Why SSL & Developing with SSL in MODX Cloud for Free

Why HTTPS (SSL)?

Websites using HTTPS (commonly called “SSL”) are increasingly valuable. MODX Cloud makes it possible to both test with and implement HTTPS on any of your Clouds.

  • Google ranks sites using HTTPS higher, all other things being equal
  • SPDY in MODX Cloud, only available for HTTPS sites, serves sites more quickly
  • Site visitors often view HTTPS s a sign of trust 

Developing and Testing with HTTPS

If you plan to serve your site via HTTPS, it is best to develop and test using HTTPS from the beginning. This will help prevent finding certificate warning errors before moving to a live site.

You can test any Cloud instance without installing a custom Certificate using the standard Cloud Address (the one that starts with c followed by four numbers), e.g., https://c0000.paas1.tx.modxcloud.com.

For Clouds created before July 1, 2015, to enable SSL you have to update their nginx configuration. An easy way to do this is to add a comment to the top of its Web Rules, e.g., # This is a comment.

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