How To Install An SSL Certificate

29th March, 2019 by

SSL Certificates are a crucial part of any website that handles sensitive information like payment details or other personal data. 100TB recognizes the importance of our clients’ data security, which is why we provide unlimited single-host Comodo Positive SSL Certificates to 100TB clients.

How to request an SSL Certificate

  • To request a certificate, simply log into your Console account with your username and password.
  • Click the following menu options Apps >> SSL >> Create New.
  • Enter the necessary details regarding your domain and Certificate Signing Request (CSR).
  • Click Create SSL Certificate.

After your SSL Certificate is created, you will receive an email confirmation. Once you receive the email, you are ready for installation.

Why are SSL Certificates important

Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL, is a method for enabling data encryptions between two data connections. Without an SSL Certificate, data passed between two peers is easily viewable by anyone looking to eavesdrop on your connection.

SSL Certificates also demonstrate to website visitors that you are concerned with their data privacy. You can determine that a website is protected by SSL encryption if the URL includes https or if there is a green secure padlock in the address bar.

SSL encryption relies on an algorithmic hash between a host’s privately held identity, or private key, and a corresponding identity that is being presented publicly to connecting users, or the certificate. The process of installing a signed certificate on your website is as follows:

Step 1. Create a private key.

Step 2. Create the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from the private key.

Step 3. Send the CSR to a reputable certificate authority.

Step 4. Install and configure the certificate proved from the authority.

Installing an SSL Certificate with cPanel

*Note, if you are interested in learning more about installing an SSL Certificate with OpenSSL, please visit our knowledgebase article for the necessary steps.  

To install your SSL Certificate for a website with cPanel management, follow the steps below:

Accessing cPanel

  1. Log into cPanel with your username and password.
  2. Click the icon called SSL/TLS Manager.

Generate a Private Key

  1. Generate a private key by clicking Generate, view, upload, or delete your private keys. Note that if you have existing keys, they will be listed under Keys on Server. If you do not have a pre-existing key, select Key Size (up to 2048 bits) and click Generate.
  2. Click Return to SSL Manager at the bottom of your screen.

Generate a CSR

  1. Generate CSR by clicking Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificate signing requests. Note that if you have existing CSRs for the domain, please delete them.
  2. Complete the form under Generate a New Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Under Key, select the private key that you created in the previous step and click Generate.
  3. You will then see a long string of code in a box called Encoded Certificate Signing Request. Copy the entire contents of the box and save them in a document to request a certificate.

Order Certificate

  1. To order a certificate, provide the contents of the CSR from the document you created to the authority you are requesting a certificate from (i.e. in the steps at the beginning of this article).
  2. The certificate authority will provide you with a Certificate Authority (CA) Bundle. The CA Bundle is collections of certificates that enhance the overall authenticity of the host certified.

Install Certificate

  1. To install the certificate, click Generate, view, upload or delete SSL certificates from within your cPanel dashboard.
  2. For each certificate contained within your CA Bundle click Upload a New Certificate and select Choose File to locate the file on your computer.
  3. Once you have selected the certificate, click Upload Certificate. Once the certificate is uploaded, click Return to SSL Manager to activate your certificate.

Activate SSL Certificate

  1. To activate your SSL certificate, click Setup an SSL certificate to work with your site and select the certificate you would like to install from the Domain dropdown menu.
  2. Click Autofill by Domain to retrieve your private key, CSR, and certificates.
  3. Click Install Certificate and you have successfully completed adding an SSL Certificate to your website.

If you have any questions about this process or if you need assistance, please contact our expert technical support staff. They will be more than happy to help you complete this task.