How to make your Facebook Fan Page SSL Secure – For Free (Hostgator)

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Facebook Fan Page SSL

Facebook Fan Page SSL for Welcome Pages

If you are like me and every other internet marketer who does “Welcome Page” Facebook Fan pages for clients, the news of Facebook going all “SSL-Only” on us really freaked you out.

All those clients who you have setup – what a nightmare – you have to explain to them what’s going on, you have to ask them to pay more (either to you – or their host), you may have to move them and you have a fast coming-up deadline of October 1st.

It’s an Internet Marketers NIGHTMARE I tell ya!

The Paid SSL Option

Like others, I started by purchasing an SSL certificate and installing it on one of my domains, with the intention of moving my own fan pages to that 1 domain and also being able to offer the same to my clients if if they didn’t want to purchase their own SSL certificate.

This is a time-consuming hassle that neither I or my clients want but that’s not the only problem with it – it also doesn’t work on sub-domains. Hostgator said a better solution would be to “upgrade” to a *wildcard* SSL certificate instead (a lot more expensive) – and still, there is the lingering problem that I dreaded the most – calling all my clients and explaining the Facebook SSL changes, telling them their Facebook welcome page won’t work unless they pay more money, etc.

Really – not cool. People are confused enough without that type of techno-geek talk. I don’t want to move any of my fan pages, so I’m quite sure that most of my clients will be the same as well, and they also wouldn’t want to pay more for something that is already *done*, and it’s not an easy thing to explain to people.

The Fabulous Free and Trouble-Free SSL Solution

But I’ve finally found a free solution, still using Hostgator, no move of any kind needed – and much less hassle than having to confuse everyone with the changes and options, etc. but it was never brought to my attention by any of the Hostgator staff who I talked about it with over the past few months. (I don’t think they know about it unless you ask specifically about it). So if you and your clients are using Hostator, then you are going to love me (& hostgator) today.

Step-by-step instructions on how to make your Facebook Fan Pages secure

So here it is, in all it’s glory (if hosted on Hostgator). And it’s really easy – just a little research and a quick update on the Facebook app page – all without having to move their pages anywhere or confusing them with talk of SSL certificates, security, or any other tech talk they don’t want to know about.

I hope this post makes your Internet Marketing day, like it did mine :)
Please share with other internet marketers or business owners who may have the same problem and have been fast running out of time for a quick and cheap solution.

Not on Hostgator? Other hosts may have the same solution, so check with your host to make sure that they have this service first, just ask them whether they have a “Shared SSL” solution.

1a.) Finding your Server Name (Option 1 – via eMail)


First thing we need is the Server Name. You can find this in 1 of 3 ways which I’ll discuss in this post. The first way is via the original Welcome Email that Hostgator sends new customers.

Hopefully you have those details – most of my clients take forever to find that particular email, or don’t have it because they had someone else set it up in the first place – so finding this information might be the hardest part of this whole process, however if you did the setup for them to begin with, then you probably have this information, otherwise there are 2 other options to find it (see below).

So ask them to find the original Welcome Email that Hostgator sent them which usually has the subject: :: New Account Info (server name illustrated in the screenshot above).

1b.) Finding your Server Name (Option 2 – via cPanel)


Can’t find the email but have access to cPanel? Awesome. Login to the cPanel (
On the left-hand-side is Stats. Click on “expand stats” and then scroll down until you find the server name (as illustrated above).
(If it’s not located as above, it might be under “Account Information” > “Server Name” for some of the other plans.)

1c.) Finding your Server Name (Option 3 – via Trace)


If the easy stuff fails, aside from just giving hostgator a call or using their live chat, then you can do a trace on the domain and see what the server name is. To do this on a PC (sorry Mac users – I have not used a Mac in about 8 years)

1.) Go to Start and type in “CMD” (or go to Start > All Programs > Command Prompt)
2.) Type in tracert
3.) Wait for it to finish and eventually it tells you the server name (as illustrated above).
4.) Type the word exit in to close.

