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Creating a SSL

How to create an SSL

Click on the link in your SSL purchase email (this email is sent to the registered email associated with your Hostwinds account.

Choose your Web Server Type from the drop-down menu. ( Most common types are cPanel and Microsoft IIS 5.x )

Start your CSR Request.

What Is A CSR?

A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) is an encoded chunk of text generated during your SSL application. To complete your SSL, you must copy the Encoded CSR provided during the application process and send it to the Certificate Authority. The CSR is used by certificate authorities (CA's) to generate your SSL.

Generating A CSR Request

Enter your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) from the drop-down menu.

Login into cPanel

Home > Security > SSL/TLS

Generate a Certificate Signing Request.

Pick Generate a new, 2,048 bit key from the dropdown.
Please enter your domain (Always include your domain name with or without www. to make sure it is correct).
Fill in City, State, and Country text boxes (This must match your WHOIS information).
Enter Company name text box (This also must match your WHOIS information).
Enter Company Division textbox (This will need to match the "Job Title" on Configure SSL Certificate form on your Hostwinds form).

Enter email in the text box (This will be used to verify you as the domain owner and should be a valid email address).
Enter a Passphrase
Enter a Description
Click the Generate button

This will generate your CSR for you and provide a massive link you'll need to copy and paste back in the previous form.

Complete The SSL Creation Process

Copy the Encoded CSR text

Place CSR text into the text box on the Configure SSL certificate page in the server information.

Fill in the same information you used to generate the CSR in the Administrative Contact Information section.

Push the Click to Continue.

Review information.

Pick the email address that the certificate approval is sent.

Push the Click to Continue email.

Once you finish this process, you'll need to wait until you receive the approver email. The approver email will provide you with a link that you need to click on and say whether you APPROVE or DO NOT APPROVE the certificate. APPROVE the certificate by hitting the button, and your SSL is sent to your email.

In some cases, you may need to provide the SSL after further review of your account manually.

Written by Hostwinds  /  January 5, 2021

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