SSL for Multisite - Wildcard Question

Hello,
I understand what a wildcard SSL does for multi-site. I am understanding domain mapping.

Two concerns:
1. If I have a wildcard SSL covering subdomains, with domain mapping, will the server read the subdomain or the mapped domain. If it reads the mapped domain, will the user experience a warning that it is not secure if I force https?

2. My hosting service is advising that if I have a wildcard SSL, I will have to request an SSL change everytime a new subdomain is added at $5 per addition. This could really complicate things. I was wondering how Wordpress.com handles this or if anyone else can chime in to see if this is normal course for other multisite users.

Thanks for any help,
Glen

    Tyler Postle

    Hey Glen,

    1. If I have a wildcard SSL covering subdomains, with domain mapping, will the server read the subdomain or the mapped domain. If it reads the mapped domain, will the user experience a warning that it is not secure if I force https?

    If the visitor is going to your mapped domain then yes they would get an insecure warning if it's forced to https. Alternatively, you can force login/admin pages to the subdomain to ensure they are secure while the rest of the site runs on just http through the mapped domain.

    2. My hosting service is advising that if I have a wildcard SSL, I will have to request an SSL change everytime a new subdomain is added at $5 per addition. This could really complicate things. I was wondering how Wordpress.com handles this or if anyone else can chime in to see if this is normal course for other multisite users.

    Are you with Hostgator? Another member from Hostgator mentioned this and I've never heard of charges per subdomain for a Wildcard SSL before, and I've worked here for 3 years I'd suggest asking around to other hosts and see if they are also charging this fee. I don't think they many do.

    Let us know if you have any further questions!

    Cheers,
    Tyler