2.) Find Your cPanel User Name


Next, you need to find out what your cPanel username is. If you have a reseller account, all your clients usernames will be listed under “List Accounts” in your Reseller backend. If you have a normal account, it will be listed in your original welcome email.

The username is the same username you use to login to cPanel. So in the example above, the username is jimmy.

3.) Your Secure SSL Address for a Shared Account (Gator123)

If you or your client has a shared account (unlike a reseller account), then they need to substitute the word “gator” with “secure” in the server name.
For example, if your server name is – then your secure server name would be – instead, then you add /~username to the path, then the path to the folder with your facebook fan page.

End result example would be something like:

4.) Your Secure SSL Address for a Reseller Account (WebsiteWelcome)

If you are hosted on a reseller account, then you probably have a server address rather than a hostgator address.

Here is an actual working example of one of my demo facebook pages hosted on a reseller account:

roadrunner = name of my server = hostgator reseller server
~webwooky = username
/fb/squeeze-page/squeeze.html = the path to my demo fan page

5.) Adding it to Facebook


1.) Login to Facebook then browse to
2.) Click on Apps
3.) Select the Facebook App that you setup for your Facebook Fan Page
4.) Click on Edit Settings
5.) Update the Secure Canvas URL and the Secure Page Tab URL with the new Secure address
6.) Turn on your Secure Browsing and check your Facebook page to make sure that it all works (if you see “Please update your secure tab URL” then you know you have stuffed up something in Facebook)

This is for normal Facebook fan pages – For WordPress Fan pages, it gets a little bit tricker –  there will be a future post or webinar about this soon (I can’t do it today, these 2 blog posts took up my allocated “Fun time”, now I’m back to work on my clients), but for wordpress fan pages that are JUST fan pages (as in, not your normal blog as well), you can just go into the General Settings of your self-hosted WordPress and change both the WordPress Address URL and Site URL to the secure address as above.

But, there could be other complications such as internal images and videos not working or if you host a fan page from within an existing blog, etc, that you need to consider before doing that (i.e. do not do that at all, unless the wordpress install is 100% just a fan page).

Also – Happy Fathers Day to the dads of Australia!

Penny (
Penny (

Who are we? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of life? Penny is a truth-seeker, ever-questioning, ever-learning, ever-researching, ever delving further and deeper down the rabbit hole. This site is a legacy of sorts, a place to collect thoughts, notes, book summaries, whilst providing a searchable archive to easily lookup and reference.


  1. Avatar Om says:

    Is this method still working? please let me know

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Om,

      Still seems to be working, the example sites I have below are still up and running on facebook using hostgator.

      I haven’t added any new ones since then, but the only people who have said that it didnt work – were trying to sell me “facebook ssl hosting”.. so.. I dont think they were very reliable..

      I think it still works.. but can only verify that the ones that I previously setup still work fine.



      (also.. And so far, I’ve never been able to confirm if it works with hostgator’s “baby” plan or not.)

  2. Avatar Dan says:

    Life saver.

  3. Avatar Robotrono says:

    this works with a Baby Plan on Hostgator?

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      No idea about the baby plan, you’ll have to ask Hostgator and see if they support it, it’s the only one I am unsure about

  4. Avatar Holly Gavin says:

    My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was once totally right.
    This post truly made my day. You can not consider simply how much time I had spent trying to get this to work!

  5. Avatar Amith , i need reply plz says:

    how to create a trail account in hostgator ,..nwdays they only give us demo account , we cant even find our cPanel User Name …plzzzzzzzzzz im requesting u ,plz help me out :( :) thnx

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Amith – Maybe you missed my interpretation of free.. (or maybe I’m misinterpreting your question?) .. I meant free if you already host your website with Hostgator (if you already have a hosting plan with them – a paid hosting plan of any level from hatchling onwards (not sure about baby plan – you’d have to ask them). They don’t give you a free hosting account to use their ssl for free. Am I understanding your question? You still have to have a paid hosting plan to use this technique.

