SSL Activation

When you activate SSL on your web server, you will be prompted to complete a number of questions relating to the identity of your website and company. Your web server then creates two cryptographic keys - a Private and Public Key. The public key which as the name implies does not have to be a secret. It is placed into a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) - a data file containing your details. The next step is to submit the CSR. During the SSL Certificate application process, the Certification Authority will validate your details and issue an SSL Certificate. Your [b][url=] Web Development[/url][/b] server will match your issued SSL Certificate to your Private Key, allowing you to establish an encrypted link between the website and your customer's browser.

Because of the widespread use of SSL, you will be hard pressed to find a web host that does not offer the ability to install your own certificate. cPanel hosts allow you to install a certificate manually giving you full control over activation.

Many hosts also offer the ability to use a certificate that is shared among their customers. In this case it is the web host's responsibility to renew the certificate once the expiry date has passed. The advantage of using a shared certificate is that it won't cost you a cent! The disadvantage that the management of the certificate is out of your hands. If your host does not renew the certificate once it expires, your site will not pass the SSL handshake procedure and your users sent a warning message through no fault of your own. Another disadvantage is that to access the certificate you will have to use an ugly URL name comprising of your host's domain and your user name. If you install your own certificate, your actual domain name can be used which looks much more professional. Bear in mind that many hosts who offer shared SSL, do not advertise it as it's normally an extra service. Also bear in mind that when you use your own certificate for SSL, a dedicated IP is required and that pages will load much slower through SSL.

There are many types of certificates on the market at many different price levels. While companies will try and convince you that customers are wary of all but the best known certificates (and more expensive), in truth all SSL certificates are all essentially the same and the average customer is not web literate enough to know the difference. Some won't even mind if you use none at all. A cheap certificate like RapidSLL will probably suit most people's needs.


  • Secure Sockets Layer, SSL, is the standard security technology for creating an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers. In order to be able to generate an SSL link, a web server requires an SSL Certificate.

    When you choose to activate SSL on your webserver you will be prompted to complete a number of questions about the identity of your website (e.g. your website's URL) and your company (e.g. your company's name and location). Your webserver then creates two cryptographic keys - a Private Key and a Public Key. Your Private Key is so called for a reason - it must remain private and secure. The Public Key does not need to be secret and is placed into a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) - a data file also containing your details. You should then submit the CSR during the SSL Certificate application process , the SSL Certification Authority, who will validate your details and issue an SSL Certificate containing your details and allowing you to use SSL.

    Your webserver will match your issued [link=]SSL Certificate[/link] to your Private Key. Your webserver will then be able to establish an encrypted link between the website and your customer's web browser.

  • Many businesses online use secure sockets layer or SSL technology to encrypt data between server and browser. Banks in particularly are noticeable for their strong levels of protection and security, but [link=]SSL certificates[/link] have now become more affordable and available and a lot of commercial sites and stores now have this level of security and protection as standard.

    Configuring and activating your SSL to your server is usually quite straight forward. Upon activation several authentication questions will need to be answered such as the domain of your company's website and the company address. Two keys are then created with the public key being part of the CSR file with these details you have entered. This CSR file will then be processed by the certification authority and an SSL certificate validated and issue (this should match the private key) allowing for encrypted data flow.
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