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SSL Certificate Installation, Step by Step

September 28, 2009 by  
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First of all one must understand if your website needs an SSL certificate installed. SSL is an abbreviation of Secure Socket Layer. It is used for transfer of data through a secure channel i.e. between computers and the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) logoservers in an encrypted format. A website that involves online transactions, or share sensitive data, then it is highly recommended to install an SSL certificate onto the domain. A web hosting provider does offer SSL certificates or one can even purchase an SSL directly from the manufacturers. One thing to be highlighted is that, SSL is a third party offering, so the web hosting provider has nothing to do with it. They would just get the SSL installed as a part of customer service. Inorder to have an SSL certificate installed onto the domain, you require a dedicated IP. Depending on the web hosting service provider, they would offer it for free alongwith the SSL certificate.

Prior to the installation of the SSL certificate, you are required to generate the key for SSL certificate and a CSR. If you haven’t done so, below are the steps for the same.

Procedure to Generate Private Key for SSL Certificate
You are required to have a Dedicated IP, inorder to generate a Key for SSL certificate. You cannot proceed further without the IP address known. Once you have it, below is the procedure to generate the key:

1. Log into your control panel

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