  6. Avatar duna vista says:

    bloody waste of time, maybe you should take this post down now author as “larry ” says it doesnt work

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      It still works guys, so not sure why you are having problems…

      This one is using the shared hostgator plan:
      (Still working)

      And the example I used for the post above is still working (which is the one using the reseller hostgator plan):

      And here’s another that I just added to facebook now to test using the reseller method above:

      You can also see it on facebook here:

      Note: If you are browsing facebook with Security-DISABLED, you will see this page when you visit that app:
      And if you are browsing with Security (SSL) ENABLED, you will see this page when you visit that app:
      (2 different pages, so that you can see if it works or not.. but it looks like everything is working fine?)

      Can you let me know more about the problem you are experiencing, maybe let me know what specifically is not working for you? Maybe I can help..

  7. Avatar larry says:

    I believe this is no longer possible. Facebook seems to be blocking all hostgator shared ssl urls.

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Feel free to contact me (from the contact page) and let me know what is not working for you, maybe I can have a look.. I checked mine today and they are still working, as well as my clients, and I added a new one to a page just to check and its working too (see newer comment above).

  8. I use WP4FB but my sites are still working with the Hostgator SSL method too. Also, Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website addresses a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to send me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

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  10. Avatar Lorenzo says:

    Great article and solution! Thanks!

  11. Excellent tips on getting free secure url.

  12. Avatar Andy says:

    Brilliant alternative to the now ad based social server. Thanks, great post.

  13. Avatar Lesley says:

    Thanks so much for this! I’ve just set up my first competition page and got it to work with this information. Yay!!

  14. Avatar Paul says:

    Hi Penny
    Ant tips for setting up SSL for shopping carts in facebook?

    I am setting up a shopping cart within facebook for a client. I have a business plan with hostgator so I get 1 free SSL. I have a new domain for the SSL where I have installed wordpress and a plugin which gives me the shopping cart that opens in facebook

    Im with hostgator do I need to keep purchasing SSL certificates as its a shopping cart for future clients?

    Thanks Paul

  15. Avatar Gerard says:

    This is great Penny…thanks for sharing this information.

    I have just one question/doubt though….and this is stopping me from getting to end-of-job:

    See….if you click the link below (taking you to my WordPress website, hosted on HostGator) you’ll find that it loads, looks and works perfectly i.e. all the navigation links take you to the appropriate pages correctly.

    Now, when I add the below listed “SSL URL” as the “Secure Canvas URL” and “Secure Page Tab URL” in my Facebook app area, I get a “404 Error – Page not found”…and this is probably because I do not know what to enter as the last parameter i.e. the path to my fanpage/wordpress website

    In other words, how do you determine the “/fbfanpage/” portion of the URL below?

    Or in the case of your own example, how did you determine the following?


    As you can see from my own URLs, I’ve got everything else before that last part…it’s just the last part that I’m stuck at/struggling with.

    Appreciate your help in this regard. Much thanks.


    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Gerard, That’s your normal website, not your fan page, most people wouldn’t put their whole website inside of facebook, but if you wanted to do that, you would have to make some big changes to wordpress (see my other post here for guidance )
      What you are better off doing is creating and uploading a new fan page inside a directory of your website .. ie and then it’s fairly easy to figure out the secure version.. it would be – hope that sheds some light? If not, feel free to add me to skype or contact me using the contact form :)

    2. Avatar Gerard says:

      Hi there Penny,

      Much thanks for your very helpful reply….it did help steer me in the right direction, and most importantly, it helped me put this issue put-to-bed, once-and-for-all (I hope!).

      Well, as it turns out, Yes, I certainly do want my entire website to be displayed inside of FB (that’s the whole point actually)…but no, I do not want to deal with maintaining 2 installations of WordPress, and also having 2 separate versions of my db/site, and having to duplicate/copy changes/content from one to the other. I want to be able to maintain just the one WP installation, as well as just the one site/db, and any changes (be it content, or design) must be made in just the one place, however it must get displayed in 2 places i.e. on my website, as well as on my FB page. Actually a 3rd place it would also get displayed is as a FB app. So essentially, there’s potentially 3 chances of me showing up in a SERP (and crowding out the competition).

