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    I need some advice before adding a SSL certificate to our website. Our set up is as follows:

    1. Main domain with web pages of information - http only.

    2. Sub domain "community" which after adding the DNS code given to us by vBulletin redirects to our Cloud forum. Forum is then https


    My question is, if we now add a SSL certificate to our domain to make it https will that cause any problems to our forum?

    I'm frightened of breaking something and the forum stopping working!

    Thank you.
    __________________________________________
    We don't stop playing because we grow old;
    we grow old because we stop playing.
    GBS

  • #2
    You shouldn't have any issues doing that. Having separate certificates for specific subdomains is reasonably common.
    MARK.B | vBULLETIN SUPPORT

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    • #3
      OK thanks for the fast response Mark.

      I think there will be the option to exclude specific sub domain so would it be wise to only add it to the main domain and exclude "community" ? Or won't it matter.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by MrsTiggywinkle View Post
        OK thanks for the fast response Mark.

        I think there will be the option to exclude specific sub domain so would it be wise to only add it to the main domain and exclude "community" ? Or won't it matter.
        Personally, I would exclude it, though it shouldn't really make much difference. The browser should see the certificate for the specific subdomain, if it exists, and should use that.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mark.B View Post

          Personally, I would exclude it, though it shouldn't really make much difference. The browser should see the certificate for the specific subdomain, if it exists, and should use that.
          Thanks Mark.

          Have a very Happy New Year when it comes.
          __________________________________________
          We don't stop playing because we grow old;
          we grow old because we stop playing.
          GBS

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          • #6
            I don't think the browser will even see the certificate for your main site when visiting the forums. The server will send the certificate to the browser and your cloud site server isn't actually connected to your main site in anyway. They just share a domain name.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Wayne Luke View Post
              I don't think the browser will even see the certificate for your main site when visiting the forums. The server will send the certificate to the browser and your cloud site server isn't actually connected to your main site in anyway. They just share a domain name.
              Thanks Wayne.

              I can now see what the options will be:

              All Free SSL certificates are wildcard certificates, so will automatically cover the domain and all subdomains - For example: domain.tld, www.domain.tld, anything.domain.tld.

              Domain

              https://xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk


              Advanced
              As standard the main certificate will cover all your subdomains, however for advanced usage where you wish to secure *.sub.domain.tld, you can view available subdomains to secure below.

              Sub domain

              https://community.xxxxxxxxxxxxx.co.uk


              I will have the option to deactivate the SSL certificate on the sub domain if I wish.
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              We don't stop playing because we grow old;
              we grow old because we stop playing.
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              • #8
                That shouldn't matter. When someone requests a URL at community.XXXXXXXXXX.co.uk, they will get redirected to your cloud site which has its own certificate. This happens via the CNAME Redirect and the web server for your main site will never get involved. The DNS does not apply the certificate and encryption, the web server does. DNS doesn't even care about SSL. It just knows to forward requests to port 80 (http) or port 443 (https).
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                The Rabid Badger - a vBulletin Cloud demonstration site.
                vBulletin 5 API - Full / Mobile
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                • #9
                  Thanks Wayne, that’s great.

                  wishing you a Happy New Year
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                  We don't stop playing because we grow old;
                  we grow old because we stop playing.
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                  • #10
                    Happy New Year Mrs T.

                    Happy New Year Wayne, and thanks for all of your help

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Carrfixr View Post
                      Happy New Year Mrs T.

                      Happy New Year Wayne, and thanks for all of your help
                      Thank you.

                      Happy New Year to you too. Wishing peace to the world.
                      __________________________________________
                      We don't stop playing because we grow old;
                      we grow old because we stop playing.
                      GBS

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