MODX Cloud Update May 12, 2016—Self-Serve SSL

Since our last update four weeks ago, we've been working hard to bring you self-serve SSL certificate installation. With SSL becoming more and more valuable, now all customers on our current plans can add and manage their own SSL certificates for their Cloud sites. Read the full announcement.

By Jay Stephen Gilmore
May 12, 2016
MODX Cloud Update May 12, 2016—Self-Serve SSL

Self-Serve SSL Installation Now Available

Serving websites via HTTPS is more important today than ever, and we’ve noticed a large uptick in recent months requesting SSL:

  • Greater trustworthiness of the website for visitors, giving visitors greater confidence
  • Google factors HTTPS/SSL into search rank, getting more of the right people to your site
  • SPDY/HTTP2 decreases web page speed load times, keeping visitors more engaged

Previously, the only way customers could add SSL was by submitting a ticket to our customer support system, which required back and forth over hours or days—not always as speedy as people hoped.

Those days are over.

Now, all users on our current plans can request CSRs and install SSL Certificates for free without requiring a support ticket, anytime, without delay. 100% self-served.

Installing your SSL certificate is fairly intuitive, but we have written a user guide for those who love step-by-step instructions. Not only can you install a certificate for a website, but you can also move certificates to MODX Cloud from previous hosts, move them between Cloud instances, and install them on multiple Clouds.

If you’re on one of our legacy plans and want to run your site under SSL, we can help you select and move to one of our current plans, so you too can get access to self-serve SSL installs.

Knowledge is Power

We’ve also recently reorganized and expanded the MODX Cloud User Guide (aka Knowledge Base) to help you do more, more easily. Some of the changes include the addition of a new section called Optimizing Performance which contains articles on delivering your website faster to browsers, increasing your page speed score, adding more power to your Cloud instance, and even Private Servers in MODX Cloud.

For those of you launching a new site, we’ve created a MODX Cloud Site Launch Checklist, which includes all the steps to go from development to live site including web rules, domains and more. Whether you’re new to MODX Cloud or you’ve been here a while, it’s nice to have a reference that will make sure you launch without a hitch. It’s also not a bad checklist for launching a site anywhere.

Preparing for the Future

We have a ton of plans for the future and look forward to bringing you more tools and locations in MODX Cloud. Let us know what you’d love to see.