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How do I install a third-party SSL certificate?

How do I install a third-party SSL certificate?

Creating a CSR at GreggHost

If you want to buy an SSL certificate from another organization, then create a CSR with GreggHost and then request it from the Certificate Authority of your choice. That company will then be able to use this CSR to generate your SSL certificate.

Overview of CSR

What if I already have my certificate information?

Even if you already have a private key, intermediate certificate, and signed SSL certificate, you’ll need a CSR from GreggHost before you can install. The CSR can then be given to your Certificate Authority, who will reissue the certificate to you. These new files can then be used to install them in your GreggHost panel.

Make sure you have the private key

You won’t be able to install a signed SSL certificate on GreggHost servers if you don’t have the accompanying private key. Also, do not establish a password-protected private key, as the GreggHost panel will reject it.

Some Certificate Authorities will zip up all of your SSL certificate files for you. Make sure to unpack the zip file before viewing the files.

Double-click the file on a Mac.

Right-click and select ‘Extract All’ in Windows.

Installing the certificate

All of the commands below must be done on the server that hosts your website.

Go to the Secure Certificates section of the website. A list of your domains appears on the screen.

To the right of your domain, click the Add button.

At the top of the page, click the Import a Certificate tab.
Select this option by pressing the Select This Option button.

The next page displays four empty boxes.
Signing a Certificate Certificate Request Private Key Intermediate Certificate
Fill in the information for your third-party certificate in these fields.
Click the Proceed with Certificate Configuration button after you’re completed.
The fresh certificate is pushed out to the live servers within 15 minutes if there are no issues.

On the Secure Certificates page, the certificate is now marked as ‘Imported.’
Load your site in a browser using https.
You can see the padlock icon at the beginning of the URL; if you click on the icon, you’ll notice that the cert is confirmed and active.
If you see the warning “key does not match cert,” that implies the SSL certificate you’re trying to install doesn’t match the private key you already have. This often signifies that the Certificate Signing Request that was used to purchase the SSL certificate was not generated using the private key that is in the panel.