This article will explain to the user step-by-step on how to install SSL on Cpanel. But, before that let us first get familiar with the meaning of SSL and then SSL certificate for your reference, also the advantages of having an SSL certificate has been mentioned below so that you might get a proper understanding of why an SSL certificate is important for your website.
What is SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer or SSL was adopted by Netscape in 1994 because of the growing concern of the users over internet security. Their goal was to create a secure link between the server and the internet user. SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a web browser. This encrypted link ensures that the information shared between the web server and the web browser remains private and integral.
What is an SSL certificate?
SSL certificates are small data files which bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. Once installed on a web server, it activates a secure link and the https over port 443 which allows secure connections from the web browser.
Advantages of an SSL certificate:-
- Encrypted information.
- Authentication which improves customer’s trust.
- Better search engine ranking.
- Guard against phishing attack.
Now that we are familiar with the definitions and the advantages of having an SSL certificate we shall proceed to the certificate installation part of this article.
Step-by-step guide to install an SSL certificate on Cpanel
Before starting the installation make sure that the Certificate Signing Request has been created. Once, the certificate has been issued and sent by the Certificate Authority and then proceed with deploying the certificate on the server. Now that you are through with the preliminary requirements you can now proceed with the actual installation of the SSL certificate on the Cpanel.
The steps to install SSL certificate on your Cpanel is as follows:-
- The first step to install an SSL certificate is to log in to your Cpanel account.
- Once logged in the second step is to click on SSL/TSL Manager in the security section. The SSL/TSL Manager allows you to generate SSL certificates, certificate signing request and private keys. These are all the components used in SSL to secure your website.
- The third step is to click on the SSL/TSL Manager click on “Manage SSL Sites” under Install and the Manage SSL for your website (HTTPS) menu.
- The fourth step requires you to copy the certificate code received from the Certificate Authority including the Begin Certificate and the End Certificate and pastes it into the Certificate field on the next page.
- In the fifth step what you need to do is, next to the certificate entered click on the Autofill by Certificate which will enable the system to fetch the domain name and the private key. You also have the alternative to manually enter the certificate and the private key. If the system fails to fetch the private key then you can access it in the SSL/TSL Manager in the Private Keys section.
- Into the box under Certificate Authority Bundle, copy and paste the intermediate certificates. Tick the box “Enable SNI for mail services” if you want to use the certificate for mail services. By ticking that box you will be able to use your domain on which the SSL certificate has been installed as a hostname for the mailserver enabling your mail clients to work via secured ports. Make sure you check the version of your Cpanel as this mailing feature is only available on Cpanel 11.48 and won’t work on lower versions.
- The last and the final step is to click on the “Install Certificate” button. Once you do that you can now access your site by typing https://
If you’ve followed all the steps mentioned above by the book then your site will be working properly with a valid SSL certificate. If you want to confirm your installation of SSL certificate you can check it by using the tool available on https://sslchecker.com/