      So…here are the 3 URL’s…all working perfectly now:

      Website URL:

      Facebook Page:!/SynergyWebDevelopers/app_337993632920296

      Facebook App:

      Sweeeet! I’m lovin’ this! Once again, much thanks to you for sharing this “FREE SSL” secret/solution.

      I will be writing up a blog post on my own website (to show how I achieved one WP installation displaying in 3 places), and I hope you don’t mind me using some of the information you provided here. I will of course give you due credit (and a link back to this post of yours).



      1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

        Very cool Gerard, looking forward to your blog post, I’m sure it will help a lot of us! :) If there’s a way of doing it without changing the blog address, then sign me up please!

  16. Avatar bhaivk says:

    Hey thanx best trick to get backdoor on FB

  17. awesome, thanks for this, I was using social secure but they want money if you have more than one page with their ssl url used. I was already with hostgator so with your article I was able to fix the problem in less than 5 minutes. thanks

  18. Avatar Robert Mitton says:

    I think you will be interested to see this Penny! From the HostGator support log:

    (1:40 am) [Robert Mitton]: these changes to Facebook Business Page accounts are something else and everyone is fighting a deadline it seems!

    (1:40 am) [Karen M.] I have a very good link for you on how to set up ssl with facebook here, .

    (1:40 am) [Robert Mitton]: Seems that your secure servers are being BLOCKED!
    (1:40 am) [Robert Mitton]: I have it set up!
    (1:41 am) [Karen M.] What error are you seeing?
    (1:41 am) [Robert Mitton]: It works fine, just not going through Facebook!
    (1:42 am) [Karen M.] Can you show me please where your seeing this being blocked?
    (1:42 am) [Robert Mitton]: It is not a 404. it is an error from Facebook: The content you’re trying to share includes a link that’s been blocked for being spammy or unsafe:

    (1:50 am) [Robert Mitton]: BTW, I did reference your URL suggestion about two hours ago. It is a good one!

  19. Avatar Alex says:

    I am getting the following error when I try to use stream.publish or apprequests on the app page:

    API Error Code: 100
    API Error Description: Invalid parameter
    Error Message: redirect_uri is Not Properly formatted URL.

    I guess we should have SSL on our own domain so that the Site URL, Canavas URL, and Secure Canavas URL are on the same domain. Do you have any solution for this problem? Or we have to go for an SSL for our domain?

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      I think I need more info.. maybe if you could send through the urls etc through to my contact form, I might be able to figure it out…. I haven’t had that error before but a quick search on Google shows that there are thousands of others having the same problem as you.. here is a couple of links that might help you troubleshoot:

  20. Avatar Ahmad says:

    You are amazing my friend, keep writing such information articles.

  21. This`s great Penny thanks a lot for the info gonna give a try…

  22. Avatar Ellen Lemon says:

    Hi Penny,

    LOVE the article! Very helpful!

    Just wanted to pass along a Hostgator support page that I found AFTER reading your article. It explains the same things as your article, but I’m passing along in case the different lingo helps clarify the steps a little for some folks:

    Thanks again for such great info!


  23. Hi Penny, this is just the info I was looking for! However, when I did the steps above, then viewed facebook under https, I still get a security certificate error on the page frame, “Content was blocked because it was not signed by a valid security certificate.” I don’t see this on your page. I can’t figure out how to get rid of the certificate error. When I called for HG for my secure server info, they said it was, but when I did the tracer the server name was Any ideas? I’ve tried both and still get the security certificate error.

