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How do I activate an SSL certificate?
Steps to get the SSL certificate activated
Activate your SSL certificate after you’ve purchased it to make it operate for your website.
You’ll need a CSR code created on your server by your hosting provider before you can start with the SSL activation. You can also generate one by following our instructions on
Important tips before you activate SSL
- Before you activate SSL, there are a few things you should know.
- Check with your hosting provider to see if third-party SSL certificates are supported.
- For SSL installation, certain hosting companies may still demand a dedicated IP address. As a result, please double-check this with the server provider.
- Note that the dedicated IP is not necessary for SSL installation on Namecheap hosting because all of our servers are equipped with SNI technology.
- Make a note of where you got the RSA private key that came with your CSR code because you’ll need it for the installation. Without this code, you won’t be able to install the certificate.
- Please read this page if you are using Namecheap hosting services.
- Note: You can activate the renewal certificate from the SSL Certificates list or the Domain List with the All Products option selected at the top.
- Log in to your Namecheap account and begin the activation process after you have a CSR code:
- Select Dashboard by hovering your mouse over your account username in the upper left corner.
- Open the SSL Certificates tab next.
Activate your SSL
1.Next to the certificate you want to activate, click Activate.
2.Click Next after entering (or copying and pasting) your CSR code.
Note: If you’re activating a multi-domain certificate, you’ll need to indicate the extra domains you want to be included in the issued certificate during this step. The Multi-Domain certificate’s certificate activation procedure is discussed in detail here.
4.Select the validation method to authenticate your domain ownership from the drop-down list on the next page.
5.You’ll need to establish a custom record in your domain DNS for the CNAME-based method. After the activation, this CNAME record will be delivered.
6.To obtain a certificate via file-based validation, you must upload a specific text file to a specific directory on your website (/.well-known/PKI-validation/). After the order is submitted to the Certificate Authority for activation, you’ll be able to download the certificate file from your account.
Note: If you activated the certificate using domain.com or www.domain.com as the FQDN in your CSR code, double-check that the file is accessible at http://domain.com/.well-known/pki-validation/file.txt. www.domain.com is also regarded to be within your control in this scenario.
7.Because the Sectigo (previously Comodo) validation mechanism is case-sensitive, the file’s content should not be modified in any manner.
8.Choose an email address to which the approval email will be sent if you choose the Email-based option. The permission email can only be sent to a Whois registered email address or a generic domain name email address (e.g., webmaster@, postmaster@, hostmaster@, administrator@, admin@) for security reasons.
Note: More information on validation methods may be found here.
9.Click Next after you’ve chosen the right DCV technique.
Proceed to the following stage, where you’ll input the email address to which you’d want to get an SSL certificate.
10.If the certificate is Organization Validated or Extended Validated, you’ll also be asked to fill out the company information:
Note: Although the administrative contact email cannot be altered afterward, the issued SSL can always be downloaded from your Namecheap account.
Note that only OV certificates require the “Representative” section.
To confirm your certificate request, review the information and click Submit.
11.After that, you’ll be led to the certificate management page, where you can see the Order ID, the Certificate Authority’s order ID (‘CA order ID’), and other certificate details.
12.The directions for switching between the DCV options can be found in the yellow panel at the top of the page. To get to the ‘Edit methods’ page, click the correct link.
13.You’ll be led to a page where you may study certificate-related information and change the DCV settings if you click the from this page (Edit methods) link.
Confirmation to enable the SSL certificate
Within 10 minutes of activation, confirmation emails are sent to the approval address. You must click the link provided in the approval email to confirm the issuance. Following that, the validated certificate will be emailed to the administrative email address specified during the activation process.
Because the Certificate Authority must locate the file or record, HTTP-based and CNAME-based validation may take longer. Please ensure that the file is publicly accessible and that your server’s requests are not being blocked by a firewall.
A Certificate Authority’s validation system runs automated tests on the validation file/record over a set period of time. If validation fails, double-check that the data in the file/record is accurate and accessible, and make any necessary changes. When the CA validation system does its next check, the file/record should be validated once the information is correct and available.
Before the CA’s document submission request, Sectigo (formerly Comodo) OV/EV certificates will still send a domain validation email
. Certificate Authority will provide you a list of documents required to authenticate your business if you order an OV/EV certificate, depending on the type of certificate. Make sure the Whois for your domain contains the necessary contact information to speed up the certificate issuing. The Certification Authority may take up to an hour to process your order. If you have confirmed that the file or record is publicly available but have not received an approval email within the required time limit or the certificate has not been provided after one hour, please contact our SSL Support Team through Live Chat or Ticket for further assistance.