How do I create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)? Print

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Creating a CSR

This guide requires you have purchased or obtained an SSL/TLS Certificate

A CSR or Certificate signing request is a critical part in attaining an SSL/TLS certificate.

The CSR itself is generated on and used by the same server which the certificate is intended for. It contains information that the Certificate authority (CA) will use to create the certificate for your website, including: common name (domain name), organisation name, country, contact details. Alongside a public key, this public key has a corresponding private key which the CA use to decrypt and read the information.

cPanel guide

Customers with cPanel Hosting or a cPanel VPS can generate a CSR through their cPanel control panel. 

  1. Login to your cPanel area.
  2. Navigate to SSL/TLS in the Security section.
  3. Click Certificate Signing Requests 'Generate, view, or delete SSL certificate signing requests'.
  4. Enter your domain name*
  5. Enter the requested information I.E State, Location, Organisation name, Domain name.
  6. Click generate.

Plesk guide

Customers with Plesk hosting or a Plesk VPS can generate a CSR through their Plesk control panel by following the below steps: 

 

  1. Login to your Plesk area.
  2. Navigate to SSL/TLS certificates [domain.co.uk > SSL/TLS Certificates]
  3. Click add SSL/TLS certificate.
  4. Enter the requested information I.E State, Location, Organisation name, Domain name.
  5. Click Request

If using the basic certificate, make sure to enter your domain with the "www" prefix to ensure the certificate covers both the www and non-www version of your site.

You now have a CSR which you can use to setup your SSL certificate and get your site secure.


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