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Alice, not knowing your cpanel details but if you have collected the right server info then you haven’t done anything wrong – but Hostgator may have.. you need to contact them again, this time I suggest doing their “live chat” via their website (if the guys there can’t fix it, they will forward your chat to a technical support second level who will investigate).. basically, the “free shared ssl” that is hosted on your particular server is only valid for ‘ and ‘ – so I would go to their live chat, paste the url’s and errors to them so that they can investigate and wait for their 2nd level team to resolve – this is not something you can fix by yourself on that particular server.. so unless you are using the wrong server address from cpanel (gti) or from hostgator support (secure263), then hostgator are the only ones that will be able to look into this for ya.. (love your website btw!)

    2. Avatar Peter says:

      hi penny just want to ask how to make a SSL in facebook application.. can you please tell Me in details.. thanks

    3. Hi Penny, I wanted to follow up with the results of contacting HG. You were right…the first level support couldn’t help on the chat, but they entered a support ticket. Just some hints for other people with this problem…the security certificate was not only assigned to, but it was marked as expired in 2007. Support had the issue resolved in a relatively short period of time. Errors are gone.

      Thanks so much for this posting. This really pointed me in the right direction. And thanks for your kind words about my website!

  24. Avatar Jay says:

    Great info Penny but I’m still a little unsure. I ‘was’ going to get my own url + SSl to host all my own fb pages on. Do you think this offers the safest and most flexible solution?
    Also do you think I should buy new domains with HG plus consider and begin the move of my bluehost domains to HG as a general housekeeping exercise? I dont know how I came to use Bluehost in the first place (theyre are good though – the live support is amazing) over HG – arent they a subsidiary anyway?
    Great site with great info, hoping to repay any help you offer in the future ;-)

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  27. Avatar John Lortz says:

    Penny… GREAT article. Just this morning I started working on a locally hosted Fan Page, and researching all the stuff I needed to do. Of course, I discovered the need for SSL, and started checking into pricing with my hosting company (HostMonster).

    I’m not opposed to paying for the certificate, or the dedicated IP I would also have to get… but the domain I want to add the certificate to is NOT my primary domain, and so I’d have to go through changing that with HostMonster.

    Just for fun.. I Googled “facebook ssl” and your article popped up. After reading it, I went to HostMonsters help system, searched for “shared ssl”, and found an article on how to do it with them. It’s exactly the same process as you described above, with HostGator.

    The only limitation is… any embedded media (images, audio, etc.) above 100kb are individually truncated (this is a per-file limit, not the entire page).

    Still… I’m going to give it a try first, just to get my feet wet before I decide to go the “pay-for” route.

    Thanks again… and you can be sure that right after this post I’ll be subscribing and taking advantage of all the other great content I bet you have.

    Take care…
    John Lortz

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  29. Avatar Felecia L says:

    Woo hoo! It works! Thank you so much Penny. I had a conversation with HostGator months ago anticipating the change and this was never mentioned. I agree with you that the reps just dont know…

    I’ve got it working on my custom tab, however, the annoying message that says not all content is secure, do you want to view only secure content… pops up. I selected yes just to see…It showed nothing…I’m wondering if I have to change all the image path names within the web pages to make this stop. My fanpage is nothing but images (I’m lazy with my stuff, but use as much “real text” as possible for my clients).

    But I’m so thankful for your post. You rock Penny!

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Unfortunately, I think you will.. If your image full-paths are set to the “old insecure” file path, then it will be trying to serve up the non-SSL version, so I think you are going to have to reset the images to the new SSL path :(
      If you do have a lot of fan pages or a lot of images, maybe it’s worth the cost of the SSL cert?
      I’ve done that for one of my sub-domains (since I purchased the SSL cert first before discovering this free work-around), so now I have a backup in case I need it for cases like this.

    2. Avatar Tina says:

      Do you have to have a reseller account with hostgator or is the shared SSL that comes with the baby account adequate? Are there any limitations? Thanks for any info…I’m very confused about all this!!

