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How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

On 20/08/2015 By Thomas Huther

Before you start the tutorial

Please note that you have to generate the CSR before starting this tutorial.

Save the private key when you've generated the CSR. This key is mandatory to install your SSL.

You have to wait for the validation of the CSR by the certificate authority (CA). When your CSR will be validated, you will download the certificate on your HTTPCS account, in « My SSL Certificates » category. Then click on « Download ».

How to install SSL certificate with cPanel



Step by step tutorial to install SSL certificate with cPanel

1. Sign into your cPanel account How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

2. In « Security » menu, select « SSL/TLS » How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

3. Choose « Install and Manage SSL for your site (HTTPS) How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

4. Select the domain name you want to install the certificate on How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

5. Open the « ServerCertificate.crt » file with a text editor and paste the content in the field named « Certificate: (CRT) »

6. Open your private key's file you obtained when you have generated the CSR (Certificate Signing Request) and paste the content in the « Private Key (KEY) » field.

7. Open the « CACertificate.crt » file with a text editor and paste the content in the « Certificate Authority Bundle: (CABUNDLE) » field.

8. Finally, click on the « Install certificate » button.
How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

NB : If you’ve obtained 2 files named « CACertificate-1.crt » and « CACertificate-2.crt » :
Open with a text editor CACertificate-1.crt and CACertificate2.crt. files
Copy and paste the content of the first one in the « CA Certificate (*-ca.crt) » field
Then copy and paste the content of the second one, just after the first one leaving « ---BEGIN CERTIFICATE----- » and « -----END CERTIFICATE----- ».


It should look like this :
How to install SSL certificate with cPanel

Important : You have to open these files with a text editor like Wordpad, Notepad++ or others. Don't do it with Word or LibreOffice because your certificate could be damaged.

9. Your webserver now needs to be restarted to be aware of the newly configured certificate.

You can now check your SSL installation.

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