How to order and install an SSL Certificate

You can buy SSL certificates from Winhost at significantly discounted prices:
SSL Certificate 1 Yr Price 2 Yr Price
(with discount)
RapidSSL $49 $39/yr $10,000
RapidSSL Wildcard $229 $199/yr $10,000
GeoTrust QuickSSL Premium $139 $129/yr $500,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID $189 $169/yr $1,250,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID with EV $289 $259/yr $1,500,000
GeoTrust True BusinessID Wildcard $489 $429/yr $1,250,000
SSL certificates ordered through Winhost can be used on your Winhost sites or sites hosted elsewhere.

Ordering an SSL certificate for a Winhost site

Part one - generate a CSR

The first thing you have to do is generate a CSR. A CSR is a public key that we generate on the web server. It validates the specific information about the web server and your organization. You will use the CSR in the second step of the ordering process.
  • Log in to Control Panel and click the Sites tab.
  • Click on the link for the domain you are ordering a certificate for.
  • Click the SSL Manager icon.
  • Complete the CSR information form:
Common Name: See this Knowledge Base article for info on common names.
Organization/Name:  Name of the company.
Organization Unit:  Name of the department applying for the SSL certificate.
City/Locality:  Name of the city/locality your company resides in.
State/Province:  State or province your company resides in.
Country:  Country your company resides in.
  • Click the Submit CSR Information button
The next page you see will contain a text block that begins with: 
This is your CSR.

Part two - submit the certificate order
  • Copy the entire text of the CSR, including the beginning and ending lines.
  • Click the SSL Certificates tab.
  • Click the Order New SSL Certificate button.
  • Select the type of certificate you would like to order.
  • Paste the CSR text into the Paste your CSR box.
  • Click the Continue button.
Next you will choose an "approver email" from the dropdown list that appears on the next page. It is very important that you choose an address where you can receive email! If you cannot receive email at any of the addresses listed, you must set up a mailbox on one of the listed addresses before you proceed.
  • Verify the admin contact information, and make any necessary changes.
  • Click the Continue button.
  • On the next page, verify that the certificate information is correct and click the Order New SSL Certificate button.
Next you will receive an email message from the certificate issuer at the "approver email" address. Follow the instructions contained in that email.

Part three - install the certificate

When you complete the verification required in the certificate issuer's email, they will send you the SSL certificate. The certificate is similar to the CSR in format, beginning with:
followed by a text block.
  • Copy the entire text of the certificate, including the beginning and ending lines.
  • Log in to Control Panel and click the Sites tab.
  • Click the Manage link for the domain you are ordering a certificate for.
  • Click the SSL Manager icon.
  • Paste the certificate text into the second box on the page (the empty one).
  • Click the Submit Certificate button.
Note: Make sure you paste only the Web Site Certificate.  Some Certificate Authority (CA) will offer you both the Intermediate and Web Site Certificate.  The Intermediate Certificate should already be installed on the server and trying to install the Intermediate Certificate from the control panel will cause the process to fail.

That completes the SSL certificate process.


To order an SSL certificate for use on another server

The process is the same as part two above, but you must generate your own CSR on the server where you will install the certificate.
After you receive the certificate, continue with part three above.

Note that we cannot assist in generating CSRs for non-Winhost servers.
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