Adding an SSL into Magento admin

The purpose of this article is to assist with setting up an SSL into Magento. The basic function of an SSL is to encrypt all communication between the browser and the server and also ensure that all data goes through a secure (HTTPS) connection.

Please note * This tutorial assumes you have already purchased and installed an SSL certificate to your hosting account. Before starting, you will need to make sure you have an active SSL installed. If you do not have an SSL just yet, you could search online or view our range of SSL certificates here.

SSL certificates is a necessity when you want to operate an online shop and process the sensitive customer’s data through your software. It helps you gain your clients’ trust and increases your web site’s search engines rank.

An SSL is compulsory if using third party payment gateways such as Westpac or Paypal. Without a valid SHA 2 256 bit encryption, your cart and payment gateways may not work.

Configuring an SSL in Magento admin.

  1. Go to System -> Configuration.

If you are unsure of your admin login you can get these from your developer. Since Nerdster only has your hosting we are not privy to clients login details.

On the Configuration Page, find the left menu option “Web” found under the general tab.

Ensure the secure and non-secure URLS are filled in also make sure that you’ve set the Use Secure URLs in Frontend and Use Secure URLs in Admin to yes. Doing this will make your Magento application work with SSL for those parts of your site.


If you type in and the padlock is not visible or has an exclamation mark please contact your developer. This usually means an image URL or file may not be requested from the secure URL, this is a very common issue and can be easily resolved. Also ensure the URLS are not hard coded using non https:// URLs.