Installing a Bigcommerce SSL

If you signed up for an Enterprise plan on or after August 3rd, 2015, see the following document for instructions.

Plus plans and higher can purchase a dedicated SSL from Bigcommerce. It has the same level of security as the shared SSL that Bigcommerce stores use by default, but has the added benefit of preventing the URL from changing domains when going to secure page. Enterprise plans can purchase an SSL from a third party, if preferred.

If you previously purchased an SSL that has expired or is about to expire, you can renew it by purchasing a new one. These steps are outlined below.

Purchasing and Installing an SSL

1. In your Bigcommerce control panel, go to SettingsServer SettingsSSL Certificate.

In some versions of the control panel, this is located under Setup & ToolsSSL Certificates.

If you do not see SSL Certificate listed in the Server Settings menu despite being on a Plus or higher plan, you may not be logged in as the store owner. Confirm this by clicking Users in the upper right hand corner of the screen.

2. If you do not already have a dedicated SSL, click View SSL Certificate Options. If you are renewing an expired SSL, click Purchase or renew an SSL certificate.

3. Select Purchase a dedicated SSL certificate from Bigcommerce. Complete the purchase of your SSL certificate.

Purchase SSL

4. On Step 4: Certificate Details, you will be asked to choose an approver email from a drop-down list of email addresses that have been preselected by your domain registrar. Be sure to select an email account that is already set up. If none of the provided emails have been set up, you may wish to either create and set it up or have it forward to an existing email account.

The SSL approver email drop down.

4. Within a few minutes, you will receive an Approval email. Click the link it contains to approve your purchase of the SSL. You will receive a second email containing the actual certificate. Copy this certificate, including the lines that contain BEGIN CERTIFICATE and END CERTIFICATE.

The SSL certificate code.

5. In the Bigcommerce control panel, go back to SettingsServer SettingsSSL Certificate*. Paste your SSL Certificate into the empty area, then Save.

*In some versions of the control panel, this is located under Setup & ToolsSSL Certificates.

6. Your SSL will take approximately 15 minutes to take effect. After this, you can use the tools listed below to check it.


Update your DNS! Switching to a private SSL will change your IP address. If you are pointing to your store using an A record, you'll need to update the DNS at your register with your new IP address.

How do I know my SSL is working?

You can check your SSL using the following tools:

For more guidance on troubleshooting SSL-related errors, see our SSL troubleshooting guide.

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