      1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

        Hiya Tina,
        I’m not sure about the “Baby” plan, but I just setup a “Hatchling” plan this morning with no problems. You might have to check with hostgator staff to see whether the “baby” plan has access to shared ssl.
        Just go to their website and click on “live chat” (top right-hand side) and ask them in there.
        Kind Regards,

  30. Avatar Jay Barr says:

    Penny, you are my hero! I was about to spend $50 per year, plus $2 per month, plus screw up my IP and everything else, but you saved the day! Thank you!

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      aww thanks Jay, I love being “somebody’s hero” :)

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  32. Avatar Matt says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I followed the steps for my WordPress powered Page Tab.
    However when I change the WP & HOME urls then only the Secure site loads properly, and the original Page Tab link does not fully load.

    Below are the inks to my WP powered Fanpage (sorry for the “Cheeky” picture used)

    My Secure Page Tab is now set to:

    My Page Tab is still set to:

    As you can see my original Page Tab link does not load properly. Does this mean any user not viewing the HTTPS version will be displayed my non secure Page Tab that is not displaying properly?

    Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Matt, When you changed your wordpress powered site.. you changed both the “WordPress Address” and “Site Address” of wordpress to a new location kinda (the secure URL), so the normal one won’t work properly anymore.. but as of .. tomorrow? today? Facebook won’t be serving the non-secure url anymore.. people have to view the secure version.. all apps and pages have to be secure.

      But to fix this in the interim, you need to change the “Canvas URL” (non-secure version) to (notice that I removed the “s” from https) rather than the old url

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  35. Avatar Penny Butler says:

    Hiya Adam – you won’t get flamed here :)
    If you haven’t created a fan page yet, I wouldn’t do it within wordpress like we did – it’s a real pain now :) whereas it used to be awesome to be able to create it in wordpress and keep everything in the one place. With this new change, it’s easier if you create a brand new fan page.. maybe in a sub-folder somewhere ( and then you can use the secure hostgator url to serve the fan page i.e.

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  38. Avatar Edward says:

    How do i know what my path to the folder with your facebook fan page is??


    So how would i set this for the SSL?


    or something else??


    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Edward, should be the first one – with your cpanel username as the ~myusername – are you having trouble?
      If you are still stuck, you can join our skype community and we can help you live

  39. Avatar Joe Angelos says:

    I have a blog in wordpress and I do multiple pages (not posts) and convert these to fan pages. Will all of these be covered by the free ssl from hostgator as you explained here? Right now I have five fan pages made through wordpress.
    Thank you for sharing this info. Im pretty sure the whole world is jumping with joy!

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Joe, are you using a wordpress plugin to achieve this or something else?
      I go over some of the troubleshooting steps for various wordpress plugins on another post.
      Some of them, I couldn’t get working with this solution, others do work.. and there are some that I haven’t tried yet.. putting them off for when I have more time to troubleshoot.

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  41. Avatar Jeremy Maher says:

    Thank you so much Penny. What a great solution. Mine worked but all the pictures are gone. Any ideas?

    If it helps, here is the FB URL – as you can see the submit button is gone and so are a couple other simple pictures:

    Any ideas or help is appreciated!

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Jeremy,
      I can see why the images aren’t working, but I don’t know how to tell you a quick fix for it..
      Basically when you look at the code on your facebook, the images are referencing the main site, with an incorrect url:
      for example:
      I have a couple of sites like this too and it concerns me because I don’t want to have to convert the entire wordpress install into a the https: version
      A workaround for you, if you also don’t want to convert your main site into the secure version might be to create a sub-domain, clone your blog over to the sub-domain and make the sub-domain version “not visible to search engines” and convert the whole blog into the version as per this post.
      A bit of a pain in the butt for a welcome page… :
      For my site, I think I’m just going to create a brand new fan page for the ones that are located within blogs, but you’ll get some ideas from the link above on other wordpress ssl problems and maybe come up with a better solution for yourself.. read that first and contact me via the contact form if you are still stuck.

    2. Avatar Jeremy Maher says:

      I finally got it to work!!!

      Thanks for your help Penny.
      Facebook fan page is all setup so now when a non fan goes to the page, it tells them to like the page.

