SSL Certificate Installation

SSL Certificate installation can be with the right knowledge and tools. The following SSL install questions will help you better understand the installation process.

How do I install my SSL certificate?

You need to do the SSL Certificate installation on the same server (or with the same private key) that you generated the CSR on. Choose your server type or device below:

If your server type isn't listed above, you can try the instructions from one of these certificate authorities:

Comodo SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
DigiCert SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
GeoTrust SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
GlobalSign SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
Thawte SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
Trustwave SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
VeriSign SSL Certificate Installation Instructions

You may also want to use the SSL Certificate installation instructions that are provided by the manufacturer:

Manufacturer Installation Instructions
2X 2X ApplicationServer & LoadBalancer & VirtualDesktopServer Manual
4D 4D Webstar Support
Apache Apache SSL/TLS Strong Encryption: FAQ
Apache SSL/TLS Strong Encryption: How-To
Tomcat SSL Configuration Guide
Adobe Adobe Connect Enterprise Server 6 SSL Configuration Guide
Apple Using mod_ssl on Mac OS X
Barracuda How do I set up secure administration using SSL/TLS on my Barracuda Networks product?
BEA Configuring SSL on BEA WebLogic
Blackberry Blackberry Enterprise Server for Microsoft Exchange 5.0 Administration Guide
Bluecoat SSL Transparent Proxy Authentication using IWA
Bomgar IP Configuration: SSL Certificate
Cisco Cisco Manuals Product Selection
Citrix Citrix Support
Courier Courier IMAP SSL Install Documentation
Covalent Managing Your Keys And Server Certificates
cPanel cPanel Documentation
F5 F5 Deployment Guides
Fortinet FortiGate SSL VPN User Guide
FreeRadius FreeRadius HOWTO SSL Install
Google Google Mini SSL Certificate Installation Settings
IBM Guide to properly setting up SSL within the IBM HTTP Server
IBM - Lotus Domino Administrator 6 Help -Setting up SSL on a Domino server
IBM - Quick guide to setting up SSL using Domino as the Certificate Authority
Configure SSL for WebSphere Application Server
JBoss JBoss SSL Install
Jetty Configuring SSL for Jetty
Juniper Juniper Technical Support Center
Kerio Kerio Mail Server SSL Certificate Installation
Lighttpd Lighttpd SSL Install Instructions
Microsoft Managing Microsoft Certificate Services and SSL
How to implement SSL in IIS
How to enable LDAP over SSL with a third-party certification authority
Mirapoint Mirapoint Documentation
Nortel SSL Accelerator Documentation
Novell Installing SSL VPN Services
Oracle Configuring SSL Authentication
Parallels Plesk 8.1 Administration Guide
Plesk 7 Administration Manual - Managing Control Panel SSL Certificates
Plesk 7 Tutorial: Creating an SSL Certificate
Pound Pound Documentation
SAP Setting Up an SSL Connection
Sendmail SMTP STARTTLS in sendmail/Secure Switch
Sonicwall Sonicwall Product Guides
Sun Using SSL with iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 4.x
Zeus Zeus Support
Zimbra Zimbra Commercial SSL Certificate Installation Guide

How do I know if I did the SSL install correctly?

You can easily see if you did the SSL Certificate installation correctly by entering the hostname in the following box and clicking "Check SSL". Our SSL Checker will show you the certificate that is installed and tell you if there are any SSL install problems.

Server Hostname:

(e.g. www.google.com)
Check SSL

What is an Intermediate certificate and how do I install it?

Any certificate in between your certificate and the root certificate is called a chain or intermediate certificate. These must be installed to the web server with the primary certificate for your web site so that user's browers can link your certificate to a trusted authority. Most certificate authorities use intermediate certificates for security purposes and most web servers and devices support them. To find out more about Intermediate certificates and why most providers require them for SSL Certificate installation, see Extinction of Unchained SSL Certificates.

How do I install a wildcard certificate?

A wildcard certificate is installed the exact same way that a normal certificate is installed. The only difference is the * character in the common name field. Nothing extra is needed to install the certificate on the server.

What is reissuing a certificate?

If you need to create a new certificate based on a new private key, you will need to reissue it. By reissuing you can install the certificate on a new server without moving your private key or replace your certificate if your private key is lost or stolen. Most certificate authorities offer free reissues but some are more flexible than others. In order to reissue your certificate you will just need to create a new CSR, reissue with your certificate provider, and install the new certificate.

Do I have to buy a new certificate if my server crashes?

No. Most certificates authorities allow you to reissue the certificate with a new private key if you lose the current one. Still, it is a very good idea to backup your certificate and private key.

How do I backup my private key?

Without your private key, your digital certificate is useless. It isn't possible to recover a private key once it is lost. The certificate authority that creates the certificate never sees your private key, so they can't help you if you lose it. If you do lose your private key you can create a new one and reissue the certificate. You can backup the SSL certificate using our SSL Certificate Import/Export/Move Instructions.