SSL Certificate Installation Instructions
How To Install SSL Certificate?
How To Install Ssl Certificate? – An SSL Certificate is a text file containing encrypted data that you install on your server to secure and encrypt sensitive connections between your website and your clients. More information on SSL certificates can be found here.
Our Validation team validates and processes your certificate request when you create a CSR (certificate signing request) and purchase a certificate. (Learn more about how certificates are validated.) We will issue your SSL Certificate and send it to you through email after it has been validated. In your DigiCert account, you can also download your SSL Certificate.
Intermediate Certificate of Qualification
You’ll need to install an intermediate certificate when you install an SSL certificate on a server or an SSL-enabled application. By attaching your SSL certificate to your Certificate Authority’s root certificate (your DigiCert issued SSL certificate, the intermediate certificate, and the DigiCert root certificate), this intermediate certificate verifies the trustworthiness of your SSL certificate. A Browser needs the intermediate certificate to complete the certificate trust chain. Find out more about intermediate and root certificates.
Note that the intermediate certificates are packaged with the SSL certificate on some servers (such as Microsoft).
How can I tell if I installed SSL correctly?
Enter the hostname in the following box and click “Check SSL” to quickly determine if you installed the SSL Certificate correctly. Our SSL Checker will display the certificate that is currently installed and alert you to any SSL installation issues.
What exactly is an Intermediate certificate, and how can I get one?
A chain or intermediate certificate is any certificate that exists between your certificate and the root certificate. These must be deployed with the principal certificate for your website on the webserver so that users’ browsers may associate your certificate with a trusted authority. For security reasons, most certificate authorities utilize intermediate certificates, which are supported by most web servers and devices. See Extinction of Unchained SSL Certificates for more information on intermediate certificates and why most providers require them for SSL Certificate installation.
What is the procedure for installing a wildcard certificate?
A wildcard certificate is installed in the same manner as a regular certificate. The * character in the common name field is the only difference. The certificate can be installed on the server without any more steps.
What does it mean to reissue a certificate?
You must reissue a certificate if you need to establish a new one based on a new private key. By reissuing the certificate, you can install it on a new server without having to move your private key, or replace it if your private key is lost or stolen. Although most certificate authorities provide free reissues, some are more accommodating than others. You will only need to produce a new CSR, reissue it with your certificate provider, then install the new certificate to reissue your certificate.
Is it necessary for me to get a new certificate if my server crashes?
No, it’s not true. If you lose your existing private key, most certificate authorities will allow you to reissue the certificate with a new one. Even so, backing up your certificate and the private key is a smart idea.
How can I save a copy of my private key?
Your digital certificate is meaningless without your private key. Once a private key is lost, it cannot be recovered. The certificate authority that issues the certificate never sees your private key, so if you misplace it, they can’t help you. You can produce a new private key and reissue the certificate if you lose your private key. Our SSL Certificate Import/Export/Move Instructions can help you backup your SSL certificate.