Shopping cart system implements a very flexible system to support secure connections (SSL). You can choose which storefront pages and Admin Area sections should be secured. These pages will open over HTTPS, while the rest of the pages will open over simple HTTP, and the shopping cart will transition between these protocols automatically.
Secure connections are disabled by default. You have to properly configure SSL connections in order to use SSL.
First, find out your website's HTTPS domain name and the URL pointing to the shopping cart installation directory. It is most often the same as the HTTP URL (and then the URL appears in the input field automatically), but some hosting companies make it different from it. The necessary information can usually be found in your hosting company's help system. It may also be necessary to contact their support department. You may need to purchase and install an SSL certificate for your website with their help prior to enabling HTTPS.
Note that while the HTTP (insecure) and HTTPS (secure) URLs of the storefront may differ, they both must point to the same server directory, otherwise SSL support is impossible. This is a requirement and you should inform your hosting provider of this fact in rare cases when this is not already implemented. They usually can configure your account as required.
Then, configure SSL for your Admin Area and Storefront.
This page includes the following fields:
The Secure Admin Area Sections area below helps you choose which Admin Area sections to protect. You can leave all options listed below unchecked, but you must specify a URL to provide full-fledged SSL connections in Storefront.
A similar method is used to secure your storefront pages. Select the sections that you want your customers to access using SSL.
After you have specified the HTTPS URL and selected the sections to protect, click the Save button.
If the URL is correct and no errors are encountered, the window closes and the https_config.php file is created in the Avactis-system/ directory on the server. If the window does not close, that means an error has occurred.
Certain Windows hosting spaces replace the "Save" button with the "Check" button. The latter helps make sure that the URL you specified actually exists. If the URL is typed correctly and it exists, the following message displays:
If a green message appears, select Yes and click "Close", otherwise select No and try typing the URL once again.
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