How do I create a temporary SSL certificate? Print

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The only difference between temporary and permanent certificates is that temporary certificates are generated by your control panel, not trusted Certificate Authorities. Thus, when visitors enter your site, they will get the "unknown certification authority" warning window.

To generate a new temporary SSL private key and certificate:

  1. Select Domain info in the Domain Settings menu.
  2. Click the Edit icon in the Web Service field.
  3. Enable SSL for the domain in the list.
  4. In the SSL Support section click Import SSL certificate.
  5. On the page that shows click Generate a temporary SSL certificate and certificate request.

  6. On the page that appears, apply your details by clicking Submit:

    These data will be used to generate the certificate. Don't make changes to the data if you are not sure about the purpose of these changes.

  7. Follow instructions that appear at the top of the next page.

    • SSL Certificate Signing request includes the details that you submitted on the previous step. Use this request if you want to get a permanent SSL certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority, such as Comodo CA, Thawte or VeriSign.
    • SSL Server Private Key is the secret key to decrypt messages from your visitors. It must be stored in a secure place where it is inaccessible to others. Don't lose this key, you will need it if you get a permanent certificate.
    • Temporary SSL Certificate validates your identity and confirms the public key to assure the visitors that they are communicating with your server, not any other party.
  8. Click Submit Query.

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