      After they like the page, it gives them access to my free credit email course.
      Check it out:

      Thanks for this resource Penny!!!

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  51. Penny it works!!!! Thank you so much. I was just about to pay Hostgator and I’m glad I stumbled across your page!

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Thanks Richard, so happy that you are excited as I first was when I found it lol.. I nearly screamed at the monitor.. “You’re Kidding! Really?” :)

    2. I’d like to add you to my G+ circle…is that OK?

      1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

        @Richard – sure thing.. my Google Circle is in my sidebar on the right :)

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  68. Avatar Julie says:

    Is this just for fan pages that are hosted elsewhere? My fan page is not set up on my host site. It is just a regular fan page.

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Yep – just for self-hosted fan pages, not for FBML pages, but do you really trust Facebook to keep FBML around forever? That thought makes me nervous..

  69. As the deadline is rapidly approaching everyone using WordPress to host their fanpages needs to get this sorted out.

    I have hosting at several hosting companies, and found the quickest way to get the required information was just to ask the hosting company, as most of them have a page of FAQ which details exactly how to use their shared SSL certificate.

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      You ended up in my spam comments for some reason.. it was actually a video of yours that pointed me in the right direction to finding this solution in the first place – so thank you! :)

      I linked to your video in the post specifically about your software, but I should link to it here too:

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  71. Avatar Marnie says:

    Does this FB change even affect me? I have a simple fan page at Facebook with a welcome page. It only affects those who are hosting FB on their OWN website, right?
    Sorry, I just want to be sure. Thanks for your article! Marnie

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Hiya Marnie, This change doesn’t affect people using FBML – however – since Facebook has stopped support for new FBML applications, it worries me that they could “pull the plug” at anytime for those pages. But right now, they all seem to be working, so we’ll just cross our fingers :) They reckon they will keep supporting existing FBML, but companies as big as them can change their minds whenever they like and there’s nothing we can do about it, so I am not 100% trusting that they will keep supporting those of us who still have some FBML pages :) I’m sure they will provide notice if that ever happens though so that we can race to get the old sites somewhere else.

  72. Avatar Will says:

    Wonder if this technique will work with BlueHost, since I believe Hostgator owns BlueHost.

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      I think it will be harder because of the addon domain thing with bluehost.. lemme do a quick test for you..

    2. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      Ugh, it works but you might not have a good result. The first one I tested (a wordpress site) had a big “popup warning” about an invalid security certificate!

      The second one I tested was an addon domain, and that worked fine.

      How to do it –
      You need to use this url:

      Replace ~username with your cpanel username.

      In the case of bluehost, it is the “Username” that’s located on the left-hand-side of your cPanel (not whatever you login to cpanel with – it’s the 8 character one located inside).

      It works, but I didn’t like seeing a get warning like: “This Certificate is only valid for the following names: *, This could be a problem with the server’s configuration or it could be someone trying to impersonate the server.”

      WHAT? lol.

      (You’d think the * would be valid for secure.bluehost … so not sure why it didn’t work except for the fact that it was a wordpress site)

      So if your facebook peeps weren’t scared already – having a big warning saying this is an “invalid security certificate” is not going to quarm their fears.

      For addon domains, you’d put the username of the main account, followed by the mini username they give you for the addon domain.


      Which you can find via FTP or File Manager

      Even after the error messages above, and even if it does work for you.. the news gets worse..

      Please also see their FAQ page: which suggests that they also truncate any embedded data larger than 100kb – so you could also have problems loading any images/videos, etc.

      I’ve been slowly moving my domains from Bluehost over to Hostgator for years .. I still have about 6 more to go, and they are massive. I’ve been putting it off for 8 years.. I guess it’s time to update those sites and make the move faster :)

  73. Avatar Kari Baxter says:

    Thanks for this info! Great discovery and step by step explanations. I’m not implementing for a few more days but will come back if I have any questions. ;)

    1. Avatar Penny Butler says:

      How did you go Kari? Get it all up and running? :)

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