WHM Generate a SSL Certificate and Signing Request
An SSL Certificate (Secure Sockets Layer), also known as Digital Certificate. Certificates are used to facilitate an encrypted connection between the client and the server.
Here are the steps in generating an SSL Certificate in WHM.
- Login to WHM.
- Click the SSL/TLS link.
- Click the Generate an SSL Certificate and Signing Request icon.
- Enter your Email Address to be encoded in the certificate. If you would rather retrieve the key, CSR, and/or certificate from the server instead of having it emailed to you, uncheck the box labeled "When complete, email me the certificate, key, and CSR."
- Select the Key Size. The key size determines the level of encryption used in the key. Check with the issuer to determine the key size for the certificate if you are going to be installing a signed certificate.
- Enter the Host or Domain that needs the certificate. SSL Certificates are generated for specific, fully qualified domain names. This will need to be the same name that you will use in the link that takes you to the secure page.
Note: For SSL purposes, www.domain.com and domain.com are two separate entities and may not be covered by a single SSL certificate.
- Enter the City, State, Country Code, Company Name, and Company Division. The standards for SSL certificates are designed to accommodate small businesses as well as large multi-division corporations. If you are generating a certificate for a small business or personal use, you may enter an arbitrary value that is related to your site for the Company Division value.
- Enter your Email Address to be encoded in the certificate.
- Click the Create button.
- After clicking create, you will be presented with the results page with three fields:
- In the Signing Request box, is the CSR. (If we are generating the CSR to have a signed certificate generated for the site, this is provided to the third-party issuer.)
- Under Certificate is the certificate itself.
- Under Key is the RSA Key.
Note: You may copy and paste these items into a text file for future reference. However, the RSA key should NEVER be emailed, shared, or used anywhere but on the server hosting the SSL.