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Brief Review Of Third Party Ssl Certificate Installation

Brief Review of Third Party SSL Certificate Installation

In order to install a third party SSL certificate on your hosting account, you need to procure the same and generate a private key and CSR. Before you proceed with the steps involved in installation of third party SSL certificates, it is recommended to check whether your host server is supporting Server Name Identification if you are on shared hosting account. This will confirm that you need not have a dedicated IP address for correct working of SSL certificates. However, it is recommended to purchase a dedicated IP for seamless compatibility.

Steps for Installation of Third Party SSL Certificate

An SSL certificate from third party can be purchased and then installed by generating a private key and CSR (Certificate Signing Request) within cPanel. The CSR can then be submitted to a third party provider for SSL certificate generation and delivery of the same to you.

Alternatively if you are already having an SSL certificate for your domain from the other provider then it can be installed in cPanel. This can be executed with helps of an SSL certificate and a private key.

Generating CSR and Private Key

A private key needs to be generated in case you are not having an SSL certificate. If the certificate (.cert) is already purchased, and you are also in possession of private key (.key), then there is no need to generate private key and CSR. You can proceed to installation of private key as described in subsequent paragraphs.

In order to generate Private Key and CSR you need to log in to cPanel and click SSS/TLS Manager in Security section. Select and click 'Generate view, upload, or delete your private keys'. This will lead you to Private Keys page.

Set the key size to 2048 bits and enter description of the key similar to 'SSL key private cert' in the text box marked as 'Description'.

After clicking 'Generate', the key panel will display the key by generating the same.

Now you are all set to generate a CSR or Certificate Signing Request. By clicking 'Return to SSL Manager', click 'Generate View or Delete SSL Certificate Signing Requests', which will direct you to 'SSL Certificate Signing Request'. In the key list box select the description of private key that was generated by you earlier under 'Generate New CSR'.

In order to secure the desired domain, you will have to type the domain in the Domain text box. This should be done with extreme care. It is advised that one need not add https:// to the domain provided in Domains text box. Ideally, one should simply use www.example.com to be on a safer side.

Now you can proceed to complete the rest of the fields required for CSR. By clicking the CSR, you will be displayed CSR after the same is generated by cPanel.

The CSR text needs to be copied and submitted to the third party provider of SSL. After having received SSL certificate from your provider, the SSL certificate can now be enabled for the website.

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