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I am just getting to know SSL function i need help

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by 1stargeneral, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. 1stargeneral

    1stargeneral Regular Member

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    I bought a domain recently and I had problems running scripts that require SSL to work.. Take for instance fb application. Can someone explain in details to me the process of buying a domain name with ssl activated, a host with ssl activated and how to activated the SSL certificate. It is quite urgent
     
  2. utuxia

    utuxia BANNED BANNED

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    First you need to sign your certificate by a certificate authority, like Thawte. Then you install that cert on your web server (apache) and you can now serve web pages on https:// -- I've used facebook, twitter, and g+ on https, so that shouldn't be an issue. If it is read through their docs, I'm sure they cover it.
     
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    Any domain can have an SSL certificate, there is no domain that is not eligible.

    What you need:
    1) A host that has cpanel or allows installation of the certificate and key
    2) A dedicated IP for the domain (shared hosting is out unless they give a dedicated IP)
    3) An SSL cert
    What you do is buy the domain and set it up. Then you generate your CSR (certificate signing request) on the server/using cpanel. Then going to a company that signs SSL certs (I use RapidSSL which is only $50 compared to $200 from thawte/geotrust/verisgn themselves) you put in all your information. After that you are sent some files. A .key and .crt which you will upload to cpanel/your server.

    From there its done.
     
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    so you mean i still get to pay for ssl certificate activation
     
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    Yes, you have to pay if you don't want to self-sign and throw a security warning to your users. Don't ask me why we have to pay, we don't do it for ssh and scp --- but whatever. I think it goes to the point of having a drivers' license...you took a test, someone verified you could drive...what this has to do with your site being secure?? no idea, besides encrypting the data before it leaves the server/client...but I don't think we need a CA for that.
     
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    Correct. You can make a self-signed certificate but that will issue a warning in every modern browser and has been shown to decrease conversions. The one I mentioned earlier (RapidSSL) uses Thawte as the signer. If you go with a lesser known brand then it may not work/issue a security warning to the user as it is unknown.