SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a security protocol that encrypts data between the user’s browser and the website’s server. Installing an SSL certificate on your website can improve its security and build trust with your visitors. DirectAdmin hosting offers built-in support for installing SSL certificates, and in this guide, we’ll walk you through the process.
Step 1: Purchase an SSL Certificate
Before you can install an SSL certificate, you need to purchase one from a trusted certificate authority (CA). There are several options to choose from, including Let’s Encrypt, Comodo, and Symantec. Once you’ve purchased an SSL certificate, you’ll receive a certificate file and a private key file.
Step 2: Log in to DirectAdmin and Navigate to SSL Certificates
Log in to your DirectAdmin account and navigate to the “SSL Certificates” section from the control panel.
Step 3: Generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
In the “SSL Certificates” section, click “Create A Certificate Request.” Fill out the form with your website’s information, including domain name, company name, and email address. Click “Save” to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). Copy the CSR to a text editor, as you’ll need it later when purchasing the SSL certificate.
Step 4: Purchase and Install the SSL Certificate
Purchase the SSL certificate from your chosen certificate authority using the CSR you generated in step 3. Once you receive the certificate file and private key file, log in to your DirectAdmin account and navigate to the “SSL Certificates” section. Click “Paste a pre-generated Certificate and Key,” and paste the certificate and private key files into the appropriate fields. Click “Save” to install the SSL certificate.
Step 5: Verify the SSL Certificate
Once the SSL certificate is installed, you can verify it by navigating to your website using https:// instead of http://. If the SSL certificate is installed correctly, you should see a green padlock icon in the browser address bar.
Installing an SSL certificate on your website is essential for security and building trust with your visitors. DirectAdmin hosting offers built-in support for installing SSL certificates, making it easy to secure your website. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can install an SSL certificate on your DirectAdmin web hosting and improve your website’s security.