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I recently pointed our domain at shopify and everything works great except one thing. Our old SSL cert is still active and since it was setup for webfaction and not shopify we are producing a SSL cert warning to modern browsers when the users are directed to HTTPS which is currently where google points to in our search results. My question is, how do i stop serving this cert so we will stop producing this error? Our setup is apache running through WSGI (i think).

asked 22 Sep '14, 16:45

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You can either:

  • Open a support ticket to request that we remove the cert for you, or...
  • Go to https://my.webfaction.com/websites/ and change the name of the site record for your site - this will disassociate the certificate from the site. Note, however, that it will also disassociated any AWStats applications that are collecting stats for the site.

Also, please note that removing the cert won't eliminate any errors that happen if people hit your site on HTTPS. If you don't have a cert installed and someone hits the site on HTTPS, then the site will use WebFaction's certificate which will result in a SSL host mistmatch warning. The only way to avoid a warning when someone hits your site on HTTPS is to install a valid certificate.

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answered 22 Sep '14, 16:54

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What would happen if I remove the cert and do a 301 redirect to http:// ?

(22 Sep '14, 17:03) leotemp leotemp's gravatar image

You'd still get the error. SSL negotiation is always the first thing that happens when a request comes in on HTTPS.

(22 Sep '14, 17:08) seanf ♦♦ seanf's gravatar image

true, however if i forwarded the url in the meantime wouldn't that tell google to stop indexing the https url eventually? Sorry, im just throwing things at the wall to see what sticks at this point.

(22 Sep '14, 17:28) leotemp leotemp's gravatar image

Ah yes, if your goal is to get the HTTPS results out of Google then a 301 is the way to go.

(22 Sep '14, 17:50) seanf ♦♦ seanf's gravatar image
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