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Obtaining and Installing SSL Certificates from Other Certification Authorities

Date Created: 21 Mar, 2008   (10 year(s) ago) Viewed: 980 Rating: 

Overview

To secure your site with an SSL certificate from other certificate authorities:
  1. On your Home page, click the domain name you need.

  2. Click Certificates in the Services group. A list of SSL certificates that you have in your repository will be displayed.

  3. Click Add New Certificate.

  4. Specify the certificate properties:
    • Certificate name. This will help you identify this certificate in the repository.

    • Encryption level. Choose the encryption level of your SSL certificate. We recommend that you choose a value more than 1024 bit.

    • Specify your location and organization name. The values you enter should not exceed the length of 64 symbols.

    • Specify the domain name for which you wish to purchase an SSL certificate. This should be a fully qualified domain name. Example: www.your-website.com.

    • Enter the domain administrator's e-mail address.

  5. Make sure that all the provided information is correct and accurate, as it will be used to generate your private key.

  6. Click Request. Your private key and certificate signing request will be generated and stored in the repository.

  7. Download the certificate signing request (CSR) file and save it on your machine. To do this, click the respectiveicon.

  8. Once downloaded, open the file in a text editor, copy the text that starts with the line -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and ends with the line -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- to the clipboard. Be sure to include the lines -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- into your certificate signing request because they are part of it.

  9. Using your favorite mail client software, create a new e-mail message and paste the text from the clipboard. Send this message to the Certification Authority that will create an SSL certificate in accordance with the information you supplied.

  10. When you receive your SSL certificate, save it on your local machine or network.

  11. Return to the SSL Certificates repository (Home > domain name > Certificates).

  12. Click Browse in the middle of the page and navigate to the location of the saved certificate. Select it, and then click Send File. This will upload and install the certificate against the corresponding private key.

  13. Return to your domain's administration screen (Home > domain name) and click Setup in the Hosting group.

  14. Select the SSL certificate that you wish to install from the Certificate drop-down box.

    If there is no Certificate drop-down box on the screen, this means that you are on a shared hosting account; therefore, you need to upgrade your hosting package and purchase a dedicated IP address from your provider.


  15. Select the SSL support check box and click OK.
*** The above information is for reference only, Please seek independent technical advice if found necessary.
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