Have you purchased SSL Certificate for your website? That’s great if you have purchased one for you. SSL certificate will secure the connection between your visitor and server so that no other third parties can look over it or hack it. You will not only get security but you will see some improvements in your Search Engine Ranks too. Google wants the web to be secure so they use SSL for all of their products and they encourage all the webmasters to do the same. I mean to enable HTTPS for their websites by installing an SSL certificate.
In this guide on BloggingChamps.Com, I will tell you the procedure which you need to follow to install SSL certificate on Godaddy Server. (Linux hosting package using cPanel) But before that, I would like to tell you what is SSL actually and what it does?
Contents of This Guide
What is SSL Certificate and how it works?
SSL Certificates are small data files which are digitally bound by a cryptographic key. When this data file is installed on your web server they will activate padlock and HTTPS protocol which will ensure that once a secured connection is established. The data transferred or web traffic between browser and server is fully secured.
When you install an SSL Certificate on your server and a visitor makes a request to your server through his or her web browser. There are many processes which will take place like a handshake, key exchange etc. I have embedded an image below which will explain you the working of SSL.
Because of the extra process which SSL secure connection makes, this will use some extra server resources and will slow down your website a bit. But you can save some server resources by enabling hotlink protection for your server.
How to Install SSL Certificate on Godaddy Server?
This guide has two parts and those are:
- Uploading the certificate to your Godaddy Sever.
- And Installing the certificate to your Godaddy server.
Uploading the certificate to your Godaddy server.
So now let’s start with this guide and check out the procedure to install SSL certificate on Godaddy server. To do so, first of all, you need to login into your Godaddy account by entering your username and password. Once you have successfully logged in into your account.
Click on your username which is displayed to you on upper right corner of your window. Click on that and when you do so you will get a menu, from there click on Manage your Hosting. you can refer the image embedded above.
When you click on Manage your Hosting, all you hosting plans which you have purchased from GoDaddy will be displayed to you on your screen, now choose the hosting plan (Server) to which you are willing to install SSL and click on Manage of that particular server. Refer the image below, it will explain you about this step.
When you click on Manage you will be redirected to cPanel of your server. Now from here, the real process of SSL installation starts. Scroll down and look for Security options group, and click on SSL/TLS.
All the SSL and TLS options of your server will be displayed to you on your screen. Now you need to click on Generate. view, upload or delete SSL Certificates. (CRT) You can refer the image embedded below.
If you have certificate text then you can paste your certificate in the text box provided. If you want to give any description about the certificate you can enter that and click on Save Certificates.
And in case you have your certificate in the .crt file then you will be getting an option to upload the .crt file to your server. Choose the file, enter the description if you want and click on Upload Certificate.
Now you have successfully uploaded your certificate to your server.
Installing the certificate to your Godaddy server.
Get back to the SSL/TLS page by clicking on it from Home of cPanel, later on, you need to select Manage SSL Sites. Refer the image below for the exact information on where you need to click.
When you select Manage SSL Sites you will be redirected to one more new web page where the process of certificate installation begins. Scroll down and look for Install an SSL Website, click on Browse Certificates.
When you click on that you will be asked to select one certificate which you have uploaded to your server. We have just now uploaded a certificate to your server, right? You will find that there select it.
When you select the certificate click on Use Certificate. You will see that automatically all the blanks on the page will be filled. (Certificate, Private Key and Certificate Authority Bundle) If you want to enable SNI for main Services tick it or leave it.
At last click on Install Certificate and you are done with it! I hope you are clear with all the steps which are mentioned in this article. If you have any kind of doubts you can leave your comment below. I will respond to your comment as quick as possible.