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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 *.ning.com 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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  • 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.

  • Alex, I have a question... Am I stuck using the original name on my site-forever? It is rather confusing and I do not really understand this- but I have my custom domain name pointing to my site by a redirect is that right? Anyway, so the way I understand what is being  explained the 912Communique.ning.com WILL have SSL ---but my Domain name of TheConstitutionalConservatives.com that is pointed will not??

    Also my members are having difficulty posting more then one post- they describe some sort of a picture captcha  popping up that consists of cars and road signs? And they say they must click these items several times before they can post? HUh????? Anyone having this issue?

    • Hi there!

      Suzie, probably I'm mistaken and something is wrong here but when I have visited TheConstitutionalConservatives.com it was written that this domain is for sale. The custom domain which is displayed when I have visited your network is http://www.912communique.com/ and it already has a certificate. It could be showing you that your website is not secure as some content has been loaded through the http instead of https. In order to fix it, you need to replace all the links in your custom code that way so they will be loaded through https.

      After you need to check all your text boxes and replace the links there as well.

      If there are any questions just let me know.

      Best wishes,

      Ning Team.

  • Two things... any update on this SSL and when can we on 2.0 expect to be able to transfer to 3.0?

    • Hi there!

      Regarding the SSL, we need to know whether you wish to install your own SSL certificate or you are OK with the free one? Also please let us know what is the exact custom domain you are using if you have chosen the second option.

      Regarding the migration, I hope the script would be ready this year, but if there would be any issues with the releases of new features which are prioritised at the moment, the migration script should be ready next year.

      Best regards,

      Ning Team.

      • I have the free one and it's PERFECT! Thank you very much.

  • Any update on this? I've received the following notice from Google:

    Starting October 2017, Chrome (version 62) will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on an HTTP page, and for all HTTP pages in Incognito mode.

    I assume this means that the form to join our community (on Ning 2.0) will see a NOT SECURE message. 

    Happy to help test the solution.

    • Hi Marry,

      Right now we are planning to implement SSL for all networks in November. Also, please note that if you have the custom domain you will need to buy SSL certificate and ask us to set it up to your network once we will be ready to do that.

      Best regards,
      The Ning Team

      • Hello any news on this?

        ....I have custom domain and would like to swich as soon as possible!

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