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How to enable SSL for Joomla

This article describes how to enable SSL for a Joomla site.

This article assumes that you already have a valid, functioning SSL certificate installed on your web site. If you do not have an SSL certificate for your site yet, please see our SSL certificate options or use Let's Encrypt certificates available with most accounts.

Enabling SSL for Joomla

To enable SSL for Joomla, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to Joomla as the administrator, and then:
    • For Joomla 3, on the top menu bar, click System, and then click Global Configuration.
    • For Joomla 2.5, on the top menu bar, click Site, and then click Global Configuration.
  2. Click the Server tab.
  3. Under Server Settings, in the Force SSL list box, select one of the following options:

    • To make the administration interface accessible only when using SSL, select Administrator Only.
      For enhanced security, A2 Hosting strongly recommends that you require SSL at least for the administration interface.
    • To make the entire site accessible only when using SSL, select Entire Site.
  4. Click Save. SSL is now enabled for Joomla.

Using Let's Encrypt with Joomla

Using an SSL certificate from a recognized Certificate Authority is recommended for best results when enabling SSL for Joomla. Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority and is recognized by most modern browsers. Let's Encrypt is supported for all new A2 Hosting accounts and certificates may even be generated automatically for immediate use. For details regarding Let's Encrypt for your account type, please see the Related Articles below.