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Posted on 2014-04-10
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We are constantly linking documents stored to an online store in e-mail notifications instead of sending the files themselves. For a long time, we've just used the file storage on one of our Wordpress sites but I'd prefer to go about it a little more professionally.

I have a hosted site with a static IP, DNS record under our main domain to point to that site and plan to just use http://HOSTED_SITE/File.extension (waiting for DNS to populate).

Should I put up a SSL certificate for the store or am I able to? Any reason why someone would want/need to pull down hosted files from a site secured with a SSL?

Is there any other feedback as things I should consider before moving forward?
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Your wording in "Should I put up a SSL certificate for the store or am I able to? Any reason why someone would want/need to pull down hosted files from a site secured with a SSL?" is a bit strange.
But as I understand it, the purpose of the SSL certificate is to minimise curious cats (as a manner of speaking). SSL or not, any openly accessible file raises curiosity. If it's sensitive data, don't just use SSL, use some other form of authentication (php scripting or just .htaccess).
If it's just really simple file hosting, there aren't many points to consider (except maybe bandwidth/speed issues).
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I apologize for being a little disconnected. The need grew from doing a process a few times (I don't want to send out this 5 meg file out over email to 50 people, put it on our wordpress site for them to download). That wordpress site got a lot of exposure and due diligence wasn't done on maintenance on the wordpress site and has been flagged a few times for malware. Trying to start anew and doing the file server right from the get go.
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If you use a plain web server, without all the coding (no code, means less vulnerabilities), things should be much easier and safer. SSL would be overkill though, and has no function in this whole situation (malware or not, doesn't depend on SSL).
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