In the past, SSL was something that only owners of large websites and online stores had to worry about. These days, however, things are different. We are rapidly moving into a world where the majority of websites are SSL-protected and, in fact, unsecured sites are starting to get penalized by search engines and web browsers alike.
As such, if you own a website, even if it is a small one, you should consider securing it with SSL. In this article, we will show you how to do so by examining the various features that the SSL Manager section in the Hosting Control Panel has to offer.
You can read through the entire article to familiarize yourself with all functions of the SSL Manager, or you can jump to a specific topic that interests you:
- What Is an SSL Certificate and How Does It Work?
- Which Hosting Plans Support SSL Certificates?
- How Can I Tell Whether My Website Has an SSL Certificate Installed?
- How Can I Install an SSL Certificate?
- What Is a Private IP Address for SSL and How Does It Work?
- How Can I Purchase a Private IP for My SSL Certificate?
- What Would Happen If My SSL Certificate Expired?
- How Do I Renew My SSL Certificate?
- How Can I Renew My Private IP for SSL?
- How Can I Uninstall an SSL Certificate?
- How Can I Replace an SSL Certificate?
- Where Can I View and Manage My Purchased SSL Certificates?
- How Do I Generate a CSR?
- Where Can I View My Existing CSRs?
What Is an SSL Certificate and How Does It Work?
Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a security protocol that facilitates the use of HTTPS on a website. HTTPS allows you to access the contents of a webpage safely and privately without any third parties monitoring your web traffic. Most modern web browsers indicate that a connection is secure by placing a padlock icon in the address bar.