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SSL certificates now easier to obtain and manage via the Control Panel

SSL certificates section in Control Panel - newly improvedThe SSL certificates section of the Control Panel now offers a more simplified and intuitive interface for managing your SSLs.

You can now generate and add SSL certificates from one place with a click of the mouse.

Plus, the SSL generation procedure itself has been streamlined to help you get your certificate faster and easier.

What are the new SSL section updates about?

SSL certificates are a very effective tool for safeguarding your commercial website and creating trust with your prospects.

In recent years SSL certificates have also turned into an important ranking factor as well, with search engines prioritizing ‘https’ sites over non-http ones.

This has made SSL certificates one of the most sought-after services on our platform, which has created a need for some improvements to the way SSL are obtained and managed.

Here is what those improvements are about:

All SSL operations under one roof

So far, the SSL generation procedure has been split between the ‘hosted domains’ section (the “Edit host” option) for domains hosted on our platform and the ‘SSL certificates’ section of the Control Panel for domains hosted somewhere else.

Managing the existing SSL installations has been done through the SSL certificates section.

With SSLs gaining momentum, it has become necessary to make it easier for users to handle the growing number of SSL they have.

For this reason, we’ve moved all SSL generation and management operations under one roof.

This way, you and your customers will now be able to easily request and manage SSL certificates from just one place.

SSL certificates organized into two tables

For the sake of convenience, SSL certificates have now been organized into two tables.

On the top of the screen you can see a table of all active domains and subdomains, which are hosted in your account, no matter if they have SSL installed or not:

SSL certificates for active hosted domains

From there, you will be able to manage all existing SSL certificates with a click of the mouse.

Moreover, you will be able to easily add SSLs to selected hosts, which would help scale up SSL sales for your store:

SSL certificates section - add SSL certificate

Scrolling down you will see a table with all domains, which are registered with us but are hosted outside your account, or domains which do not resolve properly for some reason.

Again, you will be able to generate SSL certificates for them or manage the existing installations.

Different SSL scenarios

Depending on the particular SSL case, hosts will be listed in the aforementioned tables like this:

  • A domain with an active SSL – the following information will be listed per certificate: status, expiration date, SSL type (regular/Let’s encrypt); from the ‘details’ column, the user will be able to download the given certificate’s details (CSR, private key, certificate, CA bundle);

SSL certificates section - domains with active SSL

  • A domain with a non-active SSL (ordered from us) – a special icon will mark the inactive status of the SSL; the user will need to click on the icon in order to activate the SSL; a modal window will allow them to select the shared/dedicated SSL they want to install the SSL on;
  • A domain without an SSL – a special ‘add SSL certificate’ link will let the user order a regular SSL, request a ‘‘Let’s encrypt’ certificate or upload an SSL, which has been obtained from somewhere else.

SSL certificates - domains with no SSL installation

Please keep in mind that If you have an SSL installed for a given host, that host will only be able to use an ‘SSL-friendly’ IP address.

So if, for example, you want to point an SSL-installed host to the shared IP of the hosting account (from the ‘edit host’ option in the ‘hosted domains’ section), you will need to deactivate that SSL first.

You can do that by using the “deactivate” icon in the table:

SSL certificates section - deactivate SSL option

Types of SSL certificates you can obtain and manage on our platform

From the Control Panel, you and your customers can order a regular SSL certificate or request the installation of a ‘Let’s encrypt’ certificate.

Both ‘Let’s encrypt’ and regular SSLs will do the encryption job that is expected of them to protect your sites against interception and eavesdropping.

So, your choice will solely be determined by the type of site you manage and hence your security needs.

Here is what you need to consider when choosing an SSL certificate:

‘Let’s encrypt’ certificates – really quick and easy to install. Perfect for non-commercial sites, blogs or photo galleries. Valid for only 90 days and must be renewed before they expire. On our platform, ‘Let’s encrypt’ certificates are renewed automatically, so you won’t have to worry about that.

Regular SSL certificates – include a warranty against misuse or mis-issuance. Suitable for e-stores or enterprise sites, which need warranty-equipped SSL certificate issued by an established CA. Valid for at least one year and can be purchased for more years in advance.

Third-party certificates – if you have an SSL certificate purchased from somewhere else, you can upload it to a selected host with a click of the mouse.

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Apart from being a powerful security feature, SSL certificates are also a great trust indicator and a search ranking factor for websites.

With the newly improved SSL certificates section of the Control Panel, you and your customers will now be able to add and manage multiple SSLs from your account much easier than before.

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