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How-To: Add a SSL certificate to a web site

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This article describes how to add a SSL certificate to your website.

This article pertains to customers using the Plesk Control Panel v12.x

  • Login to your Plesk Control Panel
  • On the domain in question, use the Show More link to drop down a larger menu of options available for managing your hosting.
  • On that menu, you will see a Secure Your Sites button.

  • On the next page, click Add SSL Certificate


  • Here you can upload the certificate and private if you have an existing SSL certificate.
    • NOTE: The certificate must be saved in PEM format to upload it.
  • If you do not have an existinig certificate, you can create one. There is a button here to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) which begins the process of creating a certificate. This will be used in orderding a certificate, whether it is through 3Essentials or from a third party.
  • To create a CSR, fill out the following fields:
    • Certificate Name
      • NOTE: This is a name you give for listing the certificate in the control panel. For example, you may call it (this give you the domain name and when it expires)
    • State or Province
    • Location (city)
    • Organization Name
    • Domain Name
      • NOTE: Please note that if you want the certificae to be good for both and, then you should use in the field. Our certificate vendor will include both variations. You can also request wildcard certificates by using *
    • Email
  • use the Request button to complete CSR
  • The CSR will then be used either by 3Essentials to complete the SSL certificate order if you purchased it from us. Or you will need to provide the CSR to the vendor you are using to purchase the certificate.
  • Once you have the complete certificate, to enable it on your website, return to the main page in the control panel.
  • One the domain in question, click the Hosting Settings button/link
  • Check the box next to SSL Support
  • On the certificate drop down menu, find the certificate you created and select it.
  • Hit Ok at the bottom of the page.
  • You can now test the certificate by browsing to your with HTTPS. For example:
  • In the web browser you should now see the indicator that you are browing the site over a secure communication.
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