How To Install SSL Certificate on cPanel: Step-by-Step Tutorial

  1. Generate the CSR in cPanel
  2. Upload CSR in portal — Generate SSL Certificate
  3. Install SSL Certificate.

Prerequisites

  1. An account on my.netshop-isp.com.cy: For the purposes of this tutorial, a demo account was created: netshop-tutorials@netshop-isp.com.cy.
  2. A cPanel Lite Service: A Cyprus cPanel Lite Web Hosting product was purchased from my.netshop-isp.com.cy website. The product is hosted on https://athena.netshop-isp.com.cy:2083/
  3. A domain: The domain ssldesk.com was purchased and associated with the cPanel service for this tutorial.
  4. A Commercial SSL Certificate: A RapisSSL Certificate addon was acquired.

Step 1: Generate the CSR

If you purchased a Wildcard certificate, it should be represented with an asterisk in front of the domain (*.example.com). To create your CSR code for multiple domains, enter each domain in a new line.
Keep the below Certificate tab open as we will need the Encoded Certificate Signing Request later on, or you can copy the contents of the Encoded CSR: box now to a notepad file for easier retrieval.You will have to copy the entire CSR from -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- until the end, including -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- when submitting the CSR code for SSL activation.

Step 2: Upload CSR in myNetShop Portal

Reminder: You will have to copy the entire CSR from -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- until the end, including -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- when submitting the CSR code for SSL activation.
Usually the email is received within a few minutes, but the vendor might need up to 24 hours to send the validation email.

Step 3 — Install SSL Certificate

For each of the files, you will have to copy the entire code from -----BEGIN CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- until the end, including -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- when submitting the text to install the SSL Certificate.

Summary

  • Originally the domain ssldesk.com was not secured (http://). The SSL had to be installed to establish the website as secure (https://).
  • The CSR was created with the use of the generated Private Key and the information provided in cPanel.
  • The CSR Code was uploaded no the my.netshop-isp.com.cy portal.
  • The domain was verified and the certificate validated via email in cPanel.
  • The SSL Certificate was created and could be downloaded from my.netshop-isp.com.cy portal.
  • Finally, the SSL Certificate on the domain and now the web server and web browser connection is secured.

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