How do I obtain an SSL certificate via Homestead?

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I'm also wanting to setup an SSL certificate on my HS site
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Drew N, Community Manager

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Homestead does not offer SSL certificates. If you have a Websitebuilder site, then you can get a secure rating by using Cloudflare nameservers. We are updating Sitebuilder so that it will work with the same method, but it is not ready yet.
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We should not to pay another extra charge for this!!!!
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Cloudflare do not offer the SSL service, seems we are in a pickle here!!
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Cloudflare offers a solution that gives your site a secure rating. Homestead does not support having a private SSL certificate, but you can get the secure rating by following the instructions provided in this topic. You must be using Sitebuilder Plus or Websitebuilder for this to work. Below are examples of this working on both Sitebuilder Plus and Websitebuilder sites.

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my website is still showing https: and not secure page.
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What is the projected ETA of this happening? This should have been in development long ago instead of scrambling to do NOW.
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I do not have an ETA at this point. It has been done for the new Websitebuilder. It is not yet done for older sites.I am trying to get some additional information.
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So, I spoke with the developers and they made some changes. I have tested forms on a test site and it is reading as secure.  I will be updating my existing topic for Websitebuilder to include Sitebuilder Plus.

Note: Sitebuilder desktop sites will still not work. If you publish your site from desktop, you will not have a secure message.

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/can-i-use-https-on-my-websitebuilder-site
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Do you have an ETA on when the Sitebuilder desktop sites will work?
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I do not.
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Can you please ask the developers to work on this ASAP! I've been patiently awaiting for this for months. I'm sure so have many other faithful longtime Homestead customers.

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Most have moved to Plus or Websitebuilder by now. The developers have been investigating this. I will see what I can find out.
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I like homestead Sitebuilder desktop and really do not want to move off of it. I'm still hoping (yes hoping since last October) that Homestead developers can make this work for desktop. 

 Also, might be a simple question, but why doesn’t Homestead offer SSL like Squarespace and Wix?

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The developers are still discussing desktop. As you are aware it is quite an old program and there are challenges.

This may be an option in the future, but it has not really been a demand from Homestead users as a whole. It only became an issue recently, with the browsers and forms. The most expedient way to resolve this has been by using Cloudflare.
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But why are you just not offering SSL via Homestead rather than a 3rd party like Cloudfare?  Like i said Squarespace and Wix offer it. I just want an answer as to why as I like Homestead very much.
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Do you have an answer as to why Homestead does not offer SSL and only suggest a 3rd party but that does not work for Sitebuilder desktop users?
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Using Cloudflare is a free and effective method to achieve the secure rating. The issue for desktop users is that the program does not direct to https when publishing. This is an issue regardless of which method is used. We continue to investigate updating desktop to be able to handle https.
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Thank you for the publishing explanation and update. I really hope desktop will be able to handle https soon.  Those of us with forms are feeling the pain with Google Chrome users.
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We need Homestead to get up to date with SSL or they are going to lose a lot of business. Google will give a Low Ranking for websites without SSL. This should be a Top Priority for Homestead!
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John, it appears as though you only use Sitebuilder Plus. You should be able to get a secure rating by using this topic. https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/can-i-use-https-on-my-websitebuilder-site This method works for Sitebuilder Plus and Websitebuilder sites. It only doesn't work on Sitebuilder desktop at this time.
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Thanks for solving my problem so fast!....Keep up the Great Work and All the Best from John Hoy!
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It is not showing secure on my website for some reason.  It just shows https:
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If it shows https, it is secure. Different browsers may display things a little differently.
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Good morning, I am using Sitebuilder Plus and have created the Cloudflare account. I set up the page rule and it has been 24 hours but the site is still showing a gateway error. Am I expecting it too soon, or is there something else I need to do? Thanks!
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Eric5274, It can take up to 48 hours for everything to settle, but which domain did you do? I will take a look.
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Thanks Drew, I used domain http://melvernlakemarina.com/*
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Can you get a screen shot of the DNS records in Cloudflare? It could be a propagation issue, as you webpages are up and running. The domain just isn't connecting yet.
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Very odd, this should work, can you try one thing for me? Can you replace the existing 216.40.47.17 record with 108.167.135.145?
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Done.
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Eric5274, I'm seeing it is still not loading still. Have you reached out to CloudFlare to see if there is a setting inside that was missed?
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Todd H, Cloudfare settings are correct according to them. I don't know if this helps, but this is the link on the 521 error page when I try to go to access my site. https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200171916-Error-521
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So there is a problem with the redirect. If I go to http://melvernlakemarina.com/ I still get to the site, but not secured. The server is operating. Can you remove the rule that auto redirects to https? Your DNS looks just like my test site, which is working. http://hsmailconfig.com.

Notice that the A record(216.40.47.17) redirects to www.hsmailconfig.com, which is what it is supposed to do. For me, yours is not doing that, and I am not yet sure why.
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I am deleting the page rule to always use https and I will await what you find out, thanks! 
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Any updates? I have spoken with Cloudflare and everything is correct on that end. I am still getting a 521 Error that the origin server is blocking the connection.
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We saw that as a possibility and have been preparing to whitelist the Cloudflare ip addresses. I am hoping that goes live tomorrow, but I do not yet have confirmation.
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Eric, we are whitelisting  right now. Can you also change the A record for host @ to 108.167.135.124 and delete the 2 CNAMEs for host www and * and point them to 108.167.135.124 as well. We got a test domain to give the same message as you and this resolved it.
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I have updated the A record for the host to 108.167.135.124. I deleted the two CNAME records, but when I added the www, I added it as an A record because the system said a CNAME content can not be an IP. It will not let me create a wildcard record with the enterprise version of Cloudfare, so the * is not active but the www is showing that traffic will go through Cloudflare. 
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The wildcard one is not required.

Also, just to make sure, we were able to get the 521 error by using the Full SSL option. It is important to note that you must use the Flexible SSL option. Can you confirm this as well?
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I switched to the Flexible option and I have success!  Thank you!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled https sitebuilder desktop.

When will this be available? Been asking for months.
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The developers continue to investigate this. There is no ETA at this time. We are doing what we can to provide this option, but as the program is so old, it is proving to be very difficult. If you need a secure message immediately, you can use Plus or build a new Websitebuilder site.
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But the sitebuilder desktop program works perfect for me and I'm sure many others. No ETA is no good. If only you just directly offered SSL to your customers and not a CloudFlare work around...
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I am sorry Bill, even if we offered an SSL the program will still need to be updated as well. There is no easy solution for such an old program. Unfortunately, at this time Sitebuilder desktop is still be looked at for this and that is the best I can tell you.
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Can you see if my website will work on cloudfare? I really need an ssl certificate
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Yes. The instructions to use Cloudflare should work for your site. If you have any issues with it, just let us know.

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