Kyryl, you are very kind.

  • I would like to be able to generate a CSR so I can add my ssl certificate that I purchased, the instructions are not clear... it just says upload CERT! So I bought one and now I have to do the CSR to be able to generate it.

    If ning could do it for me that would be great.

    • Hi there!

      Sure we can generate CSR for you, however, it would be faster if you do it by yourself. Generation itself takes just a few seconds, however, there are some questions only you know answers on. 

      For example, you can use this tool to generate CSR and key just fill all the fields (don't change anything in the Root Length and Signature Algorithm fas teh default values are proper ones).

      When the generation would be finished, please don't forget to save key file somewhere as you will need it later to upload certificate properly from the dashboard.

      Hope this helps.

      Best regards,

      Ning Team.

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  • There is now a check box in my Ning 2.0 site  to use SSL. I imagine that I don't just check the box. What else do I need to do in order to use SSL (I have a custom domain)?

    • Hi there!

      If you mapped your domain, in that case, yes, it's not the only thing you should do. The SSL certificate for your custom domain should be installed on our servers. There are two options you have, we can provide you with the certificate for your custom domain, or you can purchase the certificate somewhere else and we can install it, however this process not that easy as the first option.

      At this point, you should choose the among those two options, and provide us with the custom domain that you are using or going to use. Depends on your decision we will provide you with the further instructions.

      Bets regards,

      Ning Team.

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