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With the browsers pushing to mandate SSL in 2017, countless website owners have been left with a choice: encrypt or have your site labeled “Not Secure.”
Obviously, the latter option isn’t ideal so that means right now SSL certificates are flying off the shelves (not literally) as site admins and owners are being tasked with installing them on their servers. The problem is, for many people this is the first time they’ve ever been asked to install anything on a web server. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
This guide will detail:
Don’t worry, we’ve written this in a way that anyone can follow along—regardless of your technical acumen.
The first thing you’ll need to do, before you can start installing your SSL certificate, is to generate a private key and CSR, then get your certificate issued. We’ll start by going through how to create a private key.
Your private key will now be saved in the WebSTAR Keys Folder. Make sure to hang on to your password, too. You will need it later.
Next you will need to generate a Certificate Signing Request or CSR. The CSR serves as a de facto application for you certificate. The Certificate Authority (CA) that is issuing your SSL certificate will use the information on your CSR to populate the certificate. Make sure you include only the most accurate, up-to-date information. Any mistakes will cause you big problems later.
After your CA issues your certificate, it’s time to install it. Now, before we get started you’re going to need to open your text editor and paste all of the certificates you’ve just received (Roots, Intermediates, etc.) in this order:
Make sure you copy/past everything, including the prompts that say “BEGIN CERTIFICATE” and “END CERTIFICATE.” There should be five dashes on either side of each prompt as well. Save your text file as comodopack.pem.
Also, before we go any further it’s important that your web server has its SSL capabilities turned on. Now let’s begin:
Congratulations! Your SSL Certificate has now been installed!