SSL is usually used in conjunction with a Digital
Certificate, which is a means for ensuring that you really are who you claim to be. Digital
Certificates are generated for a specific domain name, and are signed by a Signing
By having a signed digital certificate, your customers can be confident that you are a genuine,
There are a number of different kinds of
certificates available, designed to meet the different needs of various businesses on the
internet. When you order SSL for your Virtual Private Server, you are set up with our default
*.securesites.com digital certificate. You can also obtain your own custom certificate
for your own domain name.
||The Default Digital Certificate
When you order SSL for your Virtual Private
Server, you are set up with our *.securesites.com certificate, along with a securesites.com CNAME.
This allows you to provide secure access to your Virtual Private Server using the
the CNAME.securesites.com domain name without creating any errors or
The *.securesites.com certificate is a
wildcard certificate, issued by GeoTrust. A wildcard certificate is required in order
to use CNAME domains with your certificate without generating a Domain Mismatch
Warning in a browser.
When SSL is configured on your Virtual Private
Server, a default CNAME is automatically generated for you based on your Virtual Private Server
account name. In order
to access your Virtual Private Server using SSL and your securesites.com CNAME, you
would type the following into the location bar of your favorite browser.
Your account is set up with a single
securesites.com CNAME. Depending on availability,
you may be able to change or add additional CNAMEs to the securesites.com domain.
Contact our Support Department if you want to add
additional securesites.com CNAMEs for your Virtual Private Server.
When using SSL and a certificate to access your
Virtual Private Server, it is important to always use the HTTPS protocol and the exact
domain name on your Digital Certificate.
||Custom Digital Certificates
The Default Certificate is a generic way to provide secure access to your Virtual Private
Server. If you want to use your own domain name to provide secure access to your server,
however, you need to get a custom digital certificate. This not only provides secure access to
your Virtual Server, but provides an additional level of customer confidence by using your own
domain name in the secure area of your site.
NOTE: Only one digital certificate can be used on a Virtual
Private Server. This means that a custom digital certificate will disable your ability to
use the securesites.com certificate. This also means that any other domain on
the Virtual Private Server will not be able to have a digital certificate.
The following instructions will guide you through
the process of obtaining and installing a custom.
- Create A Signing Request and Private
- Obtain the Signed Certificate from
a Signing Authority
- Install the Signed Certificate on
your Virtual Private Server
- Move or copy your Certificate to
- Renewing your Digital Certificate
- Troubleshooting Digital
As always, should you encounter problems or
require assistance obtaining or installing your Custom Digital Certificate, feel free to
Contact our Support Staff.
A Signing Authority is a company, such as GeoTrust or
Verisign. These companies take
responsibility for ensuring that organizations who apply for a signed Digital Certificate are
valid businesses or not-for-profit organizations. By having a signed certificate, customers who
go to your web site can feel safe providing you with personal or financial information (such as
credit card numbers), because you have been certified by one of the Signing Authorities as being
a valid business or not-for-profit organization.
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