How To Install SSL On Dedicated Server?

The SSL certificate establishes encryption over information that is sent to the server. It is the process of scrambling data into an undecipherable format that can only be returned to a readable format with the proper decryption key. 

Hence, when a client attempts to send confidential information to a Web server, the user’s browser accesses the server’s digital certificate and establishes a secure connection.

It also authenticates the identity of a website. An SSL certificate contains the following information: 

  1. The certificate holder’s name & public key 
  2. The certificate’s serial number and expiration date 
  3. The digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority

Once you have subscribed to an SSL of your choice, you will need to request an SSL activation for your website, which can be done by following this tutorial here

Next, download SSL on your local machine (laptop, etc)

In most cases (especially on Managed WordPress and Business Hosting) the system auto-installs the certificate. Whereas, dedicated server users can manually install it by following these steps:

  1. Open account
  2. Visit your Products page
  3. Select SSL Certificates 
  4. Select Manage for the certificate you want to download.
  5. Under Download Certificate, select a Server type and then select Download Zip File.

Launch your dedicated server:

  1. Visit your Products page
  2. Click the Servers tab
  3. Next to the account, you want to use, click Launch
  4. From the management interface, next to cPanel Site,
  5. Click Manage Server (WHM) and click Proceed

Upload & Install SSL certificate

  1. Search SSL on the left sidebar menu
  2. Click Install an SSL certificate on the domain
  3. Type your domain name in the first field
  4. Click the Browse button
  5. Select and upload your SSL certificate
  6. Click Install button

When you choose the browse and upload option for uploading the certificate you have purchased from, there is no need to fill up any other field, these are auto-discovered from the SSL you are uploading.

The next coming lesson is about redirecting your websites and all their links from HTTP to secure HTTPS.

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