How to Install SSL Certificate on Microsoft IIS 8 and 8.5

Follow Our step-by – step guidance on Microsoft IIS 8 and 8.5 to install SSL Certificate

Web server IIS (Internet Information Services) is responsible for about 20 per cent of websites on the internet. If you come across the word ‘server’ at least 10 times a day, you would know that in 2017, SSL became a web-standard. More than half of the internet is already encrypted, and that migration from HTTP to HTTPS will not stop soon.

If you’ve ever been dealing with SSL certificates, you ‘re well aware it can get messy. So if you haven’t done so, so good for you! In either case, when installing an SSL certificate on IIS or any other server for that matter, you must have a proper guide by your side. This step-by – step manual will help you install the Microsoft IIS 8 and 8.5 SSL certificate.

What are you waiting for, then? Let’s get to work.

Wait, see to it that you have the following things before you start.

  • Server Certificate
  • Intermediate Certificate
  • Private Key

Do they all have ’em? It’s good to go.

Installing SSL on Microsoft IIS 8 & 8.5 – Single Certificate

  • You should have received an e-mail from your issuing authority which includes your certificate in a zip file. Save to the desktop file called ‘your domain name.cer.’
  • Search for it in the Start menu to open IIS manager.
  • Pick the server you would like to mount an SSL certificate on.
  • As shown in the image below, find and double-click on the Server Certificates button at the bottom of the center menu.
  • server-certificatesSee the button on the right for Actions? Click on Complete Certificate Request … Now you should see the Full Certificate Request wizard.
  • complete-certs-requestSelect and browse the file your domain name.cer, enter its friendly name and select Personal in the certificate store as shown in the image below.

Note: If you want to install multiple SSL certificates on IIS, choose Web Hosting option rather than Private.


  • Click OK. Installation of the certificate will commence now.
  • Now that you’ve taken care of SSL on your computer, the next step is allocating the website license.

To do this you need to go back to the IIS Manager’s main frame. From the left-hand connection panel, select the server name you have just installed an SSL certificate on.

  • The server name lists an choice called Pages. Choose which site you want to encrypt.
  • Tap Bindings on the Actions menu. Your computer will see a window called ‘Domain Binding.’


Click on Add.


  • In the Add Site Binding window, all the values should be as following:
  • Type: https
  • IP Address: All Unassigned
  • Port: 443


Select the domain on which you want to install SSL and click OK.


Best wishes!!! Your SSL certificate will be deployed to your website now. Indeed, definitely. You’ve done it! If you like, pad your own back or high-five yourself.

If you want to scan the installation thoroughly, use our super-quick SSL Checker tool to check it for free.