How to enable external SSL in cpanel?

SSL is essential for protecting your website, even if it doesn’t handle sensitive information like credit cards. It provides privacy, critical security and data integrity for both your websites and your users’ personal information.

How do I enable SSL in my website?

SSL certificates can be installed by shared hosting users, VPS users and Dedicated server owners.

Follow these steps:

  • Generate A CSR
  • Upload and Install your certificate.

Generate A CSR

  1. Login to cpanel and search for SSL/TLS.
  2. Under Certificate Signing Requests (CSR), click Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests.
  3. Complete all the fields in the given form and then click Generate.
  4. Your CSR displays in the Encoded Certificate Signing Request section. To get your SSL certificate, you need to provide this CSR to the company issuing the certificate. After they issue the certificate, they will provide you with a your SSL certificate in the form of a CRT file.

Upload And Install Your Certificate

When you have the CRT file provided to you by the company who issued your SSL certificate, you have to upload and then install your SSL certificate.

  1. Upload your certificate: Login to cpanel
  2. In the Security section, click SSL/TLS.
  3. Under Certificates (CRT), click Generate, view, upload, or delete SSL certificates.
  4. Now use the Upload Certificate section to upload the CRT file from your local machine, and then click Upload Certificate (You can also paste the certificate and its description).
  5. Install/Activate your Certificate: in the Certificates on Server section, in the section for the domain you want to use, click (Install).
  6. From the Domain menu, make sure you select the domain you want to secure.
  7. Click Install Certificate.
  8. That’s it, you’re done.

To verify if your SSL is working or not, verify it at SSL Shopper.

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