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How to install an SSL certificate?6 min read
In this tutorial, we are going to describe the process of registering and installing an SSL certificate on a Shared server.
What is an SSL certificate?
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer. SSL is an encryption (HTTPS) protocol that secures and encrypts data transmitted between a server and a web browser. SSL is most commonly used for protecting online web shops and registration/sign-up forms.
Each SSL certificate consists of three parts:
- the root certificate;
- the CA (Intermediate) certificate;
- a private key.
How to obtain an SSL certificate?
There are currently two ways to get an SSL certificate for your website:
- By purchasing a certificate directly from Awardspace.
There are 6 different types of certificates you can choose from RapidSSL, GeoTrust QuickSSL, GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium, GeoTrust True BusinessID, GeoTrust TrueBizID with EV and GeoTrust TrueBizID Wildcard.
- By obtaining a certificate from a third-party SSL company, such as Comodo, GeoTrust or Digicert.
Note: It is important to mention that each certificate requires a private (dedicated) IP address. You can order a private IP address for your website by going to your Control Panel‘s SSL Certificates page: Buy Services > Services > SSL Certificates
How to install an SSL certificate?
SSL installations can be performed using the SSL Manager.
Note: If you purchase a certificate and private IP address from Awardspace, the entire installation will be performed by our team.
Here are the steps to install a new SSL certificate on your web server:
- Obtain the SSL.crt, Private Key.crt and CA.crt files from your SSL issuer and open each one of them in a text editor.
- Copy and paste the codes (including the BEGIN and END tags) into the boxes above.
- Press Upload SSL Certificate
That’s it! Once your upload is completed, you will receive a confirmation message screen.
If you have trouble uploading or configuring a certificate, please submit a support ticket from your Awardspace account and our dedicated Awardspace Support Team will gladly assist you.
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